A Sermon by Abu Bakr As-Siddiq R A on Sincerity and drawing Lessons
Where are the bright faces of those who were deceived on account of their youth? They have turned into dust, but what they committed of shortcomings remained with them as cause for sorrow. Where are those who built cities, fortified them with walls and collected wonders? They left all this for those who carne after them; there you see the remains of there cities, they have not been inhabited after them. Meanwhile, they are in the darkness of graves:
” Can you find a single one of them or hear even a whisper of them ?” (19:98)
Where are those whom you knew among your forefathers and brethren? Their lifetimes carne to an end and they joined their deeds and actions. they are residing after they died either in the dwelling of happiness or misery.