What is the value of time in Islam? Is it allowed for a Muslim to spend his time on useless activities under the pretext of innocent recreation?

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What is the value of time in Islam? Is it allowed for a Muslim to spend his time on useless activities under the pretext of innocent recreation?

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A50. Time is one of the precious gifts granted by God Almighty to man. In the life of a Muslim it is his capital which is intended for development and production. Thus it is not logical for any sane person to waste his time and lead an aimless chaotic life. May Allah bless Imam Ibn Al Qayyim who said: Man’s time is actually his life. It is the raw material of either his everlasting life is perpetual bliss or his life of suffering in continuous punishment. It passes like clouds. The part of his life spent for God and in the cause of God is indeed his real life and age while anything else is not counted as part of his life even if he should live the life of animals.

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