Is Wise Enough to be Inspired from Divine Guidance

Balanced Heart and Mind
Seeks Useful Knowledge
Adds Value through Nurturing Talents
Balanced Materialism and Spirituality
Works Hard Yet Never Forgets Family Obligations

Realizes that His Freedom is Bound by Responsibility of Preserving Others

Is Internally Balanced and Doesn't Act on Mere Impulses

Cares to Serve and Help Others for No Personal Return

Lives a Purpose-Driven Life

Prioritizes Duties and Directions in Life

Avoids Profane Talk

Lives with Love

Neither Weakens nor Sorrows nor Despairs

Manages Time by Focusing on Fundamentals

Learns from Past Mistakes

Lives the Now and Builds the Future

Has Inner Peace through Contentment and Spirituality

Personifies the Best of Morals

Has a Sound Heart
 
 
 

Questions such as why human beings were created, and why certain events occur as opposed to others, and why someone had to die and not another, can not be answered by the human mind in and of itself. A simple reason is the fact that human beings are not even able to uncover the mysteries of their own brain! The human mind is only able to identify existing rules, which Allah has put in nature, and use them to come up with new connections. That is why Allah,

  the One and Only Perfect Creator of the universe, has sent messengers, Prophets (peace be upon them all) since the beginning of time, from among the best of human beings, to guide human beings…
 

Lives a Purpose-Driven Life

 

It is evident to all humans that they are given life and came to existence for certain purpose and wisdom and no one is entitled to deny this. We daily communicate with each other for so many different purposes; such communication occurs to carry out certain purpose. For example, at work, when the manager gives an order to the employees to carry out certain tasks, they consequently will respond and comply with his order. Thereupon, the purpose driven task is carried out.

This is the case with all humans; Allah honored the children of Adam (peace be upon him) by giving them life. However, the question is why were they given life? What is the purpose of this life?

The purpose for which Allah created His servants:

The Creator, Allah, tell us about our purpose in life. Allah states in the Qur'an that He created man to be His successor (Ar. Khalefah ), His trustee on earth [2:30]. Mankind's basic trust, our responsibility, is to believe in and worship Allah: " And I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me…  " [51:56-58]. Very simple! The purpose for man's creation is to worship the Creator. In other words, man was created to worship Allah alone and fulfill His commands. Allah Almighty provided His servants the tools by which they can worship him and obey His commands; He Most High clarified the essence of His message through all of the prophets: " O mankind, worship Allah, you have no deity other than Him.  " [7:59,65,73,85; Also 11:50,61,84; and 23:23,32]. This is the main purpose for which all of us must live.

Worship controls all aspects of life:

We have to understand that nothing in life happens by accident. Motivation guides us as we live the purpose driven life. Some are motivated by negative emotions such as anger, fear, guilt or the need to acquire more things. Some are motivated by need to please other people all the time. How can be such various motivations controlled? They are controlled by observing acts of worship that Allah commanded us to do. For a Muslim person-male or female- worship is the remote control that directs every single motivation-negative or positive- towards the right track. It helps one to realize that to live the purpose driven life is not so much about jobs, hobbies or places one visits in spare time. It rather helps one to make a decision to not just be pulled in to the status quo in the culture around him/her, but to focus one's life with the purpose in mind of living in love, joy and peace in order to please Allah, The creator.

All Prophets lived a purpose driven life :

The best example of how to live a purpose driven life is that of the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon them). Allah sent Prophets and Messengers to deliver His message to people and guide them to the right path of worshiping Allah. Allah Most High revealed noble Books and Scripture to them as helping tools in pursuing their mission. All of them were belied by their people, however Allah granted them victory because they were persistent in delivering their mission. They lived a purpose driven life: " Mankind was a single community, then Allah sent Prophets to bring good news and warning, and with them He sent the Scripture with the truth, to judge between people in their disagreements… " [2:213].

The seal of all Prophets lived a purpose driven life:

Our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)-the seal of all Prophets- is the best and perfect example of a person who lived a purpose driven life. Before receiving the revelation (Ar. Al-wahi ), he felt it a duty to know the creator of the universe around him. He, consequently, spent nights in the cave of Hiraa ' contemplating and reflecting upon the reality of the Great Creator. After he was chosen by Allah to be the Prophet of Islam, he never tasted rest until he met His Lord dedicating his soul and property to deliver His message. He dedicated his entire life to carrying out his mission and delivering the message of Allah. Allah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him): "Worship your Lord until what is certain comes to you. "[15:99]. It is a clear direct command to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) to worship His Lord-the purpose for which he was created- until Allah completes the massage.

It is then concluded that all people in general and Muslims in particular have to surrender to the command of Allah and worship Him. This does not imply abandoning other aspects of life; it is rather the essence of life. Worship is the starting point from which every single act is launched. Living with worshiping Allah in mind will be the key to every happiness, prosperity and success in life. In our next articles we will tackle the example of the Prophet (Peace and blessings b upon him) and his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) as perfect example of living a purpose driven life.

Heba Salah

Translator, Dar al-iftaa al-misriyyah

 

Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), The fourth of the rightly guided Caliphs: