It is the law of Allah in this life that those who neglect His warning and corrupt on earth are often given a respite by Allah. In this respite, they are given of all the good things in earth: power, sons, wealth, and authority. Some people may think this is an honor for them. But indeed! That is part of their punishment, because it makes them sink in sins more and more and increase in their wrongdoings so that they deserve the severest punishment; then all of a sudden, they are afflicted by Allah’s punishment, without any chance for repentance.

“But when they forgot the warning they had received, We opened to them the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of Our gifts, all of a sudden, We called them to account, when lo! they were in utter despair. Of the wrongdoers, the last remnant was cut off. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher of the worlds.” [The Quran, Surah Al-An’am 6:44-45]

The holy Prophet ﷺ said: “When you see a man is given more and more bounties of Allah, in spite of his repeated sinfulness, then be sure that he is in a respite, either to repent and take the Right Path, or be prepared for a sudden affliction from Allah.”

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