Allah ﷻ - Understanding His Existence, Divine Names & Actions
Ad-Dahr (Absolute Time) & reality of this world's time
In Islam we have, the belief that time is Allah ﷻ. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ narrated from Allah ﷻ in a hadith e Qudsi: “Mankind abuses time and I am Ad Dahr (Absolute Time).” The words ‘abuses time’ is reference to wasting lifetime with minute or no focus on our ultimate destination of hereafter.
Ad Dahr is also one of the beautiful names of Allah ﷻ and means Absolute Time or Unlimited Time. It is this reason why every creation of Allah ﷻ, whether it is a star or an asteroid in space, a rock, tree, animal or even humans, all have times assigned to each of them from Allah ﷻ, the source of all time, the Absolute Time. The individual time assigned to each creation during their temporal existence on earth or in the space is the limited period called life. This limited period ends with the life of each. This temporary time is also mentioned in the Quran by the term Asr (temporary time) to distinguish it from Ad Dahr (Absolute Time): “CONSIDER the flight of time! Verily, man is bound to lose himself.” This implies wasting ourselves by overtly investing all potential towards duniya (materialism) with little or no focus on hereafter. With technology, we have cut months of journey in to hours and hours work in to seconds attempting to make more time available yet we notice our inability to evade time and live more. Time continues to evade us just as the Prophet ﷺ predicted: “...time will pass quickly...” “The hour will not come until time is constricted, year like a month, month like a week, week like the day, day like the hour, and hour like the flare of the fire.” Time constriction is observable in our age when comparing our ability to write with that of famous 14th century scholar, jurist Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya author of Zaad al-Ma’ad, thousands of pages work written while traveling from Damascus to Makkah for Hajj, from memory only! Consider Fatima of Cordoba, Andalusian Sufi saint, despite 95 years old looked 14, so replenished was she with love of Allah ﷻ. This is because whose major concern is Ad-Dahr are able to achieve miracles, for them time becomes blessed and expanded. Such are glimpses of afterlife experience where time will cease to exist, becoming eternally blessed, aging and death will be experienced no more.
 Sahih al-Bukhari 6181
 Al Quran 103:1–4 – Asad Translation.
 Sahih al-Bukhari 1036
 Jami at-Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book 10, Hadith 2332
 A 13th century CE Islamic jurisconsult, theologian, and spiritual writer from the Hanbali thought.
 A 12th century Andalusian Sufi saint and shaykha (female spiritual guide) of the famous Hazrat Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi.