The purpose of Life

إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ، نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنُؤْمِنُ بِهِ ، وَنَتَوَكَّلُ عَلَيْهِ ، وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا ، مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلا مُضِلَّ لَهُ ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلا هَادِيَ لَهُ ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَلا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهَ ، وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ  

Introduction

Today I’ll ask a simple question, a question that everyone on earth has to ask himself..

because we witness we see people being born, we see people alive and we see people die,, where were they before they were born? where were we? Where are those who have passed away?

And before all, Why are we here? What’s the purpose of our existence? 

Allah رب العزة says:

أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?”

The moment we arrived to this world what did we bring with us? Nothing, wearing nothing and having nothing,, when we die what do we take with us?? Nothing as well

No matter how rich, famous, fit or handsome we have been,, we leave with nothing,,

It’s impossible for a reasonable person to live a life without knowing what’s the purpose of it and how to succeed in it..

Allah رب العزة the creator of everything summarizes the success and failure in this life in 2 simple verses..

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا

He has succeeded who purifies his soul,

وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّاهَا

and the one who corrupts it fails

The successful person is the one who transforms his time and efforts into good deeds to be carried away with him after his death.

As simple as that..

The beginning:

In soret البقرة When Allah said to the angels إني جاعل في الأرض خليفة I will create a successor to inherit the earth. They said “do you place in it one that will cause damage and spread bloodshed while we constantly worship you and glorify your majesty” 

Allah responded ” Certainly I know what you do not”

Allah decided to create us and give us wisdom and reason and give us the free will to obey or disobey,, unlike the angels we have the choice of believing or disbelieving,, leading righteous lives or living deeply in sin..

Allah then extracted from the loins of Adam all of his descendants that will ever be born “Including me and you and every single Human being”. Then the oath was taken,

أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ ۖ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ ۛ شَهِدْنَا

Allah asked us,, Am I not your lord, and we answered yes we testify and bare witness. 

But, it wasn’t so long after bearing the oath till Adam disobeyed his Lord and ate from the tree. And we are not much different than that,, we know that Allah is watching us yet we commit sins. 

And we should learn from Adam  عليه السلام that he had immediately repented to Allah and Allah turned to him in forgiveness.

Then Allah said, “Descend from Paradise – all of you, you will be enemies to one another.

Satan will continue to be our enemy till the end of times,,his plan is to lead us astray,, And Allah promised to sent us messengers with proofs and revelations to remind us of our oath, and to turn us to the pure guidance

 . فإما يأتينكم مني هدا فمن إتبع هداي فلا يضل ولا يشقي

And if there should come to you guidance from Me – then whoever follows My guidance will neither go astray [in the world] nor suffer [in the Hereafter].

و من أعرض عن ذكري فإن له معيشة ضنكاً

And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, 

The responsibility or taklif was offered to the heavens, earth and mountains yet they were fearful of fulfilling it and declined to carry it, yet mankind agreed to carry this responsibility and be accountable for it. Carrying this trust meant that we would have free will and Allah will hold us accountable for our actions with the purpose of reaching JANA and the risk of falling into HELL.

Allah says: و ما خلقت الجن و الإنس إلا ليعبدون

I did not create the Jinns and the human beings except for the purpose that they should worship Me.I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me. And in fact without a doubt if every living soul on this earth was as righteous as the most righteous man ever, that would not increase Allah in majesty. And if they were as wicked as the most wicked man, that would not decrease him in any way.

So when you worship God, obey him, love him,, it’s for your own sake not for him, you lead yourself to a better life in Dunya and the afterlife

Life is a test

During your life you’ll be tested, it’s very easy to say with the mouth لا إله إلا الله   It’s very easy to declare what’s Halal and what’s Haram,,, but in your life you will be tested and your actions will soon be seen..

You’ll find a sin that you like, and you’ll have to chose between following Allah’s guidance and your own desires,,

you’ll find money coming your way that are not necessarily from a proper Halal way, and you’ll again be tested to take it or leave it..

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا

He who created death and life to test you as to which of you is best in deed

In the Quran we read the test ofبني إسرائيل The Israelites, 

 إِذْ تَأْتِيهِمْ حِيتَانُهُمْ يَوْمَ سَبْتِهِمْ شُرَّعًا

On Saturday, when they are not allowed to fish,, heaps of big fish would come to them شرعا  jumping over the water, and when it’s not Saturday it never comes. 

This was a trial, they got hungry and poor and needed to fish,, so Satan deceived them and convinced them to do a work around to trap the fish that would come on Saturday and fish them the next day,, they transgressed, and failed miserably in the test and Allah punished them for their transgression.

In soret ص Allah says:

It was not without purpose that We created the heavens and the earth and everything in between. 

أَمْ نَجْعَلُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَالْمُفْسِدِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ

Or shall We treat those who believe and do good deeds and those who spread corruption on earth as equal? ((No WAY!!))

