The car parking lots of shopping malls seem to be always full. One of the major reason for this; people go in to watch movies.Even during late nights, there seem to be always people gathering to watch the latest movies. The movies are usually one to two hours long, yet the audiences keep sitting from the beginning to the end. When they come out, they talk about their favorite parts for many days to come.
Sometimes, they talk so much about the movie that they convince other people to watch it also. Same thing happens with people’s favourite TV shows or other programs. They remain glued to the TV even if the program goes on for hours and hours. But, what happens when suddenly we are asked to sit for an Islamic lecture or an event for a short while? I have observed myself and many others looking at the watch continuously and waiting to run out of the Masjid. Forget about discussing what we have learned, as soon as we get out, we are angry at those who kept us sitting there for maybe 30 minutes or more.
Sometimes when we go to the masjid for jummah prayers, we feel the need to stand up to tell the Imam to stop the Khutbah because the talk went little bit longer than the usual length. This happens because we have not inculcated the love of Allah in our hearts. If we recognized that it is Allah who gave us the time, health, wealth and everything we possess, then we would not be miserly in using them for the sake of Allah.
On the other hand, our heart is so much filled with the love of this world that we are ready to spend hours behind watching something which we know is fake and unreal. Please spend more time in the way of Allah (SWT). It is the only investment that guarantees reward in this life and the hereafter.
Bin ‘Abbas narrated that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:
“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.” (Bukhari 8/421)
Narrated Abdullah Bin Mas`ud Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said:
“A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it; concerning his youth, how he grew old; concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had.”
Abu Barzah Nadlah ibn Ubayd al-Aslami narrated that the Prophet(PBUH) said: “A servant of Allah will remain standing on the Day of Judgment till he is questioned: about his age and how he spent it; and about his knowledge and how he utilized it; about his wealth from where he acquired it and in what (activities) he spent it; and about his body as to how he used it.”
and Allah knows best...