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Looking through an hour glass “Let not then this present life deceive you nor let the

Chief Deceiver deceive you about Allah.” (Surah Luqman, verse 33). Someone e-mailed me the following passage and after reading it, I instantly got the meaning of the ayah mentioned above. Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Muslims from going to the Mosque, or from reading their Quran and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Allah and his messenger Muhammad. Once they gain that connection with Allah, our power over them is broken. So let them go to their Mosques; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a relationship with Allah and Muhammad.” “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted. “Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. “Persuade their wives to go to work for long hours and husbands to work 67 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty life styles. Keep them away from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. Keep the TV, VCR, CDs and PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Allah and His messenger Muhammad (PBUH). Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, catalogs, sweepstakes, newsletter and promotional offers. Give them storybooks to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Salat. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on Allah's creation. Instead send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies. Keep them busy, busy, busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences." "It will work!" "It will work!" It was quite a plan! The demons eagerly went to achieve their new task. They got Muslims everywhere to get busier and more rushed. Everywhere Muslims have very little time for their Allah or their families. They have no time to tell others about the power of Allah and his messenger Muhammad (PBUH) to change lives. I guess the question is has the devil been successful in his schemes? You be the judge!!!!! The Chief Deceiver, Satan, is trying to make human beings waste their precious time by leading them away from Allah SWT. He is trying to persuade us to believe that the Time of Resurrection may never come whereas as Muslims we believe that it is a certainty because Allah promised us that the Hour will come and He never lies. We must not play with Time nor be deceived by its appearances. Worldly wealth, power, status and influence are nothing but trials. Let not their possessors think that they have accomplished their tasks by making us astray. This can only happen if we believe in these things and that they will necessarily bring us happiness. The Day may come today or tomorrow or when we least expect it as it is explained in Quran: “And verily the Hour will come: there can be no doubt about it.” (Surah Al-Hajj, verse 7) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has said: “The moment the light of dawn breaks through the night it calls out, “O children of Adam! I am a new creation of Allah and a witness to your deeds, so take as much provisions for the hereafter from me as you can, because I will never return”.

truth. the seconds are ticking by and the minute hand is moving faster and faster. warnings. and sometimes we think that there still is a lot of time and years left to do it. At any time during their life they could have repented and obtained mercy. There will be no escape from the final Punishment after the time of repentance is past. Ruku 1). We take Allah’s blessing of time for granted. But the general lesson that we learn lies far beyond that. If we only realize our own shortcomings all we will do is weep. in My Hands are all things. Allah SWT favors no one except the one that scores high on the form of righteousness. Fatima Bint Mohammad spent much of her time in Salat. Death is inevitable. A person should fully utilize this time of his life. Let us pray that we do not lose our levels in the Illiyyun (A register inscribed to write the good deeds of the pious and the righteous people). and I manage all the affairs of all creations including Time. We should hasten things till the time is ripe for us and do not let it fade away. It is a great factor in our affairs in this world.It is time for the Believers to engage their hearts in the remembrance of Allah and of the truth that has been revealed (to them). There is no individual or race that is chosen on the basis of something other than this. “How many generations before them did We destroy? In the end they cried (for mercy) when there was no longer time for being saved!” (Surah Sad. Allah in His infinite mercy and forgiveness has given us respite i. for this is the true attitude and approach that will lead us to Paradise. and as years passed by their hearts grew hard. this world for the hereafter. He has provided us time for repentance. but with time. It is explained in the Quran that these people were the rebellious transgressors. For example like Pharaoh. like ours. Ultimately they did cry to escape from the punishment of Allah SWT but it was too late. to all nations and at all times. . “And they say: "What is there but our life in this world. reading the Quran and in other acts of worship instead of spending it in the company of women. teachings. there is no blind good or ill fortune. Allah says in the Quran. but their "Self-glory and Separatism" stood in the way. The end is drawing near and the time that is lost is dead now so instead of mourning the time lost let us return to the present and avail every second of it. we shall die and we live and nothing but time can destroy us. he called to the Lord of Moses and confessed to there being only One Allah but Allah SWT rejected his last minute confession because it was too late. because the justice of Allah merely carried out the result of their own choices and actions.e. so do not anticipate that there is time." (Surah Al-Jathiya. and I cause the revolution of day and night. adore Him and not waste time.” (Surah Qiyamat. It is not a laughing matter. They should not become like those who were given Revelation before. ‘The son of Adam annoys Me for he abuses Ad-Dahr (Time) though I am Ad-Dahr (Time). his youth before his old age and his life before his death arrives. became arrogant and hard-hearted. they corrupted it. But weeping alone will not help us. verse 24) It is narrated by Abu Hurairah ®: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: “Allah said. could learn from their lessons that wrongdoing results in self-destruction. Do not think that we have a lot of time at our disposal. our final abode.” (Sahih Bukhari) We must try and understand Allah and adore Him because He has called Himself “AdDahr”. “But man wishes to do wrong (even) in the time in front of him. and the purity of Life. this position is given only to those who fully utilize his or her time properly. and the others gain them. and it may come to anyone at any time. which means that “I am the Creator of Time.” And so we are invited by Allah SWT to prostrate before Him. If only later generations. but it hardly counts in the next world. Each of these nations was given Allah's Revelation. signs etc. and yet nations have rebelled and gone wrong and suffered destruction. and we must all be ready for it. Time as we know it will not exist forever and ever. they weakened the justice. Rukuh 1) Allah has sent Prophets. Sometimes we leave stuff for later because it was not the best time or place for it. when he saw that he was going to drown.

