One of the things Allah سبحانه و تعالى has mentioned over and over again in the Qur’an is the issue of procrastination and its evil result – Regret.
Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله mentioned that one of the greatest reasons of people suffering in the hell fire is procrastination.
An example from the Qur’an,
“Until, when death comes to one of them , he says: “My Lord! Send me back. “So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!” No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected.”
Al-Imam al-Qurtubi رحمه الله says, “The request of returning (to this world) is not specific to the disbelievers rather a believer may also wish for it.”
Qataadah رحمه الله said, “He does not desire to return to his family or kindred nor to gather (wealth of) the world or act according to desires. But rather to return so he could obey Allah .” Notice how the person is regretful and remorseful for not obeying Allah سبحانه و تعالى and not for the wealth of this world. See how the shaytaan deceives a person to desire and work hard for this dunya and leave the hereafter.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى then goes on speaking about them and their punishment…
These people complain to Allah سبحانه و تعالى that they were overcome by their wretchedness and thus ended up in Jahannam. Al-Imam al-Maawardi رحمه الله gives commentary on the meaning of wretchedness,
Secondly: Thinking good about oneself and ill about others. (i.e. they thought they were better than others.)”
Even though they have done wrong, they have the courage to ask Allah سبحانه و تعالى to remove them from the torment. Then they ask Allah سبحانه و تعالى for another chance to go back to this world and do good. Allah سبحانه و تعالى gives them a very powerful response by telling them that they will remain in Jahannam. If one reads the ayah in Arabic, he/she will find that the word used in this ayah is usually used to chase dogs away and that is how these people will be treated.
Points of Application:
1) Do not delay in doing any good deed but deal with priorities first i.e. do the obligatory acts before Sunnah and the Sunnah before voluntary etc…
2) “Work for the dunya as much as your time in it will be and work for the akhirah as much as your time in it will be” -Sufyan at-Thawri (rahimahullah)
3) Try your best in not following your desires
4) Manage and organize your time well because you will be accountable for it as the hadith goes, “The son of Adam will not be dismissed from before his Lord on theDay of Resurrection until he has been questioned about five thing: his life and how he spent it….”
5) Schedule extra acts of ‘ibadah just like you schedule other important things
Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik, the caliph of the Muslims during the time of the Ummayads asked a prominent scholar of the time called Abu hazm “How come we hate death?” Abu Hazm replied “Because you constructed your dunya and destroyed your hereafter, so you hate to go from something you constructed to something you destroyed.”
Source: Weekly Tafseer