It is inevitable that Life Is A Race.
Who is successful in what. And gets media coverage.
Who has more kids. And is able to hold a 9 to 5 job at that.
Who earns more. And owns an expensive car.
Who is the happiest. And how long are they married for.
And we want to be on top of the game. So we need time. More time than before to squeeze every element into our lives. We forgot how to prioritise because we want everything.
Am I living The Life? Yes, to my standards. Although I still have goals to achieve and is hungry for more. When I was a house officer (HO) in a busy hospital, I prayed hard for Time. Time for myself, my family, my friends and of course for Allah. I felt guilty for rushing my salah – sometimes performing them at the end of its prayer times. I felt guilty for not being able to attend a close friends wedding. I felt guilty for saying to my mother that ‘Mummy, I will only be able to go back home on the 2nd of Eid’
Alhamdulilah, I got Time. Time that I could use for holidays, attending family events et cetera.
With such gift, I feel obliged to attend to my prayers ON Time. Go to every single family and friends event that I could afford to with my gift of Time. In short, using Time for my benefit and others.
I leave you with a wonderful illustrated explanation of Surah Al-Asr by Nouman Ali Khan who speaks about Time in the surah very well.