أَمْ نَجْعَلُ الْمُتَّقِينَ كَالْفُجَّارِ

Or shall we treat those who are righteous equally as those who are wicked?

My dear brothers, Part of the test is that everything is available and you have the choice to be good or evil,, part of the test is meeting transgressing people and still keeping your calm and the manners of Islam and return the bad deed with the deed which is better. Part of the test is to forgive, smile, behave, spend in charity, care for your family, friends and neighbours. To meet the bad deed with that which is better.

أقول قولي هذا و أستغفر الله لي و لكم أو كما قال التائب من الذنب كمن لا ذنب له

………………………………………… Break …………………….. 

بسم الله و الصلاه و السلام علي رسول الله ثم أما بعد..

How to live your life?

The prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم said:

“كُنْ فِي الدُّنْيَا كَأَنَّك غَرِيبٌ أَوْ عَابِرُ سَبِيلٍ

Be in the world like a stranger or a wayfarer

Quran talks  about what human-beings aspire towards…whether it is Money, social status or marriage,, these desired have always been there and will continue to be,,  

Quran also declares that all of these things are not actual goals … they are a means to a larger end and that end dictates all of these minor milestones that we achieve in life 

Because life is not about acquiring materialistic things and pleasures, life is about attaining purpose..  And purpose is found when you live not only to better ourselves but to better what’s around us.

Islam is about submitting yourself to the will of God so that you can prepare yourself for eternal joy in the hereafter and in doing so you don’t deny yourself the pleasures of this world you still get to enjoy this life the Quran says و جعلنا لكم فيها معايش  Meaning we have put in this world means for you to live well,, and at the  same time every single moment should mean something more than just that fleeing moment.

The materialistic things will come and go, but my relationship with my Creator is what will remain.

In this life you can gain wealth and money, but make sure you earn it and spend it in a right way, in this life you can love and get married and raise kids, while making sure to treat your spouse and children properly as Allah commanded you and raise them well.

Beware:

And most importantly,,, Don’t be deceived and think this life is everything.

Remember when we are having a nightmare our hearts beat fast and we feel stressed and think it’s so real, until the moment we wake up to realize it was just a dream..

The quran describes the disbelievers on the day of resurrection exactly the same,

إذ يقول أمثلهم طريقتا إن لبثتم إلا يوم

the most reasonable of them will say we have just stayed a day in that life!

و ما الحياة الدنيا إلا متاع الغرور

And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion..

And the moment you enter into Gannah all the suffering is completely gone! The prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم said the one who has lead the most miserable life will be dipped for a moment in Gannah and he will be asked, have you ever experience any hardship or bad thing in your life, he will say No absolutely not!,, it’s completely gone. Exactly as you wake up from a dream and it’s gone.

Conclusion:

My dear brothers,, To conclude what we have said: Allah created us and gave us reasoning and intellect and sent us messengers with revelations and proofs, and gave us the guidelines to lead a happy, successful and prosperous life and succeed in this life and the afterlife, and also gave us free will to either accept the guidance or deny it.

Our main goal in life should be لا إله إلا الله , we say it, we believe in it and we live our life according to its guidance.

Every day you will pass by multiple tests, multiple choices, and often times we are to chose between doing things that are right and pleases our lord or our own desires,, You live your life knowing that lying is a shameful sin, but the moment you were in trouble and really needed to lie to get out of it what have you done? Or you live your life knowing that Reba is من أكبر الكبائر  a severe major sin! you say Reba أستغفر الله  but when you really needed for a better lifestyle, what have you done?

Often times, what we chose today is a small representation of what we usually chose in our life as a whole! If we are to fail in every small test today,, then what does that lead us to?

My brothers, the day of resurrection is called يوم الحسرة the day of great regret,, 

Allah says:

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا

Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers?

(18:104) [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are acquiring good by their deeds.”

أني داعي فأمنوا..

اللـهم اهـدِنا فيمَن هـديت .. وعافـِنا فيمـَن عافـيت .. وتولنا فيمن توليت .. وبارك لنا فيما أعطيت .. وقِـنا شـر ما قضيت .. انك تقضي ولا يـُقضى عليك..

O Allah accept our righteous deeds, 

O Allah unite our hearts and guide us towards the straight path, and never let our hearts deviate after you have guided us towards you,

O Allah enrich our knowledge and wisdom

O Allah give us the strength to hold on to that what’s right and avoid what you have forbidden

O Allah, Give us in this world that which is good…  and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire

اللـهم تـقبـل منـا اٍنك أنت السميـع العـليم .. وتُب علينا اٍنك أنت التواب الرحيم .. 

وصلي اللهم على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم.

4 thoughts on “The purpose of Life

  1. The meaning of life isn’t centred around us and our good deeds, which according to the prophet Isaiah are like filthy rags to God. The “chief end of man” (the purpose of life) is “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”. The world revolves around God, not us.

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