Or did you suppose that you should enter paradise without God know- ing who among you have struggled and who are patient.
The wish of those who think they can arrive at a greatly esteemed place without enduring hardships casts them into the abyss of destruction. On the other hand, those who recognize the value of [the place] that is sought will have the exertion of their pains made easy for them:
Time is not generous with its pleasures
for those who are reluctant to throw off restraints.
Their speaker said:
When youth is on the lookout
for the lightning of meanings (al-maʿānī),
the least valuable use of time is the pleasantry of sleep.