The Upward And The Downward March In Life
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – The Tarjuman al-Qur’an – 1968
The evolutionary process is applied equally well to the upward and the downward march in life. In the upward march, it allows time for easy gathering of perfection from stage to stage; and on the downward path, it allows time to make amends.
“To all – both of these and those; the good and the bad people – do we prolong the gifts of thy Lord; for not to any shall the gifts of thy Lord be denied.”
Surah: Al-Anbiya’ (The Prophets) – Chapter: 21 – Verse: 17
If a man desires to profit by the latitude furnished by this process, he can in proper time make amends for every mishap, and march upward. On the other hand, if he misses the opportunity so afforded, he steadily goes down till the inevitable decree, implicit in his behavior, imposes itself on him, and none can help man at that stage.
“And when their term is come, they shall not delay or advance it an hour.”
Surah: Al-Nahl (Bees) – Chapter: 16 – Verse: 61