Hadith – Health and Free Time

25 02 2008

Abdullah bin Abbas (Radiallau Anhu) reports that Rasulullah said (صلى الله عليه وسلم) “There are two bounties of Allah wherein most people are deceived, health and free time”.

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COMMENTARY

The value of health is only realized when one falls ill.

Take for example, relieving oneself. If a person is unable to use the bathroom for a day, what happens to this person? His whole life comes to an immediate halt and he looks for ways to relieve him. This one bounty of Allah we enjoy day in and day out but we do not even regard it to be a bounty.

Let us appreciate the bounty of health and use our health in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala.

Free time is another bounty of Allah Ta’ala. Consider those people who have to tirelessly work many shifts just to make ends meet. They also cherish free time but are forced just to support their families. Therefore appreciate the free time before you are forced to use it in other ways. A sign of appreciation is to dedicate some of the free time for the Ibaadah and service of Allah. The enjoyment one will earn by doing so can never be explained.

Allah states in a Hadith Qudsi “O! Son of Adam free yourself for my obedience and I will make you independent and remove your poverty, and if you will not do so, I will tire you with work and never remove your want and poverty”.

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