Learn proper time management in the light of Seerah

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Time is very limited in our short-range of life. However, in this short life, we have a lot of responsibilities. If we can please our Lord in this small range, it will bring us great success. It is possible to find many directions from the virtuous life (Seerah) of the Prophet (saw) on how we can use our time wisely. This article highlights 5 important guidelines.

1) Seerah for being an early riser

The Prophet (saw) prayed for his ummah, “O Allah, bless the beginning of the day for my ummah.” (Ibn Majah)

Since there is a blessing at the beginning of the day, schedule all the important work at the beginning of the day. Then look at the magic of Allah’s blessing. Here are some brief tips on how to wake up early and engage in work:

  • Go to bed early at night and be asleep.
  • Wake up before Fajr prayer.
  • After the Fajr prayer, perform the prescribed dhikrs.
  • Try to pray the Salah of Ishraq.
  • Recite the Quran as much as possible.
  • Exercise for a while to keep the body fit.
  • Prepare a list for the day’s work.

2) Schedule the whole day around the five daily prayers

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (R) said, “I asked the Prophet (saw) which deed is most pleasing to Allah.” He said, “Praying on time, serving one’s parents and jihad in the way of Allah.” (Sunan Nasa’i)

Aswad bin Yazid (Rah.) said, “I asked Ayesha (R), what did the Prophet (saw) do when he was at home?” He said, “He used to help his family with various tasks and when he heard the call to prayer, he would go to the mosque to pray.” (Bukhari)

There is no compromise with prayer. You do not need to be in a hurry to make prayer a part of your daily routine. The matter is very simple. There are many busy workers or students around us who do not leave the prayer in the midst of tight schedule. Learn by watching them. And make your daily routine prayer-centric. And then feel the magic of blessing in your actions and life.

3) Seerah for maintaining continuity and consistency in all work

When we study the Seerah, we see the day of the Prophet divided into three main parts.

Spiritual Development

He used to dedicate this time of the day to Allah alone. This was usually the last part of the night when the Prophet (saw) prepared himself spiritually for the next day. At night, he would be in close contact with his Lord through Qiyam (prayer of Tahajjud), Du’a, and Dhikr.

Family matters

The Prophet (saw) used to be consistent in spending time on family matters.

Narrated Anas Ibn Malik (R): The Prophet (saw) was kind to his family members. He would kiss his son Ibrahim and take him in his arms.” (Adab Al-Mufrad)

Besides, the Prophet (saw) said, “The best of you is the one who is better to his wife. And I am the best to my family.” (Tirmidhi)

Personal / Social Matters

He consistently gave time to his disciples. He would talk to them, inquire about them, and solve their problems. He treated everyone in such a way that everyone thought that the Prophet (saw) seemed to be giving him more importance.

So, decorate your personal life with such harmony.

4) Proceed quickly in good deeds

The Prophet (saw) was diligent in doing good deeds and used to warn others about delay in doing good deeds.

The Prophet (saw) said, “Do good deeds quickly before six things are revealed: sunrise from the west, black smoke in the western sky, the Dajjal, Dabbat al-Ard and death.” (Muslim)

There was nothing lazy or leisurely in the life of the Prophet (saw). For this reason, what he has accomplished in only 23 years of prophetic life, his ummah has not been able to accomplish that in a thousand years.

5) Respect the time of others

If you study the biography of the Prophet (saw), you will realize very well how respectful and aware he was of the time of others.

He used to shorten the prayers and sermons of the congregation and forbade anyone to prolong them; So that taking extra time does not become a cause of trouble for others.

There is no record of him ever wasting anyone’s time. Rather, he had been wasted much of his precious time because of others, but he was patient.

So, you also respect the time of others. At the time of school or in meetings attend early; So that at least no one’s time is wasted because of you.

The biography of the Prophet (saw) is a good example in all areas of our lives. This article only covers a few topics.

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