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Time Management. “Time & Tide Waits For No Man”. What is Time?. It is a measure of the passing away of life? So…Time is Life! It is a precious resource… And we have only 24 hours in a day Something to be respected for oneself & others Something you can’t have enough of !

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Time Management

“Time & Tide Waits For No Man”


What is Time?

  • It is a measure of the passing away of life?
  • So…Time is Life!
  • It is a precious resource…
  • And we have only 24 hours in a day
  • Something to be respected for oneself & others
  • Something you can’t have enough of !
  • Irreplaceable…Time lost can’t be gained back
  • If not handled well…CREATOR OF STRESS!!

In Surah Al Asr

Allah (swt) says “Man is in great loss except those who believe and do good deeds and who enjoin Truth and Sabr (patience, constancy & steadfastness)



Ibn Abbas narrates that the Prophet (saw) said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good” - Bukhari



  • The Prophet (saw) said: “A servant of Allah will remain standing on the Day of Judgement till he is questioned about:
  • “His age” & “How he spent it”
  • “His knowledge” & “How he utilized it”
  • “His wealth” & “From where he acquired it”
  • “In what (activities) did he spend it (wealth)”
  • “His body” & “How he used it”
  • (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 407)


Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “Grasp five things before five others: your youth before your decrepitude, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your leisure before your work and your life before your death”.




Ibn Umar said Allah’s Apostle used to say: “Be in this world as if You were a stranger or a traveller” - “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening and take from your health for your sickness, and take from your life for your death.”



Abu Bakr Siddiq (raa) used to pray:

“O Allah, do not leave us in the dark (ie. Under the wrong impression about things) and do not make us one of those who are careless about time”.

Umar Farooq (raa) used to ask Allah for Barakah(abundance/ blessings) in his time (to do more in less time) and to enable him to use it for the right purposes.


Sh. Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddi said:

“The people who do not value time and waste all their spare time are truly deprived and at a great loss. A person’s life will pass away in the twinkling of an eye and he will be left truly empty-handed”.


How the companions of (saw) made the maximum use of their time?

  • Ibn ul Jawzi wrote 1000 books in his lifetime.
  • Ibn Jarir Tabari used to write 28 pages every day & not waste a single moment of his day.
  • In Jahiz Ibn Rashid’s life there were only 2 nights he did not read.
  • Ibnul Jauzi said, “I feel sorry for those people who are busy in play and amusement, roaming around without any specific purpose, sitting in the market-place staring at every passer-by and debating & giving their opinions on the rise and fall of nations”.
  • From the Quran, the Sunnah of Prophet (saw) and the practice of the Sahabah we learn how to prioritize, plan, Organize and allocate our time to use it in the best possible way.

Communicate with Allah

Prophet (saw) said: “It is incumbent on every intelligent person that he should spend some part of his time talking to his Rabb”.

This can be done in prayer, Quran, Dhikr, while alone and amongst people. Share your feelings and thoughts with Allah.


Quran (59:18) :

“And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do”.


- What am I doing for my tomorrow (my Hereafter)?

- What are my duties & am I doing them (worship etc)?

- What are my dealings with people? Am I giving them their rights?

- What is my character, manners & habits like?

- Have I stopped lying, backbiting, telling tales, aimless talks

sarcasm and doing activities which waste time?

- Where is my wealth coming from & how am I spending it?


No Concept of Free Time in Islam

A believer is never ‘free’ he does not have excess time because there is too much to be done. If you have time left over from your duties, help others. If you are already doing this and still have time, do more.


Remember in your spare time

You can do Dhikr – Remembrance of Allah

Quran 94:7,8

“So when you have finished (your duties) then stand up (for worship) and to your Lord direct (your) longing.”


Don't waste other people's time

The Prophet (saw) used to forbid Qil and Qal (idle useless talk or that you talk too much about others)


Why do we waste time?

  • Laziness
  • Lack of focus or identifying what one wants
  • Too engrossed with one’s own personal problems
  • Lack of self-control or self-discipline
  • Ego in thinking oneself indispensable
  • Leaving things half done
  • Taking things & people’s criticism to personally
  • Demands of society, Excessive time spent on social events
  • Not realizing the importance & value of time

Remember Paradise is not cheap.

You have to pay a high price

or make sacrifices for it.


How to manage your time?

  • Identify your goals
  • Make a list of these goals or balance your life roles
  • Prioritize and make a list of things to do
  • Make time-tables & stick to them
  • Be focused on what you are doing, active listening saves time
  • Set realistic targets (monthly,weekly,daily) plan & achieve them
  • Review & amend as necessary
  • - Train people to respect your time & schedules
  • - Ask for Allah’s help to be constant

Most Importantly

  • Find out the ways of doing things correctly.
  • Knowledge will stop you from wasting time in making mistakes
  • Be determined to succeed. Develop a winning attitude
  • Do not impose limitations on yourself. Do things confidently
  • Be honest with yourself & be realistic


Prayer is the best training (physical & mental for us in learning to be punctual, focused, single minded, self-disciplined & goal oriented, so pray the right way, with the right movements, humility and concentration.