I am part of this Universe. A wide difference exists between the size of myself and the Universe, observed through the Hubble Space Telescope of the world’s first space-based optical telescope after American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953; NASA 2018). Dr. Hubble confirmed an “expanding” universe, which provided the foundation for the big-bang theory. Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, from space shuttle Discovery (STS-31) and produced the first Image on May 20, 1990 covering Star cluster NGC 3532. A black hole (M87) and its shadow were captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) through an international collaboration (Landau 2019). The black hole weighs about 2.4 billion solar masses. Solar mass is equal to 2×1030 Kg as compared to my mass, 74 kg.
Similar to the difference between my size and the Universe, the age is also different. I may live up to 80 years while the Universe has been living for 13.8 billion years and will continue to live as long as Allah SWT wishes.
I and the Universe co-exist and influence each other. My good deeds convey blessings to the Universe and changes in the Universe affect my daily life. Allah SWT says that the Universe has been created to serve human beings and human deeds affect the health and well-being of the Universe (Al-Qur’an, 2:164; 54:9-16). Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been sent as a blessing for the Worlds.
So the Universe has been created to serve me and all the Human beings, starting from the first man born on Earth, Adam AS till the last man on Earth before, Israfil AS, the Archangel will blow into the trumpet to signal Qiyamah, the Day of Judgment. He is one of the four Archangels, the others being Jibraeel AS, Mikhaeel AS, and Izraeel AS. I have been settled along with other fellow humans as Vicegerent of Allah SWT on Earth. I have been prevented from spreading Fasad (corruption, mischief, disorder and violence) on Earth which may lead to calamities and disorders in the Universe (Al Qur’an, 11:116).
I have been blessed by Allah SWT with a favorable environment on Earth to support my life comfortably, with a right distance from son, with orbital and axial motion of Earth, with emergence of day and night, providing me with a favorable environment to work during daytime and to sleep during nighttime. Surely, in the creation of heavens and earth, and the alternation of night and day, and the ships that sail in the sea, carrying that which benefits men, and in the water Allah sent down from the sky, then revived with it the earth after it was dead, and in every creature He has scattered on it, and in turning of winds, and in the clouds employed to serve between heaven and earth, there are signs for those who have sense (Al-Qur’an, 2:164).
I was born as a soul (my first life) along-with all other souls of the human beings from the loins of the first man Adam AS with the Commandment of Allah SWT who made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (Who cherishes and sustains you)?” They said: “Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest. Ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we were never mindful”. After this Great Covenant, my soul fell asleep and remained so during Alam i Arwaah (the World of Souls), which was my first death. My soul is taken out during sleep and returned back when I wake up. And in no way is this present life of this world anything except a diversion and a plaything; and surely the Last Home is indeed the Eternal Life, the all-blessed life, if they know the Truth. (Al-Qur’an, 7-172; 39:42; 22:64).
At the age of four months of my fetal life, my soul was attached with my body and my material requirements were met through blood circulation of my mother connected with my body through naval blood vessels. I was enclosed in three fetal membranes and I was protected by Allah SWT from diseases and genetic/developmental abnormalities. Immune system of my mother was depressed to prevent its rejection by the body of my mother; as my body was a foreign body inside my mother’s body.
An elegant description of the embryogenesis of myself, including other mammals, has been mentioned by Qur’an as: placement as a nutfah (drop) in a place of settlement, firmly fixed; conversion into an alaqah (leech like structure); change into a mudghah (chewed like lump); made out of that mudghah, izam (skeleton, bones), then clothed the bones with lahm (muscles, flesh; then caused him to grow and come in being and attain the definitive (human) form (Al Qur’an, 22:5).
My sex differentiation during embryogenesis was mentioned as transformation of alaqah into mudghah, in a rapid way completing in two days, 24 th and 26 th day post-conception. The rapid change has been expressed with the word “fa” meaning “then” and pointing at the rapid development of transformation of bi-potential gonad into either testis or ovary and relevant reproductive organs of that sex through the expression of Sry genes located on Y chromosome of the male embryo. I lived as fetus till the date of parturition, initiated through fetal cortical steroids, released due to demand for more nutrients, lack of availability of space and higher body temperature of mother, under the Commandment of Allah SWT, protecting me at all these stages, Alhamdulillah.
At my birth I was given the second life, Alam i Dunya, the Worldly Life. I could not eat, drink or speak. Allah SWT provided my innate senses to get milk and to cry if I was hungry or uncomfortable. During childhood, I was blessed by Allah SWT to be raised in a Muslim family with love from my parents and others related to me through my mother or fathers. Allah SWT advised me to be kind to my parents when they reach old age (Al-Qur’an, 46:15; 17:23-24).
My body is composed of material elements and a soul. Material requirements come from the earth and the environment and my body needs an optimum level of oxygen and humidity from the air, an optimum ambient temperature, freedom from toxic gases and elements and daily supply of food nutrients from animals, plants and water. My material needs are arranged by Archangel Michael AS as per my Rizq, provision and sustenance, allocated for me and recorded at lawh mahfuz, the Protected Tablet.
I have got numerous blessings from Allah SWT, like the Sky, Earth, fruits, grains, husk, scented plants, the seas and their treasures, mountain-like ships in the sea, and the blessings in Jannah; comprising dark green gardens, with springs, spouting, fruit and palm trees and pomegranates. good and beautiful women, fair ones reserved in pavilions, untouched before them by man or jinni, reclining on green cushions and beautiful fine carpets. Blessed is the name of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor (Al Qur’an, 55:1-78).
I am being benefited with all these blessings during my worldly life and I have tried to thank Allah SWT through my daily prayers and a good interaction with my fellow beings, animals and the environment. At the same time, I realize that my deeds were not perfect, so I have been continuously asking for the pardon of Allah SWT for my deficiencies and my sins. I believe in death and ask Allah SWT to make it easy for me. That will be my second death. Archangel Israel AS will come to me to take out my soul and present it at Illiyeen, the place for blessed souls or Sijjeen, the place for bad souls. I ask Allah SWT to place my soul in Illiyeen. Amin.
Allah SWT has narrated our creation, our fear, His knowledge about us, recording of our deeds by Kiraman Katibeen, our death, our resurrection, our pushing towards the place of Judgment by an angle, handing over the record of our deeds by another angle and punishment of the non-believers (Al Qur’an, 50:16-29).
My body will be buried in Qabar with Namaz e Janaza as per Shariah and I will be asked by two angels, Al Nakeer and Al Munkir, who is my Rab, the Protector. I will say Allah SWT. I will be asked what my Din is, the religion; and I will respond, Islam. I will be shown an image, who is this? I will respond that this is Muhammad (SAW). Then my Qabar will be expanded, illuminated and a window will be opened from Jannah, in Sha Allah and I will sleep till blowing in Trumpet by Israfil AS declaring Qiyamah, the Doomsday (Tirmidi 2020). Then, I will be given life again for the third time, to face the accountability for my worldly deeds. I am confident that I will get recommendations of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), to enter Jannah and I will not be among the cursed people to be pushed to Jahannam. There I will live forever, in Sha Allah.