The believers, the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabaeans, all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good deeds, will be rewarded by their Lord; they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
(The Qur’an 2:62)
There are various ways one could describe this life of ours. A familiar metaphor that is used in this regard is that of a journey. A journey is a process. It is being in a state of motion. The same is true of life as well. To be alive is to be journeying through a process of constant change with every passing moment.
A journey has a beginning and it also has an end. So, too, this life of ours. We begin this particular phase of our life in our mother’s womb. And when we exhale our last outbreath, this phase of our existence comes to an end.
When we are about to set off on a journey, we make necessary arrangements in the hope that thereby our travel would be made comfortable and that we reach our destination safely. If, for instance, we plan to go on a long journey by train, we buy a train ticket and arrange to get to the train station on time. We might carry along some food to eat or we take enough money to buy food on the way. We might pack a bag, consisting of clothes, toiletries and the like—things that we might need while on the journey and also for when we get to our destination. We might take along a book or two to read on the way. And so on.
When we are setting off on a long train journey, we are generally very careful to make all the necessary arrangements in the hope that our journey would thereby be comfortable and we reach our destination without any hitch. In the same way, we need to make adequate arrangements to help smoothen this journey of our life and our arrival at our final destination, which comes soon after the event of the death of the physical body that we presently inhabit.
These arrangements for the journey of our life include many things that we need for our physical well-being, our emotional health and our intellectual development. Most of us do indeed focus on trying to obtain these things, to varying degrees, as we journey through life. But there are some additional things that we need if we hope to be able to arrive safe, sound, secure and successful at our final destination when the journey of our life is over. These are (a) faith in God (b) awareness that we will be accountable to God for all our thoughts, words and deeds, and (c) good deeds. These are, one could say, integral parts of the ‘ticket’ for a smooth and successful life-journey.