TEARS IN WATER

Masjid Konzi along Digo Road in Mombasa City being fumigated against COVID-19 Pandemic.

I have READ IN AWE, in the past few days SEVERAL POSTS across all social media platforms. Some CONCERNED PARTIES are lamenting for MISSING JUMAA PRAYERS already. Others MISS FAJR PRAYERS. Others miss CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS in general for A REASON OR ANOTHER. Whether they are GENUINE CRIES or just CROCODILE TEARS is a topic for another day. Most of us HAVE HAD CHANCES for congregational prayers SINCE WE KNEW WE WERE MUSLIMS. But did we attend them? What was the reason for missing out? WE STAY NEAR MOSQUES with deafening SOUNDS OF ADHAN but we respond to THE MUADHIN with something to this effect: “SLUMBER IS BETTER THAN PRAYERS” Surely you NEVER KNOW the value of what you have UNTIL YOU LOSE IT. Right now you love to pray in the mosque but IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR REASONS BEYOND YOUR REACH. It’s indefinite and we never know WHEN NORMALCY WILL RESUME. Two resources are cardinal: HEALTH AND FREE TIME. Both of these are NECESSARY RESOURCES for doing good deeds. It is difficult to do good deeds WITHOUT GOOD HEALTH OR ENOUGH TIME to do it properly. These are two things that most PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED. For some reason, we DON’T APPRECIATE these blessings from Allah until they are TAKEN AWAY FROM US. The best way to show appreciation to Allah for a blessing is to use it AS A TOOL FOR GOOD. Therefore, our free time must be utilized and we cannot allow it to be wasted. The Hadith in question mentions free time and not time as a whole. Due to the NECESSITIES OF LIFE, there are times in the day that we have to do certain things (family time, Work, prayers, personal time and e.t.c) and we can’t use that time for ANYTHING ELSE. Now you know what to do when normalcy returns.

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ نِعْمَتَانِ مَغْبُونٌ فِيهِمَا كَثِيرٌ مِنْ النَّاسِ الصِّحَّةُ وَالْفَرَاغُ

“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.”
(Bukhari 8/421)

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