The Purpose of Creation

4 Apr

Whom Should We Worship?
Authorship: Majed S. Al-Rassi
Short Link: http://IslamHouse.com/431561

Have you ever wondered why we exist? What is the reason for our existence? Have you ever wondered why we die, and where we will go after death? What will happen to us in the end? Have you ever asked yourself why Allah has made the earth and all that is in it subservient to human beings? Why were the night and the day, and the sun and the moon created? What are we supposed to do during our lifetime? Were wecreated just to eat, drink, and enjoy ourselves before we die? A poet has summarized this timeless question:

I do not know whence I have come.
I saw my feet walking on the road.
As they please I go and stop.
What am I doing here?
How did the road find me?
I do not know! I do not know! I do not know!

Allah has emphasized, in many verses of the Qur’an,4 that He did not create human beings without a purpose. He has said: {Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?} (Qur’an 23: 115)5
He has also said:{Does man think that he will be left neglected?} (Qur’an 75: 36) In addition, He has said: {Do the people think that they will be left to say: We believe, and they will not be tried?} (Qur’an 29: 2)

It is clear from these verses that human beings were not created without a purpose; this purpose has been mentioned clearly in another verse which says: {And I did not create the jinn6 and humankind except to worship Me.} (Qur’an 51: 56)
Hence, the main purpose of creation is to worship the Creator Alone. This is called monotheism.

Islam sets a vision for human beings, which is strikingly simple yet completely logical. Indeed, why would the Creator of the universe shroud the main message He wants humankind to understand, their one key to winning paradise in the hereafter, in mystery? How then would He expect humankind to arrive at the truth? It is clear that humankind must revert to its basic instinct regarding the Creator of the universe; it must shed the layers of indoctrinated ideologies and man-made teachings it is covered with. Humankind must reclaim its birthright; it must reclaim Islam.

notes:
4 The Qur’an is the sacred book or scripture revealed to Prophet
Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) . A detailed
explanation of the Qur’an has been given in chapter 9: “The Six
Articles of Islamic Faith.”
5 Please note that any quotation in this book from the Qur’an is the
translation that we feel has the closest meaning to its original Arabic.
The translation is not the Qur’an itself.
6 jinn: non-human, rational beings created by Allah from fire.

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