Ramadan Day 3: On Using 5

For the 29/30 days of Ramadan I’ve challenged myself to write my daily reflections and share them via Haya wa Iman. Insha’Allah they are words of benefit.

During Ramadan, time is critical. We need to know exactly what time is Fajr, so we can sleep as long as possible with enough time to eat. We need to know exactly what time that sun sets. If we’re really good we also keep track of zhur, asr and ‘isha.

How we use our time within those markers is questionable.

This weekend I’ve focused on maximizing my nights at the expense of my days. As a result, I’ve felt incredibly spiritually in tune but also materially a bum. As I sat on the couch today, I watched two documentaries Marion Jones’ 30 for 30, followed by the most recent documentary on Muhammad Ali, I Am Ali.

As I watched, I couldn’t help but think of the hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim where the Prophet advised:

Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death.

For an athlete these elements are critical and time is everything. I watched Marion take benefit until she lost due to her own fault and Ali before sickness.

I reflected on my own five and the space that Ramadan gives me to take full advantage. Managing the nights and days of Ramadan is certainly a challenge, but I do want to think more critically about how to use five before I lose five.

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