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God and the Purpose of Creation

The most fundamental belief that a Muslim has is that “There is only One God,” the Creator, the Sustainer. Allah means the one, God. It is pretty easy to understand how different languages give the same thing different names. The Creator does not create only in the sense of bringing things into being, He also preserves them and takes them out of existence and is the ultimate cause of whatever happens to them. Allah says:

اللَّهُ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ قَرَارًا وَالسَّمَاءَ بِنَاءً وَصَوَّرَكُمْ فَأَحْسَنَ صُوَرَكُمْ وَرَزَقَكُم مِّنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ ذَٰلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمْ فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ 

“It is Allah Who has made for you the earth as a resting place, and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape – and made your shapes beautiful -, and has provided for you Sustenance…” (Surah Gafir 40:64)

God is the Superior and Supreme, and human beings must approach God with submission, humility, and gratitude. Humans were created to submit to God through worship, they say. The road to submission is available only through Islam and therefore, only by becoming Muslim does one gain the opportunity to submit to God. All humans need to do is study the Quran. The Quran describes the moment of creation as the moment in which humanity was entrusted with heavy responsibility. Allah says:

إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلَاةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ 

“Satan plans to incite enmity and hatred among you with intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of God and regular prayer. Will you not then abstain?” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:91)

God created us to worship Him, Alone and without any partners. Humans were created to submit to God through worship. God has provided every element of His creation, living and inanimate, with guidance. We can thus expect that He would provide us with guidance as well. God made human beings God’s agents or viceroys on the earth and entrusted them with the responsibility to civilize the land. Allah says:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“If you love Allah, then follow Allah will love you and He will forgive you your sins. And Allah (is) Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Ali ‘Imran 3:31)

The purpose of this life is the worship of God, this life is a test. A test for us, will we worship God, or will we forget Him. This is where our focus has to begin. God created us and allowed us to know Him. God knows the future – the point is, for us to live through and experience our lives and make our own choices. The Quran is a guidebook teaching us how to worship God most purely and thereby achieve our purpose in life. Allah says:

إِنَّا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقْنَاهُ بِقَدَرٍ

“Indeed, [We] everything We created it by a measure.” (Surah Al-Qamar 54:49)

Here is some main purpose of mankind’s creation:

  1. Allah knows what we conceal and what we reveal
  2. Allah promises who obey Him to enter Paradise
  3. Allah is the personal name of the One true God
  4. Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves
  5. Allah sent  Messenger for all mankind
  6. Allah is everything in His own accord
  7. Allah is All-Powerful, absolutely Just
  8. Allah is the Bestower of Sufficiency
  9. Allah is First, Last, and Everlasting
  10. Allah knows what is in our hearts
  11. Allah gives us many chances
  12. Allah’s book is the Holy Quran
  13. Quran is truly the Word of God
  14. Allah is the Supreme, the Sovereign
  15. Allah is the one, Who has no partner
  16. Quran contains all kinds of principles
  17. Quran is a material and spiritual guide 
  18. Quran contains all creed, deeds, and ethics
  19. Quran is a miracle in terms of its words and meaning
  20. Quran informed about humans and described our Lord

All of our actions are always motivated by an objective, and this goal usually involves combating our flaws and fulfilling our requirements. Even acts such as serving someone, helping a person in distress or practising self-sacrifice; each serves to do away with shortcomings and fulfil our spiritual needs. Allah says:

اللَّهُ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَكِيلٌ

“Allah (is the) Creator (of) all things, and He (is) over all things a Guardian.” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:62)

Creation is fundamentally the consequence of the divine attribute of being the Creator. God is free of all needs.  Creation in the true sense is unique to God alone.  God describes Himself as the Creator in a variety of verses throughout the final revelation to emphasize to humankind that everything belongs to Him alone. One of the striking effects of faith is a feeling of gratitude towards God. Allah says:

لَخَلْقُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَكْبَرُ مِنْ خَلْقِ النَّاسِ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ 

 “Indeed, the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of mankind, but most of mankind do not realize it.” (Surah Ghafir 40:57)

Believers love God and are grateful to Him for the blessings He gives them. Man needs to realize that nothing takes place in this universe without the permission of God. To seek protection from evil or to seek to acquire good from any source other than God is a major mistake. Consequently, in the Quran, God informs human beings to seek refuge in God from evil. Allah says:

هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ

“He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, the Maker of images. To Him belong the best names.” (Surat Al-Hashr 59:24)

Man is created as the most beautiful creature on earth. He is given the power of reasoning and insight. He is created as the vicegerent on earth never to be forsaken by God’s words of guidance. Everyone would acknowledge that our body parts, such as our eyes, ears, brains, and hearts, have a purpose. The human love of God should be, fundamentally, a love that manifests in complete obedience to the laws of God.

The Quran summarizes this argument in the following verses:

  • “Surely God’s religion is Islam…” (Quran 3:19)
  • “Glorify the praises of your Lord…” (Quran 15:98)
  • “O, believers! Remember God often.” (Quran 33:41)
  • “Verily, We created man of the best stature.” (Quran 95:4)
  • “Indeed, God is free from the need of the worlds.” (Quran 29:6)
  • “Do you worship what you have carved yourself?” (Quran 37:95)
  • “No calamity strikes except by God’s permission…” (Quran 64:11)
  • “If you try to count God’s blessings, you will not be able to add them up.” (Quran 16:18)
  • “Surely, those who believe and do righteous deeds are the best of creation.” (Quran 98:7)
  • “Verily, I am God, there is no god beside Me, so worship Me and establish regular prayer for My remembrance.” (Quran 20:14)
  • “Surely, God will bestow love [in the hearts of the believers for] those who believe and do righteous deeds.” (Quran 19:96)
  • “Say: ‘Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for God, the Lord of all the worlds.’” (Quran 6:162)
  • “He Who created all things in the best way and He began the creation of man from clay.” (Al-Sajdah 32:7)

Allah created a world in which evil or good can be done by beings to whom He gave this ability. The “miracle” of our creation enables us to recognize and remain in total awe of Allah’s limitless powers. That, in turn, allows us to submit to Him and His message conveyed to us through His Prophets. The Creator alone knows best what is beneficial for His creation and what is not. The believers are encouraged to remember God as much as possible. Allah says:

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

“Remember Me and I will remember you, be grateful to Me and do not be ungrateful.” (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:152)

Consequently, humankind needs to remember God for their salvation and growth. All humans have times of weakness in which they commit sins. If they have no means of remembering God, they sink deeper and deeper into corruption with every sin. However, those who follow the divine laws will be constantly reminded of God, which will give them a chance to repent and correct themselves. Allah says:

إِنَّا خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ أَمْشَاجٍ نَّبْتَلِيهِ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا

“Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, to try him. So We gave him Hearing and Sight.” (Surah Al-Insan 76:2)

However, the supreme love which humans should feel for God must not be reduced to the common denominator of their emotional love for creation. The love of God should also be expressed in the love of those whom God loves. The Quran promises those who have faith that they will live a “good life” and move into an infinitely greater existence in the afterlife. The peace that believers experience in this life is only a brief taste of the peace to come in the Hereafter.