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Too Busy? Find Out How to Give Time for Allah

Without God, You’ll Always Be Stressed Out

Allah says in the Quran:

{So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.} (Al-Baqarah 2:152-153)

The reality of life is that Allah wants us to be close to Him. He gains no benefit from our worship and is not harmed by the lack of it. We are the ones who need the worship. Without it, the core of who we are (our soul) starves and nothing can fill it besides Allah. 

Without Allah, you’ll end up chasing the many glittery things in life that never make you happy.

You’ll fall into miserable haram only to feel perpetually unfilled. Even in those times, Allah is still there, waiting to accept your tawbah (repentance) and open doors to you.

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One of the biggest blessings we see in our life is the hardship we are given. We often don’t appreciate it while it occurs because of our overwhelming fear and anxiety. But it is these tests that show us what is really in our hearts. These tests show us how much we’ve invested in our relationship with Allah, they erase our sins and they increase us in good deeds for the akhirah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said; “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Al-Bukhari)

Even Hajar, the wife of Prophet Abrahim, a beloved woman to Allah, endured trial. She was left completely alone in a barren desert with a baby. Imagine her fear and uncertainty!

And yet, because of her conviction and effort, we commemorate her every single year during the holy month of Dhul-Hijjah.

Her trial was temporary, even though at that time, it was likely the only thing on her mind. Her trial was resolved and, God willing, she will enjoy Paradise forever after it .

So, What Do I Do Now?

The amazing thing humans and jinn have that no other creation has is choice. We decide what we use our time to do. So, assess your free time. Make a 24 hour schedule and write down what each hour is used for. After the big time consumers like work and school, how much free time do you have? Account for the required eating, sleeping, commuting, hygiene and prayer. What time is left? What do you fill that free time with? 

If you’re like me, you’ll be shocked at how much time you actually have left over! For most of us, it’s wasted on entertainment. So now, you know you’re not “too busy.” Dedicate a specific wird (daily worship). Show Allah you’ll carve out the time for dedicated worship. Some ideas include reading a page of Quran every night before sleeping. Waking up 10 minutes earlier (or not) to do the morning adhkar. Create an istighfar routine before getting ready for bed. Pick a prayer and do a special undistracted duaa after that prayer. 

There are so many options, pick one, stick to it for a month and watch yourself transform. The barakah in your time will expand. You’ll find yourself no longer enjoying the things you used to waste your time with. Your heart will be cleaner. And most importantly, you’ll thank yourself in the akhirah.

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About Hana Alasry
Hana Alasry is a physician associate practicing medicine in the US. She has over 10 years of Islamic community organizing experience. She is the founder of SALIM Life LLC and has a self-improvement brand which focuses on God-Conscious Self-Improvement. She has a particular interest in premarital preparation and healing chronic trauma and offers personal coaching, group coaching, workshops & more. You can find more about Hana's work at, on Tiktok (@HanathePA) and on Youtube (Hana Alasry).