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Jamadi Awwal 1424 H
July 2003
Volume 16-07 No : 199

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Eight Things a Muslim Can Do to De-Stress!
Muslims Should Value Time

Eight Things a Muslim Can Do to De-Stress!

1. Increase Dhikr (remembrance of Allah): "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction (Qur'an, 13:28)."

2. Increase Prayers: "O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely, Allah is with the patient (Qur'an, 2:153)." Regardless of the type of meditation, recent studies have verified the physiological effects of meditation.

3. Perform Ablutions: The most important component of relaxation is what Hans Loehr calls "the rituals of success." These rituals may be as simple as making ablution, yet, they must be performed properly for it is not enough to pass water on the body parts.

4. Ask for Forgiveness: Even if a person has not done anything wrong, he must insure the forgiveness of Allah. "Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely, He is the most Forgiving." (Qur'an, 71:10).

5. Recite the Qur'an: Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) said, "Qur'an is a remedy for illnesses of the mind." The recitation of or listening to the Qur'an has an effect on the body, the heart and the mind. Dr Ahmed El Kadi of Akber Clinic (Panama City, FL) conducted and published the effects of listening to Qur'anic recitation on physiological parameters (i.e., the heart, blood pressure, and muscle tension), and reported improvement in all factors, irrespective of whether the listener was a Muslim or a non-Muslim, Arab or non-Arab.

6. Focus on the Hereafter: "Whoever has the hereafter as his main concern, Allah will fill his heart with a feeling of richness and independence, he will be focused and will feel content. "Whoever has this world as his main concern, Allah will cause him to feel constant fear of poverty; he will be distracted and unfocused, and he will have nothing of this world except what was already pre-destined for him", said the Prophet . One of the greatest causes of stress is money - how to pay the loans, whether one's job will be lost, what will happen to the family if the father dies, etc.

7. Think Positively: Muslims should forget about the bad things of the past and think of good things, always having hope that he can be better. Trying to change the past is a foolish and crazy waste of time, "for saying 'if only...'opens the way to Shaytan" said the Prophet (Pbuh). The Prophet also said, "Know that victory (achiev-ement) comes through patience, and that ease comes through hardship

8. Do Not Waste Time on Thoughts of Fear or Stress: "The search for time is one of the most frequent causes of stress." Laziness is the mother of all evils, and the Prophet used to seek refuge in Allah from it. Understanding that this life is short and time precious, Muslims should try to work hard and pursue worthy knowledge. (www.islamonline.net)

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TIME MANAGEMENT

Muslims Should Value Time

Time passes more quickly than clouds do.
It is only the time one dedicates to Allah that constitutes one's real life and age

By Khaled Al-Jeraisy

Islam encourages Muslims to care for time, to utilise it and not to waste it. Besides, it holds them responsible for their time. The Righteous Salaf were aware of that responsibility, so they acted accordingly. Describing their care for time, Hassan Al-Basry said, “I saw those people and how they were more careful about their time than about their Dirhams and Dinars [i.e. their money].” [Abdullah Ibn-Al-Mubarak, “Az-Zuhd” (Asceticism), p.51.]

An important requirement for a Muslim’s life is to be careful about time, to invest it wisely and to benefit from it. In this regard, Ibn-ul Qayyim says, “The highest, most worthy and most useful of reflection is what is intended for Allah and the Hereafter. There are various forms of reflection intended for Allah. One of them is reflecting on time, duty and function and focusing entirely on it, for the knowledgeable one is the breed of his time. If he wastes it, all his interests are wasted, for all interests arise from time. If he wastes his time, he can never regain it.” Also, Imam Shafi’i said, “Out of my company with Sufis, I benefited from their saying: like a sword, time will cut you if you do not cut it. ...” In other words, if you do not spend time doing something useful, you are the loser by wasting it.

As expressed by Imam Hassan Al-Banna, “Time is life itself.” This reflects Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah’s saying: “One’s time is in fact his age. It is the material of his eternal life either in everlasting joy or painful torture. It passes more quickly than clouds do. It is only the time one dedicates to Allah that constitutes one’s real life and age. The rest does not count; the life he leads in it is only animal life. Compared to a life of indulgence in appetitive activities, false aspirations and negligence of Allah’s remembrance - and at best in sleep and being idle - death is a much better alternative.”

Time is considered a vehicle for work. According to Ibn-ul-Qayyim, “The year is like a tree, months are its branches, days are the branch sticks, hours are its leaves, and the breaths are its fruits. Therefore, if one’s breaths are in obedience [to Allah and His Messenger], the fruits of his tree are good. If they are in disobedience, his fruits are bitter. The harvest is on the Appointed Day, when one’s fruits are found out to be either good or bitter.”

Such is the Islamic view of time, and such were the ways of the Salaf ways with it. How do we compare with them now?! Obviously, there is a big gap between the way they cared for time and the way we are wasting it. The sad and painful thing about us now is that “our nation has been improvising ways of wasting time at the public and the private levels. As a result, the world is already proceeding to the future without us, as if we were the ‘orphans of history’. If such improvisation is not directed to investing and utilizing our time properly, the gap between us and the future will widen further, and we will remain importers and consumers of cultural products. Eventually, our survival will be entirely dependent on the producers of those products.” [Khuldun Al-Ahdab, “Reflections on the Value of Time”] Therefore, Muslims must unite their efforts to identify weaknesses for treatment, and must give time its due attention as demanded by Islam.

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