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Ten Things We Waste

Ten Things We Waste

By: Shaikh Mokhtar Maghroui

Based on a lesson of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

 

1 – Our Knowledge

Wasted by not taking action with it.

 

2 – Our Actions

Wasted by committing them with out sincerity.

 

3 – Our Wealth

Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah.

 

4 – Our Hearts

Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allaah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

 

5 – Our Bodies

Wasted because we don’t use them in ‘ibaadah and service of Allaah.

 

6 – Our Love

Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allaah, but towards something/someone else.

 

7 – Our Time

Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which has passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

 

8 – Our Intellect

Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detremental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

 

9 – Our Service

Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allaah, or benefit in dunyaa.

 

10 – Our Dhikr

Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

Being Practical

Imam Sufyaan had a sound belief in the principle that one has to both trust Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) and so what is physically necessary to achieve one’s goals. Earning a livelihood is no different; one cannot sit in the masjib 24 hours a day, seven days a week and say, “Allaah will provide for me.” One who does that does not understand the meaning of At-Tawakkul – to have complete trust in Allaah.

Nor should one work all the time for worldly gain and forget the reality that it is Allaah Who provides. The latter is the perennial mistake of worldly people; the former is the perennial mistake of those who are of an ascetic bent.

The principle that one has to work in order to achieve one’s goal is particularly applicable to a student of knowledge. To seek out knowledge properly, one has to dedicate most of one’s time to one’s studies; a student of knowledge has precious little time to work. He must therefore use his spare time effectively and work just enough to get by; such is the life of the seeker of knowledge, but it is a sweet life as long as one seeks knowledge sincerely and earn’s one livelihood instead of being dependent on others. Dependence upon others, Imam Sufyaan understood, breeds poor characteristics and can potentially lead to evil.

 

[Taken from: ‘The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [may Allaah have mercy on him] Compiled by: Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood’]

The Stages of Knowledge

Al-Mahdee Abu ‘Abdullaah reported that he once heard Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [rahimahullaah] say,

The first stage of knowledge is silence;

the second is listening and memorizing;

the third is applying what one learned;

and the fourth is teaching and spreading the knowledge that one learned.”

[Taken from ‘The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [may Allaah have mercy on him] Compiled by: Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood’]