Think about the circle that appears next to your name in Google Talk; it is green when you are active; red when you are busy; and when it turns yellow, it means that you are idle; you are online but you are useless and not doing any activity.
Taking this example from the virtual world to real life, it is such state of idleness that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) sought Allah’s protection from. If you go through the Prophet’s life, you will find him always busy; always doing something beneficial.
Idleness is a Trap
Idleness is the Devil’s playground; his influence on you is at its highest when you are idle. That is why it is important to follow into the Prophet’s steps and seek protection from causes of this condition.
In the following hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) seeks protection from 8 situations that hinder activity and block one from productive work”
“O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men“
Watch this video for reflections on this beautiful and important Du`aa’.