What A Waste Of Life – Great Lesson from Saudi Arabia!

timeAn old man in a small city in Saudi Arabia was breathing his last. People came to visit him. One of them asked the old man to speak a few words of advice guidance to lead life before he departed this world. The old man said:

“During my youth when I was around 20 years old I was very much energetic and enthusiastic, I thought I can change the world and solve all its problems and started working in the cause. Days passed by and I became 30 years old and the World was where it was 10 years ago and that made me realize maybe I should lower my ambitions so thought I better at least change my country though not the world. As time passed, when I became 40 years old I realized trying to change the people of my country was nothing but a waste of time since they were millions and it was very difficult to change all of them. I decided to further lower my ambitions so I thought I must change the people of my city, but they did not wish to change either. When I grew very old, by this time I was around 60 years of age I thought I should at least try changing my family members. Thought it was an easy task, but there also I found my efforts and the little time I had go waste”

On my death bed I now realize…..…that if I had worked on changing myself by getting rid of the imperfections in me and overcoming my own shortcomings, perhaps I would have found my family members change. Considering the good behavior and conduct of my family members perhaps the whole town would have got influenced and changed. Looking at the progress and development of a whole town perhaps the people of my country would have been influenced. And perhaps looking at the people of my country the whole world might have been influenced and changed.

Dear Readers, Could you please provide a good moral for the story? 

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59 Responses to What A Waste Of Life – Great Lesson from Saudi Arabia!

  1. Mohammad August 11, 2015 at 12:14 PM #

    Changing should start from inside out
    Change Management is an art and Science

    • Sridharan August 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM #


  2. Abbas S A August 11, 2015 at 11:31 AM #


  3. Tahir Naseem August 11, 2015 at 12:47 AM #

    Charity begins at home

  4. Yunus August 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

    This is the greater Jihad that the Holy Prophet (SAW) refers to. To purify oneself zikr of Allah (SWT) is the tool.

    • yusuf August 11, 2015 at 5:28 AM #

      At 70 years of age fighting serious illness oh how I agree whit this comment.

  5. shamshuddin navalur August 10, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    Moral of the story – Remove the Ego ‘ I ” Change it to ” WE ” and see how the world changes. Good examples – Prophets of different communities – who sacrificed their lifes for the people.

  6. Farouk Kamal August 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM #

    We should always start to change the shortcomings
    which exist in ourselves before trying to change others.
    God will not change the bad habits of anybody unless
    he or she changes them into good behaviour.

  7. Stephen August 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

    Better Too Late Than Never

  8. Khali August 10, 2015 at 2:10 PM #

    Sub Kuch luta key hosh mey aaye to keya kiiyaa.

    Unfortunately the old man is now at a stage when he cannot even change himself. He can only tell others which has a limited effect. Experience has shown that such words are not remembered for very long time for so many reasons which can be discussed separately.
    The holy Quran has already cautioned the man…. He is responsible for his own deeds. . .. He will be judged by only what he did. . . For nobody else’s actions, he will be held accountable. What we collectively forget and never try to understand is that the axis of evil for me lies within me and nowhere else. It is for this reason that humans are cautioned to be mindful of the fact that SATAN the accursed is running within him like his blood. It is now the time of the old man to at least become a live demonstration for others to learn lesson.

  9. abdul raheem August 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM #

    Changing the changes is difficult
    Change the changer which is you

  10. salimos May 25, 2015 at 1:26 PM #

    great story………time is money and work for the good things only never waste time in vain……do right things wil;be right….. lol

    • Gopakumar June 25, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

      Let the change start from Thyself, the world follows

  11. Abdul Qadedr Karyab May 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

    If one wants to bring change, he/she had better start from him/herself first.

  12. Yousef Nasser November 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM #

    Be the change

  13. Yousef Nasser November 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    No sUccess without U.

  14. Safdar Ali Shah August 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM #

    Before it is too late.

    It is always a dilemma of human as they can neither see themselves nor want to see but always looking at others. In reality it is very difficult to change one self but easy to wish for changing others. Probably it is a matter of perception.
    Such thinking naturally erupt primarily due to injustices followed by frustration and aggressions. Being incapable to absorbs the shocks and to wait for the goods to come, the affect’s then try to change the world.

