14 Nov Writings of Hazrat Promised Messiah (as)
Writings of Hazrat Masih-e-Maud (as) from “Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam”:
The better part of a person’s life, before the onset of senility, can be measured at approximately 80 years, half of which is 40. Here the number 40 correlates with the first 4 months the fetus spends in the womb prior to its first physical movements. Experience tells us that when man has lived half of his productive life-the first 40 yeras which bear a strong likeness to the first 4 months of a fetus’ existence-his soul awakens and shows nascent signs of spiritual life, provided he is blessed with a pure disposition.
It is no secret that before he is 40 a man’s life is mostly obscured by ignorance. The first 7 or 8 years of his existence are passed in infancy, and the following 25 or so years are mostly spent in the pursuit of learning or frittered away on libertine pleasures. Afterwards, he is married or is otherwise beguiled into chasing wealth and honor and exceeds all bounds in doing so. At this stage, even if man turns towards God his quest is somewhat tainted with material desires. His prayers are mostly for worldly gains and his cries and supplications are sullied by worldly desires….If his desires are fulfilled he turns to God, if not, he turns to Satan. In short, youth is a critical period of one’s life and without Divine grace one might well land in the pit of Hell. The fact is that this part of one’s life is the root of all evil. It is at this time that one contracts most physical ailments and some unmentionable diseases…Thus, at this age he fears God but little and is driven by carnal passion and dominated by his baser self. He pays little heed to the advice of others and suffers the consequences of this age for the remainder of his life.