We still have a chance…
Chance to do what, you ask?
Actually, it’s more like “chance to be”.
Okay, chance to be what, you ask?
Chance to be from amongst the awesome individuals mentioned in these ayaat (verses), of course:
“And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise).”
“These will be those nearest to Allah.”
فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ
“In the Gardens of delight (Paradise).”
ثُلَّةٌ مِّنَ الْأَوَّلِينَ
“A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam).”
وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنَ الْآخِرِينَ
“And a few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations).”
[Surah Al-Waaqiah (56) : 10-14]
Imam Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) said in his tafseer:
(A multitude of those will be from the first ones), refers to the earlier generations of this Ummah, while (And a few of those will be from the later ones.), refers to the latter people of this Ummah.
[You may read Imam Ibn Kathir’s tafseer of these ayaat here.]
There’s a hadeeth that shows us that the foremost exist in every era:
في كل قرن من أمتي سابقون
“The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “In every qarn (century/generation) from amongst my ummah (nation), (there are) saabiqoon (the foremost).” [Saheeh Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 4267. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani. You may check the results from Dorar here.]
So, we still have a chance to be …. amongst the foremost.
How can we become from amongst these great people?
Well, to summarise:
2) Starting working for it