Praying for Time
Very rarely I come across a song that perfectly describes how I feel but trust a gay man to express the emotions of a female jaded optimist in the twenty first century. I know the song is not very *Islamic* because there's no way God would ever "stop keeping score" but I think he meant it metaphorically anyway.
I can't get over how beautifully he wrote this song that is incredibly relevant today. I especially love the parts when he sings, "This is the year of the hungry man whose place is in the past", "The rich declare themselves poor and most of us are not sure if we have too much" and "This is the year of the guilty man, your television takes a stand and you find what was over there is over here".
It's so true. Many of us don't consider the plight of the "unfortunate" as important. Their stories are barely heard and even if they're reported we don't feel the urge to do anything about it. The "guilty man" is winning every war he starts and we may think we don't have the problems other countries have, the truth is there is "war" and poverty in our own backyard. We just choose not to see them. Furthermore, how many times do we say we don't have enough of this and that? I know I have days when I wish I had more of everything.
Instead of praying for more things... I should be praying for more time...
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
The Prophet said, "There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good." (Sahih Bukhari)