We should always ask our self what is the purpose of our creation???
Why am I created??, When Allah says:
The creation of the Heavens and the Earth is indeed greater then the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind know not.” [Sûrah Ghâfir, verse 57]
We need to ask some questions like why did Allah (S.W.T) created us? Well, we can say that creation is the natural consequence of the attribute of Allâh as the creator. Which is what he has informed us that the natural consequence or the product of this attribute is his creation.
“Allah is the creator of all things and He is the agent on which all things depends (Q,39:62)
” And Allah created you all and whatever you do (Q,37:96)
Some philosophers who could not comprehend how God created out of nothing claimed that the creation of the world and it’s contents are originally a part of God, and that’s to their own perspective, comparing God to man in the aspect of him modifying what already exist. However the creator is free from such comparison which is giving him human limitation.Thus:
(Q,42:11) “There is nothing like him for He is the all Hearer and all seer.
Further more There is a concept held by some people in ignorance, because they couldn’t grasp the idea of creation from nothingness which lead them to conclude that the world is Allâh. Those who say “inside of each and every atom is Allâh.” There are also some lukewarm Muslims and Non-muslims who believe that Allâh is inside each and everything, because Allâh is the reality and everything else is fake in their interpretation. Which means that the creation is Allâh, and Allâh is the creation. Very dangerous concept! That eventually leads some of those who make this claim to say “worship don’t have to be done outside of yourself”. SubhanaLlah!
Ibn Arabi, was famous for this statement, he is considered to be one of the saint within the Sûfî religion. Once said “There is no need to worship one outside yourself, you are Allâh. It is sufficient to worship yourself.” This is Shirk.
So the creation is a manifestation of Allâh’s attribute of being the creator. In the creation of man with the scheme of things, there is manifestation of Allah’s attribute of mercy, his attribute of justice and this is the reason for the creation of man from Allah’s point of view. From human perspective, why did God create man in terms of purpose? The answer is what we are all familiar with as Allah said in the Glorious Qur’an “We did not create the jinn and men except to worship us” [Sûrah adh-Dhariyyat, verse 56).
Relative to Allâh, we were created in a means or a way in which Allâh has chosen to manifest his attributes of creation, mercy, grace etc and he could have chosen another one. But relative to us as human beings, we know that our purpose is to worship Allâh. As we said, Allâh does not need our worship, as Allâh didn’t need to create. When he created us to worship him, he didn’t create us, out of a need for our worship, because Allâh has no needs.
In a famous hadîth qudsî in which Allâh says; If all of you, jinn and mankind were to worship like the most righteous amongst you, it would not increase the dominion of Allâh in any way shape or form. And if all of us, jinn and mankind … Therefore when we look for the purpose of worship, we have to look into man. Allâh created us to worship him, because we need to worship him. It is something he has given us as a means of benefiting ourselves. This, we are the ones who benefit from it. Worship has been established, fundamentally for the spiritual growth of man. This growth takes place through the remembrance of Allâh. When you look at all the different aspects of worship, you will see the core of it is focused on the remembrance of Allâh. “Establish the prayer for My remembrance.” This is the essence for the consciousness of God. Allâh says that he has: “…prescribed for us fasting, as he prescribed it for those before us, so that we may fear him.” Worship is there for us to remember Allâh, and it is in the remembrance of Allâh, that we achieve that consciousness. Because it is when we forget Allâh, that Shaytân causes us to disobey Allâh and fall into sin. So it is only in His remembrance that we can attain salvation. All of the various acts of worship from saying “Bismillâh” when we eat is to help us remember Allâh in order to grow spiritually. Allâh has said that he has created us to test us, to see which of us is best in deeds.He is not testing us to know, in the sense that he doesn’t already know, but this world is a test for us in order again that we can grow spiritually.
This is the mercy of Allâh manifest in his creation. What is also manifest in creation, in the act of creation, the creation of man, is his attribute of justice, fairness, which comes out as the judgement at the end of this world. A hadîth of the Prophet sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Allâh created some people for hell and some people for paradise.”Whoever brings a good deed,shall the value of ten like it. And whoever brings an evil deed will be punished with one like it. And they will not be wronged.” [Sûrah Âl-‘Imrân, verse 160]”
Finally The purpose of this life is the worship of Allâh, this life is a test. A test for us, will we worship Allâh, or will we forget Him. This is where our focus has to begin.
(Surah adh-Dharuyyet,versee56)”We create the jinn and men except to worship us (Allah)”
Nafysah @ Knowislam.com.ng