WHY ARE WE HERE?
The most important question in life is ‘Why are we here?’
Imagine you wake up in a huge factory that you’ve never been in before. You see thousands of people working away, and all the doors and windows are sealed off…
People work, sleep, and spend all their time inside this factory. In this situation, what would you think to yourself?“Now I’m here I might as well join in with everyone else,” or would you think, “How did I get here? What lies outside the factory? Why have I been put here?” This example is like our existence here on earth. We human beings have been thrown into existence without any choice, so questions such as Where did I come from? What am I doing here? and Where am I going after I die? keep popping up in our minds. We forget these basic questions in our daily routines, but ignoring them will not make them go away.
And I did not create the jinn and humankind except to worship Me [Qur’an 51:56-58]
EVERY SOUL SHALL TASTE DEATH
To the average person death is by no means a pleasant subject or topic for discussion. According to the Islamic way of thinking, death, far from being a subject to be shunned and avoided, should be reflected upon and should bring about a positive change in us.
Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and good, and to Us you will be returned. [Qur’an 21:35]
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF...
ARE YOU GRATEFUL?
There is something precious in your life that you do not earn and do not own, yet it is freely given to you. It’s something we all take for granted, not recognising its importance or significance.
That thing is, this moment, and the next moment, and all of the moments of your existence.
There are no good reasons to believe that you own these moments. You did not create the world and the life that it contains – and you played no role in bringing yourself into existence.
There are no good reasons to show that you have earned these moments or that you even deserve another moment in your life. Such a blessing can never be acquired or repaid by someone who doesn’t have the power to bring himself into existence.
If someone has given you something precious that you haven’t earned and something that you don’t own, how does that make you feel? Grateful?
Shouldn’t that instil an immense sense of gratitude in your heart? Of course it should.
But – who should you be grateful to?
The answer is simple.
The One who created life and gave it to you.
So don’t be like the one who has been given a gift, and starts thanking the gift instead of the one who gave it to him. Be thankful for your life, this moment, this second.
And be grateful to God, the One who created you and gave you life – and provides you with every valuable moment of your existence.
“It is God who brought you out of your mothers wombs knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and minds so that you may be grateful.”
The Qur’an, Chapter 16, Verse 78