ISLAM AND THE AIM OF LIFE
is the purpose of my life? What is the purpose of your life? What is the purpose
of our lives?
Such questions occur frequently to thinking people.People answer these questions in different ways. Some people believe the purpose of life is getting wealthy. But these people what their purpose be after they have collected millions of dollars. So What? And then What? What will be their purpose after they get these millions of dollars? If the purpose of life is to become wealthy, there will be no purpose after becoming wealthy. And in fact, here comes the problem of some disbelievers or misbelievers. In some stages of their life. When they are collecting money is the target of life. When they collected the money which they have dreamt of, their life losses purpose and they live in tension and restlessness and suffer from the panic of nothingness.
Can Wealth be an Aim?
We often hear of a millionaire committing suicide. Sometimes, not the millionaire himself but his wife, son, or daughter. The question is this: can aiming at wealth bring happiness to the individual? In most cases the answer is NO. Is the purpose of collecting wealth is a standing purpose? As we know, the child of five years does not look for wealth: he prepares a toy to a million dollars. The adolescent of eighteen does not dream of wealth because he is busy with more important things. The old man of ninety years does not care for money, he is worried more about his health. This proves that wealth cannot be a standing purpose in all the stages of the individual's life.
Wealth can do a little to bring happiness to a disbeliever, because a disbeliever is not sure about his end or his fate. A disbeliever does not know the purpose of life. And if he has a purpose, this purpose is doomed to be temporary or self destructive.
What is the use of wealth to a disbeliever if he feels scared of the end and skeptical of everything. A disbeliever may gain a lot of money, but surely loses himself.
Worshipping Allah as an Aim
On the contrary, faith in Allah gives the believer the purpose of life he needs. In Islam, the purpose of life is to worship Allah. The term "Worship" covers all acts of obedience to Allah.
The Islamic purpose of life is a standing purpose. The true Muslim sticks to this purpose throughout all the stages of his life, whether he is a child, adolescent, adult, or an old man.
Worshipping Allah makes life purposeful and meaning especially with the framework of Islam. According to Islam this worldly life is just a short stage of our life. Then there is the other life. The first life and the second life are by the death stage, which is a transitory stage of the second life. The type of the second life a person deserves depends on his deeds in the first life. At the end of the death stage comes the day of judgment. On this day, Allah rewards or punishes people according to their deeds in the first life.
The First Life as an Examination
So Islam looks at the first life as an examination of man. The death stage is similar to a rest period after the test, i. e., after the first life. The Day of Judgment is similar to the day of announcing the results of the examines. The second life is the time when each examinee enjoys or suffers from the outcome of his behaviour during the test period.
In Islam, the line of life is clear, simple, and logical: the first life, death then the Day of Judgement, and then the second life. With this clear line of life, the Muslim has a clear purpose in life. The Muslims knows he is created by Allah. The Muslim knows he is going to spend some years in this first life, during which he has to obey God, because God will question him and hold him responsible for his deeds, whether done publicly or privately, because Allah knows all deeds of all people. The Muslim knows that his deeds in the first life will determine the type of his second life. The Muslim knows that this first life is very short one, one hundred years, more or less, whereas the second life is an eternal one.
The Eternity of the second Life
This concept of the eternity of the second life has a tremendous effect on a Muslim during his first life, because the Muslims believes that his first life determines the shape of his second life. In addition, this determines shape of his second life. In addition, this determination will be through the Judgement of Allah, the All Just and Almighty.
With this belief in the second life and the Day of Judgement, the Muslim's life becomes as purposeful as possible and as meaningful as possible. The Muslim's standing purpose is to go to Paradise in the second life.
In other words, the Muslim's permanent purpose is to obey Allah, to summit to Allah to summit to Allah, to carry out His orders, and to keep in continues touch with Him through prayer (five times a day), through fasting (one month a year), through charity (as often as possible), and through pilgrimage (once in one's life).
The need For a Permanent Purpose
Disbelievers have purposes in their lives such as collecting money and property, indulging sex, eating, and dancing. But all these purposes are passing ones. All these purposes come and go, go up and down. Money comes and goes. Health comes and goes. Sexual activities cannot continue forever. All these lusts for money, food and sex cannot answer the individual's questions to himself: so what? Then What?
However, Islam saves the Muslims from trouble of asking the question, because Islam makes it clear to the Muslim, from the very beginning, that the permanent purpose of the Muslim, in this life is to obey Allah in order to go to Paradise in the second life.
We should know that the only way for our salvation in this life and in the hereafter is to know for sure our Lord who created us, believe in Him, and worship Him alone.
also know our Prophet whom Allah had sent to all mankind, believe in Him and
follow Him. We should, know the religion of truth which our Lord has commanded
us to believe in, and practice it..