What is the Meaning of Life?

To please your Creator.


The Meaning of Life

In the Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.

All praise belongs to God, may He extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family, companions and those who follow guidance until the Day of Judgement. 

As for what proceeds,

Life

You were born having previously not existed. 

You were created having previously been nothing worth mentioning. 

We didn’t do this – as before this we were nothing and nothing doesn’t have the attributes required to create anything. 

And no person created you, your parents didn’t create you. 

If you don’t believe me, then ask them to create you again. 

So who has the ability to take wind and rain and plants and animals and the benefits placed in all of them to nourish a man and a woman? 

Then He brings out of them a drop of sperm that is mixed and kept in a place of lodging for around 9 months – 

The baby breathes having not breathed before, opens its eyes having not seen before; and cannot yet eat food! 

It is nurtured by other created things until it becomes a person with strength of body and mind. 

Then it claims to know why it was created without proof?

No.

Knowledge

The meaning of life is something that is not known except by an authentic report from The Creator. 

Guesswork and opinion do not come into it. 

If you want to know the wisdom behind the creation of such a thing, the purpose behind it, the meaning, you have to look to the creator.

As for the creator of your life, then He has not left you alone. 

He has not left us to try and guess our way to meaning, or to invent it ourselves. 

Have people considered that if we are to guess our way to the truth, then why do all the “thinkers” and philosophers have different ideas?

Why is it that when their ideas are acted upon (such as doing whatever makes you feel good, or conversely, opposing desires completely) there is great corruption in the land?

And consider, that all those Prophets and Messengers who God sent had one, single message. 

One call and one meaning of life which they taught to their followers. 

And it is in line with clear reason, in line with the innate disposition of a person (inclining to the truth) – 

And it is to single out God, The Creator alone in all the gratitude that He is deserving of.

Rather, the only way to the truth in that which we cannot perceive – is by way of an authentic report to the one who knows it.

Revelation

God, The Perfect and Most High, has said:

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجْتَنِبُوا۟ ٱلطَّٰغُوتَ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ ٱلضَّلَٰلَةُ فَسِيرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَٰقِبَةُ ٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَ

“And verily, We have sent among every nation a Messenger, [saying], “Worship God (alone) and avoid the false deities. And among them were those whom God guided, and among them were those upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the earth and see how was the end of the deniers.”

The Noble Qur’an 16:36

God sent messengers to every nation, teaching them the purpose of their creation. 

Taking them, by way of them, from darkness into light and granting them a light by which to walk.

He sent to them Books, His Speech, as guidance; from these were The Torah (Which He sent to Moses), The Gospel (Which He sent to Jesus) and The Psalms (Which He sent to David).

As time went on, however, there were people who had been deceived by false desires for the world or they didn’t have knowledge. 

They changed these Books, adding bits, taking bits and covering much. 

They did not teach the people the meaning of their lives and instead left them upon misguidance. 

However, the final book which God sent to mankind, The Qur’an, God has protected it. 

It remains in its unchanged, unadulterated form to this very day. 

Not only this, but the explanation of its verses, God preserved also; the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace) to his disciples. 

The language of The Qur’an and the Messenger Muhammad and his followers is still a living, common language that is spoken by millions of people (Arabic).

Though there are groups of people who have evil desires for the world who try and lie about the Prophets and Messengers and prevent people from learning the meaning of their lives – the truth is available for those who seek it. 

This is nothing new, as God has said in the Qur’an:

كَذَٰلِكَ مَآ أَتَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا قَالُوا۟ سَاحِرٌ أَوْ مَجْنُونٌ

“Likewise (O Muḥammad), no messenger came to those before them—(the Pagans of Mecca)—except that they said: “(He is) a magician or a madman”.”

The Noble Qur’an 51:52

So the people to whom Moses was sent lied about him to mislead the people, and the people of Jesus and Abraham and Noah. 

Then don’t be surprised that there are people who lie about them and about The Prophet Muhammad (may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace) today, seeking after the life of this world!

Your Life

Take a moment to reflect. 

You were born alone. 

And very soon your life will end. 

Everything you see around you now, those things that make you feel good and those things which you are keeping stored for a later date – are soon not to be yours. 

You are going to a destination you cannot avoid. 

Have you prepared for this?

Have you considered that every moment spent following desires will not be with you on that day?

Do you know what you need to prepare for what comes after death?

