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The Islamic Bulletin

The Purpose Of Life









mental and important question, they will not tell you

what they have concluded through observation or

analytical reasoning. In most cases, they will certain-

ly tell you what someone else said... Or they will tell

you what is commonly presumed by others. What my

father said the purpose of life is, what the minister of

my church said the purpose of life is, what my teacher

in school said, what my friend said.

If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating,

“Why do we eat?” Most people will answer, in one

word or another, “It’s for nutrition!” Because nutrition

sustains life… If I asked anyone why they work? They

will say, because it’s necessary in order to support

themselves and to provide the needs of their family. If

I asked anyone why they sleep, why they wash, why

they dress, etc., they will answer - “This is a common

necessity for all human beings.” We can follow this

line of questioning with a hundred questions, and

receive the same or similar answers from anyone, in

any language, in any place in the world, simple! “Why

is it, that when we ask the question, ‘What is the goal

and the purpose of life?’, that we get so many differ-

ent answers?” That’s because people are confused,

they don’t really know. They’re stumbling in the dark.

And rather than saying, “I don’t know,” they just offer

any answer that they’ve been programmed to answer.

Let’s think about this. Is our purpose in this

world simply to eat, sleep, dress, work, acquire some

material things and enjoy ourselves? Is this our pur-

pose? Why are we born? What is the object of our

existence, and what is the wisdom behind creation of

man and this tremendous universe? Think about that


Some people argue that there is no proof of

any divine origin, there is no proof that there’s a God,

there’s no proof that this universe has come about

through any divine purpose. There are people who

believe this way - and they say that perhaps this world

came about by chance. A big bang, and this whole

great world with all of its orchestration just came

together. And they argue that life doesn’t have any

definite purpose and that there’s nothing that can be

proven through either logic or science that there is

a God, or purpose, or any divine reason behind this


Here I would like to mention a few verses from

the Quran that address this subject.

“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the

earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there

are indeed signs for men of understanding, who

remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down

on their sides, and contemplate the creation of the

heavens and the earth, (and conclude), “Our Lord!

You have not created all this without purpose, glory

to You! Grant us salvation from the torment of the


[Quran 3: 190-191]

I’m very honored to have this opportunity

to address you here. And I want to say that this is

not a lecture…I don’t think that I’m prepared to

lecture. But it’s sort of…advice to myself. Because I

see myself sitting in these chairs in front of me. Just

a few days ago, few years ago, just a little while ago

- I was sitting right there where you are, whatever

nationality - it doesn’t matter. A human being that

was not aware of Islam. And at that particular time,

I was someone who did not really understand… the

purpose of life!

So with that note, I would request you to

think of what I’m saying to you just as information

and as advice - not a lecture. The information which

I wish to share with you, it may seem a bit extensive.

When you consider the capacity of the human brain

and the amount of information it can store and that

it can decipher - then with the few pages of informa-

tion today, I’m sure it will not overburden you.

It is my responsibility to address the topics

of our discussion today - what is the purpose of our

life? And also ask the question - “What do you know

about Islam?” I mean - what do you really know

about Islam? Not what you’ve heard about Islam;

Not what you’ve seen as actions of some Muslims,

but - what do you know about Islam?

I’m honored to have this opportunity, and

I would like to begin by saying that all of you have

an equal responsibility… And that responsibility is

to read or listen - with an open heart and an open


In a world filled with prejudice and cultural

conditioning it is very hard to find people that are

able to take a moment to think. To think about life

objectively, to try to arrive at the truth about this

world and the real purpose of our lives. Unfortunate-

ly, when you ask most people the question - “What

is the purpose of our life?” which is such a funda-