  15. Kannan May 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM #

    WALK THE TALK . We can inspire better by our example , than by trying to change.

  16. MMN April 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi.

  17. mohnooh April 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

    When you change everything around you will change

  18. mohnooh April 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM #


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  20. Dr. Garba S. Ahmad March 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM #

    Changing the world? No body can change the world. Anyway, who has done so before?
    Each and everyone of us is given his responsibilities by our Creator, and that is what we will be asked about; not the entire world.
    So, let us do what we are asked to do first, before doing what we want to do. Or else, we will end up full of regret, just like dying old man.

    Dr. Garba Saleh Ahmad
    Kano – Nigeria

  21. Abbas February 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM #


  22. Yusuf Shakuur February 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

    Oh how easy it is to attempt to change others, how difficult to change ourselves.

  23. AQ Malik January 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    Moral of the story What A Waste Of Life: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

  24. salman January 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM #

    I think changing ourselves is the hardest thing to do. If we can chage ourselves, we can change the whole world.

  25. GOPAKUMAR January 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM #

    Moral of the story : Changes that we bring within ourselves are reflected as changes in the world outside. We are the mirror ourselves, the world adoptes it.

  26. Ali December 31, 2013 at 12:38 AM #

    ( ????? ??????? ?? ????????? ??? ???????? ?????? ??????????? ??? ?????????????? )
    My almighty God said in our holy book:
    ( God will not change people unless they change their selves)

  27. Rahqi December 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM #

    And sometimes when we are changed, our perspective is also changed, and the problems we previously “saw” in others have disappeared.

  28. Khalid Baig December 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM #


  29. Sibghat December 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

    Islamic life is complete successful life in this world. Muhammad (P. B. U. H) told us how to pass your life in this world.

  30. Najeeb Khan December 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    If you want to change someone, it will be started first from himself, and then to your nearest ones.

  31. j shehabi December 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM #

    “That God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”
    “Be silent advocates’ as nothing is more effective than setting a good example to others.

  32. faisal tweit December 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

    really a good lesson, but I see it is difficult to change this anonymous annoying world, and by no means the change will happen.

  33. Abdul Awal Miah December 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM #

    These are some of my suggestions:

    1. Change yourself first, the world will change automatically
    2. To change the world, start with yourself
    3. Change yourself and then your family, city, country and the world will follow you
    4. One can change others only by changing oneself first


  34. Nirmala Roberts December 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

    “Initiate the change that you wish to see in the world, within yourself….. and the ripples will gradually spread far and wide”

  35. Nirmala Roberts December 29, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

    “Initiate the change that you wish to see in the world,within yourself….. and the ripples will gradually spread far and wide”

  36. Khaled Mamdoah December 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

    This is a very good lesson, first we should change our selves to set an example to the people surrounding us, then by dealing with each other good manners will provoke, the bottom line is everything comes step by step,but the most important thing is to know from where to start. I will rate this story by 10 of 10.

  37. Maryam December 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Change starts with you.

  38. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH December 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM #

    I agree with Sajjad Wahid ,

    I will rate th Story “what a waste of life” 10 OUT OF 10.


  39. arshiya December 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

    charity begins at home

  40. arshiya December 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    its better to change ur footwear than to change the earth.

  41. Mohammed December 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

    In the name of ALLAH ,the most gracious ,the most merciful.

    Qur’an[13:11]: Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition

  42. Khalid Baig December 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

    let’s change to change the world

  43. Sheikh Salim December 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    Moral: “Change the world inside you, to see Changes Outside”

    Rate: 8

  44. vinayak December 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

    U can change the world by changing urself

  45. Mohammad Elbanna December 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM #

    excellent story.

  46. Tajik December 29, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

    Moral of the story:
    Be the change you want to see in the world.

  47. Freba December 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

    I would suggest for the moral “Believe in Theory of Change, start practicing it by your own!

    I would rate the story 8 out of 10

  48. sk ashif akram December 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

    Change Begins with You

  49. Master Al-Mahasneh December 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    The moral of the story:
    Change yourself to the better and the wiorld will change to the better

  50. Sajjad Wahid December 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    For the story ‘What a waste of life ..’ I would suggest the following moral:
    I would rate the story 8 out of 10.

    • shashivindkumar December 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM #

      Rather than It is better and easier to make changes in oneself rather than changing others.