An authentic hadith regarding good health and free time

نِعْمَتَانِ مَغْبُونٌ فِيهِما كَثِيرٌ مِنَ النَّاسِ : الصِّحَّةُ والفَراغُ

There are two blessings which many people waste: good health and free time


‘Abdullāh Ibn Abbās.


Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī.


  • People are deceived by their health and free time, due to not realising how great a blessing the both are, until a time comes when a person either becomes occupied or ill.
  • The Salaf would liken good health to a crown on top of a person’s head, he cannot see what he is wearing however others see and admire it. The meaning of this is that a person rarely appreciates good health whilst he has it, and when he becomes ill and sees others with good health, he laments and yearns for it.
  • We should utilise both our health and free time in that which pleases Allāh.
  • Shukr (gratitude) should be shown to Allāh for blessing us with these two blessings.

Related Āyāt:

  • {…and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction} [02:195]
  • {Let people then consider their food: how We pour down rain in abundance and meticulously split the earth open for sprouts, causing grain to grow in it, as well as grapes and greens, and olives and palm trees, and dense orchards, And fruit and grass – all as a means of sustenance for you and your animals} [80:24-32]
  • {By the [passage of] time! Surely humanity is in loss} [103:1-2]

Related narrations:

The two feet of the child of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Resurrection, until he is asked about five things: about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew.’ [At-Tirmidhī]

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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