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Life: A Project Leading to a Process


This blog is in continuation of my previous blog Eternal Abode, wherein we found that this life is a journey (project) and we are heading to our final destination (Heaven or Hell), based on our performance here on earth).

In order to understand my real viewpoint of the blog, let me first define a project and a process to make sense of my analogy which I will be explaining once these two terms are defined.

Define Growth and differentiate between growth and development


The Project Management Institute definition of a project is:
“A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies”.

Now if we look at our own life, it appears as if it’s a project because it has a specific beginning and an end once an individual completes his/her lifespan. Also, every single individual is unique in nature, which exactly fits into the definition of a project.

Define Growth and differentiate between growth and development


A process as defined by the Oxford dictionary is:
“A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”.

The life hereafter is never-ending as most of the religions believe. So an analogy of life hereafter can be thought of as a process, which is never-ending.


A game player is remembered for a long time when s/he retires from the game at the peak of his performance. If s/he quits at an age when s/he has no choice but to retire, then s/he cannot mark his/her presence in the minds of the people as a successful player.

According to the Islamic concept of life hereafter, all humans after death will be raised again in their prime youth to live in heaven and the life given to us is a project wherein we have to perform a series of actions or steps in order to achieve a successful end after death.

1The X-axis on the graph shown above is age or time and the Y-axis is our actions or performance during our youth. Until such time that one is in his/her youth, everything one does is very much in one’s control. As soon as one crosses one’s prime youth, everything one does now is more out of one’s will. In a way, we can say that now one is living not for the sake of living but preparing for the eternal abode where one would be living forever [Process is anything continuing forever].

Sajjad Hussain




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