Channel: Tawfique Chowdhury
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The topic for our third lecture today is safeguarding our time. And this will be given by Dr. Tawfiq Chaudhary. And it will be a one hour talk followed by 20 minutes for questions and answers. So I'd like to invite Dr Chaudhary to the stage now.
And hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa sallam about it because NBN Mohammed were the early he are stuck at the edge my
my brothers and my sisters in Islam.
Allah subhana wa Taala glorified me He is the creator of time and space. He is the one who created the heavens and the universe, and he is also the creator of time itself.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is the creator of time, and it is because of this, he has no beginning and he has no end. And unfortunately, our minds are so limited to time and space that we cannot comprehend. How great Allah subhanho wa Taala is and how he can exist without time and space. No doubt my brothers and sisters Islam, Allah subhanho wa Taala created time. And he swears by time again and again and again. And
one lately is I have a Sha one nihari that agenda well as all of these times Allah subhanho wa Taala swears by time, he swears by the day he swears by the night he swears by time itself. He does it again and again. Do you know why? He does it so that we realize the value of time itself. If you want to understand the value of time. And if you want to understand the value of 10 years of your life, ask a husband and a wife that has recently divorced. Ask them. How do you feel now? How do you feel about the last 10 years of your life? And you know what they will say? So Pamela, what a waste. Also Pamela, I don't know how those 10 years went, it just went. If you want to understand the value
of one year of your life, ask someone who has just please don't they're under the microphone.
Everyone plays around with the microphone when I'm on.
I'm gonna get my own microphone next time.
Okay, if you want to understand the value of one hour of your life, just as someone who failed his exams, he failed his final exams, or he failed one of his years asked him how he feels
one year of his life just went down the drain fields. So panela if you want to understand the value of one month, just one month, as a mother, who is pregnant the value of one month, the value of one month of holding that baby, or ask a mother who has delivered her child premature. premature by few weeks, she will tell you the value of one month, one month would it be the difference between a difficult pregnancy and an easy pregnancy. The difference between having a healthy child that you can take back the very next day back home. And the difference between that and a child that has to now sit in is in the ICU for the next one week trying to get bigger and more healthier. If you want
to understand the value of one week, just ask someone who publishes a newspaper every week, or does a lecture or does a TV show every week he will tell you the value one week. Oh my god have only one week to prepare that. Oh my god one week to prepare that. If you want to understand the value one day, as someone who has an exam tomorrow, he will give the day he will give the dunya and everything he has for just one more day to revise. All right. If you want to understand the value one day, who do you ask? You got to ask the right people so they tell you the value of that day as somebody who has his final 15 medical exams tomorrow. Oh my god, I would have given the hour given everything. my
kidneys, my livers. My right eye you know I would have given it just to have one more day to revise and sitting there with one day to go is scratching your head. I wish I studied earlier. Okay, I think all of us ever sat exams you realize what I'm talking about. Remember the day just before exams. Yeah, I love this one day. If you want to understand the value of one hour. Ask two lovers. a husband and a wife who love each other and haven't seen each other for
A year, perhaps he went away from the study in Medina.
And his claim is led by one hour, just one hour. And he calls his wife and say my flights been delayed. Ask the disappointment that she has in her heart for just one hour of time. Yes, hello. You want to learn the value? One minute? Just one minute. Ask someone who just missed his flight.
I'm telling you the other day, I missed my flight by one minute. The lady closed the door. I said, Look, I'm a medical doctor. I had to save somebody. You know, I mean, you know,
I literally did not realize
I had like, my scrubs on I had my medical clothes on didn't have my stethoscope on. So she didn't believe me. But anyway.
So panela, just one minute, I missed my flight. One minute. It's amazing.
You want to understand the value of one second?
Yeah, you want to understand the value one second? Or a few seconds? Ask someone who nearly had an accident? Oh, my God. It's just there. But two seconds, I would hit the car. Just two seconds if I didn't break before is a true? understand the value of two seconds, you will understand the value of half a second, who do you ask?
You understand the value half a second you ask someone who is competing in the 100 meter race. He will tell you half a second is the difference between his john and Johanna.
between him winning a medal and him winning nothing at all.
Do you understand?
Time has value. Time has value. The problem is
we are not the ones who are losing
the medals all the time, or the ones who are about to crash all the time, or the ones who are publishing something weekly all the time, or the ones who are missing our loved ones all the time or the ones we're delivering, or the ones who are divorcing, we don't know. And we're not in those situations every minute every second to understand the value of time itself. But what learning time has a significant value that you cannot imagine at all.
