When Does Islam Encourage us to Rush?

But especially with our relationship with Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, we should be extra cautious. We should be extra careful and not wasting any opportunity.

That the hadith of Rasul Allah salla Allahu 'alayhi wa alihi wa sallam says, ''Man futiha lahu babu khayrin fa la-yantaisu, fa innahu la yadhribata yuh'laq''. "If anyone sees the Allah has given him an opening, has given him an opportunity, has given him time to do something good, then that person should not hesitate. That person should not waste a single minute, because sooner or later, this opportunity will go away." And like I said, I will be regretful. I delay and delay until it is gone. So it is especially important that I seize these opportunities. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has given me with my relationship with Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala and I do not delay.

And that is why you find, you ask many people, many brothers, sisters, especially the young ones. Sister, why do you not wear Hijab? Brother, sister, when will you start praying? Brother, sister, when will you go to Hajj? When will you repent to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala? Later. Five years, ten years, 20 years, 30 years. Why procrastinate? Allah has given, Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has given me the opportunity to do something good. Do it right away! Do not waste a single second!

And this is the attitude that Islam teaches us brothers and sisters. You find some people in their lives they are so relaxed. Oh, I am so young. I have a long life ahead of me. What is the rush? They feel absolutely no rush. Who cares? In 20 years I will go to Hajj. When I am 50 years old, I will wear the Hijab. Why now? There is no rush.

But when you find, you come to Islam, you find a completely different mentality. Islam is always rushing us. Do it now! Do not do it later! Do not waste! Do not procrastinate! Do not delay! Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an, "wa sari'u ila maghfiratin min Rabbikum" (3:133) - He says 'sari'u'- Run! "Rush towards the mercy of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala and towards al-Jannah. "Wa sari'u ilaa maghfiratin min Rabbikum wa jannatin adhuha"(3:133). Do not waste your time, you can not go slowly and you know taking your time. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala tells us 'sari'u'- you have to rush.

And in another hadith we read that the hadith, the Imam says, "man tasawa yawma, fa huwa maghbun" -"If a person's yesterday was equal to today, then that person has lost." Before that the Imam, he says, "If yesterday was better than today, then I am miserable." 'Fa huwa mal'un'-'If yesterday was better than today, then that is miserable.' I am going completely the wrong way. But if yesterday was equal to today, I still have lost because I gained nothing. As a Muslim, I have to always progress. Yesterday- today is better than yesterday, tomorrow is better than today. That is the only way I will progress or else we will never progress. We will always stay at the same level.

And another hadith, the Imam says, he speaks about the qualities of a mu'min. He says, 'al-Mu'min nafsuhu minhu fi ta'ab, wa an-nasu minhu fi rahah'- 'A quality of a mu'min, a mu'min is not that person who is always relaxed, and you find that always has nothing to do. You see, some people, they are always bored. They always do not know what to do, they always want to kill time. This is not a quality of a mu'min. A mu'min is a person who never has time. 'nafushu minhu fi ta'ab'-'he works so hard that he brings pressure upon himself.' He overwhelms and burdens himself because of how much he tries to please Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. He has no time to lose.

And there are some people, brothers and sisters, that you find, especially some 'ulamaa you find that this is true. Their entire lives, you find they do not have a single moment to sit and relax. They are always late, they are always rushing. They are always overwhelmed. This is a quality of a mu'min, not someone that just relaxes.

Its not haram to relax. But if I am a true mu'min, and I am a wise mu'min, and I know that I have a goal in this short life, I will understand. I have no time to waste and thus, I must always be on alert and I must always be working diligently.