Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bored and have nothing to do

Have you ever heard such phrase being uttered by someone? Do you ever experienced boredom with no idea what to do?  Has ennui ever set in you that you do not feel like doing anything all day?  Have listlessness and loneliness ever overcome you that you feel like crying aloud? 

If the answer is yes, would you let that negative feeling drags you deeper and deeper into solitude? Or you would rather find antidote to it?

In the literature the meaning of boredom is given as follows: "From a psychological perspective boredom is not a lack of things to do but a lack of engaging things to do. It is also the lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity". Thus, When life gets boring, nothing seems to be joyful to do. In fact, when boredom sets in, the person inflicted with it may not have interest to be engaged with things that are routinely done. If the person has to do the task, then the job is usually done satisfactorily. This may be due to the inability of the person to concentrate on the job that he is doing. 

Thus, allowing oneself to be in a state of prolonged boredom constitute an act of letting precious time of one’s life into waste.  

Brothers and sisters, 

Time is an precious aspect of one’s life.  For, time is entrusted upon every soul in that each and every second of it, must be spent to good use.  The word ‘good use’ here has to be returned to the purpose of one’s existence on the face of the earth.  Since the purpose of human beings on the earth is to serve Allah, the God, then spending allotted time of one’s life without doing anything, or not doing anything which can be construed as in service to Allah, has to be deemed wasteful.   

What is the purpose of the creation of human? 

In the Al-Quran Allah says  (translation):

"And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me". (Az-Zariat 51:56; Sahih International)

"I have not created the jinn and mankind to any ends other than they may worship Me". (Az-Zariat 51:56; In the Shade of Al-Quran by Syed Qutub).

The significance of preventing time wasting in life can be understood by giving purposeful attention to the hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s traditions) below: 

"The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about five (matters):- 1) about his life - how he spent it; 2) about his youth - how he took care of it; 3) about his wealth - how he earned it; 4) and where he spent it; 5) and about that which he acted upon from the knowledge that he acquired."

Thus, in letting oneself to be dragged into prolonged boredom, one would find in the Hereafter that the amount of time that has been wasted is unjustifiable.

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