“Everybody wishes to have long life but there are very few people who have ever pondered over the principle of prolonging life. The Holy Quran has told us a principle:
Wa amma ma yanfaunnasa fa yam-koso filarz
“Whatever is useful to the people, stays in the land (for a longer period of time). God has promised long life to those who are useful and beneficial to others. Although there are two aspects of the Shariat viz: to worship God and to be sympathetic towards human beings. Here, the mention has been made of being useful to the people; it is so because it is only he who is beneficial to the people who can be said to be a perfect worshipper of God.
“So far as the first aspect is concerned, it refers to the love and unity of God and it demands that one should be beneficial to the people. He can do so by telling the people to imbibe the love of God and to be steadfast in their belief concerning the Unity of God. God says: *_Tawasau bil Haq_*
“You should exhort the people in connection with Haq (The Truth).
“At times, it so happens that a person understands something quite all right but he cannot explain it to others to their satisfaction. In such cases, this kind of person should strive hard to make the people understand what he himself has understood. This is real sympathy for the fellow beings. One should make mental effort to make others understand the issue and that will make him live long.
“There is another verse which solves the question as to why the person who is useful to others gets longer life and not the one who is a worshipper of God. I have explained the fact that a perfect worshipper is the person who is beneficial to others.
“But the verse to which I now refer makes the matter still clearer. The verse in question is: Qul ma ya’bao-bi-kum Rabbee lau la doa-okum
i.e. you should tell the people that God does not care if they do not pray to Him.
“In other words it can be said that the worshippers who live their lives in the forests and on the tops of the mountains are very weak in faith. So far as our religion is concerned, it tells us that he who has tasted the sweetness of God -realisation can never keep silent. He is anxious to inform the people of this sweetness.”
(Malfoozat Vol. III, p.294)
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