Find Your Purpose in Life

In Islam, everything revolves around the axis of God, including the goal in the mission of prophets and an individual’s goal of life. Muslims believe that Almighty Allah is the only creator of this world and all other things which are present in this world. The human being is captioned to be power-hungry, selfish and illusionistic. Islam is divine guidance wherein humans of all nations, colors and tongues feel linked to a Supreme Power and Justice. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ

“O you who have faith, stand firm for Allah as witnesses in equity (qist), and let not the hatred of people cause you to not be just. Be just (‘idlu), for that is nearer to righteousness.” (Surat al-Maidah 5:8)

The guidelines for the development of the full possibilities of human nature came to be institutionalized in various forms. Islam gives refers to human existence is quite different from other religions wherein some there is no purpose for human existence, or if there is any, it is beyond human intelligence. Allah created man to serve Him, meaning that men should believe in the One Lord and do well. This is the main objective of human life. Allah says:

يا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ واحِدَةٍ وَ خَلَقَ مِنْها زَوْجَها وَ بَثَّ مِنْهُما رِجالاً كَثيراً وَ نِساءً وَ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذي تَسائَلُونَ بِهِ وَ الْأَرْحامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقيباً

“O, people! Fear from the consequences of the disobedience of your Creator and Nurturer Who created you from a single soul.” (Quran 7:1)

Allah informed us and clear that when humans will indulge in hatred of each other then they will definitely select hating others as a purpose of their life which will turn them from the true purpose and that is the remembrance of Allah. The purpose of life is to live mindfully and passionately in the present moment and to spread kindness and peace along the way. We should fulfill this purpose in our life. We must come to know our Creator.

“He who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.” (Surat Al-Mulk – 2)

Some reasons are briefly mentioned below about life in Islam
  1. The purpose of life establish peace and justice in society
  2. The purpose of life means with love, grace, and gratitude
  3. The purpose of life here is considered as an examination
  4. The purpose of life forbids to hateful words and actions
  5. The purpose of life is to believe everything is from God
  6. The purpose of life is to think you will be accountable
  7. The purpose of life is to have a variety of experiences
  8. The purpose of life means to know where you stand
  9. The purpose of life is to make a positive difference
  10. The purpose of life is to create your own meaning
  11. The purpose of life has the sanctity of human life
  12. The purpose of life is having mindfulness of God
  13. The purpose of life is having patience & humility
  14. The purpose of life is benefitting the community
  15. The purpose of life is providing for one’s family
  16. The purpose of life is a test given in this world
  17. The purpose of life is earning an honest living
  18. The purpose of life is a kindness to neighbors
  19. The purpose of life is to put your trust in God
  20. The purpose of life has infinite value for all
  21. The purpose of life is respecting parents
  22. The purpose of life is to think you will return to God
  23. The purpose of life all human beings have One God
  24. The purpose of life considers all life forms as sacred
  25. The purpose of life has the dignity of all human being
  26. The purpose of life commands love, mercy, and peace
  27. The purpose of life is misunderstood including some Muslims
  28. The purpose of life focuses on what is in your control & try best
  29. The purpose of life teaching shows that all innocent life is sacred
  30. The purpose of life seems to be a healing agent to human suffering

Muslims believe that Almighty Allah is the only creator of this world and all other things which are present in this world. God describes this life as a test, and people are tested in different ways. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Patience during adversities and gratitude for blessings are a means of getting closer to God and attaining eternal Paradise. So, Muslims are required to observe righteousness in their daily life, based on Quranic teachings. Nothing can make us happier than seeking the pleasure of Allah. Allay says:

“He who created death and life to test you as to which of you is best in deed-and He is the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving.” (Al-Mulk 67:2)

This life is a preparation for the Hereafter the ‘Eternal Home’  that will not be going to an end to which all human beings ultimately go. Allah has guided people to the purpose of life that is worshipping Him and seeking His pleasure. The Holy Quran in this regard is one of the best ways of knowing the ways in which a person can fulfill this purpose of pleasing Allah and give meaning to his or her life.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “And the Hereafter is better for you than the first life.” (Ad-Duhaa (93:4)
  • “The life of this world is merely the enjoyment of delusion.” (Quran 3:185)
  • “I have not created men except that they should serve Me.” (Quran, 51:56).
  • “you have that day, nor for you will there be any denial.” (Ash-Shura 42:47)
  • “And if you have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and His Messenger.” (Quran 3:31)
  • “Verily those who believe and do righteous deeds will have the gardens of al-Firdaus (the loftiest form of paradise).” (Al-Qur’an18:107)
  • “O, my people! this life of the world is only a (passing) enjoyment, and surely the hereafter is the abode to settle.” (Al-Mu’Min 40:39)
  • “But We shall be sure to guide to Our ways those who strive hard for Our cause: Allah is with those who do good.” (Quran, 29:69)

Islam integrates all domains of human life, just like the different systems in the human body integrate to provide a complete human being. If one system does not work properly, it has got to affect the whole body. Islam proposes systems of laws that integrate all parts of human society to bring happiness and peace to all its members. Allah has guided people to the purpose of life that is worshipping Him and seeking His pleasure. The Holy Quran in this regard is one of the best ways of knowing the ways in which a person can fulfill this purpose of pleasing Allah. Allah says:

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“Thus, We have ordained a law (shari’a) upon you in the matter, so follow it and do not follow the whims of those who know not.” (Surat al-Jathiyah 45:18)

Islam is the response to humanity’s search for meaning. The purpose of human life is to put a stop to the cycle of repeated birth and death. There are four real problems in life, namely birth, old age, disease, and death. These problems of life can be solved by understanding the spiritual nature of the self. Allah created man to serve Him, meaning that men should believe in the One Lord and do well. This is the main objective of human life. Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Verily, Allah orders justice and benevolence and giving to relatives and He forbids immorality and bad conduct and transgression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Surat al-Nahl 16:90)

Muslims must always remain faithful by living in accordance with Islam and the Quran. Allah creates humankind to carry out worship and other duties that one must always obey. A Muslim has to be genuine and kind-hearted while living on this earth so that life in heaven will be better. May Allah guide us all to the right path and help us in earning good deeds and may He forgive our past sins.

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