When God created the first man, Adam, He placed him in Paradise. Adam was allowed to live in Paradise as he pleased. All of Paradise was at his disposal except for one tree. God asked Adam to never approach that tree.
God bestowed Adam with more than ninety-nine percent of the bounties of Paradise. Yet Adam failed to abide by God’s command. Adam failed to hold himself back. He ate the fruit of the Forbidden Tree, and as a result was expelled from Paradise.
What is the lesson for us here? It is this: Every man, whether rich or poor, will always have ninety-nine items of God’s blessing. However, at the same time, one item will always be missing. Inhere lies man’s test.
Man tends to concentrate on the one-percent he does not have, when he should focus on the ninety-nine percent he has. Man gets distracted when he focuses only on the missing one-percent. He must forget the one-percent that he does not have. Failing in this is disastrous because it leads to expulsion from Paradise.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan