In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
What is the purpose of this life? Why were we created? What is the reason for our existence?
Sadly these are questions that most people shy away from and instead prefer to do what everyone else is doing; ‘make money and maximise pleasure’. As muslims, it is of utmost importance we remind ourselves daily the purpose of our lives in order not to stray off the right path.
As we already know, we didn’t accidentally appear on planet earth; we were created by God, The Almighty. But it is the reason of being created that most people are not aware of. Though Our Creator never left us to find it out ourselves, it has always been there in the manual He gave us for this life.
The Quran says:
And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone) (Q51:56)
“Who (Allah) has created death & life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed”. (Q67:2)
So it is that and nothing else. Our only purpose of been on this earth is to worship God i.e strive with everything we have & through every means to come closer to Him. And by His infinite mercy, He promised to reward us according to how we worship Him, in the next life.
“Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). And (as for) those who disbelieve and reject our communications, these are the companions of the hell-fire”. (Q5:9-10)
One may ask how then should we act accordingly? How do we spend our entire lives worshipping God? “By dedicating our whole life in servitude to Him”. This means we would not do except that which pleases Him, and we are quick to repent if perchance we do the opposite.
In these times, what we see of how muslims spend their lives is indeed very troubling. Many waste their lives in sins, all in the name of maximising pleasure; watching & listening to that which is displeasing to Allah for endless hours, chasing after women and wealth through all sort of bad means, copying the west in every haram thing they do, following every low evil desire their soul whispers to them…to mention but a few.
And God has said:
“Does man think that he will be left suda [neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord on Him]?” (Q75:36)
“Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous good deeds, in their present life and after their death? Worst is the judgement that they make.” (Q45:21)
What would they miss if they follow Gods commandment? Do they fear hardships? Then surely they are not conversant with their life manual because God has made it clear that this life will be filled with both good and bad “Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.”(Q31:35) And as believers, our hardships are only ladders that take us closer to God by reminding us of our need for Him. How regretful would they be if they end up being asked this question on the day of no pardoning?
“Did you think We had created you in play (without any purpose) and that you will not be brought back to Us.?” (Q23:115)
So I ask myself first and the one reading this right now; “what will we lose if we spend a lifetime studying our glorious Quran? Our God sent message that tells us about all that is in this world and beyond. “What will we miss out on if we spend the rest of our lives seeking to come closer to God through every means in our homes & in our work places?” “Aren’t we aware of that which awaits us?” Paradise; the land of everlating pleasure!
Surely, there is an ardent need for reminding ourselves daily our purpose of life, for it is only by doing that, we would not fall prey to this deceiving world. And we ask Allah earnestly to keep us firm on the straight path for the rest of our lives, ameen.
“And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew”.(Q29:65)
By Umm muh’d