It is the question to our purpose in this life.I could not remember when was the last time I did and really contemplate on it.Going back the last five decades of my life,I only remember vaguely that I did it some time ago.To the contrary,I asked my wife what is for dinner tonight,almost everyday.
First,let me thank to Allah swt for giving me the chance again to attend a kuliyyah on this fundamental questions of our very existence.This question has been asked and answered for centuries by the great philosophers and thinkers.The same questions but many different answers.Ordinary mortals like me only read and try to understand them,sometimes.
About a month ago,our teacher Prof Dr Hashim Minhat gave a tazkirah at our masjid on the purpose of our lives.Thank you,Prof for the reminder because most of us have forgotten about it.Most of us think we know where we came from,why are we here on this planet earth,and where we are going after our death.
It was a one hour lecture to remind us of our purpose in this life.I cannot write them all here to share with my fellow readers, but my purpose is to provoke your mind to think about it and seek the answers from the most qualified source.From my humble understanding, the Creator,Allah swt only knows the purpose of our creations. The created beings are here to serve their Master who created them for a purpose.Just look at the millions of computers being invented and manufactured.They have some form of 'intelligence' to do something, but do they know what is their purpose of existence? Similarly,only Allah swt knows why He created us and to know the answer,we must seek from the Revealed Knowledge and not from our human thoughts and experience.The Revealed Knowledge comes from Allah swt himself though His Prophets. And the last prophet is Muhammad S.A.W and the book is The Qur'an.
During the lecture, the good professor talk in length about the subject matter and quoted many relevant ayats fro the Qur'an.My apologies that I am not able to write all them down here but below are a few ayats related to our Ubudiyyah-the purpose of our life. For details of what is Ubudiyyah,may I invite you to read the a book written by Sheikh Ibnu Taymiyyah on the subject matter:
[10:31] Say: "Who is it that
sustains you (in life) from the sky and from the earth? Or who is it
that has power over hearing and sight? And who is it that brings out
the living from the dead and the dead from the living? And who is it
that rules and regulates all affairs?" They will soon say, "Allah."
Say, "Will ye not then show piety (to Him)?" [10:32] Such is Allah, your real Cherisher and Sustainer: apart from Truth, what (remains) but error? How then are ye turned away?
[2:21] O ye people! Adore your Guardian-Lord, Who created you and those who came before you, that ye may have the chance to learn righteousness; [2;22] Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth). [2:23] And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.