A value that you cannot imagine how serious it is in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala
how serious it is. In the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says three times that when death comes to a person, a person will say color or build your own. Learn Dr. Amanda Saleh and FEMA Torah or Allah send me back. when death comes to person, oh, Allah, He will say send me back so that I may do good and the time that I had in this
one of the names of the Day of Judgment. One of the names Day of Judgment is Yeoman last sort of what does Yeoman has to run he has to remains a day of tremendous difficulty and regret. Why regret, because of the time that a person wasted in this life, by a law that he can see in his mind. He can see in front of his eyes, the time you wasted, if you did not do something good.
He did not do something good. You see this phrase that we say killing time? What are you doing? I'm killing time.
This does not exist in the vocabulary, the vocabulary of a Muslim, a Muslim never has time to kill. Because what is time except yourself? And has an embassy the human mind sending authentic donation from him? He said, Yeah, add them in number enter in the young is a horrible idea for
all children of Adam, you are nothing but time. You are nothing but a few days, when a few days of your life has gone, then part of you has already gone. How many of us already has a foot in our graves already. We're just waiting for the other foot to reach the grave.
So my brothers, my sisters in Islam, I urge you all to understand the value the time has, and to not waste a single moment of your time, except that you're doing something good or the other. Do you know my brothers and sisters lamb that the scholars have 40 different opinions regarding which day is labor to other
But they study days and I'm about?
Correct. So there's
there's an opinion for each day that the Father is on first. Now the one said no second, no, someone says on third. So for each day there's an opinion on which they let the father is able to assess the 14th opinions and he quotes them all. In fact, we Bank of course he chooses one of the 14 as a strongest one. But the reality is that he quotes many scholars saying learn the pattern is actually not in Ramadan.
Actually, it's outside of Ramadan.
And he provides some strong evidence for it as well. Though the evidence doesn't stand up to the other evidence for other other opinions. But he also provides some strong evidence. But the point of the matter is, imagine if today was the father, what would you do? How would you spend your day? How would you spend every second when you know every second equals 4.5 days every second equals 4.5 days? How would you spend it?
But Allah you will do something on the other ingredients to panel Al Hamdulillah. Al Hamdulillah, something or the other you'll be doing? Yeah, you'll be doing
you'll be doing something or the other in order to take advantage. But the problem is that we don't think today is that we don't even care the reality is is if today was your day of your death, then today would have been your relative
because in normal, Swati verily actions about endings, whatever act is the last act that you did, that is how you will be raised, that is how your deeds will be judged. So if you turn the new leaf, and today you started to make more thicker of a lasagna than anything else, and today death came to light your death came. But Allah you will be raised up as someone who constantly remembers Allah, which in
Allah, how amazing would that be? How amazing would that be?
My brothers, my sisters in Islam. We are not worried about our past sins. No.
Don't worry about your past sins. Worry about your future deeds. Ignore him. Allah says in his lunia he says what law he Moksha Nova. So in the lsvt laughs We will go for only one Kingdom in Africa in Sudan who had been killed in Washington. Well,
what does he say? Amazing verses he says, By Allah. One night martial law, I don't fear my past sins. Really? Yeah. I don't feel past sins for in Allah, Allah sabinal Afu frannie. Why? Because I have repented to Allah. And I've done it sincerely. And I know Allah loves to forgive. So I have every hope in my heart, Allah has forgiven it. I've every 100 mahalos forgiven it. So why are you afraid? Do you want us to pray while I'm still fasting? The reason is the next verse that he says, What is it? wala kinema. However, what I really fear is insula, who has calbee mental hacking, and why is that my heart will cease to do that which is obligatory and recommended by Islam in the very
next deed that I do.
That's the real fear. The real fear is the very next thing that I do might be my last deed, and might be upon which all my previous deeds will be judged. So if my last deed is a bad one, that will be the end of me, that'll be the end of me. That will be the end of me, my brothers and sister. And that is a reality of why we are good. Why we turn a new leaf, why we become good is not because we're afraid of the past, but rather we afraid of the future.
