Take Advantage of Five Matters Before Five Other Matters
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” (Tirmidhi)
We can all learn a lot from this hadith alone. It summarises many things that we struggle to do in this life. It also tells us what we should do in order to improve as Muslims and better our connection with our Lord.
We are told to focus on our youth before we come old. Very often, in our youth we waste a lot of time. We don’t realise that we could be spending time reciting the Qur’an or offering extra prayer. We could be doing optional fasts and volunteering to help out in the community or the mosques.
When we are healthy and well, we don’t seem to realise that this is not just automatic. Our good health is something that our Creator has blessed us with and we should be grateful for this. We should not waste this blessing. Rather, we should utilise it to the best of our ability to please our Lord. For example, we should not be lazy and we should help our families and friends when they are in need.
When we are blessed with wealth, we should be mindful of the fact that this might only be temporary. Only Allah knows what will happen tomorrow, so while you still have the available resources, spend them on a noble cause. Help your family to lead a better life, donate to the needy, invest into a common cause etc. We should refrain from dispersing our wealth on material things as verily, excess of such actions is not approved by Allah who has blessed us with this wealth.
Having free time to spend on doing whatever we want can become a complication. A busy person will most likely to prioritise the necessary tasks before proceeding to leisure activity as it would be difficult to otherwise fit into schedules. When we have free time however, we are more likely to waste it and not even realise how much time has actually gone by. Thus, we should organise the free time we have so our days are more productive.
We should be grateful for each day that our Lord blesses us with and live it as though if it were our last. We should never take our time for granted, as we do not know when Allah has prescribed out time of death. We should strive to cement in our hearts and minds that each day we are granted is a blessing, and we should not let a day pass where we have not worshipped Allah as much as we wanted to. The days that pass will not come back.
Ultimately, we should remember that Allah says in the Qur’an about this life:
“He [Allah] Who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed.” (Qur’an 67:2)