Getting to Know Allah
Allah’s Way of Old
40:82 Have they not travelled in the land, then, to see what was the fate of those who preceded them? They were more numerous than they and had greater power and influence in the land. Yet what they used to earn availed them nothing.
40:83 Then, when their Messengers came to them with the clear proofs, they rejoiced in the knowledge they had and were afflicted with that which they used to mock at.
40:84 But when they saw Our Might, they said: “We believe in Allah alone and disbelieve in that which we used to associate with Him.”
40:85 Yet, their belief, upon seeing Our Might, did not profit them. It is Allah’s Way of old regarding His servants; and the unbelievers shall be lost there and then.
Moududi on “Allah’s Way of old”:
"The standing Law of Allah": the Law that repentance and faith are beneficial only till the time man is not seized by the torment of Allah or death. Believing or repenting after the torment has arrived or the signs of death have appeared, is not acceptable to Allah.