What Does Islam Say
About Life's Purpose?
Have you ever asked
yourself these questions?
"What is the purpose
of L I F E?"
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.
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?
A child of 5 years would obviously prefer a new toy to a deposit slip
for a million dollars.
A teenager does not consider millions of dollars in the bank a substitute
for movies, videos, pizza and hanging out with his friends.
A person in their 80s or 90s would never consider holding on to their
wealth in place of spending it to hold on to or regain their health.
This proves that money is not the main purpose at all the stages of one's
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
Wealth and its accumulation as a purpose would be doomed to a temporary
success at best and in the end it would only spell out self destruction.
So, what is the use of wealth to a person without belief? He would always
fear his end and would always be skeptical of everything. He may gain
a great material wealth but he would only lose himself in the end.
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.
So his purpose of life is a standing purpose; Worshipping Allah by accepting
Allah's Will over his own.
This act of ibadah [worshipping, thanking and extolling the Greatness
Almighty Allah on His Terms and Conditions] is for the Muslim, throughout
his whole life regardless of the stage. Whether he is a child, adolescent,
adult or aged person, he is seeking after the Will of the Almighty in
all these stages.
His life here on earth although short, is full of purpose and is totally
meaningful within the complete framework of total submission [Islam].
Similarly, in the Next Life as well, his faith, intentions, attitudes
and good deeds will all be weighed into his account as favorable putting
him in high esteem with his Creator and Sustainer.
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.
Every person will be rewarded [or punished] according to their attitude,
appreciation and efforts during this stay on earth. None will be asked
about the actions and beliefs of others, nor will anyone be asked regarding
that which he was unaware of or incapable of doing.
As the life here is considered as an examination for the individual, the
death stage is considered as a resting period after the test. It could
be easy for those who were faithful and dedicated or it could be grueling
and horrible for the wicked.
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.
So in the teachings of the True Surrender, Submission, Obedience, In Sincerity
and Peace to the Almighty One God [Islam], the line of life and its purpose
is logical, clear and simple:
The first life is a test
The life in the grave is a resting or waiting place before the Day of
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
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 Holy Quran and His
final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him as follows:
Believing and declaring that "There is no god throughout all the
Creation of Allah that is worthy of worship, all worship is due only to
Allah, alone and He has no partners or helpers nor does He share His Lordship
with any of His creations. And Muhammad, the son of Abdullah ibn Abdul
Mutallib (1450 years ago) is the last and final messenger and servant
of Almighty Allah, and is the culmination in a long line of prophets sent
to mankind throughout man's history, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses,
David, Solomon, Jesus Christ, may Almighty Allah's Peace and Blessings
be upon them all."
Establishing the regular five times ritualistic prayer [salat] in the
stated times (in the mosques for the men when possible)
Paying the charity tax [Zakat = about 2.5% of one's holdings - not his
Fasting the month of Ramadhan [lunar calendar]
Pilgrimage to the House of Allah in Mecca at least once in the life of
the person, provided he has the ability and the way is safe
For a disbeliever the purpose of this life is to collect and amass great
wealth, money, power and position. Over indulging in eating, drinking,
drugs, sex and gambling are a high priority to them. But all of this will
not avail them anything good in the grave, on the Day of Judgment or in
the Next Life. Eventually he will be faced with the question:
Where am I going?
What will happen to me?
He will come to know. For sure he will come to know. But then what will
the knowledge avail him?
Look how Islam solves the mystery of the puzzle of life. It provides the
answers to the questions and concerns of the human beings on all levels
and in every aspect. It is really quite simple.
The purpose of life as understood by the Believing Muslim can be simply
stated in only two (2) words:
Our only purpose and salvation lie in these two words.
We must come to know our Creator, Sustainer and Ultimate Judge. We must
learn to believe in Him, thank Him, praise Him, honor Him and worship
Him, alone without any partners from His Creation. We must learn about
His Messengers and Prophets, peace be upon them, and the message with
which they were all sent. We must learn the Word of God as was directly
revealed, preserved and memorized and passed down by memory throughout
all the generations of Muslims to the present day.
Those who are in search of truth, having open minds and hearts will recognize
this as a message in truth and sincerity. Open your heart and your mind
now and ask the Almighty God of the Universe [Allah] to guide you now
to His True Way. And then be ready to accept your true purpose in life.
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