Sunday 28 February 2021

Man's Regrets: He will say: Would that I had sent ahead what would be of avail for this life of mine!

We have been sharing selected verses from the Quran for the information of our readers. While we continue to doing so, from today onwards we are commencing a sub-series of some of the Man's Regrets as mentioned by Allah in the Qur'an, which specially relate to the Day of Resurrection. This will be the day when those men who have been denying the life of the hereafter and mocking Allah's messengers and prophets of its ever-taking place. It would be the day of regrets for they spent a life in the earthly world worth complete disregard to numerous warnings conveyed to them to by the messengers and prophets of Allah to save something for the life of the hereafter. 

While those few who followed the path of truth as shown in the Divine Scriptures and by the prophets, a majority which followed the Satan and evil ways will taste the torture for denying Allah's commandments. On that day they would regret and say Would that I had sent ahead what would be of avail for this life of mine and many such regrets like this one. But then it would be too late for life is a gift of Allah which is granted only one and the losers on that day will be losers forever. 

May Allah save us from the torment of that day and days thereafter and help us follow a life that leases Him. Amen.

For the first post in this sub series of verses from the Qur'an on man's regret, we have chosen the 24th verse from Surah 89 Al Fajr:

يَقُوۡلُ يٰلَيۡتَنِىۡ قَدَّمۡتُ لِحَـيَاتِى​ۚ‏ 
(89:24) He will say: “Would that I had sent ahead what would be of avail for this life of mine!”

That is when this person remembers all he did he will say over and over (as indicated by yaqool " يَقُوۡلُ ") ‘Oh what destruction has fallen on upon me!’ or ‘What have I done to myself!’. He will then wish that he had invested in his future life by sending forward some good. When this person was sinning, it was for their life in the dunya but they will at that point realize that it was not real life. These are the people who in the dunya, when they see you investing in your akhira, tell you to concentrate on investing in your future, i.e. in your dunya, studies, home, work etc. However, their perspective soon changes when they get to their real future and life but at that point it will be too late. [1]

Ibn Kathir explains this verse as under:
If he was a disobedient person, he would be sorry for the acts of disobedience he committed. If he was an obedient person, he would wish that he performed more acts of obedience. This is similar to what Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal recorded from Muhammad bin Abi `Amirah, who was one of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah. He said, "If a servant fell down on his face (in prostration) from the day that he was born until the day he died as an old man, in obedience to Allah, he would scorn this act on the Day of Judgement. He would wish to be returned to this life so that he could earn more reward and compensation.'

Nouman Ali Khan explains this verse in his words: If only I had spent my wealth in obedience to Allah - an investment for the real life of Jannah/Paradise. But instead, he wasn't encouraging to feed the needy, using his wealth to oppress others, while eating up more wealth of the orphan / weak, and still being greedy for more in this life. Wasn't he doing all this for his life? But on this Day, he will know that real life is the one which is everlasting in Paradise. But he cannot mend his ways - it's too late to return. [3]

May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
  • The plain translation has been taken from the Qur'ān officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
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