Belief in life after death gives meaning to life and illuminates the purpose of the creation of man. That is the reason it is one of the five fundamental pillars of Islamic tradition, without which other pillars become meaningless. The essential question, therefore, is what was the purpose of man’s creation? Where will he go after death, and what is awaiting him there? The question of life after death and the uncertainty of what lies beyond have preoccupied man’s mind since the beginning of creation. The 35 discourses in the second volume deal with fundamental metaphysical questions based on the Quran, the traditions of the Prophet, the narrations and sayings of the Shī‘a Imāms, and philosophical writings and mystical literature in Persian and Arabic, as well as the knowledge and experience of the author. These discourses complete one of the most important and authoritative books ever written on the subject of the human state from the moment of man’s conception to the time when he meets his Lord.
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