مِنَ الْخُرْقِ الْمُعَاجَلَةُ قَبْلَ الاْمْكَانِ، وَالاْناةُ بَعْدَ الْفُرْصَةِ۔

To make haste before the proper time or to delay after a proper opportunity, in either case is folly.



To make haste before the proper time or to delay after a proper...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #363)

Personal Reflection

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

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

To make haste before the proper time or to delay after a proper opportunity, in either case is folly.

This wise utterance highlights the importance of timing and balance in our actions and decisions. Let us delve deeper into the words of this Hadith and explore its implications in light of the Quran.

The Arabic word (khurq) "خُرْقِ" in this Hadith refers to hastiness or impatience. It signifies the act of rushing into something without considering the appropriate time or circumstances. On the other hand, the word (imkan) "اْمْكَانِ" refers to the proper time or opportunity, while (anah) "اْناةُ" means delay or procrastination.

The Quran emphasizes the significance of timing in various aspects of life. In Surah Al-Hujurat (49:6), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says,

O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.

This verse advises Muslims to verify information before taking any action, highlighting the importance of not rushing into judgment or making hasty decisions.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Asr (103:1-3), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,

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 of the value of time and the need to utilize it wisely. It encourages Muslims to engage in righteous actions and to seek guidance from one another, emphasizing the importance of patience and proper timing.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) Hadith cautions against two extremes: making haste before the appropriate time and delaying after a proper opportunity. Both actions are considered folly because they disrupt the balance and harmony required for successful endeavors.

For instance, if we rush into a decision without considering the consequences or without gathering enough information, we may end up making mistakes or causing harm to ourselves or others. This aligns with the Quranic teachings that urge us to seek knowledge, reflect, and make informed choices. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:269),

He grants wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been granted wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding.

Similarly, if we constantly delay taking advantage of opportunities that come our way, we may miss out on potential blessings and growth. The Quran encourages Muslims to seize opportunities and take action when the time is right. In Surah Al-Hadid (57:20), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,

Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) beautiful saying serves as a reminder for Muslims to exercise wisdom, balance, and patience in their actions. It teaches us to carefully assess the appropriate time for our endeavors, ensuring that we do not rush into things prematurely or miss out on opportunities due to procrastination.

By adhering to the principles outlined in this Hadith, we can avoid the pitfalls of hastiness and delay. We can make well-informed decisions, seize opportunities when they arise, and achieve success in both this world and the Hereafter. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom to understand and apply the teachings of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and the Quran in our lives.

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