In The Name of One Who Causes
The Grain and the Fruit-stone to Split and Sprout
Imam Ali (Salute to Him):
“O, Allah! Make my inner self to be involved with praising and worshiping You in the world…”
Human has been approaching the deadline of his life through passing the moments step by step. Achieving his major and minor aims has been donein these moments and his eternal life is written through this passage. Therefore, it is necessary to manage his life bit by bit by making hard effortsalong with using his wisdom and thought. In order to use his precious lifetime properly, he should pay attention to various issues avoiding his ignoranceand forgetfulness. Some of these issues are as follows:
1. The role of religion in arranging a plan
Human has a self-determination and power of choice. This makes him either pursue his prosperity or deviate from the prosperity path and reach wretchedness. The prosperity path is a definite way with an obvious beginning and end. Its constituent elements are clearly defined by the Divine messengers.Each and every mankind, with any belief, has a faith based on which having a plan leading him to either prosperity or misery. Hence, the nature of belief and faith is to have a plan. That’s why, a religion includes a collection of programs by which human will be obliged. It is important to know how understanding a religion could help him in arranging a plan for his life.
Imam Mohammad Baqer (Salute to Him) narrates from his father quoting Imam Ali (Salute to Him) as: “A man does not discover the truth of faith otherwise he has three features: understanding religion, being patient in calamities, and having a proper planning in his life.” p.85, vol.68; Bahar Al Anvar
Alike the purpose of religion, what is attempted to access in planning and a program is to attain a goal. Each individual should at first be aware ofthis path, then, based on it, move step by step in accordance with his own general final purpose in his life. In this process, he is obliged to think ofhis true needs, destiny and the end of his own life as well as its stages. So this “planning” means to design a map on the basis of what is existing atthe present time besides what he considers for himself to reach in future.