A western philosopher has written that it appears that man is a
strange creature in this vast universe. It seems that neither man is
made for this world, nor this world is made for man. Man and the
Universe both seem to be a mismatch for each other.
Man is born with unlimited potentials. But in this present world,
he finds only a very limited use of his potentials. Man, according to
his nature desires to have an eternal life but very soon death arrives
without his permission and finishes him off on a unilateral basis. Man
carries unlimited desires within him, but these desires of his are never
World of dream is cherished by every man but these dreams are
never realized. In this matter, there is no difference between the
poor or rich, the big or the small. In the words of the philosopher
mentioned above it seems that man has come to a world which was
not made for him.
Why is man and the present world, are not in accord with each
other? To find the answer of this question, we have to know the
Creation Plan of God. This question arose due to unawareness of the
creation plan only by knowing the creation plan of God we can arrive
at a convincing answer.
The reality is that God—the Creator of man, has created man
according to His plan. To become acquainted with this plan is
necessary for a man to have a thorough understanding of himself—just
as the workings of a machine can only be understood when we study
the drawings of the engineer who made it. Without the knowledge
of engineer’s plan, nothing else can clarify the significance of that
machine. Same is the case with man. The creator of the man has
created him under a special plan. The plan is that man has to spend a
trial period in this present non-idealistic world, and after this, according
to his deeds, he earns his right to inhabit the ideal world, another
name of which is “Paradise”.
The present world is a trial world. Here, any man and
woman, to prove their worthiness for an entry into paradise,
has two great parts: to acknowledge the truth and a disciplined
life. Any man or woman who qualify themselves fully in this
test, shall find a place in the ideal world of paradise. And those
who fail in this test shall spent their lives in eternal deprivation.
Are We Completely Free?
Man finds himself completely free in this present world, but
this freedom is not as his right instead it is a test paper for every
one. What Man has to do is that without any pressure applied
to him he acknowledges the truth. Without any compulsion
he surrenders before the truth. He restricts his freedom by his
own choice. To surrender oneself before the truth is without
doubt the greatest sacrifice for any man. To acknowledge the
truth is, apparently, to make oneself smaller as compared to
others but this is the thing which shall gives man the highest
position. It will guarantee his entrance into paradise.
In this connection, the second important thing is a
disciplined life. Generally, man’s character is molded by his
emotions—anger, revenge, jealousy, hatred, rivalry etc. These
are negative perceptions which shape up the personality
of a man. But a man should opt for a life of principle. He
should not build his character under the influence of external
incentives, rather his character should be based on principles.
He, of his own will power must shape up his personality in the
lights of sublime principles. This is the thing which is known
as heavenly character.
Man has been created under the plan of creation. Man is
the most noble creature of this entire universe. The existence
of man is such a unique existence that no other example can
be found in this vast universe. Man is rightly called as the most
superior of the created beings. That is, the best and most
meaningful being among all the created things.
Source: What Is Islam