The person in this dunyā is in three conditions. The first condition is the time that has passed; it is not possible for him to return to it. [Then] there is the time that is in the future; he does not know if he will encounter it or not. And there is the time that he is currently in. Therefore, it is upon him to take advantage before it passes him by just as the first time did. As the poet said:
What has passed was missed and what is in the future is unknown;
You have the time that you are currently in.
Therefore, let us take a lesson by way of the passing days, for just a while ago, the month of Ramadān entered upon us, and now one-third of it has passed by with the first 10 days. It is as if it were the blinking of an eye.
Book: Sittings in the Month of Ramadān & A Gift to the People of Īmān in Lessons for the Month of Ramadān (2 Books in One)
Author: Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān
Published by: Authentic Statements Publishing
Translators: Raha Batts and Rasheed Barbee