On the last day of February, businessmen and their staff will be armed with pens and stock-sheets to take stock of their businesses. The final analysis will reveal whether a profit has been earned or a loss incurred.
Firstly, transform this arduous task into an Ibadah. This is achieved by rectifying the intention. If one takes stock of his business with the intention that this would enable him to pay his Zakaat accurately, the entire exercise will become an Ibadah.
This stock-taking should remind the Muslim businessman and everyone else to also take stock of himself as far as Deen is concerned.
Take stock of your SALAAH. Daily five Salaah are compulsory. Do you have any Salaah which (Allah forbid!) were missed and the Qaza not yet performed? If so, you run the risk of a serious loss in the Hereafter. Hence make amends immediately and perform the Qaza. Likewise, take stock of all the other acts of Deen. Take stock of your Zakaat, fasts, Hajj and all the other obligations of Deen.
Take stock of yourself with regards to the rights of others. Are any rights of people not fulfilled? If yes, fulfil them immediately or else you will loose your profitable good deeds to pay for them in the Hereafter.
The businessman, by means of taking stock, ascertains whether the capital that he has invested in the business is earning a profit or whether it is being lost. Likewise, Allah Ta’ala has given every person a very precious capital to invest and earn tremendously for the Hereafter. This is the capital of TIME. Take stock of this very limited precious capital, which is melting away every moment. How much of this capital is spent in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala? How much of time is spent in Ibadah? How much of time is spent daily for the upliftment of Deen? On the other hand how much of time is wasted in futile activities? To what extent is this precious capital being lost in watching the filth spewed onto the T.V. screen?
These are serious aspects which one should take stock of, not annually but daily. If one finds that a loss is being incurred, serious steps should be taken immediately to halt the loss since loosing billions or even trillions in this world is absolutely nothing in comparison to the loss of the Hereafter. May Allah Ta’ala enable us earn maximum profits for the Hereafter and save us from its loss. Aameen
*However it is important to note that Zakaat will become compulsory when twelve Islamic months have passed. It cannot be calculated according to the English calendar.