So drive your life by looking into the front, not by looking into the rearview mirror, if you do that you will eventually crash. And this is a very, very important point I'm asking you to make
my brothers and sisters Islam, the value of time is shown by one of the greatest scholars of Islam by the name of Abu hanifa, my version of law, I will have to ask you, as a great scholar of Hadith, he was a contemporary of some of the great scholars of Hadith such as you know, Mohammed and others who have them it was he had a son, but the name of the man of the man said about his father, listen to what he said. He said, one run the MA a to Abby, I did not see my father, from whatever I can remember from my childhood till today,
except that he was either reading something, listen to this, either reading something, or that I was reading something to him whilst he was walking, or that I was reading something to him whilst he was eating, or that I was reading something whilst he was in the toilet.
Or that I was reading something wants to is making do or that I was reading something, something to him whilst he was falling asleep.
And then I only stopped when he fell asleep. I only stopped when he stopped reading Salah. There is not a single moment that I can remember when I did not speak to my father or my father did not speak to me about something about good. or reading a book yes or no. What is this? This is a person who knows the value of time.
This is a
Listen, who knows around the time of the lovely robot it was asked the question
yeah Eman Illa. Allah will end when will be finished gaining knowledge. Mineral Maria even Matthew said from giving birth parents to the day that we die. It was reported from October in Russian mahalo that at his deathbed whilst he was having shakes and shivers at his deathbed, he remember the Hadees Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he asked for a pen and he wrote it down. And they asked him even at this point, your Eman, he said, until the soul is taken away until the sword is taken away. It was reported about abuse of Russian Malala was a student of Abu hanifa Obama, that he thought about an issue in his deathbed. He turned to Muhammad Ali and said, Yeah, Mohammed, what did our
Imam our chefs Abu hanifa Rahim Allah say about the person who stones, the JAMA rock in, in in the days of Hajj? Is it better to do it standing? Or is it better to do it whilst on your camera? Which opinion did he Express was a better one. And Mohammed Shabana looked at him and said, Yeah, by use of even now. He said, How am I going to? How am I going to come to Allah azza wa jal, and I don't know one thing about is the
my brothers and my sisters in Islam, we waste so much time, we waste far too much time.
There's such time that is wasted. It is amazing. Today, we have more time saving devices, yet we have far less time.
How many people have more than one watch?
Come on, stop lying. Show me your hands. Of course, you have multiple watches. How many people have more than one phone
I call him his scheme because you got to problem.
You got to problematic things that waste your time. How many people watch the soccer euro? 2012.
Okay, the ones who are smiling and laughing I can probably see then other scores.
You probably know the scores. I mean, I know this causes because I happen to be looking up and seeing I will trust me. I didn't watch it.
The point I'm trying to make
how much time have we wasted with like,
how little have we done? So after continued and he said, so I remember this from my father. So then the teacher was the result was what? That Abu hanifa murase wrote two books. One book, which is the most important book in Java D, which is the narrator's of Hadith, and grading or downgrading them or upgrading them. It's called Jeopardy by democracy. Okay, nine votes, from what from what his son recited to him read to him once was the oil in the bathroom.
Can you imagine that this book now is so valuable to us. And another one called a Muslim of Abu hanifa murase. How many volumes
So my brothers in Islam the question I have for you all, how many volumes have you written?
How many volumes have you written? How many volumes Will you leave behind? What knowledge will you leave behind?
Do you know? Do you know? The Imam Bukhari Rahim Allah was born.
Well, he was well with his own census at the age of 12 Yvonne Bahati became blind. At the age of 12. He became blind at the age of 15. At the age of 17, apologize. he regained his eyesight. The reason why was because of the glare of his mother for him, his mother saw a dream. It is in her dream, she saw that Ibrahim Ali supersalon came to the mother of Buhari and said Allah has returned the eyesight of your son for you because of your love for him. Then at the age of 18, remember he wrote a book which was the first book written by Al Bukhari, which is what a tally of Buhari Okay, that is many history. You know, history has an intricate details, right? It's not like what we say today
that fluff just pages of fluff, no, no, no, it's not places the fluff behind his books and everything is and so on. So sad and so on. So said and this is not that is not this presentation here is just to say it's real, true knowledge.
And how did he manage to do that? Do you know how? Because once he had become blind,
his mother used to read to him every single day.
for hours on end, I was in Ohio. He said my mother read to me some days for 14 hours.
many of us if we actually
became blind or disabled in some way or the other.
We would stop doing all good.
who think Allah has forgiven us? We don't have to become a llama and scholars alone forgive us. But some of the greatest scholars of our Deen were blind.
Some of the greatest scholars have a dean of blind because he was blind.
of the lessons was the end of his life became blind, Alabama became blind. And so the mother became blind. Well, haselbury became blind. How many scholars want me to say who became blind?
So many scholars became blind, and they weren't blind at any later age, they became blind early on.
So the point I have to ask to you or my brothers in Islam is where are we from taking advantage of time just like these people took advantage of time?
And how will we change? And what will we do in order to ensure that we do everything that is right, I have a very simple principle for you a very simple principle. And that principle
is very simple.
The principle is a particular grid that was taught by some time coaches before to help people take advantage of their time. It's called the time to task grid. Okay, it's a very simple grid, it tells you what you should be focusing on what you should be doing early and what you should be doing later, etc. And what you should not be doing at all.
Every single one of us over here, first of all, even before we discuss this grid, every single one of us must know what is important in their life. What is important in your life, it must be clear, Allah is most important
is Dean is most important.
My dunya is not that important. My dunya is my slave, my alpha is my master. That is where I'm headed for that is what is most important. So this is clear that your priorities, you know that all of us knows our priorities, it's just that we are we are confused by our present situation.
When you know your priorities, then know that from the priorities, there are two types. One is something that must be done right away. And the other one is something that can be delayed and done later. So if you do a grid,
okay, if you do a grid
on the top, you write urgent.
And the less you write important,
okay, you write urgent and not important, right? Yes, no? Yes, no. Okay. So the top column, the top of the table is anything that is urgent. And on the rows. So that's the rows. Yeah. And the sorry, that's those are the columns. And then the the rows are the important ones. Okay. So if you write that which is urgent, yes, no meaning Yes. Urgent, no urgent. And then
important, meaning Yes. No. Meaning Yes. It's important. No, it's not important. Correct. So you've got four by four, is that right? Two by two, right, two or two table, you got four columns, that full row force cells in there. The first one, which is cell number one, c one is urgent and important, correct? Everybody? urgent, important. Can you give me an example of something that's urgent? What is urgent mean? I've got to do it right away. And it's important as well. What does it mean? What does important mean? important? It's my priority. It's very important. Correct. What's an example?
Not just solid, but this the whole prayer that God was just given now? Okay. Well, this is a prayer that the other one is just given that it's urgent. I've got to do right away. And it's important, correct?
Yes or no? Everyone? Correct. Okay. What else is also urgent and important? exam that's tomorrow. So revision for the exam tomorrow, urgent, correct? Is it important? Well, if that degree is something you need to do, then it is don't just say yes. Don't just say yes, it's important. If it's something you need to do,
okay, that might be for a sister. Learning about aeronautical engineering may not be important. But for the same system, it might be important because that might be her vision to do something big with it. For a brother.
Okay, whatever you're studying might not be important, but might be important that is within the scope of your vision. So urgent and important. What do you do with this? You try to do as much as less as possible of urgent important, do as less as possible meaning make your life and your goals and everything you do in your life as little as possible from the urgent and important circle. Why? Because it's high stress.
high stress, low quality. It's important so you're going to do it. But it's so urgent that you're gonna have to do it so quickly, that you're going to have low quality in it. And you're going to do it with lots of stress, like exam tomorrow. Do you sleep at night, you don't use stress, coffee of the coffee after coffee,
pancreatitis ramsons criteria, coffee, coffee, and then slick slick Khaleesi status.
Murphy's burning lipsett. So it's very, very stressful life. Okay, urgently important is very stressful, correct. And it's high stress, low quality, correct everyone. And that is not a sad, sad is that when you do something you do to the best of your ability, you should have studied for the exam before, which is what makes
c two very important. What is C two, the next column? So that's the first column C one. The next one is it's not urgent, but it's important. Correct? not urgent, but important. And this is where all our lives should be. not urgent but important.
not urgent, but important.
Is that clear?
Is that urgent? Is that
okay? not urgent, but important? what's an example of that assignment? That's due in two weeks praying the whole prayer the earliest time
praying although prayer the earliest time is that important? Everybody? Correct but not urgent? Because you've got four hours to pray your local prayer.
So why delay if you delay it becomes we'll see one which becomes high stress, low quality. Quick, quick, quick. I got 10 minutes. Yeah, last is gonna finish those gonna finish Quick, Quick.
Quick, quick little, you know, faster than wax on wax off. You know?
