Could Time Management Be Ibadah?

Have you ever found yourself in situations with so many things to achieve in so "little" time?

I find myself almost always in such a situation and perhaps that is why they say "Time is money".

We live in a time when a year seems like a month, a month like a week, a week like a day and a days like hours, so how could we make use of this "little" resource called TIME? And...Could effective time management be ibadah?

Firstly, What do we mean by TIME MANAGEMENT?

It is quite simply, the act of planning and efficiently utilizing our time to maximize productivity.

In order to better understand the need for effective time management. Let us take a journey back to our basic fundamental principles.

Looking at the Five Pillars of Islam, we would realise that apart from the first Pillar, which is the Shahadah, all the other four are time based.


1. Read a translation of the Quran or tafsir book
2. Make dua and spend time engaging in dhikr
3. Listen to the Qur’an or recite from memory*
4. Read Islamic books
5. Attend religious classes*
6. Give charity and think of ways of encouraging others to give charity


Al-Mujeeb, The Responsive

In more than one verse, Allah promises to respond to our supplications (so long as it is not a supplication of sin or severing blood ties). The prophets never hesitated to request from Allah, and so they did by pouring out their hearts.
Zakariya (alaihis salaam) prayed to Allah for an heir. Zakariya was old, at an age that naturally, he wouldn't be able to have a child. But he still requested. He explained his plight to his Lord (though he was fully aware that Allah did know his condition), he poured his heart out in seclusion and begged Allah for aid.

"He said, 'My Lord! indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, And I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord! And verily, I fear my relatives after me, and my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir. Who shall inherit me, and inherit the posterity of Yaqub and make him, my Lord, one with whim You are Well-Pleased!" {Q19:4-6}

Rajab; The Month of Allah

All praise is for the ONE who has spared our lives to see this day. We acknowledge HIS favor and we acknowledge our incapacity and ALL praise is for HIM.

We have entered into the month of Rajab, the first of the three of great virtue. The month of Allah.

Hassan Al Basri (Rahimahullah) mentioned in his Jami saghir that the prophet (alaihis salaatu was salaam) said,

"Rajab is the month of Allah. Sha'ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah."

Rajab is one of the four sacred months of the year. Along with Muharram, Dhul Qa'ida and Dhul Hijjah, it is a month in which transgression and sin is worse than at other times. Allah says,

Keeping our hearts alive

I remember years ago, in botany class we were studying the Mimosa flower. 

It's Binomial name is "Mimosa Pudica" from the latin word "Pudica" which means "Shy/Bashful/Shrinking". Hence it is also called the Shy or Sensitive plant, because of its special characteristic of folding inwards or drooping when touched or shaken, (in defence of itself from harm) only to re-open few minutes later when the stimuli is gone.

While this response of the Mimosa flower is made possible through a series of biochemical events & neuronal transmissions, it is also only achievable if the flower is infact alive.