It would be correct to say that man is a seeker by birth. These questions lurk in everyone’s mind: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? What is the reality of life and death? What is the secret of man’s success and failure? etc. These questions may be summed up in a single sentence: What is the Creation Plan of the Creator?
The Creator of man has created him according to a special Plan. The existence of man is such a unique phenomenon that no other such example can be found throughout the vastness of the cosmos. Man is rightly called the ‘best of all creations’, which means the best and most meaningful ‘being’ among all the things created. Such a ‘meaningful being’ cannot have been created without a purpose.
The Creator of the world has created this world, as one half of a pair — the present limited world, in which we pass our lives after birth, is the first half; and the next eternal world where we live after death is the other half. The Creator of man has thus created him as an eternal creature and has divided his life into two stages — the pre-death period or the limited life in this world and the post death period or the eternal life after death. The limited period before death is meant to be a test for man, the gist of which was to give man complete freedom, not simply as a gift, but as a test. The result of this test would enable God to know who misused his freedom and who put his freedom to the best use. This was, and still is, the divine scheme of things for man. This test is not just for the sake of testing mankind. It is for a high purpose, while the eternal period after his death will be the period for his reward or punishment, based on his performance in the test in this life. This is the scheme of existence for this world as devised by its Creator.
I know that after reading above paragraph, you may have question about freedom,what is that freedom? According to the Creation plan, God has given us complete freedom in our actions and simultaneously he has given us conscious mind which can guide us what is right and what is wrong, in this world human beings are placed in situations where they have to face hardships from time to time throughout their life, here wealth is not a reward and poverty is not a punishment but it is a part of their test, God only watch your actions in every situations. No man has the power to extricate himself from this trial and tribulation. This arrangement is to remind man of the fact that the present world has not been made as a place of luxury and comfort, but rather as a period of trial, So, the real aim of creation is to select those who are fit to inhabit the eternal world of Paradise.
Paradise is that world, where a creation such as man attains his complete fulfillment, where he thinks the way he wants to think; where he sees what he desires to see; where he listens to the sounds that give pleasure to his ears in the real sense; where he touches those things which gives him the highest degree of pleasure; where he has the company of those people who make his life highly meaningful, where he eats such food as he eternally craved for and he sips such drinks as are only beautiful figments of his imagination today.
According to this divine scheme, the present human lifetime affords a great opportunity to man. In the pre-death period, man gets the chance to qualify for paradise, so that in the post-death period he may settle as a deserving candidate in this perfect and eternal world.
Reference: “The Reality Of Life”, booklet by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan