Man’s Purpose in Life
The most important question in life is ‘Why are we here?’
Very simple! The purpose for man’s creation is to worship the Creator. The Creator understanding of worship allows the whole of one’s life to be an act of worship, as long as the objective of that life is the pleasure of Creator, which is achieved by doing good and refraining from evil. Worship provides the believers with many benefits that contribute to both their spiritual and worldly well-being. The human body needs material resources for its existence, like food, drink, and a means of reproduction. As for the soul, its needs cannot be fulfilled except through nearness to Creator by means of faith and obedience, which can only be achieved through worship.
A person can turn everyday activities into acts of worship by purifying his or her intention and sincerely seeking God’s pleasure through these activities. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
Greeting a person is charity. Acting justly is charity. Helping a man with his steed is charity. A good word is charity. Every step taken on the way to performing prayers is charity. Removing an obstacle from the road is charity.
Creator should be worshipped in times of hardship and times of prosperity and only through his remembrance can the human being find inner peace:
We truly know how your heart is distressed by what they say. So celebrate the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves and worship your Lord until the sure hour (of death). [Quran 15:99] those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of God- truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace
[Qur’an Chapter 13 Verse 28]
Creator further states that He made this life in order to test man so that every person may be recompensed after death for what he has earned:
[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.
[Qur’an Chapter 67 Verse2]
But in order to worship Him, we have to know Him well otherwise we may form a distorted concept of Him and then go astray. In the Quran, Creator tells humankind what He is and what He is not. For example, in response to a question about Creator that was posed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Creator says:
Say (O Muhammad): He is God [Who is] One, God, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent.
[Qur’an Chapter 112]
Can we ever feel peace? Does real peace exist? To feel true peace of mind, we have to search for it.
Why do we know of people who have everything on the outside, but they feel that life is not worth waking up for? But if external peace is not enough, then what gives us real peace?
The answer according to Creator is simple; just like we have physical needs of things such as water, we also have spiritual needs. Fulfilling our spiritual needs will give us inner peace.
Those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of Creator – truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace
[Qur’an Chapter 13 Verse 28]