Hadith on Time: Allah and the Control of Time

📖Sahih Muslim 2246 b
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: The son of Adam displeases Me by abusing Dahr (time), whereas I am Dahr–I alternate the night and the day.

  • In Islamic belief, Allah (God) is not bound by time and space, but rather exists beyond them as an eternal and infinite being. As mentioned in the hadith (narration), Allah refers to Himself as “Dahr,” which can be translated as “Time” or “Eternity” in Arabic. This highlights the concept that Allah is the one who created time and has control over it, rather than being bound by it. The hadith also emphasizes that it displeases Allah when human beings waste or abuse their time, as it is a precious and finite resource given to them by Allah. Muslims are encouraged to make the most of their time in performing good deeds and fulfilling their obligations towards Allah and their fellow human beings.