Thursday, 14 December 2006

The Purpose Of Life

The Holy Qur’an states:

"We have not created heaven and earth and all that is between them without meaning and purpose. That is the opinion of those who deny the truth..."

Life has a sublime purpose, beyond the fulfillment of physical needs and material activity. Insan (human being) has been endowed with intellect, together with the capacity to do good and bad, so as to prepare for life after death.

The Holy Qur’an states:

"(Blessed be) He who created death and life, so that He may test you, which of you is the best in deeds."

This temporary life, is but an abode of test, a test between honesty and deceit, kindness and oppression, passion and intellect. Man has to seek salvation through the guidance of the Lord. He has to combine faith with action and belief with practice.

Every person is born free from sin and with a natural inclination towards accepting the existence of a Supreme Being. This natural inclination is sometimes swayed and perverted through the influence of one’s parents, family, peers or society.

The Almighty has not only charged Insan with responsibility, but has also provided him with direction, through the medium of the Prophets and divine scriptures. Insan has been endowed with intellect, so that he / she could search for the truth. He has to develop the strength and humility to accept it.

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