Why do researchers and scientists not ask: why was I created?
By Shama F.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
How are we living? I often ponder on this question. We keep living as if what is in front of our eyes and what is immediately affecting us … this is it. The joys of this life, the struggles, that’s all there is to our approach to life.
But, what’s the big picture? Why do we never think about that?
It stuns me every time I see researchers and thinkers, busy with discovering the intricacies of things. Do they ever think about The One who created these mind-boggling creations, that too in such order?
Why doesn’t their intelligence lead them to ponder on the Creator? They stay so busy in the amazing things of nature, why do they not think about their own self – its creation and its meaning?
Where have we come from, where we will go? Don’t these questions sound relevant to them?
These are questions that kept coming back to me. And it made me appreciate just how Merciful and Gracious Allah the Exalted is.
He loves His creatures and servants much, much more than a mother loves her child. So how can He leave us unguided, unprotected and unrewarded? He has given us intelligence above all His Creations in the world.
By using our intelligence, insight and understanding we can easily see the signs of Allah which are so prominent and numerous! Our own self is a sign of Allah and all that is around us from plants to animals and from the skies to our earth!
It is entirely our fault if we do not want to direct our intelligence to the right direction or way to understand Allah and His Greatness.
Not only this, Allah has not left His creation without any help or guidance; it is always present near us so that we can refer to it anytime!
That guidance is the Holy Quran, the Pure and True message of Allah; it is with us to guide us to the Right Path.
This Light of Guidance is always shining in the world so that anybody who wants can seek guidance, help or enlightenment from it till the Last Hour is established.
It is always alive in the hearts of all Muslims who love Allah, His Messenger and have faith in all that Allah sent through His Messengers (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon them all).
So, first it was Human Intelligence that was bestowed to help man understand his existence and end and then he was provided with an everlasting guide in the form of the Qur’an.
But this is not the end.
Apart from this Allah has given us the Life of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) to see how a Muslim should live.
He chose His Messenger from among the common people, who had a simple life so that everyone could identify and relate to him easily.
Life is not just ‘living’ rather it is ‘living with a purpose’.
We can can see around us so many living things from animal and plant kingdom. Even they have some purpose for which they have been created. But the difference between them and us is that they have a limited area of their own. The other difference is that they have not been blessed with the same intelligence as we. This is the reason why we see how a weak human can overpower the ferocious lions or tigers and tame them. He can even get them to do tricks for him as he likes. But however strong an animal is, it can not outsmart the intelligence of Man.
We ourselves are in awe of the heights of technological breakthroughs that we see around us…now most of that is in our hands or laps and we are just playing without realizing the intricacy with which it has been invented!
The real use of the human intelligence will be when he realizes and recognizes the reason for which he was created.
The Purpose of creation and the Guidance of nations through numerous Prophets that Allah sent till our Last Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, can be clearly understood and summed up just in one chapter of the Noble Quran- Surah Al Asr.
Allah says, (as translated in English)
- By Al-‘Asr (the time).
- Verily! Man is in loss,
- Except those
- who believe (in Islamic Monotheism)
- and do righteous good deeds,
- and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf)which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar)which Allah has forbidden),
- and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).
In the above translation and explanation of the chapter Al Asr we see clearly what the purpose of man’s life is. Every person who is not believing in Allah, not doing good deeds, not recommending others for patience and Truth is infact not fulfilling his goal of life hence he is in loss.
According the above verses we see that Allah swears by time. It is time that man is supposed to make use of in the best way he can. He has to utilise time and his capabilities granted to him by his Lord in the search, propagation and establishment of Truth. He has to ponder over what the meaning of his life is which is adorned with so many faculties, skills and intelligence.
In yet another surah of the Noble Quran- Al Mulk, Allah states that He has created life and death to test who is best in deeds.
- Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving; (Al Mulk)
So basically we understand that our life is given to us for action. We are created to know our Creator, acknowledge His Lordship and to worship HIm alone. When we believe in Him all the other things fall into place which include doing good deeds, practising and advising patience and Truth.
What kind of purpose or work does the intelligence that we possess calls for?
And how are we going to know what is the purpose of our existence, our life and our capabilities? Surely we do not want to be among those who are in loss.
Let us see how we can save ourselves from being among those losers mentioned in the Quran:
1- First and foremost- we need to believe. Belief includes all the tenets of faith of Islam.
2- Then we must avoid all evil and try doing good deeds.
3-Next- it should not be kept to oneself, rather call others to do good and when need be advise others to practice patience.
Another and final but important point is about the source from which we are going to learn how to live this kind of life.
It is none other than The Book of Allah about which there is no doubt that it is True and Divine.
Until and unless we open The Book, read and try to understand it, the purpose of our own life will not become clear to us.
The Book is in fact a Light. It is a Guidance for the whole of mankind.
In darkness we wander, stumble and fear
but with the Light the things are so clear!
Darkness is ignorance and loss of direction
the Light is Knowledge, Truth and Devotion!