Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
06 January 2016
If a man were to emerge from out of a
sealed-up cave all of a sudden, everyone would be completely astounded. They
would think this to be some sort of very strange miracle.
An infant emerging from its mother’s womb
is a similar sort of miracle. But even though people witness this event, they
don’t think it to be anything extraordinary at all.
Why this difference? It is because rarely,
if ever, does a man emerge from out of a sealed-up cave, while an infant
emerging from a woman’s womb is an everyday thing. The latter is something that
people have got used to. They take it for granted. They do not think it
necessary to give it any thought at all.
If people were to really seriously reflect
on the phenomenon of a child emerging from a woman’s womb, they would discover
the existence of the Creator. When they see and deeply reflect on a living
human being born, a being that can move, see, hear and make sounds, they would
realise that every human being is a mobile sign of the Creator’s existence.
Every human being would seem a living introduction to the Creator.
When a human being is born and comes into
this world, he finds that there is an elaborate life-support system in place
for him. This life-support system is so complete that it magnificently fulfills
every need, small or big, of human beings. From the earth to the sun,
everything in the world, without exception, is engaged in the service of man.
Then the day arrives when a person suddenly
dies. Man desires eternal life, but generally within a hundred years he dies,
against his will, leaving behind this world forever.
Every human being who comes into this world
faces two things: first, life, and, after that, death. If you seriously ponder on this, you will
discover a really important reality—and that is, our receiving birth and coming
into this world is not for us to be rewarded for something, but, rather, for us
to be tested. Life in this world is a test, not a reward.
In this world, we humans have freewill. We
have been given freewill in order to know who among us uses our freewill
properly and who misuses it, or, in other words, who among us leads a
principled life and who does not.
If you seriously think about the issue, you
will discover that death actually is the day of our appearing before our
Creator. We human beings are eternal beings, our lifespan being divided into
two parts: the pre-death period, and the post-death period. The pre-death
period is for us to be tested, while the post-death period is for us to be
rewarded or punished, according to our previous record.
Today, we find ourselves in this world as
living, conscious beings. When we die, we are taken away from this temporary
world and are transferred into the next world, which is an eternal world.
This moment is sure to arrive for all of
us. This is an unimaginably serious moment. In the post-death period of our
lives we will still be the same beings, but all our possessions would have been
left behind. Left behind forever, too, will be this world. And extending before
us will be the eternal world where we will reach without any material
possessions at all.
Wise is the person who prepares himself for
that impending day.
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