كَمْ مِنْ مُسَوِّف بِالعَمَلِ حتّى هَجَمَ عَلَيْهِ الأجَلُ۔

How many a person has delayed his work until death came upon him!



How many a person has delayed his work until death came upon him!

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Appointed Time Of Death)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a reminder of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of not procrastinating in our actions. The key words in this Hadith are (delayed) "مُسَوِّف" and (death) "الأجَلُ".

The term "مُسَوِّف" refers to someone who postpones or delays their work or actions. It implies a sense of negligence or laziness in fulfilling one's responsibilities or duties. This can apply to various aspects of life, such as religious obligations, personal goals, or even mundane tasks.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) draws our attention to the consequences of such procrastination by stating,

How many a person has delayed his work until death came upon him!

This statement highlights the urgency and importance of taking immediate action and not assuming that we have an unlimited amount of time.

This concept of not delaying our actions is emphasized in the Quran as well. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Asr (103:1-3),

By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

This verse reminds us that time is a valuable resource, and if we do not utilize it wisely by engaging in righteous deeds and encouraging one another towards truth and patience, we will be at a loss.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Munafiqun (63:9), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) warns,

O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that - then those are the losers.

This verse reminds us not to let worldly distractions and responsibilities hinder us from fulfilling our religious duties and obligations. It serves as a reminder that our focus should always be on the remembrance of Allah and fulfilling His commands.

The consequences of delaying our actions can be severe. If we continuously postpone our obligations, we risk losing the opportunity to fulfill them altogether. For example, if we delay our prayers until the last moments of our lives, we may not have the chance to offer them before death overtakes us. Similarly, if we delay seeking knowledge or engaging in acts of charity, we may miss out on the immense rewards and blessings associated with these actions.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement serves as a wake-up call for Muslims to reflect on their own lives and assess whether they are actively fulfilling their responsibilities or if they have fallen into the trap of procrastination. It urges us to prioritize our actions, seize the present moment, and not delay what can be done today.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the dangers of procrastination and the importance of taking immediate action. It serves as a powerful reminder to Muslims to prioritize their obligations and not delay them until it is too late. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom and motivation to fulfill our duties promptly and consistently.

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