By Ibna Idris
Assalamu Alaykum, following is a small article on the issue of recognizing and being aware of the purpose of our existence as well as being conscious of this at all times. In sha Allah, I hope myself and the readers alike will benefit. (Munira Idris, London)
Indeed, the best speech is the speech of Allah (swt) and the best guidance is the guidance of prophet Muhammad (saw).
Why Are We Here?
Allah (swt) clearly says in the Quran about the purpose of the creation of mankind:
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”(Surah Ad-Dhariyat 51:56)
We have been created for no other purpose than to worship and obey the Creator who has given us life, eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to feel, lungs to breath. Who is providing us with light to see, water to survive, oxygen to breath and many veins and cells that keeps us alive.
Most importantly, who gave us the faith and intellect to realise all these great blessings.
Why He Alone Deserves Our Worship
Allah (swt) says in the Quran;
“Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give.”(Surah Mulk 67:23)
Has He the Creator of all things, until now deprived you of any of His blessing for your disobedience to Him? Has He decided that in one day I will provide this slave of mine with fresh air for 23hours or give him his sight only 12 hours a day
Alhamdulillah, we are not deprived of any of these blessings of Allah(swt) for all the disobedience and ingratitude we show to the One who gave us all that we need, yet He is full of mercy to His slaves. When He has not given up providing you with what you need, why do you give up invoking Him, praising Him and worshipping Him. Or is there any other way that you survive on the earth without depending on the provision and help of the Al-Mighty?
Are We Really Fulfilling Our Purpose?
Although for many of us, we realise that we have to pray, do good deeds, worship Allah and abstain from evil, we continue to go beyond the bounds, disobey and violate the commands of Allah while knowing the consequences, yet claim that our purpose is to worship Allah.
How can it be when we spend our time attending our temporary desires, running after the wealth we gain, house we buy, food we eat, fashion we like, people we favour and fame we desire?
When it is time for Salah, we merely attend it with full heart with so many distractions that is occupying our hearts and mind. When Salah is done we don’t even remember what surah we read in the first and second rak’at.
A Noble Duty
Purpose of our creation was not only to merely offer the Salah and fast in Ramadhan and give Zakat and go for Hajj, rather, these are our duties that we must do. Our purpose as a whole is to be conscious or our servitude, gratitude and sincere worship to the Creator, Al-Mighty Allah (swt)
When we fulfil such noble duty, our hearts find tranquillity and there will be no such thing as problem in our lives, no worries that occupy our minds. We will feel at ease for we have established a sincere relationship with our Creator, Who created everything that we are in need of, Who controls everything that we are so worried about, Who provides for all our needs for which we strive day and night seeking our worldly provision when it is Him who is the Owner of all these.
Now. . .
Alhamdulillah, Allah(swt) has favoured you and me and made us realise His blessings and gave us the determination to fulfil our purpose before its too late. Of the greatest blessings that Allah (swt) grants His slaves are opportunity and ability. Al-Mighty Allah(swt) has given us the ability to know and understand only a few of His blessings and the purpose of our existence. He (swt) has also enabled us with many opportunities day in day out in which we can submit these blessings for servitude, obedience and worship only and sincerely to Him.
- To read, understand and act upon His words the Quran
- Believe what we preach and what we act
- At least save our own souls from the fire of Hell by abstaining from evil
- Spreading the message of truth to many parts of the world
- Free time (how can we not have free time to learn about the words of our Creator?)
- Good health (more we strive, more rewards we get)
- Life (we are still blessed with these minutes and seconds which may come to an end anytime that the Creator decreed)
- Choosing eternal bliss or eternal punishment (we are still not held accountable for our deeds yet and placed into the fire of Hell, Alhamdulillah, what a great opportunity to seek forgiveness and do as much good deeds as we are able)
Bear in mind:
We are merely the creation of Allah(swt) and thus are not able to do anything without depending on His help. Even to worship the Creator al-Mighty, we are in need of His guidance, His help and His power. Alhamdulillah, if you were to ask of someone in a high position for your needs day in day out, they will sooner or later become tired of attending your needs.
However, remember that Allah (swt) loves you the more you ask Him, the more you rely on Him and the more you consult Him in all your affairs. The more He will turn to you for you are turning to Him who Created you.
At the same time you also have to do your part by being a thankful, obedient and patient slave for He (swt) says:
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:186)
O Allah make us among those who call on you constantly and who respond (obey) to your call faithfully, Ameen.