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Prophetic advice: Take advantage of five matters in life

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The dear Prophet Muhammad (PBUH and his progeny) advised Muslims to take advantage of five matters, each and every day.

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death."

This lesson from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH and his progeny) reminds us of the importance of being thankful for our blessings and making the most of the time we have been given. We are constantly reminded, throughout the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet that time is passing faster than we realize, so we must make wise choices.

It is mentioned in the Qur’an that when we stand before Allah on the Day of Judgment, it will seem as if time has passed so quickly: "We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep account” (Qur’an 23:113). Many people will beg Allah for more time to go back and make things right. "Until, when death comes to one of them (the unbelievers), he says: 'My Lord! send me back!'" (Qur’an 23:99). Before time runs out, take advantage of these five matters.
• Your youth, before you become old...
When we are young, we take our youth and energy for granted. We feel as if we have all the time in the world to fulfill our dreams and make our mark in the world. But the future creeps up on us slowly -- gray hairs start to appear, our responsibilities pile up, and our energy drops. Our youthful energy and hope should be used while at its peak, to help others.
• Your health, before you fall sick...
Health is another thing that people take for granted, until they lose it. Even young people may experience an injury or illness which limits their ability to fulfill their dreams and responsibilities. Pain and sickness are tests from Allah, and one who endures with patience and faith will be rewarded. However, human beings are frail, and we never know when our good health will be taken from us. Our healthy bodies and minds are a blessing that we should not waste.
• Your wealth, before you become poor...
Wealth is another blessing that Allah gives some people. Wealth can take the form of money, but also our knowledge, skills, and time. A believer should give as much as possible in charity while there is still something to give. We should not fear poverty, for Allah always provides; rather we should use our wealth to worship and please Allah.

The Qur’an says: "The likeness of those who spend their money for Allah’s sake, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn). It grows seven ears; every single ear has a hundred grains; and Allah multiplies (increases the reward) for whom He wills. Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, the All-Knower" (Qur’an 2:261).

• Your free time, before you become busy...
Time is something that all of us have, even if we think we're too busy to do anything else. We should not use our precious time in useless activities that have no benefit to us. While relaxation and entertainment are important to the human spirit, we must be careful to balance our time with other fruitful activities. Use your free time wisely.
• Your life, before your death...
The Almighty God blesses us with life each and every single day. None of us know when this will be taken from us; we cannot guarantee that we will have a "tomorrow" to rectify the problems of our past. Each day we wake up, is a new opportunity to do well: spending in charity, worshipping sincerely, performing random acts of kindness, helping others. We sometimes don't realize that death could be imminent, until we see or know someone who dies unexpectedly. The final advice from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is to take advantage of the time we have. Don't put things off for tomorrow, because there might not be one.
Source: irib.ir

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