Most of our time these days passes in worldly affairs. For many, the only time we remember Allah (SWT) is during prayers and that too can sometimes be mechanical and void of real devotion. We must work on this. This takes some effort but it is worthwhile. We should take some time out daily to read some portion of the Quran. We can also have our children sit with us and read Quran with Tajweed (the correct way of reciting the Quran) while explaining the meaning for at least 10 minutes.
It is very fruitful to make kids listen to stories of Prophets and the Miracles of Allah and those given to His prophets. Children enjoy these kinds of talks and tales. We can read useful and informative books. We can surf the net for important information on topics that concern us like health, Islam, science, nature, general knowledge on authentic websites.
We can utilize our free time in going out to different places and visiting family friends and relatives. It is also nice to take interest in learning the skills of swimming, horse riding, calligraphy, and others. There are numerous ways to use one’s time intelligently and constructively.
Allah likes strong Muslims better than those who do not take care of themselves and are weak and unproductive.
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless. If anything befalls you, do not say, “if only I had done such and such” rather say “Qaddara Allahu wa ma sha’a fa’ala (Allah has decreed and whatever he wills, He does).” For (saying) ‘If’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Satan.'”
Sahih Sunan Ibn Majah
Utilizing our time in a productive manner will not only benefit us personally but also make us beneficial for our family and others. We as Muslims know that whatever good deeds we do are immensely rewarding. No minor deed is worthless. Making ourselves more and more useful and beneficial for others is our contribution to the world and Afterlife. Our children will learn from our behavior and they too will act responsibly toward being useful and not wasting their time, energy and skills. The good deeds will act like ongoing charity if we have started something for the good of others and it will keep benefiting us even after we have left the world.
What more do we need for a better life and a successful end?!This is not limited to some specific day or time rather this should be there in our hearts every day. We are not Muslims only when we pray or fast or perform other duties. We are Muslims every moment that we utilize according to what Allah likes and keeping a constant check on ourselves whether we are fulfilling our duties in every aspect of life. This is because Islam is not just a label or a cult but it is a lifestyle and a code of conduct for daily life.