Useful Five Minutes
Alhamdulillah, ALLAH Azzawajal has made us to dwell this earth as Muslims. However, being humans we tend to forget and be ungrateful (of what ALLAH Azzawajal has given us).
Reflecting on Surah Ar-Rahman ,
where ALLAH Azzawajal asked which creations of ALLAH Azzawajal that we do not appreciate? I urge My Dear Friends to take (only) 5 minutes of our time to sit and think on these:
1. Only 5 Minutes of Breakdown!
When your car that has been serving you very well, suddenly stalled on the highway for a moment. You started to panic... cursing and swearing on how late you would be for your urgent meeting. But have you ever considered the past thousands of "breakdown free" minutes that smooth and enjoyable rides your car has given you - and did you ever
Thank ALLAH Azzawajal for them?
2. Only 5 Minutes of Sickness!
All this while you are in a pink of health. You are able to enjoy all the gourmet delights, able to play your favourite sports and enjoy
sight-seeing... suddenly ALLAH Azzawajal jerked you with a tiny drop of flu virus... You moaned and groaned. You lamented the misfortune that had befallen you - the loss on your daily activities, the monies spend on your medical bill - that brief moment of sickness did not make you more Thankful to ALLAH Azzawajal but you grumbled... WHY ME? Have you ever counted your Blessing on the days you are Healthy?
3. Only 5 Minutes of Interruption!
While you were engrossed with conversation with your friends suddenly your child interrupted to ask you something you immediately scolded her for being rude and interrupting your "discussion" or while showering suddenly the water supply was cut - that 5 minutes of interruption made you frustrated and angry... did you ever consider the hours of uninterrupted talk (sometime to the extend of loosing your sleep), your ever flowing water supply?
4. Only 5 Minutes of Care and Love!
You have been busy working, filling every minutes with business, meetings and projects - but do you ever stop for 5 minutes to visit
your aged and sick parents - only that few minutes of kind words to them will make their day! Think of the sacrifices they have gone through to raise you. The hours of devotions, the vigil nights they kept when you were sick and young - only 5 minutes to keep them company - you gave plenty of excuses. Remember what goes around comes around!
(There was once an old man who was badly treated by his son. Each time his son mistreated him he would only sang praises to ALLAH Azzawajal.
His son was quite annoyed and at the same time were astonished by his
father "untiring patience". Then one day he asked his father...
" I have been kicking you, cursing you and mistreating you but you still keep praising ALLAH Azzawajal...
What is Wrong With You?"
Then after some thought the father said "Son what you have done to me is nothing
compared to what I had done to your grandfather. I am more viscous than you... your treatment to me is nothing, and this is ALLAH Azzawajal's way to show me of my past mistakes" -
Dear Muslims, our parents du'a are very potent especially our Mothers, so take care, and
to all parents, My advice is before we utter something to our children please remember that our du'a to our children - ALLAH Azzawajal will grant it very fast - so please only good du'a's for them).
5. Only 5 Minutes of Quality!
When we rushed to finish a job we tend to forgot quality. Yes we met the dateline but do we ever spare a thought on the quality - what is the used if we managed to honour the contract but our work is sloppy and of poor standard. We just need to spare 5 minutes of our schedule to really improve the quality of our work - think of the long term benefits - spare a thought on what that few minutes of quality will do... fostering an everlasting relationship between us and our customers, and as Muslims we must be truthful to ourselves and others to provide a quality service... Insha'Allah.
6. Only 5 Minutes of Reading (Learning)!
We are able to sit (I meant really sit) for hours to finish a novel but just 5 minutes of Al-Qur'an, our back started to ache, our eyesight becomes blurry, our legs become numb and the list goes on.
That few minutes we spend reading and reflecting AL-Qur'an EVERYDAY will benefit us in life hereafter - AL- Qur'an will give syafa'at to its readers - Insha'Allah.
(please set aside 5 minutes of your day for this... 5 minutes is not asking much, does it?) and remember the Angels will flock to you upon hearing your reading the AL-QUR'AN and 5 minutes of learning about ISLAM is worth a fortune!
7. Only 5 Minutes of Mischief (Mistakes)!
Sometime we do not really think of our actions, we tend to be careless and rash. 5 minutes of mischievous acts, sometime can ruin our entire live and/or our loved ones...
(a man wanted to be rich and he agreed to smuggle drugs... he thought his simple 5 minutes act of ferrying the drug will gain him big fortune... alas he was caught during immigration check and was sentenced to death!), only 5 minutes of mistake has caused him his entire life? Is it worth the trouble? So before we act please think of the consequences - if we are not bother about ourselves please spare a thought for our loved ones - our parents, and our children!
8. Only 5 Minutes of Appreciation!
Your Loving MUM, Your faithful wife, Your Sisters has been dutiful serving You... do you ever take 5 minutes each day to thank her's and remind her of how good a Mum, how good a Wife and a Sister, she has been. Sometime we are so impatient that little mistakes she made, we yelled on top of our voices. We viewed her 5 minutes of mistake as if she had done 5 YEARS of mistakes - I must confessed I am no exception to this - by writing this I hope to remind myself and others too. May ALLAH Azzawajal gives us the patience and strength, ameen.
9. Only 5 Minutes of Attention!
You have been enjoying your favourite past-time for hours- surfing the net, listening to the radio, etc. Have you ever consider the time you spend NOT REMEMBERING ALLAH Azzawajal! ALLAH Azzawajal asks a fraction of your time - only 5 minutes to perform the SALAT - that short a time for ALLAH Azzawajal is a very demanding task for some of us...
we frown! 5 minutes to stop and concentrate on ALLAH Azzawajal's creations...
"Fabi Ayyi aa laa i Rabbikumaa Tukazzibaan?"
(So which of your Lord's benefits will both of you deny?)
10. Only 5 Minutes of Punishment!
Prophet Sayyedina Muhammad Mustufa Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam have mentioned that the simplest punishment in Hell is when a person is forced to wear a Hot Metal Clog - the hotness will boil the body from the toe up to the brain - Just imagine what 5 minutes in hell will do to you/us... (only 5 minutes) we better be prepared and not ask for it! na'uzubillah min zalik.
we tend to overlook on these 5 minutes deeds... simplest of mistakes, we grumbled... but the larger fortunes that ALLAH Azzawajal has bestowed on us we tend to take them for granted and neglected them - please remember it takes ONLY FIVE MINUTES of our time to make the difference.
May Allah Be With You: