My servant does not ask Allah, the Most Exalted, for a long life, but rather he asks Him to place His blessing in it. The lesson to be learned does not concern the length or shortness of one’s life, but rather, it concerns the presence of His blessings in life. When Allah, the Most Exalted is pleased with a servant, He opens up for him the openings of the first and the last and grants him knowledge of the first and the last in a single moment.
Perhaps a life may be long, but with little providence; And perhaps a life may be short, but with great providence. Whoever is blessed in his life can apprehend graces from Allah, the Most Exalted, in a very short period of time, which cannot be grasped in the realm of expressions nor followed by a reference.