Value of Time
Once in the time of Haroon Rashid RA, Bahlool RA saw a person, who claimed to be a wali of Allah [close friend of Allah], arguing with someone. He said, "If he really knew Allah SWT, he would not be arguing on the street".
وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا
And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.
Bahlool RA would go to the palace at King Haroon Rashid RA's request.
He once said something that amused the king and showed himself as a foolish man.
The king gave him a stick and said, "If you see anyone more foolish than you then give them this stick." After a while, the king fell very ill, and it became known in his kingdom that he was going to die soon. Bahlool RA decided to visit him. He asked the king if he had asked the doctor for some type of cure. The king replied saying that he was going to go now [he was going to die now], so there was no cure. Bahlool RA asked him, "Where are you going to?".
The king replied, "I am going to such a place, from where no-one returns".
Bahlool RA said, "why don't you take some provisions with you?"
The king said, "why are you talking nonsense?"
Bahlool RA said, "when are you going to return?"
The king replied, "I will not return from there, I will stay there forever"
Bahlool RA said, "Okay, have you had a house built there? You have many houses and palaces here, why don't you build houses there too?"
The king was slightly annoyed at these persistent questions because he was unwell.
Bahlool RA then said, "you are going to a place where you cannot take anyone or any of your belongings, from where you are not going to return, and you have not made any preparation for this place?"
Bahlool RA quietly removed the stick from his pocket and gave it to the king. He then explained that he had given the stick to him because he had not seen anyone as foolish as the king, due to his lack of preparation for the place where he was going to live forever.
Sometimes pious people may seem to be in this way, but there are many things we can learn from them.
Understand the value of time. This life is short. No one has been able to stop his death from coming to him. Don't think of the person who is content at the time of dying, that he is doing something wrong.
Don't waste your time. If you spend half an hour backbiting, you could have recited thousands of durood.
Be observant when living your life. Don't waste your time.
This is why we should recite the dua at the beginning of the day:
Some duas Hadhrat mentioned:
O Allah grant us Your love in our hearts
If we sin then make us repent straight away
O Allah make us think about the aakhirah
Give us the tawfiq to act upon our knowledge