Alice asked the cat. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where….. “ said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“……so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
[“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol]
Every day we need to ask ourselves the question: “Am I getting any closer to my purpose in life? Am I making this a better place to live?” If the answer is no, then I have just wasted a day of my life. Life will reward us in proportion to our contribution.
Man’s ultimate life objective is to worship Allah by abiding by the Divine guidelines revealed in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Earthly life is merely a test, determining one’s afterlife.
The Qur’an describes the purpose of creation as follows:
“Blessed be he in whose hand is the kingdom, he is powerful over all things, who created death and life that he might examine which of you is best in deeds, and he is the almighty, the forgiving” (Qur’an 67:1–2)
“And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” (Qur’an 51:56).
All of us in this world have a purpose in life. It doesn’t matter where we are. What really matters is in what direction we are heading. Effort and courage without purpose is wasted. Our purpose in this life is to recognize The Creator, to be grateful to Him, to worship Him, to surrender ourselves to Him and to obey the laws that He has determined for us. It means submission to Allah is our purpose in life. Whatever we do in the course of that worship, [i.e., the eating, the sleeping, the dressing, the working, the enjoying,] between birth and death is consequential and subject to His orders. But the main reason for our creation is submission to Allah.