Great Rewards in a Short Time


One minute of your life ─ what is it to you? Does it have any significance in your sight?

Whatever your answer might be, you should know that you can record one minute of your life in your book of good deeds, if you know how to.

Just like a big container filled with big gems can be further filled with tiny little diamonds, your 24 hours that are filled with various kinds of worship can be “further filled” with short and simple acts of worship which—by the way—can be more rewarding than you think. The good thing—and the main point being made here—is, most of these that do not take more than a minute or two to perform.

These acts of worship can be quite useful especially if you are too busy with your studies, family or anything else and you don’t have much time for voluntary acts of worship like reading the Qur’aan or listening to Islamic lectures. Trust me, no matter how busy you are, there is time for this.

Even if I started talking about minutes, these acts of worship are not really limited to cases where you actually have one full minute. Rather, even if you have a single second, then thanks to Allah, you gave a good chance. Of course, that would mean that you are able do so much less than you could have done in one minute.

To get started, find out little “gaps” in your day that are wasted. Trust me—and I say this again—, no matter how busy your day might be, they (i.e. these gaps) do exist even if they might be a little hard to spot.

Let me demonstrate: It might be the time you take to walk towards your office or school after parking your car, or the time you wait for the elevator, or the time you spend inside the elevator while it raises to your floor, or the time you wait for your teacher on a day they are late, or the moment the teacher takes a rest from his explanation of the lesson, or even the time you take to walk to the toilet or to the shop across the street.

To add more examples: the time you wait until a webpage loads (on your slow internet connection) or the time your laptop takes to boot up, or the time you take to walk to and from the Masjid, or the time the cashier takes process your grocery items and to count your change, or even the time you take to brush your hair!

Remember that these are just examples, but there may be more of these according to your own situation.

If you do something beneficial in these few seconds, it might be a valuable addition to your book of good deeds.

Now, when you have spotted a ‘gap’, know these:

  1. لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ المُلْكُ وَلَهُ الحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ

This zikr can be recited for about 15 times or more in a minute depending on your level, if recited silently and quickly. If, suppose, you can recite this 20 times in a minute, you can make it a hundred in 5 minutes and…then what? Read the following hadeeth.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever says La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahul-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir (There is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner with Him. Sovereignty belongs to Him and all the praise is due to Him, and He is Potent over everything) one hundred times in a day will have (a reward) equivalent to freeing ten slaves, one hundred hasanaat (good deeds) will be recorded for him and one hundred sayi’aat (bad deeds) will be erased from him, and he will be protected from the Shaytaan (Satan) for that day until evening comes. No one can do anything better than what he has done except one who does more than that…” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6403) and Muslim (Book 49, Hadeeth 7018).

Even if you can’t make it a hundred in the time you had, do as much as you can because you probably would get the chance to make it a hundred later on during the day.

  1. سبحان الله وبحمده

This one is shorter, easier to recite and memorize. Count how many times you can read this in a minute, then read the rest of the hadeeth that I mentioned previously (in point one, narrated by the two Imams).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“…Whoever says Subhaan Allah wa bi hamdihi (Glory and praise be to Allah) one hundred times in a day, his sins will be erased even if they were like the foam of the sea.”

  1.  سبحان الله وبحمده سبحان الله العظيم

This one is well known.

These two phrases, light on the lips but heavy on the scales, are easy to recite, even for a child. The hadeeth that mentions this two phrases and its virtue was narrated by al-Bukhaari (6406) and Muslim (Book 49, Hadeeth 7021).

But there is no report narrated on the virtue of reciting these phrases a specific number of times. Hence there is no “urge” to count the number of recitations in this case, so recite away!

  1. سبحان الله ، والحمد لله ، ولا إله إلا الله، والله أكبر

Any doubt about the weight of these words on your scale of good deeds?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“For me to say ‘Subhaan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa laa ilaah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” This was narrated by Muslim (Book 49, Hadeeth 7022).

  1.  لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله

The treasures of paradise are many, and this phrase is one of them (as narrated by al-Bukhaari (6384) and Muslim (Book 49, Hadeeth 7037)).

  1. لا إله إلا الله

This, the blessed word of Tawheed, is the word that is heavier than the whole world if weighed on a scale. If this word becomes the last words of a person, he will enter Paradise.

  1. أستغفر الله

This is the basic phrase that is used to seek the forgiveness of Allah. The phrase means “I seek the forgiveness of Allah”.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to seek forgiveness for more than 70 times in a day (see Sahih-ul-Bukhaari, hadeeth number 6307). This is a means which will help you to attain forgiveness from your Lord, enter Paradise, being granted a good life, increasing your wealth and strength, warding off disasters and making things easier.

It is reported in Tafsir Qurtubi that a man complained to al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

Perhaps you have heard of the story of Imam Ahmad and the baker, which clearly highlights the virtue of seeking forgiveness from Allah frequently.

  1. صلى الله عليه وسلم

Sending blessings upon the Prophet (and blessings of Allah be upon him) in a simple and easy way. Whoever sends blessings upon him once, Allah will send blessings upon that person 10 times (Muslim (384)).

Once you know this, then choose a couple of easy ones to recite during the little gaps that you found. My personal favorite is the 7th, but I try to recite them all at different times of the day.

There are other Zikrs and even supplications that you can recite within a short period of time. Or you can even recite some verses from the Qur’aan.

These Zikrs mentioned here come under remembering Allah (yeah I know, Zikr basically means that), it would be most beneficial if you actually pay attention to what you are saying, keeping both the phrase and its meaning in mind. I am assuming that you know the meaning of those that I didn’t mention.

Also, no purity (tahaarah) is needed for this, meaning it’s ok if you don’t have wudu when you recite these.

So hasten to make most of your time if you are serious about your real future and want to achieve the ultimate reward.

May Allah guide us and you.

PS: Apologies if the Arabic texts are not clear or are difficult to read without the harakaath. Let me know if you need me to put the harakaath on the letters.


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