Two Blessings People Tend To Waste

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are two blessings which many people waste: health and free time.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6049

The value of health is only realized when one falls ill.
Take for example, relieving oneself. If a person is unable to use the bathroom for a day, what happens to this person? His whole life comes to an immediate halt and he looks for ways to relieve him. This one bounty of Allahﷻ we enjoy day in and day out but we do not even regard it to be a bounty.
Let us appreciate the bounty of health and use our health in the obedience of Allahﷻ.

Free time is another bounty of Allahﷻ. Consider those people who have to tirelessly work many shifts just to make ends meet. They also cherish free time but are forced just to support their families. Therefore appreciate the free time before you are forced to use it in other ways. A sign of appreciation is to dedicate some of the free time for the Ibaadah (worship) and service of Allahﷻ. The enjoyment one will earn by doing so can never be explained.

Allahﷻ states in a Hadith Qudsi “O! Son of Adam free yourself for my obedience and I will make you independent and remove your poverty, and if you will not do so, I will tire you with work and never remove your want and poverty”.


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