PURPOSE OF LIFE

PURPOSE OF LIFE

What Does Islam Say About Our Life’s Purpose? 

Have you ever asked yourself following questions?
“What is the purpose of L I F E?”

“My life?”
“Your Life?”

People everywhere are asking the questions; “What is the purpose of life?” and “Why are we here?” You might be amazed to learn, that Islam is providing clear and concise answers for these questions.

Most of those who reflect or think about life in any detail will consider and ponder these questions. There are as many different answers to these questions as there are people asking the questions. Some would hold that the purpose of life was to acquire wealth. Yet suppose they were to acquire millions of dollars, what then would they claim is their purpose after doing so?

If the purpose of life is to become wealthy, there would be no purpose after becoming wealthy.

The fact is that when people approach their purpose here in this life from the aspect of only gaining wealth, after collecting the money they have dreamed of their lives loose purpose and then they live in restless tension suffering from a feeling of worthlessness.

How could wealth then be considered as the aim of life?

Could the acquisition of wealth guarantee happiness? Of course not. When we hear of millionaires or members of their families committing suicide, how could we consider the purpose of life would be to gain great wealth?

Wealth can do little or nothing to bring happiness to one who is a disbeliever in Almighty God, because regardless of what he or she would gain in this life they would always live in fear of what will happen to them in the end. They would wonder what would become of them and how they would end up.

Worship of the One True Almighty God of the Universe [Allah in Arabic] as a primary goal or aim in life provides a believer with everything he needs to succeed in both this life and the Next Life.

The word for total surrender, submission, obedience, purity of heart and peace in the Arabic language is “Islam”. Those who try to perform these actions are called “MU-slims” [Islam-ERs].

To a Muslim the whole purpose of life is “ibadah” or worship to the One True Almighty God on Terms and under His Conditions.

The term “worship” to a Muslim includes any and all acts of obedience to Almighty Allah.

Because Islam teaches that this life is only a test or trial for the individual to show him his true nature, it is only natural that he would accept death as not so much an ending to everything but more as a beginning of the final and lasting life in the Hereafter.

Before entering into either of the final lodging places i.e.; Heaven or Hell, there must needs be a Day of Judgment or showing of one’s true self to make them aware of their own nature and thereby understand what they have sent on ahead during the life here on the earth.

Reward and punishment will be in direct proportion to each person and it is only Allah, alone who will be the Final Judge over us all.

Therefore the first life is a test

The life in the grave is a resting or waiting place before the Day of Judgment

The Day of Judgment brings about the clear understanding of what will now happen to the individual based on his own desires and actions.

The Permanent or Afterlife will either be spend in luxurious splendor or miserable punishment.

Following this clear understanding of life, the Muslim’s purpose is clear.

First of all, he has no doubt in his mind that:

  • he is only created by Allah
  • he is going to spend a period of time in this material world [called “Ad Dunyah” in Arabic]
  • he knows he will die
  • he knows he will spend time in the grave, either pleasant or difficult depending on his own choice of attitude and actions
  • he knows he will be resurrected for the Day of Judgment
  • he knows he will be judged according to the most fair of standards by Allah the Almighty, the All Knowing
  • he realizes his attitude and actions are going to come under very close scrutiny
  • he knows that this short life compared to the Eternal Life was in fact, only for a test

This life is very meaningful and purposeful to the Believing Muslim, as he realizes that it will determine is outcome and permanent position in the Next Life.

The Muslim’s permanent purpose is to Surrender, Submit, Obey, in Purity and Peace to Allah the Almighty, carrying out His Orders and staying in some form of worship to Him as much as possible everyday. This includes the orders of Allah in His Book, the Quran and His final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

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