Muslim Time Management: How to learn it?
Time is one of the most precious assets given to man by Allah. Once lost, it cannot be regained. Therefore special care needs to be taken when managing your time. In the life of a Muslim, time management must balance off worship and work in such a way as to fulfill Allah’s itinerary for man.
This is the only way to use time to its ultimate advantage and to avoid losing it on trifle matters thus missing out on things that are important. Thus arises the question of Muslim time management for our day-to-day activities. It boils down to setting the priorities straight and attending in full to things that matter while giving less attention to things that are of secondary importance. Successful time management is about making sure not to miss the important things.
What are those important things? First and foremost, it’s worship and faith.
This life is but a temporary abode, a jumping board into the hereafter, so in it we must be mindful of what shall be in store for us in the life to come, how our fate shall be judged at the Day of Resurrection. The only way to earn credit to be taken into account on this day is to show due piety and fulfill all the chores prescribed to man by Allah. In terms of a day’s schedule it is the five time appointments reserved for prayer.
When building your day’s itinerary you must always let all the forthcoming matters be arranged around the prayer times. In broader sense, time was created by Allah with one of its chief aims being to keep track of the regularity of homage paid to Him by men. “Indeed, in the alternation of the night and the day and in what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth are signs for a people who fear Allah.” (10:6)
The second priority in the things that you do is that they must ultimately lead to your providing for yourself and your family. You must make sure that you have done all the things that leave your wife and children or your parents well looked after, with food and clothing and a home. Only after that can there be room in your timetable for other matters, for relaxation, for intellectual pursuits, for pleasure.
It is also important to stay alert at all times for time is a fleeting matter, it passes quickly without return, the things that you miss you miss for good.
Your whole life will dash by at the speed of a lightning. “It will be, on the Day they see it, as though they had not remained in the world except for an afternoon or a morning thereof.” (79:46) For a Muslim, losing time is like losing the chance to attain God’s grace in the Day of Judgment. Keep checking out if any of the things material for your salvation (the pillars of Islam, namaz, zakat, hajj) have been present in your day for you will barely notice before your chance to effect them shall expire.
Time is a precious gift from Allah. Let us not squander it but manage it wisely in the Muslim way.