In the tennis Grand Slam held at Wimbledon on July 6, 2014, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated Swiss Roger Federer. After his victory in the four-hour-long match, Djokovic said: “He (Federer) is a magnificent champion, a magnificent role model. Thank you for letting me win today.” When someone achieves great success, he always gives credit to himself, his parents, friends, or someone else. However, this is a totally wrong attribution. In fact, it is God Almighty who has created the successful person, and it is He who provided the necessary infrastructure for the person to play his requisite role. All assistance and support supplied to him were directly given to him by the Creator. Other than God no one has any power at all to bestow these favors upon a person. It is strange that every person is so unaware of this fact; he fails to give the credit of all these blessings to his Creator. This is no doubt the greatest blunder of mankind.
Any blessing or success that comes to a man or woman is a test for him or her. If a person gives the credit to the Creator, then he passes his test. But, if he gives credit to someone other than the Creator he fails in the test. However, this state of affairs will continue only up till Doomsday. On Doomsday, the veil will be lifted up from everything, and the truth will become so obvious that the blind will also be able to recognize it. That day failures will have punishment awaiting them and those who pass the test will be rewarded. This is the reason why the Qur’an refers to this day as the “Day of Loss and Gain” (64:9).
Chapter 102 of the Qur’an refers to a reality of life in these words: “You were obsessed about acquiring more and more till you reached the grave.” (102:1-2)
This verse refers to a historical fact. Every person is engaged in acquiring more and more money, but very soon he dies without fulfilling his desires. Why this sad state of affairs in human history? The reason is that a person follows his own desires without knowing that the present world was not created for this purpose. It is this disparity between man and the world that has led to the tragic end of a man dying without fulfillment. The world was created as a testing ground for a limited period, and not for man to fulfill his unlimited desires.
The right way of life for every man and woman is to discover the creation plan of the Creator and to accordingly plan his or her life. Man is not the creator of the world, so he has no option other than to follow the scheme of things determined by the Creator. The right way of life for every man and woman is to discover the creation plan of the Creator and to accordingly plan his or her life. It means that money for the sake of need has a limit, but money for the sake of money has no limit at all. In other words, ‘money for the sake of money is an unachievable goal. And one who adopts an unachievable goal is bound to live forever in tension.