Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah on one occasion spoke on the theme of valuing time. As part of the talk, Shaykh very beautifully explained how much loss is incurred through futile activities. He took the example of watching or listening to 90 minutes of football and questioned what benefit 90 minutes bring to a person.
The fact is that we don’t gain anything! If we take into account alternative actions of virtue, we will very quickly realise the great loss.
Let us look at a few alternatives Shaykh mentioned:
If you engage in reciting the Qur’aan for this length of time, you would on average recite 3-4 juz. Allah ta’aalaa grants 10 rewards for every letter recited. Imagine how many letters you would recite in 3-4 juz and multiply that by 10!
By reading 3 juz you could have earned yourself at least 282,240 rewards!!!
Recite ‘Subhaanallah walhamdulillah’. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Subhaanallah walhamdulillah fills the space between the skies and the earth.” Think for a moment how much reward you would gain from 90 minutes of reciting this.
It is possible to gain the reward which will fill the space between the skies and the earth 2,970 times!!!
Recite ‘Subhaanallahi walhamdulillahi wa laailaaha illallaahu wallahu akbar’. From the ahaadith we learn that Jannah is a barren land and these glorifying words plant a tree for its reader in Jannah. During 90 minutes, you could prepare yourself a lovely forest.
In fact you could have planted 1,620 trees in Jannah!!!
Recite Surah Ikhlas. In the hadith it is mentioned that Surah Ikhlas is equal to 1/3 of the Qur’aan. Hence, by reciting it 3 times you will earn the reward of reciting the full Qur’aan! Along with this, another hadith explains that when a person recites Surah Ikhlas 10 times, Allah ta’aalaa builds a palace for him in Jannah.
In 90 minutes you could have earned the reward of 360 Qur’aans and built yourself 108 palaces in Jannah!!!
Recite durood, the shortest version is ‘Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam’. In the hadith it is stated that for every durood a person sends upon the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, Allah ta’aalaa forgives 10 sins, grants 10 rewards and elevates the person 10 stages.
In 90 minutes you could have had 51,300 sins forgiven, 51,300 rewards granted and 51,300 stages elevated in Paradise!!!
So you thought it was just 90 minutes of harmless fun? Might be worth looking at the figures above and calculating how much loss you have incurred during every match.