I wish to cite two examples in our history of where an opportunity was seized and another of where it was lost: 1) In the Khilaafate of Sayyiduna Umar (May Allah be pleased with him), during one of his famous nightly patrols, while resting against a wall of a particular house, he overheard a conversation from within that house between an elderly woman and her daughter. They were people who sold milk. The mother, in order to increase the volume of the milk encouraged her daughter to mix water with the milk. The girl refused saying that the Khalifa Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) has prohibited such practices. The mother retorted that at this odd hour of the night how would Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) be aware of what they were doing? The girl than said, \'But Allah (SWT) knows!\' Sayyiduna Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) was so impressed with this response that he asked his servant to mark this house and they both returned home. The next morning Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) sent his servant to enquire as to whether the young girl was married. He was informed that she was unmarried. Sayyiduna Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) called his three sons together and asked which of them would like to get married because he has found an ideal woman. He also told them that had it not been for his old age he would have married the woman. One of his sons, Aasim (May Allah be pleased with him), indicated his willingness and the proposal was duly sent and accepted. This couple had a daughter who later married and had a son. This son grew up to be Umar bin Abdul Aziz (May Allah have mercy on him). The Noble Messenger of Allah (PBUH) mentioned in a hadith \'Surely, Allah will send for this Ummah at the beginning of every hundred years a person who will revive its religion for it\' - (Hadith-Abu Dawud) for the past fourteen hundred years all scholars have reached consensus (they%20differ regarding every other century) only on one person and that is none other than Umar bin Abdul Aziz (May Allah have mercy on him) whom they regard to be the Mujaddid (Reviver) of the first century of Islam. He was also regarded to be the fifth Khalif of Islam. He ruled with such justice that was reminiscent of the Khilafate of his great grandfather Sayyiduna Umar (May Allah be pleased with him). It is said that in his time, which unfortunately lasted only two years, the wolves and sheep would drink from the same watering hole without the wolves devouring the sheep, indicative of his justice. On a particular day a wolf devoured a sheep which prompted the shepherd to say t hat, \'Today justice has been removed from this world. The Khalifa has passed away\'. Upon enquiry it was found that the Khalifa had indeed passed away! This was an example of an opportunity seized by Sayyiduna Umar (May Allah be pleased with him). 2) In the early days of the mission of the Noble Messenger of Allah (PBUH) a man from Taif came to Makka Mukkarrama for some business. When he went to the Haram he saw a man, a woman and a young boy doing, what he thought, were strange actions. His curiosity aroused, he enquired from Abbas( RA), the uncle of the Noble Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as to what it was that they were doing and who these people were. He was told that this is my nephew Muhammad (PBUH), who claims to be a prophet, his wife Khadijah (RA) and his cousin Ali (RA) and they claim to be worshipping their God and they have rejected the religion of their forefathers. The man, being interested, thought for a moment and than decided that as he was in a hurry he needed to leave. He reasoned that as his business interests brought him frequently to Makka he would meet Muhammed (PBUH) on his next business trip ... fast forward 20 years later, in the year after the conquest of Makka, an entire group of people come to Medina Munawwarah to accept Islam at the hands of the Noble Messenger of Allah (PBUH). Amongst this group was a man who was crying profusely! He was asked as to what is it that has caused him to weep so much. He replied that many years earlier he had an opportunity of being from amongst the first to embrace Islam and he let that opportunity pass by. This was the reason for his crying. In fact his name is not even mentioned in the narrations so all that he is now, is a statistic, when he could have been one of the well known personalities of Islam. This is an example of an opportunity not seized. With regards to health an incident comes to mind. A few years back a scholar from Palestine narrated an incident of a youngster in Palestine who was a very wealthy businessman. They had been to visit him encouraging him to spend some of his time for the sake of Allah and contribute towards the benefit of the community through active involvement in meeting people and giving them encouragement. His response was always that he was too busy in his business and had no time. One day while driving one of his fancy cars he met up in a severe accident that resulted in him being totally paralysed from his neck down. When he was visited in hospital he began to cry and he said, \'Pray that Allah (SWT) gives me my health back so that I can assist you in good works\' As far as our health is concerned we have no guarantee and incidents like the one mentioned above are a common occurrence these days. In fact the Noble Messenger of Allah (SWT) has said: Value five before five, youth before old age, good health before sickness, free time before you become occupied, wealth before poverty and life before death. (Hadith-Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad) It is mentioned that the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) were very easy with their money but very tight with their time. Whenever they%20parted company they would recite this Surah Al Asr so as to remind themselves of the importance of time and its correct utilisation. In other words they parted easily with their money but not their time. May Allah (SWT) make it possible for us to value both our health, time and to understand that as long as we have both of them we have an ideal opportunity for good.