Is a man’s lifespan five times his age of maturity?
Question: From the biological point of view, each person’s life span
is five times his age of maturity. For example, if a person matures at
the age of seventeen, he will die at the age of eighty-five. If a sheep
matured at the age of one, then its lifespan will be five years.
Similarly, each person has a natural lifespan. However, if someone
was immoral, drank intoxicants or carried out any similar action,
then due to these evil actions his limbs will weaken and he will pass
away before his time.
Like how an oil lamp with only one wick will normally burn for the
entire night, but if five wicks are placed into the lamp the oil will
burn out much quicker.
Hadhrat, can a person hold such a belief and is this not in
contradiction to the teachings of the Qur’aan and hadeeth?
Answer: All this is absurd and futile. Nevertheless, it appears in the
hadeeth that the lifespan of a person who carries out good actions
will be increased. This means that in a short period of time he will be
able to accomplish much work. Besides this, there is nothing else.
Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat