Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On time, health and old age

If you are a regular reader of this blog you would have noticed that I have not posted anything for a while now. Well, what can I say; sometimes life comes in the way of blogging!
So here’s the thing, I’ve been really busy with work. I’m sure you must be familiar with those extremely busy moments, you know, those sleepless nights, I can’t think of anything else accept all the work I have to do moments.
Then to top it off I had a few “off days” last week where I wasn’t feeling too well. I think it was a bug or something.
Also, my grandmother is staying with us again and although she won’t admit it (she must be the youngest 81 year-old around, always wanting to be on the go), my grandmother needs help. Things are not easy for her anymore; in fact, even walking from one room to the next tends to leave her out of breath.
So I have some very valid reasons for my short disappearance from blogosphere, but I’m not writing about these things to make excuses, and definitely not to complain.
Alhamdullillah (Praise be to Allah), my work seems to be easing off, and I am able to do other things once again, (as you can see). My health is back to normal and I feel good once more, and I actually enjoy having my grandmother around. But the real reason I’ve mentioned these things is because it reminds me of a very special hadith. Perfect words of wisdom uttered by our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH);
The Prophet (saw) advised to: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death
(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim).

After reading this beautiful hadith, which happens to be one of my favourites, I’m sure the purpose of my post is much clearer. When I am so busy with work, I definitely miss my free time, when I am sick I long for my health. When I don’t have enough money to buy the things I really want, I look back at times when I could get everything I wanted, and I’m sure that like my grandmother, when I am old, I will fondly recall my youthful days and long for times when I could do all the things I wanted to do without getting tired or ending up sick.

So this makes me wonder, what about taking benefit from my life before my death? Am I doing enough to ensure that my life is beneficial for me so that I don’t have many regrets in the hereafter, or will I look back and wish that I had not taken my life for granted?  Sometimes we all need to self-reflect and ponder about our lives.

Alhamdullillah that we have been blessed with the best of wisdom and if we follow it, Inshaa-Allah we will be successful. So let us try harder to take benefit from these 5 things, before we don’t have it anymore. Or, in the very least, let us start by taking benefit of just one of these things, and as time progresses we can move on to another.

May the Almighty Allah ease all of our burden’s and help us to be the best of people, Inshaa-Allah


  1. This is such a wonderful blog. I feel so inspired as I read the prophet's advice. Thanks for bringing this up.

  2. What great wisdom to share - I think we all need reminding of this sometimes! Karima

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    Thank you, and I'm glad that you have found some inspiration here, indeed there is immense wisdom in all the words and teachings of the Beloved Prophet (PBUH).


    Thank you, reminder is always good and its strange that every time you read the same words of hadith or Quraan, the meaning you get is different.

  4. assalamualaikum, sis...

    I have actually posted about 4 or 5 comments on your blog, unfortunately none went through. It made me feel sad because I have tried to reach you without you knowing it. Even when I write you this, I am unsure whether you'll receive it or not. I dont know what happened. Maybe its the gmail fault because it automatically signs me out everytime I press the Enter key. Or perhaps you refuse to hear from me anymore....Please forgive me for all my wrongdoings and please dont hate me :(

  5. Nice to read you again Zarina - I hope you are feeling better now.
    Thank you for sharing with us this beautiful Hadith and showing us how we should appreciate every moment and give thanks to God.

    PS: Would you know a good book that talks about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Hadiths.

    Many Thanks and all the best with work. Take care.

  6. Wa-alaykum salaam my dear sister Ati

    It is so good to hear from you once more, unfortunately I have not received any of your previous messages. Sister I will never hate you as Allah has brought us together in love and mercy. I have nothing to forgive you my sister. I hope that all is well with you.

  7. Dear Marie

    Thanks I am doing much better and feeling a lot less stressed out.

    A good autobiography of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is Muhammad, by Martin Lings. This book is brilliantly written like a story and I'm sure that you'd enjoy it.

    Hadith books I can recommend are:


    Imam An Nawawi’s 40 Hadith Collection

    You can download these and others here:

    Stay well.

  8. thanks, sis Zarina. Hope we will be friends forever, Insya-Allah.

  9. Sister Ati, Inshaa-Allah Ameen! May Allah always keep us bonded.

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