DAY 15. FRIDAY.10 APRIL 2020.
Time سورة الـعصر
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
- By Time.
﴿٢﴾ إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
- The human being is in loss.
﴿٣﴾ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
- Except those who believe, and do good works, and recommend truth, and recommend patience.
Today was the fourth Jumah Salah (Friday congregational prayer) at home. It was no surprise that after the very small crowd, the emptiness of day dawned. The day felt incomplete however, the brief message from the makeshift pulpit was profound.
Messages tend to be forgotten, ignored or remembered depending on depth of reason or shallowness of thought. The beginning of the talk called on the listeners to perceive that everything will perish except Allah, the High the Great. Therefore, everything is under the enveloping power of time which also is owned and controlled by Allah, the Majestic. In this whole span of the world mankind is subjected to the ravages of time but, the good benefit from time.
The talk left me thoughtful because it meant something for me to think on during this extended LOCKDOWN. It brought the fact that our lives are finite and the clock is ticking backwards from the allotted time to ZERO! Yes, each of us has got a limited time and when you look at the years spent, what did we achieve? Among the achievements what is so significant that has changed my life and probably the lives of others? Really, these hard questions made my day memorable because it filled the conversations I had with myself and with the family too. It is true, in the main, ‘By the passing of time, man is in a state of loss…’
I was interested to learn what was the longest time spent to make movies and it was alarming to note the years that went into certain movies. Take the movie AVATAR 2 which will released in December 2021 after it was conceived in 2010, making it 12 years. What could you and I did in twelve years? If you were in grade 1 when this movie started as an idea, you would be in Grade 12 this year. Can you place all your milestones in those 12 years? Sure you would and can you imagine the milestones made in the development of sets, special effects and costume design amongst many things that is still going on in the making of AVATAR 2 ? In the end what benefits of the movie will we get except entertainment and temporary joy that will never ever last 12 years.
I then learnt that so many people are now watching Kuruluş Osman which is the sequel to Diriliş: Ertuğrul (English: “Resurrection: Ertuğrul“) and these series run for hours. In fact you can use the entire LOCKDOWN period to get through the whole series and the question is: “What value is this to your life?” Again, I pondered on how much time these series took to get made and, what was getting made in your life besides the itching to see the next episode if you an ardent fan. The actors became very wealthy and in all cases there is no meaningful relationship with you as the fan. So all the time you spent did not make you grow in stature or in character. If ever you were nuts about these series or any other, you would have bought some memorabilia or a T-shirt or modelled some part of your life accordingly. This too, is not permanent, it is transient.
How much time are we spending in things that will matter in the hereafter? In the main I think very little. Do you know Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Kandelwi? He is the author of Hayatus Sahabah (Lives of the Sahabah r.a). It is three volumes of approximately 560 pages each. This illustrious servant was born in 1917 and passed away in 1965. He was 48 years when he passed on and his legacy is 55 years i.e. longer than his life in the world. By the passing of time, man like this are not in a state of loss because they are doing good that has benefited them and the world today. Similarly, there are so many examples of people who have condensed an ocean in a tea cup i.e they have accomplished so much in a short space of time.
I admit that we have yet to add so much into our days to make it count for something because we are attracted to all distractions which we have taken as useful pastimes. This has to change because it is making us of those who are in state of loss.
On a lighter note read this on Nasruddin:
One day there was news in every corner of the town about the Mullah’s donkey which he had lost. When his neighbors heard the news they got sad and decided to go to mullah’s house and help him to find his donkey. So they came to his house and saw that he was happy and thankful to God. They asked him: “Mullah, aren’t you sad about losing your donkey?” Mullah laughed and said “I am happier because God helped me that I was not riding it otherwise I would be lost as well.”
You see we are all caught up in some quagmire and we need to get out of it. Nasruddin had a witty answer but it rings true for me in this way: People will feel sorry for something that you lost and would offer help, but in reality it was a means of goodness. This LOCKDOWN has made us lose the routine of work and so much more but, it has made it clear to us that what is really important is your Allah, you family, your daily bread and been safe. Is this not true?