Do It Now & Don’t Regret Later

While in the garden one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground.
“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a blue dress who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said.

“That’s my daughter on the bicycle in the black dress.” the man continued.
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Amal?”
Amal pleaded, “Just five more minutes, daddy. Please? Just five more minutes.”
The man nodded and Amal continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again Amal pleaded, “Five more minutes, daddy. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Sabir was killed in an accident 2 years ago. I never spent much time with Sabir and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him.
I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Amal.
She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”

Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities?
Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today, so that you won’t have to regret it later!


40 Responses to Do It Now & Don’t Regret Later

  1. abmalik49 April 12, 2014 at 4:37 AM #

    Really amazing! However, in our ever busy world of running from one deal to another, we fail to give the time our kids and family demand of us thinking, once we are able to provide for their “wants”, that’s all. How wrong we are. What they need most is our presence, love and care. They value this more than any worldly possession we can buy and give them.

    Cherish every moment you have to spend with those little ones, cos if you don’t, time would come, you would wish you did.

  2. Samra April 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM #


  3. Sonah January 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    Life is to be lived in the present, minute to minute for the self or for those nears and dears around us. We cannot worry about to-morrow,as it does not exist. To-day is yesterday’s to-morrow, and it is so full of opportunities and challenges.The man will never play with his son. He is sorry becaused he must have postponed precious occasions.

  4. Shahrazad January 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    this is a very sweet story, i feel sorry for the man, but why is the boy wearing a blue dress???

  5. Zafar Iqbal September 18, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    Dear Mr Kashif,

    Please do not talk about your family like that. Very true you have to earn and take care of your family with the money that you have earned. It will be very difficult without that. But you are not doing any favour that way. It is a part of your sacred duty so ordained by Allah.

    And please do not talk of death like that. May Allah give you many years of a happy, healthy and wealthy life – all along with your family! Aa-meen.

  6. Zafar Iqbal September 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    Very moving story. Thanks Sara.

  7. anas July 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    Time is very precious once you loose it you cant regain it.

    • Sara - Admin July 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

      Rigtly said Anas!

  8. Ado May 17, 2012 at 5:34 AM #

    Mmm!!! Beyond comment

  9. Silsila April 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM #

    Can you tel me sara where are from Your moral stories are really great and i do practically implement it in my life keep waking humans

    • Sara - Admin May 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

      Nice to know that people are benefiting from our stories.
      God bless you!

  10. Houssein April 26, 2012 at 4:22 AM #

    Hi Sara,
    There was once upon a time a little boy who use to live with his single mum. She use to work long hours and come home late. One day he asked her why she was not coming early so she can spend some time with him. She use to tell him that she had to work and make more money.
    He asked her how much she was getting an hour of work and she told him $$$ (i think).
    The next day he asked her if she can give him some $$$ or so. She was very tired to understand his demand and got furious and slapped him and told him to go to his room.
    After sometime she realised that she was wrong and went to see him in his room and gave him the money.
    Then he grabbed some more money and added to the $$$.
    By the end she was supprised that the kid gave her back the $$$ and bought 1hour of her time.


  11. Khaled Kokah April 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM #

    Ya Allah ..
    May Allah grant you Paradise ..

  12. Kashif April 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM #

    I never gave time to my family and kids during week days. My kids always blame that you are not a good father. Yes I do understand this is wrong, but what can i do I need to do job and have to work long hours to meet my family expenses, i.e. heavy school fees, most expensive books, shopping, hoteling utility bills, home rent, etc etc,. So I always spoke my wife that I am doing my part and you should realize kids that father needs to do job and works long hours to meet all expenses. But again she never realize this. She also blame me and code me other people examples. On one day when I expire she will realise, when every she need money. – that Kashif was right. I wish she realise in my life.

    • Khaled Kokah April 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM #

      May Allah help you brother, maybe the best solution is to bring them gifts and talk to them during any spare time you could get .. as the story says: only five minutes could make a difference.

    • Sara - Admin May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM #

      Try your best to give them time, even though it might be little. But give quality time. The major problem here seems to be Communication gap. Once you communicate your problems properly they might be able to understand your situation, Inshallah.
      May God help you!

    • Wasim August 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM #

      Dear Kashif,
      Proper attention of few minutes on everyday basis is more important then giving many hours without attention.

      Dont leave your part on ur wife and establish a direct relation with ur kids otherwise you will be standing alone by the end of the day. Allah has given ultimate potential to the humen being, try to evaluate ur potential.

      You can cover-up the gap with ur kids now as ur kids seems of small age. This gap can not be covered-up when ur kids will be young enough and you will be old. You still have a time to start a new begining.

      • Sara - Admin August 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM #

        Rightly said Wasim.
        God bless you.

  13. saad April 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM #

    it is amazing a story, I am impressed by such a moral story.

  14. Sarah April 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM #

    As usual, those very emotional stories bring tears to my eyes..So touching!! Thanks Sarah:)

    • Sara - Admin May 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM #


  15. Qasimj April 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

    Thanks Sister Sara, you are always inspiring.

  16. A. Hassoun March 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM #

    Wonderful. I hope parents and grandparents spare more time for their sibling rivalry.

  17. sabrina March 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

    Life is too small,so let”s give more & more love.

  18. ali March 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM #

    Sara. you r really amazing, you share the universal truth of every human being.

    I really impressed the way you shared us and U know very well that how to touch the feeling of a person.


  19. Abdelbagi Elbashir March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM #

    Ithink these are true lessons for all fathers and mothers to give thier children from their presious time and not say execuses that no time and they are bussy
    because as work is important to elders playing is of the same important to the children.

  20. skybeen March 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM #

    a kind and humble father…..such patience or parents behaviour lead to understanding between parents and children which shows loving results in their old age.
    actually our response is a training to our kids that how to response ……

  21. Tina January 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

    Impressive ..^^..

  22. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni September 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM #

    ill be honest here, but everyday i give more than half my dad to someone either given them a ride, taking them out somewhereeee, or doing them a favor…but when it comes to me, theyre always busy lmao but i dnt mind :/

  23. mustafa September 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

    do parents need to have one of their children die to understand that they need love !

    • xyz April 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM #

      no comments . . .

  24. Humayundaud September 12, 2011 at 7:42 AM #

    beautiful 🙂 …

  25. Abier Al.Madfah September 12, 2011 at 7:38 AM #

    Touching <3

  26. Mohammed Mir August 7, 2011 at 7:42 AM #

    touching story. the kind of love we all have, but sometimes forget.

  27. Ar_a28 February 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM #

    i will pay all my money to live just another five minute with my dead husband.

    • Imran March 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

      May you have a power to remember him in good words forever, and keep smiling for him………… Stay Blessed.

      M. Imran

  28. sam February 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM #

    thats great,,,but how we can give what we dont have …
    time is always killing us…mostly when its very close to end
    its good to re arrang our minutes

  29. Mahmoud Slaiman February 10, 2011 at 5:37 AM #

    Our near and dear ones are the most neglected by us. We only realise their value after they are gone. This story gives us a very good moral whom to give priority.

  30. Eternal-sky February 10, 2011 at 5:35 AM #

    very inspiring..