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26 June 2019 CE | 23 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

No Free Time

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good.” [The Book of Ar-Riqaq: Sahih Bukhari]

When in an examination hall, with the exam incomplete, does anyone have free time? As long as we are alive, our life is an ongoing exam. We will be judged on what we did with every moment of it. The results determine our Hereafter – the rest of our life for eternity. Then how can one who has no free time preoccupy himself with this world? How can one whose exam is incomplete, experience free time?

So consider, may Allah have mercy upon you, what one of the scholars said about one of the Imams: “I was a neighbour of his at the school in Cairo, my house was above his house. For twelve years, I did not awake on any night, at any hour of the night except that I noticed candle light in his house and he was occupied with knowledge. Even when he was eating, his books would be with him and he was occupied with them.” (Bustaanul Aarifeen of an-Nawawi)

Imam Nawawi is the author of the famous eighteen volume commentary on Sahih Muslim, known as Sharh Sahih Muslim. He is also the author of Minhaj at-Talibin, Kitab al-Adhkar and Riyad as-Salihin. He would drill himself on lessons he learnt by heart while walking along the street. That is how, although he died at the age of 44, young in years he was great in the service of Islam and Muslims.

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