You had your chance

In the Day of Judgment, the doomed will ask for another chance. They will ask to be returned so that they may prove themselves. They will promise that this time it will be different. Allah, the almighty and all knowing, will reject their plea and throw them in the fiery chasm; a just reward for what they have earned. Had they been returned they would not have kept their promise. Had they been returned they would have chosen to forget and return to their old ways. Had they been returned they would have asked for another chance after their demise. They were given ample chances in the world and they squandered it all.

As a child we are totally dependent, as a youth we are supported and as an adult we become independent. This is the first phase of our life. Thereafter, starts the second phase which is the same as the first but in reverse. As adults we are independent, as the elderly we need support and as the bed-ridden we are totally dependent.

We have been given two runs at life with powers of hindsight but we still did not change. Why should there be another chance. In transitioning between each stage within the phases we reflected but we did not change. Why should there be another chance? Every major event in our life forced us to reflect but we did not change. Why should there be another chance? Allah is all merciful and he has given us chances but we squandered it all. Seize the chance before you now and seek closeness to Allah for his reward is everlasting. As for those who did not take heed, you had your chance and you blew it.

انقلاب جہاں واعظ رب یے
ہر صدا کہتی ہے فافھم فافھم

Changes in the world is the lord’s warner
Every moment says, Ponder! Ponder!1

Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami
15 April 2012
23 Jumada I 1433

  • 1. This is a Urdu poem I read a long time ago. I cannot recall who said it; possibly Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi. I translated it loosely.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 58 (23 Jumada I 1433).