therefore we should rush our fellow beings and ourselves and make full use of it. “That is (the Bounty) whereof Allah gives Glad Tidings to His Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. When no one knows when the end will come. The time for repentance and the time to act are now and it can be done at any given time. There will not be anything in that box of treasures. Allah SWT has given us these glad tidings. we don’t have time to waste. the believer will be so happy that if his happiness is distributed amongst the dwellers of hell they will not feel the anguish of hell fire. there is not much time for repentance. This will be the hour in which they were sleeping (meaning wasting their time). your leisure before your work. "Grasp five things before five others: your youth before your decrepitude. Thirdly a treasure will open for those who did not do any deeds at all. When Satan and his demons are sitting on top of us with their claws out ready to pounce. we will not be allowed to plead for more time. your health before your illness. Allah's Messenger (PBUH) said to a man in the course of an exhortation. On the Day of Judgment Allah will open each and every locker and will see the deeds earned every .” (Surah Ash Shura. 817-516-7343 Arlington. The bad odor and darkness will spread out and the hour in which he did not obey Allah will make him encounter dreadful punishment. and all the caution and warning would be useless. verse 23) Written by: Najam Barney Tel #. When Allah says that only time can destroy us. let’s not make them succeed in their evil plans. Try not to waste this day and understand that there are 24 hours in a day and that every person has 24 lockers standing side by side in a row. let us try to grab it and not let it slip through our fingers. He will be so uncomfortable and so much humiliated that if this discomfort and humiliation was to be distributed amongst the dwellers of Jannah all their rewards will lose their essence. and this box will be empty. If they are filled with the lights of the good deeds. therefore every moment counts. your riches before your poverty. But when the punishment comes. When this stay of ours in this world is over. it is too late to ask for forgiveness. and every person there will feel regret and remorse for having this hour empty.Imam Ibn Jozee® says that every breath of our lives is a precious jewel that cannot be bought with any amount of money. and your life before your death. No one should wait for an appropriate time or place to repent. the time for its punishment is approaching near faster than anyone can realize. Texas E-mail: nsbarney@hotmail. When a wrong is done. If by bad luck a person was involved in doing bad deeds than there will be darkness present in the lockers in place of light." (Tirmidhi) When time is limited.