In this world, everyone is preoccupied with a separate affair.

One is in love with women, one is in love with wealth, another is engaged in acquiring possessions, another in acquiring knowledge.

Everyone believes that their cure, their joy, their pleasure, and comfort can be found in that one thing. And that is Divine mercy because when they search they cannot find, and so they return. After they have waited a while, they say again, “That joy and pleasure must be looked for. Perhaps I didn’t try hard enough. I will search again.”

Then they look again, but still, they cannot find their desire. So they continue, until that time when Truth (Death) removes Its veil. Then they know.

–Dr. Colin Turner (author of Islam the Basics)