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The Purpose of Human Existence


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Both philosophers and lay people find it awfully puzzling to answer the most important question in our lives:

Why are we here?

What is the real purpose of human existence?

The Qur’an clearly and accurately states the purpose of human existence thus: “I have only created the jinn and mankind to worship Me.” (Soorat Adh-Dhaariyaat, 51:56) It is clear, therefore, that we are here to worship Almighty Allah.

It is worth noting here, however, that worship, or ‛ibaadah, in Islam in no way means abandoning the pleasures of the world. It is a comprehensive term which includes, in addition to such acts of worship as prayer, fasting and the obligatory charity (zakaat), all human acts as long as they are done for the sake of Allah. The Prophet (S) once said, “You will be rewarded even when you engage in sexual intercourse with your wives.”

In this way, despite being the main purpose behind human existence, worship becomes the essence of life, affording a Muslim the opportunity to turn all daily lawful practices into great acts of worship. The Qur’an says, “Say: ‘My prayer and my sacrifice, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds.’” (Soorat Al-An‛aam, 6:162)

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