Management Of Minutes In Ramadan
Prof. 'Abdullah ibn Muhammad Badabud
When the last ten days of Ramadan come, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used
to tighten his loincloth (as a metaphor for exerting efforts in worship),
perform Salah all the night, and keep his family awake for Salah."
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to work hard these ten days in a way that
he never exerted elsewhere as was reported in Sahih Muslim on the authority of
Um Salamah, the Mother of the believers, (may Allah be pleased with her) who
said: "No one of his family who was able to observe fasting but observe
These ten days have a virtue that motivates a reasonable person to obtain more
high goals, and sublime ends. The Prophet (peace be upon him) granted that
night its special right by alerting his power and energies to benefit from
If there is nothing in these ten days but Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of
Decree), it will be enough hope for the losers and the wish to righteous
People should investigate Laylat-ul-Qadr each night during the last ten days
as if it is the intended night, who knows? Perhaps, they can find it and win a
great happiness, double rewards, worship, and closeness to the Compassionate,
the Most Merciful for it equates one thousand month. Allah (may He be Exalted)
says in Surat Al Qadr: "Verily, We have sent it (this Qur'ân) down in the
night of Al-Qadr (Decree). * And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr
(Decree) is? * The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months
(i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a
thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). * Therein descend the angels and
the Rűh [Jibrîl (Gabriel)] by Allâh's Permission with all Decrees, * (All that
night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allâh to His believing slaves) until
the appearance of dawn." [Surat Al Qadr: 1 - 5].
It is noticeable that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not live this case
alone, but associated along with him from his household every one could endure
It indicates the lessons we should learn from the school of prophethood while
we live the classes of Ramadan school, which include:
First, the love of goodness for others. As the Prophet (peace be upon him)
loved goodness to himself, he used to love it to others.
Second, feeling responsibility toward one's household before all people.
Third, not to scorn vigor or belittle others. So, the child who is able to
fast is able to perform Qiyam to make him feel his high status in our sights
and to get used to excellency of affairs.
All these examples contain a lesson for time management which international
scientific circles care for today under the term of "Management of one
This lesson is: Advancing the most important to the less important or what is
so-called (Taking into account priorities).
If a person can win only in one night the reward he can earn in eighty three
years, should not he free himself from everything and focus on that night to
win that reward?!
Indeed, negligence in making use of these ten days means losing one of the
most important chances in the world. So, we should not waste it in futile
shopping, distracting sleeping, or useless assemblies, but we should all act
to make good use of the most valuable days in our life.
There are honorable nights and great chances; would we be of those who make
use of them?
Yes, we shall be of those who make good use of them, for we are able and have
Allah (may He be Exalted) says in Surat Al Qadr: "Verily, We have sent it
(this Qur'ân) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)." [Surat Al Qadr: 1].
Allah (Glory be to Him) asked them in Surat Al 'Alaq to read and learn, then
came Surat Al Qadr to show the greatness of Allah's Book which is recited as
an act of worship and Allah revealed in a blessed night as being an important
source of learning and knowing Allah (may He be Exalted). Allah says: "Verily,
We have sent it (this Qur'ân) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)." [Surat
Al Qadr: 1].
Do not forget our dead Muslim brothers and sisters.
Time is the most valuable thing and the quickest to pass.
Source: Booklet of reflections about Ramadan