Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Purpose of Life

People everywhere are asking the questions; "What is the purpose of life?" and "Why are we here?"

Some will answer that we are on this earth just to live a happy life. Some have other answers.

Islam is a perfect religion and it provide a clear and concise answers for all questions.

Regarding what is the purpose of life in Islam,

Allah states in the Quran that He created man to be His Khalefah, His trustee on earth (Quran 2:30). Mankind’s basic trust, our responsibility, is to believe in and worship Allah:

 And I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me (Quran, 51:56-58)

The statement is very simple, but yet how many of us worship Allah ? Therefore, Allah has sent Messengers to human from time to time to deliver the message of Allah. The essence of Allah’s message through all of the prophets which include (Adam, Abraham, Noah, David, Moses, Jesus and also the final messenger Muhammad, May Allah have peace on all of them) was:  O mankind, worship Allah, you have no deity other than Him. (Quran, 7:59,65,73,85; Also 11:50,61,84; and 23:23,32).  

But the question now is : How do we worship Allah if we Don’t know Him ?

Allah have give a very clear answer on this which is from the Surah Al Ikhlas (Sincerity) :

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (112:1-4)

Also, Allah has to tell us how He wants to be worshipped, which He does in the Quran. He also tells us in the Quran that all Prophets came with the same identical message to their people - that is to believe in Allah and to worship Him. He also tells us in the Quran that all the people of other religions have deviated from the original teachings of their prophets. This is due to two reasons. The first is that earlier scriptures were not preserved simply because of the absence or scarcity of writing paper and so the teachings were transmitted orally and with time became distorted. The second reason is because the clergy of various religions introduced doctrines that were never there 

Because of the changes that crept into earlier religions, Allah tells us that He sent the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the final messenger and guidance to mankind with a scripture that He promised would be preserved forever. Allah provides a test to prove that the Quran is from Him. Allah says:

 Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? (i.e. its meanings and its objective) If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction. (Quran, 4:82)

The Quran is available for scrutiny and investigation by any person to try to find even one error or contradiction in it. In fact this test must be applied to any other scripture that claims it is the word of God.