The Purpose of Life in Islam

“[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” (Quran 67:2)

Life is baffling and as we progress through it, it unravels many questions about its existence. One might simply ask what is the purpose of life?  Why do we breathe? Why do we eat, sleep, earn etc?? To an effortless mind there are easy and simple answers to these complicated questions. They would answer such as: we live to earn wealth, we eat to provide nutrition to the body for its proper functioning, we breathe because oxygen is necessary to sustain life, after death there is no life as our bodies would rot and mix with sand and soil. But to a well organized mind these answers wouldn’t be so tempting and their desire to know the correct answers would never quench. Conversely to these questions Islam brings relevant answers that are not only understood by human intellect but also without any doubt the best and concise so far. Islam is the only religion that provides a complete code of life and by following it one can easily manipulate and pass through different aspects of life.

The true purpose of life in Islam is to worship ALLAH and surrender oneself wholly and intentionally to His will without questioning his authority. ALLAH calls for complete obedience, surrender and submission from a Muslim. This is clearly depicted in the following verse of the Holy Quran (51:56-58):

“And I did not create the Jinn and the mankind except to worship Me”

 The true balance of an Islamic life is established by having a healthy fear of God as well as a sincere belief in His infinite Mercy. When a person submits himself to ALLAH, he can then only understand the true meaning of life and from then onwards his sole purpose of life becomes to worship and please HIM, stick to the teachings of Quran and Sunnah and differentiate the good from the bad. A true believer knows that this life is an assessment of belief; it’s an exam to test his faith that how he would handle the worldly matters, shield himself from the evil, do as many good deeds as possible. And after this the life of eternity would begin, starting from the Day of Judgment in which he would be judged by ALLAH for his beliefs and actions in earthly lives and rewarded and punished accordingly. Hence the answer to the most puzzling question about the life hereafter is answered by Islam. When a Muslim finally understands the purpose of life he would closely scrutinize his actions, establish Namaz five times a day, pay Zakat, fast in the holy month of Ramadan, read the Holy Quran and pilgrimage to the house of ALLAH in Mecca. Finally summing up the sole purpose of life in Islam is to obey ALLAH in all the aspects of life, thank HIM for everything HE bestowed upon us, praise HIM, and worship HIM only. Otherwise life would be meaningless, materialistic and immoral.

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