Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Creation Plan of God
While in an examination hall, a student has several objects at his disposal. Over his head, there is the roof of the examination hall itself. Then he has a table on which to write, a chair on which to sit, ink and paper for his answers, and attendants to see to his requirements. He sits in his place and uses these facilities freely, without restriction.
If he did not have an examination hall in which to sit, the examinee would be exposed to heat and cold. If there were no desk and chair at his disposal, he would not be able to sit comfortably. Without pen, paper and ink, there would be no question of his writing answers.
But a student only has these things because of the examination he is taking. They belong to him only so long as his examination lasts. As soon as the exam is over, all its accessories are taken away from him. Judging from the freedom with which he used them within the confines of the examination hall, one would have thought they were his; now it will become clear that they were only lent to him for a short while.
It is much the same with man in this world. Here, man has many objects at his disposal. He considers himself free to use them as he pleases, to live the life of his own choice. But the truth is that whatever man has in this world is his because of the test he is undergoing. God has put man in this world so that he may be tested. For the purpose of this test, man is provided with a number of essential accessories, things that will only remain in his possession for the duration of his test. As soon as man’s trial has run its Course, everything will be taken away from him. One who seems to own everything will be left with nothing. Man will stand alone, like a traveller stranded in the middle of a desert, or a man left to drift in the voids of space.
And only one thing–the invisible wall of death–lies between man and the end of his test on earth.