Your Purpose

God, The Perfect and Most High, has said: 

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

“And I have not created the jinn nor mankind except to worship me (alone).”

The Noble Qur’an 51:56

This means, that there is not a reason from the reason for your creation – except to worship God alone. 

This is the meaning of your life and the proper usage and function of every single human faculty and human being. 

This means, that the only peace and serenity for you, lies in the worship of your Creator alone. 

It is the sole reason you have been created, and for this is the sole reason you have been given various favours and helpful things from the life of this world. 

God has said, 

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلْفُلْكَ تَجْرِى فِى ٱلْبَحْرِ بِأَمْرِهِۦ وَيُمْسِكُ ٱلسَّمَآءَ أَن تَقَعَ عَلَى ٱلْأَرْضِ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِۦٓ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بِٱلنَّاسِ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“See you not that God has subjected to you (mankind) all that is on the earth, and the ships that sail through the sea by His Command? He withholds the heaven from falling on the earth except by His Leave. Verily, God is, for mankind, Full of Kindness, Most Merciful.”

The Noble Qur’an 22:65

The only path to happiness is in using what you have been given of life and health and wealth and using them in what pleases The Creator. 

Consider, that you don’t exit out of the creation for a second. 

And everything you do is by the Permission and the Will of God, by the chain of events which He created and has complete control over. 

Why Do We Become Sad?

So why do bad things happen?

We know in of ourselves that God is Perfect and Just and His Actions Are Completely Good, so why does He allows things that we perceive as harmful to occur?

Firstly, know that you have been created to submit to Him alone.

You may not understand something right away, but you know that it is from God, so you submit having love for Him and love for His Decree. 

With this comes knowledge. 

God has said in The Qur’an:

 وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَٱللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَىْءٍ عَلِيم

“And fear God. And God teaches you. And God is Knowing of all things”

The Noble Qur’an 2:282

However, now that one has submitted to The Truth, then let’s look to why something difficult has appeared in our lives and how to rectify it!

Now we know our purpose, the meaning of our life, then why do these things happen?

God has said in The Qur’an, which an explanation of everything, a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe:

ظَهَرَ ٱلْفَسَادُ فِى ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِى ٱلنَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ ٱلَّذِى عَمِلُوا۟ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned so He may let them taste a portion of what they have done in order that they may return.”

The Noble Qur’an 30:41

Everything that comes to us from difficulty is the result of our own harmful actions. 

And through this, He brings tremendous benefit. 

It may be a reason for the returning of the people to God, in singling Him out in worship, establishing His Right and the right of the people.

God has created the creation with rules and cause and effect mechanisms. 

Water removes thirst. 

You fall over, you become hurt. 

You sleep for rest. 

Like this, if you disobey The Creator there are effects. 

Effects on your life or the lives of others. 

On your heart, mind, health and wealth. 

The people who come after you and those whom you may have responsibility for. 

The causes and effects are vast, we are not required to know them all. 

We are required to learn however about The Creator, what pleases Him – 

If we do that, then He will make good our lives. 

Isn’t that fair enough?

Submit

God has said in The Qur’an,

ٱسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِرَبِّكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِىَ يَوْمٌ لَّا مَرَدَّ لَهُۥ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ مَا لَكُم مِّن مَّلْجَإٍ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن نَّكِيرٍ

“Answer the Call of your Lord before there comes from God a Day which cannot be averted. You will have no refuge on that Day nor there will be for you any denying.”

The Noble Qur’an 42:47

You may not reach the end of this post and you may never live to have another meal. 

You are in control of yourself and will only be questioned about yourself. 

Submit to your Creator before you cannot and you wish you had. 

The path to The Creator starts with bearing witness, sincerely for God, that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (God in Arabic) alone and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. 

With this you have entered into God’s religion, the religion of the prophets and the messengers, life is given to your heart and you are taken from darkness into light. 

If your life finishes upon this state, having not done anything to leave Islam, then God will enter you into Paradise with His righteous slaves. 

God is The All-Hearer, The All-Knower, whatever you need ask of Him, He is close to His believing servants by His Knowledge, none being closer than Him. 

Ask that He increase you in beneficial knowledge and righteous actions and that he submits you to Him a full submission – this is the path of peace.

I ask God, The Blessed and Most High, to guide you, preserve you and make easy for you your affairs.

All praise and thanks belong to God the Lord of the Worlds, may He extol our Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and bestow peace upon him, his family and companions altogether. 

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