By Ijaz Chaudry

What is the meaning of Life

Introduction

The following topic is very much belonging to today. There is a lot of dismay and misery about in the world. Fire, floods and climate change is part of the daily agenda. There is equal amount of dismay and misery amongst poor communities; they do not understand why they are destitute while there are other communities which are thriving. The question is why does this happen? This question is answered by using the verses from the Quran the Final Testament;

What is happiness

Today happiness is measured by many elements which include, success, self-esteem, ambition, wealth, staying healthy and much more. All these are selfish motives, because these only benefit one self. However, there are some, who feel good and happy by helping others and doing charitable acts. These people are appreciative of what they have, and they are on the right track. However, these same people only receive gratitude of this world and nothing else. All there effort and work is left here on earth when they die. It is quite possible that they are recognised and cherished by the people who they helped; they may even be recognised by the world. But they are not aware of what is happening in this world; because they are not here and therefore they cannot enjoy their glory.

This scenario brings us to examine the question of life after death. The three monotheist religions have their own understanding of life after death. In this article we will look at the perspective of Submitter and the life after death.

Indeed this prospective promises great everlasting reward for those who do well in the world and live good clean life. How do we know about this? We know about this when we read the Final Testament.

Indeed the Final Testament implies two types of happiness “Transient” and “Permanent”.  The “Transient Happiness” only last in this world, while “Permanent Happiness” continues after we leave this world and enter into eternal life of the Hereafter.

So the question is how do we obtain these two types of Happiness? The Final Testament is clear that the “Permanent Happiness” happen to those who comply with the following verse;

Q [42:27] If GOD increased the provision for His servants, they would transgress on earth. This is why He sends it precisely measured to whomever He wills. He is fully Cognizant and Seer of His servants.

Thus this happiness does not arrive by extravagant wealth, but precisely measured wealth. This is because wealth could corrupt or sway away from straight and narrow.

However, one might question this verse based on the Old Testament where Solomon was provided with great wealth and resources. The point here is that Solomon used all his wealth and resources to progress the religion, until his dying day;

Q [34:14] When the appointed time for his (Solomon’s) death came they had no clue that he had died. Not until one of the animals tried to eat his staff and he fell down did the Jinn’s realized that he was dead. They thus realized that if they really knew the unseen they would have stopped working so hard as soon as he died. 

Indeed after putting this point across it makes the verse Q [42:27] valid, because God gave Solomon precisely measured resources for the purpose of him using these resources to advance the worship of God.

On the other hand “Transient Happiness” comes about by complying with the following verses;

Q [6:42-45] We have sent (messengers) to communities before you, and we put them to the test through adversity and hardship, that they may implore. If only they implored when our test afflicted them! Instead, their hearts were hardened, and the devil adorned their works in their eyes. When they thus disregard the message given to them, we open for them the gates of everything. Then, just as they rejoice in what was given to them, we punish them suddenly; they become utterly stunned.  The wicked are thus annihilated. Praise be to GOD, Lord of the worlds.

Our purpose in life

Our purpose on earth is to search and follow the message from God, for example majority of the people in this world have received a messenger in the form of human or a book. The three prominent books as messengers are Torah, Gospel and the Quran (The Final Testament). We know from scripture that when a new book is revealed by God, this book is an update to the previous books. Therefore it only makes sense that the Torah and Gospel should only be followed as long as it conforms to the Quran (The Final Testament). Indeed Quran (The Final Testament) being the final word of God on earth is a panacea for all religions. Therefore if we do not follow the scriptures as they should be then we could be in the category of those who are of “Transient Happiness”. Following the Quran, is very simple and easy, living good clean life, not setting up idols and being aware of God. However, there are those who follow the rites of Submission, obviously they are rewarded more. But it is not essential practice the religion. The Final Testament is clear that belief in God, without any other idols is enough to make it to Heaven and have a good happy life here.

But why not all the people of this category “Transient Happiness” given as much as the few who are wealthy? For this question the answer lies in the following verse;

Q [17:30] For your Lord increases the provision for anyone He chooses, and reduces it. He is fully Cognizant of His creatures, Seer.

In fact in varying people in wealth, is Great Wisdom of God, because by varying the wealth in people under different circumstances brings about the true nature of humans. Poverty might affect certain people in certain way. By exposing people to varied wealth, lessons can be learnt which could benefit mankind. Take an example of homelessness in UK. Because of the few destitute homeless people, many people are encouraged to create a society where there is no homelessness and everyone has enough to eat. Also by showing poverty to some could encourage humility and humbleness in those people which are all traits of Submission, so that they are saved.

Why are believers tested

A believer might ask a question why we are tested before the age of forty, even though before the age of forty we will not be accounted for our sins;

[46:15]    We enjoined the human being to honour his parents. His mother bore him arduously gave birth to him arduously and took intimate care of him for thirty months. When he reaches maturity and reaches the age of forty he should say "My Lord direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do the good works that please You. Let my children be upright as well. I have repented to You; I am a submitter."

