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The Islamic Bulletin

The Purpose Of Life

If I gave each one of you a hundred dollars, for

no reason, just for coming here, you would at least

say, “Thank you.” However, what about your eyes,

your kidneys, your brain, your life, your breath, your

children? What about that? Who gave you that? Is He

not worthy of praise and thanks? Is He not worthy of

your worship and your recognition? My brothers and

sisters that, in a nutshell, is the purpose and the goal

of this life.

Allah says in the Quran:

“I have not created the jinn, the spirits, nor the

human beings, for any other purpose except to wor-

ship Me.”

(Quran 51: 56)

This is what God Almighty said. So our purpose

in this life is to recognize The Creator and to be grate-

ful to The Creator. To worship The Creator. To surren-

der ourselves to The Creator, and to obey the laws

that He has determined for us. In a nutshell, it means

worship. This is our purpose in this life. And whatever

we do in the course of that worship-- the eating, the

drinking, the dressing, the working, the enjoyment

between life and death-- all of this is just consequen-

tial. We have been created for worship - that’s the

purpose of our life. I believe that even someone who

is scientific or analytical would agree with that pur-

pose. They might have some other ulterior purpose

within themselves, but that’s something they have to

deal with between themselves and Almighty God.

Now on to the second half of our topic. What

do you know about Islam? Not what you’ve heard

about Islam. Not what you have seen in the actions of

Muslims, because there’s a difference between Islam

and Muslims. Just like there’s a difference between a

man and a father. A man who has children - he is a

father, but being a father is a responsibility. If a man

does not fulfill those responsibilities, he is not neces-

sarily a good father. Islam is a rule and an order. If a

Muslim does not fulfill these rules and orders, he is

not a good Muslim. So you cannot compare Islam by


We hear the terms ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslims’ quite

often. And we read about Islam and Muslims in the

periodicals, textbooks of colleges and universities.

We hear and see a lot of inaccurate, misleading, and

purposeful misinformation through the media. And I

have to admit that some of this misinformation and

misrepresentation have been perpetuated by Mus-

lims themselves. Yet one of every five persons in this

world of some five billion people is a Muslim! One

out of five people in this world is a Muslim! This is

a statistic that you can verify in the encyclopedia,

or the almanac, or in other sources that you like to

look at. How is it that if one out of five people in this

world is a Muslim, that we don’t know something

about Islam? The facts about Islam. If I told you that

one out of five people in this world was Chinese,

which is a fact – there are one billion Chinese in the

world, one out of five people is Chinese! Then we

know the geographical, the social, the economical,

the political, the philosophical, the historical factors

about China and Chinese! How come we don’t

know about Islam?

What is it that joins so many different nations

and this universal configuration into a common fra-

ternity? What makes a brother or sister in Yemen my

brother or sister, and I’m from America. And makes

this brother from Eritrea my brother or sister. And

makes another brother from Indonesia my brother.

And from Africa my brother. And another one from

Thailand my brother. And from Italy, Greece, Poland,

Austria, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, China, from

Spain, from Russia, and so forth… What makes them

my brother or sister!? We with different cultural and

psychological backgrounds! What is it about Islam

that automatically embraces us and joins us together

as a brotherhood? What are the accurate characteris-

tics of this misunderstood way of life that is followed

by a great part of humanity?

I will try to provide you with some facts.

But in addition to this, as I’ve mentioned to you

before, it is necessary for you to be open-minded

and open-hearted - because, if I turned the glass

upside-down and poured water on it, I’ll never get

a glass of water. It has to be the right side up. Facts

alone do not lead to understanding, but rather a

combination of tolerance, ambition, and the ability

to appreciate and accept the truth when you hear it.

The word ‘Islam’ means surrender, submis-

sion, and obedience. Surrender, submission, and

obedience to the law of Almighty God. You can say

‘Allah.’ You can say ‘The Creator.’ You can say ‘The

Supreme God,’ ‘The Supreme Force,’ ‘The All-Wise,’

all of these are His names.

Muslims use the Arabic word for God, Allah,