Quran 22:5 ...And We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants, then We nourish you so that you may reach your age of full strength.  Among you there is he who dies young, and there is he who is brought back to an abject old age, knowing nothing after he has known much.  And you see the earth barren, but when We send down rain on it, it is stirred to life and it swells and puts forth every beautiful growth.

 

A Bio for All Mankind

 

In the womb it is so peaceful. We are not aware of the tests of life to come.  We have only the remembrance of being in the radiant light of the company of Angels.

 

As infants there is the shock of birth: the loss of warmth and constant nourishment without effort. There are lights, hunger, pain, and striving from the first day in the world.  Small desires become all-consuming.

 

As toddlers there is the painful learning to walk upright

 

As children, the training of good begins; as teenagers the fruit of that good becomes part of our being.

 

As young adults we must teach our offspring what we have learned.  The hopeful youth cannot see their end, as if it is seemingly over the next horizon, and the next-until it comes suddenly, without warning, and  their reckoning begins. Sometimes putting off Divine Knowledge bears dire consequences.

 

Who doesn't have much regret in their winter years?  Now comes contemplation, repentance, a yearning to make right...until the light slowly dims and all that is left is a shell of sagging flesh and bones.  There is no turning back the pages of their life.  Their reckoning has already begun...

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