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Time is from the favours of Allah which the majority of people either waste, kill and lose out on.Time is one of the most precious commodities of the student of knowledge therefore it is either he cuts it or it cuts him.Hence, we have to know how to do ‘time management’ and do not worry you do not have to go to a university to learn it.A student should use at least 6 hours a day to seek knowledge and only to seek knowledge. And the time he has otherwise he arranges it in a suitable manner.Therefore, forget that after Fajr nap you love so much. You must sit down after Fajr and give yourself 45 minutes to memorize and one hour and 15 minutes to review what you have
memorized from before.

In other words what you review is much more important than what you are about to memorize. 

For example, do not try to be like Ibn Taymeeyah and memorize by reading once. You have to repeat and repeat and repeat until you actually get a mental picture of what you have memorized.

In other words you have repeated it so many times you can picture the page in front of you. When you can do that you have memorized it without doubt.

It also means…

You memorize little and review much.

Let us use an example:

You are memorizing Qur’an, and if you wish the three fundamental principles, or 40 Nawawi. So what do you do?

Do you take Surah Anfaal and try to do it in one shot? And then take 20 Hadeeth from 40 Nawawi or 20 lines from the 3 principles?

Maybe if your name is Ahmad Ibn Hanbal or Ibn Taymeeyah or Imam Ash Shafi’ee then go ahead.

Note well: Imam Ash Shafi’ee memorized Muwatta in eight days and I heard a story of Ibn Taymeeyah from a tape of Shaikh Ahmad An Najmi  that a man came to him and
wrote ten Hadeeth for him on a board. He looked at it once and memorized it. And then he wrote another ten. The Shaikh read the Ahadeeth once and memorized it. And the man
did that until he reached 70 Hadeeth in one day. 

As for Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, well we do not even need to go into that. One million Ahadeeth, nuff said.

If you are not then take this advice

You memorize 3-5 lines of the Qur’an and 2 lines from the three principles or one Hadeeth (if it is short) from 40 Nawawi.

When the month has ended you have at least…

5-6 pages of Qur’an (1 Juz every 4 months) and at least 20 Hadeeth from 40 Nawawi.

So the next month (and by that time your brain may be stronger) you would have 1/2 a juz and the rest of 40 Nawawi.

And you continue…

So the calculation is that once you go upon this advice for two years you would have:

6 Juz and 240 Hadeeth (at least 190 from ‘Umdah Al Ahkaam)

In about 4 years you have…

12 Juz and 440 Hadeeth or even more. Because your memory may be stronger and your vocabulary bank may be larger. So I would assume about 15-16 Juz and 500-550 Hadeeth.

And by 8 years you memorize the Qur’an and you have a further 500 or 700 (1000-1200 Hadeeth)

See how it is when you take it step by step? 

And this is by taking less than an hour to memorize. And if one takes more than one hour to review then this is a must.

As for another two hours it is needed to…

Review what you have memorized during the day itself, by reading it twenty times (1/2 hour or less). This could be done at the same time as the review in the morning.

Review the Mutoon that have been previously studied.

And this can be done before and after the Salaat, during Lunch or otherwise.

So if you studied the three principles then you take time to read through some of the explanations of the book.

And then another two hours are needed to…

1. Read books/ Do research/ give Da’wah (if one is capable of doing so)

2. Study new Mutoon (treatises) whether this be in the masjid (preferable) or listening to the tapes of the scholars. And this is whether the person is memorizing or not memorizing
the texts because not everything studied is memorized. Rather for every science one should memorize one text that covers the whole science. 

And this should be done either after Isha or the last third of the night. However, everyone needs to arrange their time according to their capacity. But these six hours are precious every day
and if lost then we ask Allah’s help and safety.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters do not waste your time and use it to the best of your ability. And if you decide on which six hours to use do not let ANYONE distract you
from that
.

Wa Billahi Tawfeeq.

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Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullaah said: “Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allah – the Mighty and Majestic – and being cut off from Him, a wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this – and you must be tested with this – deal with him according to how Allah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from traveling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is.

So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination.”

[‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’; p. 45]

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“Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allah – the Mighty and Majestic – and being cut off from Him, a wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this – and you must be tested with this – deal with him according to how Allah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from travelling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is.

So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination.”

[‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’; p. 45] – Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah

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Surah Al-Asr

How `Amr bin Al-`As was aware of the Qur’an’s Miracle due to this Surah

They have mentioned that `Amr bin Al-`As went to visit Musaylimah Al-Kadhdhab after the Messenger of Allah was commissioned (as a Prophet) and before `Amr had accepted Islam. Upon his arrival, Musaylimah said to him, “What has been revealed to your friend (Muhammad ) during this time” `Amr said, “A short and concise Surah has been revealed to him.” Musaylimah then said, “What is it” `Amr replied;

[وَالْعَصْرِ – إِنَّ الإِنسَـنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ – إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالصَّبْرِ ]

(By Al-`Asr. Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.) So Musaylimah thought for a while. Then he said, “Indeed something similar has also been revealed to me.” `Amr asked him, “What is it” He replied, “O Wabr (a small, furry mammal; hyrax), O Wabr! You are only two ears and a chest, and the rest of you is digging and burrowing.” Then he said, “What do you think, O `Amr” So `Amr said to him, “By Allah! Verily, you know that I know you are lying.” I saw that Abu Bakr Al-Khara’iti mentioned a chain of narration for part of this story, or what was close to its meaning, in volume two of his famous book Masawi’ ul-Akhlaq. The Wabr is a small animal that resembles a cat, and the largest thing on it is its ears and its torso, while the rest of it is ugly. Musayli- mah intended by the composition of these nonsensical verses to produce something which would oppose the Qur’an. Yet, it was not even convin- cing to the idol wor- shipper of that time. At-Tabarani recorded from `Abdullah bin Hisn Abi Madinah that he said, “Whenever two men from the Companions of the Messenger of Allah used to meet, they would not part until one of them had recited Surat Al-`Asr in its entirety to the other, and one of them had given the greetings of peace to the other.” Ash-Shafi`i said, “If the people were to ponder on this Surah, it would be sufficient for them.”

[بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

(1. By Al-`Asr.) (2. Verily, man is in loss.) (3. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.)

Al-`Asr is the time in which the movements of the Children of Adam occur, whether good or evil.

Malik narrated from Zayd bin Aslam that he said, “It is the evening.” However, the first view is the popular opinion. Thus, Allah swears by this, that man is in Khusr, which means in loss and destruction.

[إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ]

(Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds) So Allah makes an exception, among the species of man being in loss, for those who believe in their hearts and work righteous deeds with their limbs.

[وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالْحَقِّ]

(And recommend one another to the truth,) This is to perform acts of obedience and avoid the forbidden things.

[وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالصَّبْرِ]

(And recommend one another to patience.) meaning, with the plots, the evils, and the harms of those who harm people due to their commanding them to do good and forbidding them from evil. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-`Asr, and all praise and thanks are due to Allah.

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First, reciting the Qur’an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

Second, getting closer to Allaah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadith Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.”

Third, continual remembrance of Allaah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allaah is determined by this.

Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

Fifth, the heart being avid of Allaah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

Sixth, observing Allaah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allaah.

Eighth, being alone with Allaah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.

Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefitting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allaah.

Author: Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah, Source: Madarij as-Saalikeen (vol. 3, pp. 17-18 )

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