 

*the age of responsibility starts at 40 years, since one has not submitted to God before this age, one is not responsible for their deeds; this is God’s immense Mercy on human kind. Since one has been not responsible of any sin before the age of 40, anyone who dies before the age of 40 years regardless of any religion, creed, colour or race will enter Paradise. **Al-Muzzammil

 

Let’s look at this situation where some of us go through trials in this life even before the age of 40 years. Habits are hard to change, one cannot guarantee that one can be righteous at 40 years of age and above, while, one was sinful all the previous life!! Generally speaking, people are either good or bad all their lives. There is an exception to this rule where a bad person turns into humble conscientious person because of some event which took place in his/her life. However, this cannot be guaranteed to happen to everyone. Therefore, by being tested before the age of 40 years has merit in it, and will keep the righteous on the straight and narrow. Quran sums up this, scenario neatly in just two short verses;

Q [94:5]  With pain there is gain.

Q [94:6]  Indeed, with pain there is gain.

Prosperity of communities

Prosperity and wellbeing of communities is at the forefront of all our minds. The question arises why some communities are better off than other communities? Quran (The Final Testament) gives an example of one such episode where a community suffered because of what they did;

Q [7:163]  Remind them of the community by the sea, who desecrated the Sabbath. When they observed the Sabbath, the fish came to them abundantly. And when they violated the Sabbath, the fish did not come. We thus afflicted them, as a consequence of their transgression.

Indeed community who live by the Laws of God prosper whilst those communities which don’t live by the law of God suffer. But there is another example in the Final Testament which states that those communities which are unappreciative of God’s provisions also suffer;

Q [34:15 - 19]  Sheba's homeland used to be a marvel, with two gardens on the right and the left. Eat from your Lord's provisions, and be appreciative of Him - good land, and a forgiving Lord. They turned away and, consequently, we poured upon them a disastrous flood, and we substituted their two gardens into two gardens of bad tasting fruits, thorny plants, and a skimpy harvest. We thus requited them for their disbelief. Do we not requite only the disbelievers? We placed between them and the communities that we blessed other oases, and we secured the journey between them: "Travel therein days and nights in complete security." But they (turned unappreciative and) challenged: "Our Lord, we do not care if You increase the distance of our journeys (without any stations)." They thus wronged their own souls. Consequently, we made them history, and scattered them into small communities throughout the land. This should provide lessons for those who are steadfast, appreciative.

**Missing words “turned non-appreciative and” or tahawwalat ghyr taqdir w their respective gv’s are 844, 1210, 714 & 6, “without any stations” or dun 'ay mahattat their respective gv’s are 60, 11 & 458. 34 19 6 714 1210 844 458 11 60 = 1799827059 0044445164 x 19; Position is 4 “Act of righteousness”, indeed what happened to Sheba’s people was right. The Temporal connection suggests that this happened long time ago before the Quran was revealed. This is the reason why the chapter and verse (34:19) is left most and the geometric values are right most. Indeed only the disbelievers are un-appreciative. **Al-Muzzammil

Quran emphasises a fact that this life is temporary and when we die all this wealth we obtained is left here on earth whilst only our deeds are examined by God for either a reward or to our detriment;

Q [3:196 - 197] Do not be impressed by the apparent success of disbelievers. They only enjoy temporarily, then end up in Hell; what a miserable destiny!

Putting into worldly prospective

There are real life situations existing today as implied by the verses Q (34:15 – 19). For example the people in the West are well to do and live reasonably happy life, these are the same people who regard human rights, respect human values, they are charitable and mostly they are good honest people.  All these are signs of being appreciative.

Whilst on the other hand people of the third world countries are quite the opposite, bribery and corruption is rife among the officials, who influence poor people to reward them in exchange for the jobs they do for them, in addition to what they are paid by their employers. These same officials do not regard human rights and human values. They take upon themselves great burden of sins without realising it. These same people bring downfall to their country and destitution to their fellow citizens. They should know that if they abide by the laws of God, which is to live good honest life, without corruption and bribery, God will provide for them manifold. However, because these people are unappreciative, there community suffers. As a result of their leaders communities dispute and fight amongst themselves. And the only victims of these are the common people who have to leave their homes and belongings because of the war imposed on them by their corrupt and land greedy war lords.

Some of these destitute people get killed. However, this is mercy in some instances. The Final Testament verse Q (46:15) stipulates God’s mercy on some people who die before the age of 40 years, because according to this verse they go straight to Heaven. These same people leave the misery and horrors of this world to live in Paradise, which is magnificent.

Materials of this world

Q [43:33 - 35] If it were not that all the people might become one (disbelieving) congregation, we would have granted everyone who disbelieves in the Most Gracious mansions with silver roofs, and stairs upon which they could climb. Their mansions would have impressive gates, and luxurious furnishings.  Also many ornaments all these are the temporary materials of this lowly life. The Hereafter - at your Lord - is far better for the righteous.

Breakdown of Arabic words used in this article are in the following url;

https://al-muzzammil.com/genesis/breakdown_of_coding_meaning_of_l.html