You guys should know what some wax off you should and you guys are too young for this. Okay. So very quickly make you will do very well. But you may find that you don't even know what you said. And if
you don't even know what you said in your in your sooner as soon as you go quickly to ruku quickly somehow hamdulillah
you had no for sure. You could not think of Allah. Your Salah is such low quality you probably didn't get get much reward from that source at all. So I'm not Michael even accepted. What's the use of that?
Correct. So if it's important, but not urgent, that's where everything should fit in. Everything in our life must be around. Important but not urgent.
The moment you make it, see one, the moment you start failing. Does that make sense? Everybody? Right, let's see three.
What is that?
See three is urgent but not important.
Urgent but not important. What's an example of urgent but not important?
Is Birgit occurred.
Just a soccer match yesterday between England and
He knows it. England and Sweden where England beat Sweden by
three to three to one, something like that. I just see the first one. No one remembers number two, by the way. Everyone remembers the first person by the way, who's the first person who walked on the moon.
Neil Armstrong, who's the second person? Who knows?
Does that make sense? Who's the first one who went to those who went to space?
You regretted? Right? Who's the second person? Who knows? But no one cares about number two.
Take Chosen One case. So why are you trying to be number two?
Me number one. Okay, moving on. Coming back. Coming back to issue. So not important, but it's urgent. Are these time wasters that we have in our life? So many things we do? It's urgent, but it's not important for life. This is a receiver. What's an example of that? The phone ringing?
It's not important for you man to answer the phone.
It could be but how do you know if it's if it's if you can't even see the number that's showing up? The point of the matter is we have so many things in our life that are not important, but it's urgent. We've got to do it right. We got to do it right away. You've got to answer the phone, interrupt everything. You spoil your relationship with your wife. You hurry up the Santa Clara did not catch that phone. Quick, quick, quick. I think that is
It's true. I've seen enough of this, to know that Subhanallah
it's a C three s
Isn't it? It's, it's urgent, because you're going to miss it, but it's not important.
Okay, it's not important at all.
And then come see four. So what do you do about C? Three? By the way?
What you do is you add filters. Yeah, write that down filter. What does that mean? Meaning you want to filter out those things that are not important and keep the ones that actually are. Because that phone call might actually be something very, very important. Your wife is stuck somewhere she's an accident, you need to answer that call. Correct? How would you know, you wouldn't know unless you have a filter, what's a filter
called screen actually shows up with a color is? Correct. conscript is a good one, a filter is a PA,
how many people have a PA
you don't have a PA stuff from law,
you've got to have a PA, I've got to
have because I'm not reading all my emails, I don't have time.
I can't waste my time with that. I can't waste my time with booking my tickets. I'm not gonna waste my time with that. And the PA CPAs.
And they must get P is
the point of the matter is what? You have to add these filters to take away from your life that which is not the most important thing to you. Now, does that make sense? Everybody? Yeah, you have to do this is very, very critical. Screening calls using a PA to delegate things that are not very important. I remember when I used to study in Medina, my chef used to say, concentrate on two things you only hear for six years, concentrate on two things, what is the issue, concentrate on a pizza and concentrate and consider learning the creating constant learning, learning about fit because people only ask you two questions. What should I believe in? And what should I be doing here? Is
this Hello? Is that Hello? Right? So I spent my time doing that. But what about all the other types of knowledge that have to be learned that, for example, matters of the heart matters of manners and salute, etc? what I used to do is delegate to my wife, I say you read it, and you summarize to me. So she used to read German or German hycon. And then she would have to summarize to me what it was originally, somebody said in German or Illumina come to me and I benefited that way she benefited by learning it. I benefited by getting a summary and anything I wanted to read more about. So what did you read that essay over here? Oh, Michelle, that's a very amazing benefit. Does that make sense?
Correct. That's so important. It's so important for you.
You should get paid by everyone. Everyone should get px. Seriously. Yeah. You know what? These days I even delegate every phone bill paying all my bills, booking every ticket I don't even know my password to my accounts. My pa is knowing if they all collaborate together they could destroy me.
So I make sure they're all separate different countries.
Okay, so Pamela, but you have to use it. I'm serious about this. You have to otherwise see three activities will destroy you. They will distract you all the time. Too much of symmetry in our life here to want to see three in a life. If you look about it in your life, you know too much you see three things and then see for what the heck you see for not important not urgent.