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PURPOSE OF LIFE

Goal of human beings

Each of us has our own individual goals for worldly success.  It could be to rise up in our chosen careers, or maybe to leave this world with a legacy, or perhaps something as simple, yet just as every bit crucial, as to have a roof over our heads and enough food in our bellies.  Whatever it may be, we all have goals that differ from one another’s; yet there is one goal that many of us share.  It is to achieve the Hereafter.  Through the goals we set in this world and the life we lead, through the relationships we hold with the many we meet and the actions we take, everything we do in this world should relate back to that one goal.  Allah clearly states in the Quran in chapter 9, Surah Taubah, verse 72: “Allah hath promised to believers, men and women, Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss.”

In this article we will, Insha Allah, analyze the route one should take to understand the purpose of their lives, to achieve the goals of this world and to attain the ultimate goal of the Hereafter.  I would like to share my views on achieving goals based on the Quran and Sunnah, quoting applicable verses from the Quran, applicable Hadeeth and referring to my own life experience.

Allah created human beings with free will and guided them through Messengers and Revelations

When Allah (S.W.T.) created the world and its belongings, HE had HIS own plan for which HE knows best.  We know from the Quran that HE created the world and its belongings in six days.  “Indeed, your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawa) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty)”  [al-A’raaf 7:54].  Allah followed this by creating the human being, this was questioned by the angels; again Allah knew what his vision was, and even though the angels could not understand it, they dared not challenge that vision.  Adam Alihissalaam was the first human Allah created and HE taught him all the names.  When Allah asked the angels to name the things  they said they are aware only of what Allah has imparted on them while Adam Alihisalam conveyed them the names.  “Allah then asked Adam to say those names and he did so,” [Surah 2: verse 33].  When the angels were told to prostrate, all did except for Iblis, through his arrogance and pride he refused to bow down to one who was made of clay, when he was made of fire.  Iblis replied, “I am better than him. You have created me from fire, but him You created from clay.” [Surah 7: verse 12].  Allah ordained Adam Alaihissalaam and his partner to dwell in the garden, Jannat ’Adn, but they were given clear instruction not to go near the tree.  However they were influenced by Shaitan, and acted against the will of Allah.  Adam Alaihissalaam and his partner repented and were pardoned but sent to this world to live as viceroy, with a sole purpose of worshipping Allah and Allah alone, while Iblis too was sent down to be the enemy until the doomsday.  “I am going to place a viceroy in the earth, they said: What! Wilt Thou place in it such as shall make mischief in it and shed blood, and we celebrate Thy praise and extol Thy holiness? HE said: Surely I know what you do not know.” [Surah 2, verse 30].  Those who are guided have no fear while those who deny Allah’s command and follow the path of Shaitan will be doomed.

The human beings were given the free will to follow the final message and be guided or reject it and go down the wrong path.  Through Allah’s mercy, HE sent Prophet after Prophet to guide the human beings.  The final messenger was Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) and the final message to humanity was the Quran.

Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) demonstrated the essentials of achieving goals

The beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) carried out Allah’s mission by explaining the final message and living by it through all phases of his life; so that human beings, who are governed by free will, can follow the right path and be successful.  In carrying out the message, the Prophet (S.A.W.) spent in the beginning of his prophet-hood stressing the importance of Tawheed, the oneness of Allah, and the belief in the unseen and the Hereafter. Why did the beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) spend so many years in emphasizing the importance of these two critical ideals?  Humanity shall only be directed through divine guidance and the will of Allah, and divine guidance can only be sought out when one accepts that there is only one God and no one is worthy of his worship (I’m not sure what you were going for in this sentence, but this is what I interpreted from it).

In his own worldly life, the Prophet Muhammad, proved to be a respected youth, good husband, model father, able businessman, just ruler, great warrior and above all the greatest of human beings.  All this was achieved during various phases of his life.

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Born in Beruwela, Sri Lanka, an old boy of Zahira College Colombo. Presently residing in Canada. Obatined an honours degree in Engineering in 1960 at the Universty of Ceylon. International Consultant had worked in Ceylon,Canada, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.Presently free lance consultant residing in Canada but winter months in Sri Lanka. Heavily involved in volunteer and social services. Married to Jiffriya Hathy with three children Iftikhar Barrie, Raihana Barrie and radhia Barrie. All married and we have fifteen grand children Masha Allah. Currently an active social worker.

About A.G.A.Barrie, B.Sc(Eng). P.Eng.

Born in Beruwela, Sri Lanka, an old boy of Zahira College Colombo. Presently residing in Canada. Obatined an honours degree in Engineering in 1960 at the Universty of Ceylon. International Consultant had worked in Ceylon,Canada, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.Presently free lance consultant residing in Canada but winter months in Sri Lanka. Heavily involved in volunteer and social services. Married to Jiffriya Hathy with three children Iftikhar Barrie, Raihana Barrie and radhia Barrie. All married and we have fifteen grand children Masha Allah. Currently an active social worker.

6 comments

  1. Thanks Rajindra. I can well understand your clear point of view of Life. If we analyze the life from the birth to death, only, then your opinion is perfectly correct but I have taken the life beyond this span. I have combined the ‘purpose is life’ to ‘purpose of life’, simply to accommodate the Hereafter, based on worshiping the Creator, which is the main purpose of creation. We may differ in this but the fact is we should live in accordance to a specified manner so as to please the Creator, in my opinion, so that we are successful in this world and Hereafter.

  2. My congratulations to AGA Barrie for this thought provoking article. I am of the opinion however that we are born to this world without an inherent purpose. At some point in life we tend to create a purpose (goal) for ourselves. These goals in fact are responses to outside influences, and are necessary for our survival in the society (environment). Often we have to spend a good part of our lives just looking for a purpose. Perhaps it will be more relevant to consider that purpose is life.

    Rajindra

  3. Jazakallah Rizwana. You have summed up the article very well and I find, it will be more usefull than the article.
    I hope and pray our brothers and sisters will benefit out of it Insha Allah

  4. The article you have written is an inspiring all-purpose guide on the purpose of life. Not only should everyone read it, but we should also make a sincere attempt to implement your advice and take heed from the practical examples in your personal life.

    The general outline of your article talked about:

    – The purpose of creation and why we came to live on earth

    – Avoiding sins, not allowing Shaitaan to take the upper hand (because that is his purpose in this life, to destroy our hereafter)

    – Messengers were sent throughout the ages to guide people on the straight path; the last one being Muhammad (S.A.W.) who stressed the Oneness of Allah, the importance of living according to the injunctions in the Qur’aan and the Prophetic way of life

    – Angels are recording one’s deeds from birth to conception, therefore plan your life, set goals and aspire to perform the best of deeds thus makig the most of this world and achieving the highest stations in the hereafter

    – Our schedule should be established around the five daily prayers

    – Thereafter you go on to give an example from your life stressing the importance of striving to do one’s best in education, helping others in good, honesty in dealings, halaal earnings, etc.

    – Lastly, you explained the importance of starting a family with a compatible, pious partner; living together with Islam being the focus of your life and passing your experience on to the children

    – The Bottom line is you should set goals to do your best and achieve certain objectives. With the help of Allah, discipline, hard work, and above all never forgetting your ultimate duty to the Lord, anyone can achieve them

    – Finally if one lives his/her life according to these principals he/she will attain THE ULTIMATE GOAL which is everlasting peace and happiness in the Hereafter.

  5. This article is well written and a must read….. I have forwarded this article to my sons and contacts. You are a example of a good muslim and adhering to islamic principles which we are trying to emulate and encourage our children to do so. Thank you for forwarding this article

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