From the perspective of Eva Marzuki, 28, a shop assistant and stylist from Banyuwangi, East Java

What are we here for?
God has given us life to continue generations of humans and to do the best things we can with the time he gives us. As a Muslim I pray five times a day and love my fellow humans to show my appreciation for God.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa-13.7-billion-year-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?
Yes, but I also think God had something to do with the creation of the Big Bang.

If there is a God, where is he?
God is in our hearts. If we do good things we can feel him there.

Is there a mystery to life?
Yes – everything is a mystery and a miracle.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
Apart from God it’s just us.

There’s a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?
Muslims believe God has made seven copies of each person, but I don’t really believe that.

What do you think happens when people die?

I’m not sure; I’ve never died before. I do believe in heaven and hell, though.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is in my body and it is dedicated to loving the people I love.

Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
That is one of God’s secrets, one of life’s mysteries.

Do you know your place in the universe?
I’m still not sure where I need to be. I’m pretty sure I won’t be in Bali forever, so my place is obviously doing something else, somewhere else.

Some people believe that because we are made of the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularized recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
I believe we must work for the things we want and need.

Are we being observed?
Yes, always by God.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?

God doesn’t want anyone to suffer; it’s humans that make suffering for themselves. God always wants to love us and for us to love each other.

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