After reading, you’ll be surprised at how much a Muslim can benefit from his time, even if it’s just a minute. Time is the life of a person and it should be well-maintained and spent wisely. Rather than wasting time in meaningless activities, one should manage his time and work towards doing good accomplishments. If you’re eager to achieve good and put smiles on the faces of your people, it’s very simple. Spend time doing what makes them happy. You’ll realize that you’ll end up pleasing Allah by fulfilling your duties towards Him and the people that surround you.
You can achieve these and more in just one minute. In a single minute, you can increase your understanding, acts of obedience, memorization of the Qur’an, and the best part, all these will add up to your book of good deeds on the day of Judgment.
Since every good deed is charity, let’s take a moment to look into some of the very meaningful activities you can do in a pinch of your time. In one minute:
#1. You can recite the opening chapter of the Qur’an, Surah Al-Fatiha silently. Scholars have indicated that a person gets more than 1400 good deeds for reciting it only once. When one recites it seven (7) times, one gets 9800 good deeds.
#2. You can say “La ilahaillallahuwah’thahulaashareekalahulahulmulkuwalahulhamdhuwahuwaa’laakullishai’inkadheer” (No one has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone Who has no partners. To Him belongs all Dominion and to Him belongs all Praise. He has power over all things). If one says this a hundred times, he’ll get the reward of freeing ten slaves and one hundred good deeds will be written in his account, while one hundred bad deeds will be erased. On that day, he’ll be protected from morning to evening from the accursed devil and no one will be superior to him except one who has done more than what he did.
#3. You can read a portion of the Qur’an and memorize some verses in it.
#4. You can seek forgiveness from a person or from Allah. Say “Astaghfiru’Allah” (I seek forgiveness from Allah) about a hundred times or more. The virtue of seeking forgiveness is apparent and it may be your reason for entering paradise, having good provisions, stability in health, preventing harm, increasing wealth and strength, and more.
#5. You can give a brief speech that will be of help to those listening to you. You might want to talk on the “benefits of praying on time”.
#6. You can think about the creation of the heavens and the earth. Just lift your head up and look up above and see it so clearly. The stars that glitter all around, the air that you breathe, birds that fly over you, are all more than mere coincidence. They’re there to help you reflect on the beautiful creations of Allah. Consequently, you’ll be considered to be among the people of understanding that Allah mentioned in the Qur’an.
I know struggling for a good deed is a jihad on its own but stop to think about it. Your good deed might be the light that shines in the darkest world. Therefore, “beware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way, do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.” (Imam Ibn Al-Jawzee)