• what • can • you • do • in • 10 • minutes? •

* read surat al-faatihah seven times, and gain 9800 hasanaat * read surat al-ikhlaas 21 times, and it is equal to a third of the Quran, so it is as though you read the whole Quran seven times

* read a page from the Quran, or memorize a short ayah from Allah’s book

* say ‘laa ilaaha illa allah, wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu-l mulk, wa lahu-l hamd, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer‘ 20 times, and its reward is that of freeing eight Muslim slaves

* say ‘subhaanAllah wa bi hamdihi‘ 100 times, so your sins would be forgiven, even if they were as the foam of the sea

* say ‘subhaanAllah wa bi hamdihi, subhaanAllah al-‘adheem‘ 50 times, and they are two phrases light on the tongue, heavy on the scale, and beloved to Allah

* say ‘subhaanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa laa ilaaha illa allah, wallahu akbar‘ 20 times, and it is the most beloved speech to Allah, and the best speech, and the heaviest in reward

* say ‘laa illaaha illa allah‘ 70 times, and it is the greatest Kalimah, and whoever says it as his last words will enter Paradise

* say ‘laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah‘ 50 times, and it is a treasure of the treasures of Paradise

* say ‘astaghfirullah‘ 100 times, and it is a cause of mercy and entrance to Paradise, and a cause of protection from calamity and ease of affairs

* send peace and blessings upon the Prophet 50 times, so Allah will send peace and blessing on you 500 times

* think about Allah’s creation in the heveans and earth, so you will be of the people with understanding that Allah has praised

* read two pages from a beneficial book, so your knowledge and understanding increase, and it is a means to Paradise

* call your relatives on the phone, or to give salaam to a Muslim, or ask about his condition

* raise your hands to the heavens, and ask of Allah what you wish

* intercede for your brother

* console your brother

* write a good word to your brother, and send it to him

* enjoin the good, and forbid the evil

* remove an obstruction from the road

* smile in the face of your brother, so it is sadaqah for you

we waste many minutes waiting at the traffic light, and many more minutes waiting at the doctor’s office, or for another appointment, or waiting for a call or for a friend, and so on. many minutes are lost here and there, but the wise one is he who benefits from them. the minute that passes will never return again. so let it become a custom that we retain a juz of the Quran, or carry a small book in our pocket so that if we find a free minute, we benefit from it and gain reward and increase in knowledge.

and if you persist upon these actions, your tongue will become accustomed to reciting dhikr, and you will find yourself accomplishing more and more in a single minute. and if you take advantage of a single minute, you will then take advantage of the longer, wasted periods of time.

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