BY: Mohammad Nadeem Uddin Qasmi
Allah has bestowed countless blessings upon us .He endowed us with the gifts of sight and hearing, the intellect , health, wealth and family. He has even subjected everything in the universe for us :as Allah saysوسخر لکم مافی السموات والارضBeside these, There are many blessings which we can’t count, Allah says in the Holy Quraan:“If you tried to count Allah’s blessings, you could never count them.(Al Maaida 16 :18)But five blessings before five are important for us, we must take advantage of them as prophet (SAWS) reiterated this for us. The time will not slow down and we can’t go back to fix the mistakes we make , Therefore he advised us to take advantage of Five. The prophet (SWLM) said :“Take advantage of five matters before five matters, your youth before you become old, your health before you fall sick ,your wealth before become poor, your free time before you become busy, your life before your death (AlHakim)In this Hadith, the prophet (SAWS) advised and thought to take advantage of five;(1)Youth:Youth is the golden period of life and it is stage of “Make it”or “Break it” and Young man’s deeds are beloved to Allah ,The prophet ( SAWS )said “The acts of youth is very dearer to Allah than the acts of old aged.The prophet ( SAWS )has listed seven kinds of people who will be sheltered under the shade of God on the day of judgement;• A just ruler.• A young man who passed his youth in the worship and service of God• One whose heart is attached to mosque.• Two people who love each other for the sake of God.• A man who is invited to sin but he declines,saying”I fear Allah”.• One who spends his charity in secret without making show.• One who remembers God in solitude, so that this eyes overflow with tears.(Riyaz us saliheen)In another Hadith, the prophet (SAWS ) said:five questions will be asked:“The son of Adam will not pass away from Allah untill he is asked about five ;How he lived his life ,and how he utilized his youth, with what means did he earn his wealth and did he spend his wealth and what did he do with his knowledge (Tirmizi)Therefore ,we should take advantage of it before we become a old aged, and grey hairs appears, and Boundless energy should be used to help others and to collect as many rewards as possible.(2) HEALTH:It is one of five important blessings, Allah and his prophet ( SAWS ) emphasized strongly on a health Life, A believer should not be a weak person but must be strong physically and spiritually. The prophet ( SAWS )said:“A strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer.Emphasizing on it, the prophet ( SAWS )said our bodies have rights upon us ,our eyes have rights upon us ,so give everyone his due rights. we think and imagine ,when we are ill, we can’t do nothing properly, we can’t full fill our obligated activities, and can’t take part of Jihad, and can’t beat anti Nation and Islam.Therefore, we must take care of health and used for the sake of Allah(3)WEALTH:It is big blessing on them that they have , without this, we can’t do nothing , and poor person may change into unbeliever, The prophet ( SAWS )said:کاد الفقر ان یکون کفراPoverty is about to turn into destroying atheism.But we are ordered by Allah to earn money from Halal ways and avoid Haram .Allah says :Allah will deprived usury of all blessing but will give increase for deeds of charity(2: 276)The prophet ( SAWS )said : on the day of Meraj,I came upon a group of people whose bellies were like houses, they were full of snakes which be seen from outside, I asked Jibrail who they are? He told me that they were people who had practiced Riba(sood, interest)(Ibne Maja)Therefore, we must take advantage of it and spend money for charity and to help poor and needy persons and pay Zakaat in every year.(4) FREE TIME:Time has great importance in life, Time is one of mankind’s most precious resources since it can never be replaced or renewed once it has passed, The prophet ( SAWS )said There are two blessings which many people do not know and thus lose out: good deeds and free time.(Bukhari)Allah swears the time:By the time ,verily, man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds and recommended one another to the Truth and recommended one another to patience (103)But most people are unaware of the importance of this blessing and are neglect full of their duties towards it , namely to fulfil it with acts of gratitude and obedience towards Allah.Therefore, we should not waste precious time on things that will not bring you closer to his creator, and actions that do not contain a benefit for us and we should treat every Muslim as our brothers and sisters, so everyone is responsible for one another, helping the neighbours and being kind to each other.(5)Life: Life is very shorter than hereafter ,A man will say in the day of judgement“we stayed a day or part of a day ask of those who keep account”(23:113) our lives are judged according to what we did? not according to how many years we lived. Life is very short, Death awaits us, we do not know when we are going to die ,so we have to make sure that we do as many good deeds as possible before we pass into the next life, once we have died we are unable to return to repent from our bad deeds ,as we know, time passes very quickly and swiftly .But our Muslim community are still neglect full ,they waste their golden life and always busy in actions that they have no profit like spending time in Facebook , Instagram and WhatsApp etc, and not offer Salah and serve parents, and they have ignored sacrifices of prophet and Shaba and have forgotten teachings of beloved prophet ( SAWS )May Allah give us Taufiq to take advantage of these blessings.Ameen!