Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Purpose Of Creation In Islam.
A lot of people do not even care why they were created and what is the great purpose in their life. They live for the utmost enjoyments. They are looking for this endorphins that is released in our brain and make us happy. They get it from food, sex, possessions, drugs, inflated ego, enjoying the evil deeds and sometime the good ones. It is the life of materialism where oneself is the center of the universe. However, since our materialism crash with one another and as each of us run randomly for his own purpose we clash together we envy, jealous and hate one another. For sake of civilization we have to play it in a civilized way. As much we try to appear social but in reality everyone is in his own island that is called self. In moments of sincerity we feel that we are created for a purpose and deeper meaning than what we are running after. This deep meaning is feeling that there is a God a creator who we belong to and we realize out true self when we get close to him. Atheism did not answer our inner feeling there is a creator or even our intellectual curiosity about the creation. Darwin did not give us the answer of creation but proved to us there is intelligence behind the creation and the maker is the same of all of the species. Our brain and inner feelings are designed to attest to a creator.In order for us to know the purpose of creation we have to listen to the creator thyself. You read these verses from the Quran:1- To be his caliph or vicegerent on earth."Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not." [2:30].God created us to be his vicegerent on earth and he had the basic trust in us.2- To worship God:«"And I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me…"» [51:56-58]The purpose for man’s creation is to worship the Creator. Worshiping is not only through praying but to live a life that he planned to us, to be his caliph in the earth.3- To worship him alone:«“O mankind, worship Allah, you have no deity other than Him."» [7:59].As the verse states to worship God only not other Gods, persons or materials.4- To test us who would prove his faith:«“[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."» [67:2]Since he is the creator he has the right to ask us about our deeds. Faith is what is in your heart and deeds is how to prove to God your faith. The closest to his is the best in deeds which you expect from a just God.5- To have our lives all with God and for God:“Say: ‘Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for God, the Lord of all the worlds.’” (Quran 6:162).When humans go astray and run away from God they run with no clues towards Satan. He destroys them through self-gratification and worshiping oneself. They end by feeling emptiness, purposelessness and meaningless. They do not know who they are, did they get enough or if people really like them or they want them to go away.We unite by God and through God and we divide by Satan and through Satan.For Muslims the purpose of creation is simple and clear one true God through worshipping him and following his commandments we realize our happiness in this life and afterlife. Very good deal that is why Satan works smartly to divide us even through religion.