Our Purpose in Life

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 Safia Kemal

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

 “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt (The Winnowing Winds): 56]

The above verse clarifies our purpose of existence in this world. We have been created to worship Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), who is our Creator, laa rayba feehi (there is no doubt about it). Several times in the Qur’an, we are commanded to do tasbeeh of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) – to glorify Him alone. We have been taught several tasbeehaat from the Qur’an and Sunnah that will help make our path to Jannah easier.

Tasbeeh seems to be the easiest form of ibaadah (worship), except that not all get the taufeeq (ability) to do it. Rather, we will be sitting idle with lots of time on our hands, yet our thoughts will not go towards doing tasbeeh of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). Why not? Because we are not consciously focused on remembering our purpose of existence. We do not realize that we have to race towards khayraat (good). We have to be the sabiqoon (forerunners) in pleasing Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). In this world, what do people do when they are pleased with you? They grant you whatever you desire. Hence, pleasing Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) is a means of drawing closer to Him and, in return, He may enter you into Jannah by His Mercy.

How simple does that sound? Yet, even the simplest of things need a course of action. It is not until we make a firm resolve to do something, that we start working towards it.

With today’s advancement in technology, life has become much simpler in many ways. Practicing our deen (way of life) has also become simpler, whether one admits it or not. When we say “Deen is so difficult”, we are actually saying a few things: “I don’t want to follow it,” and “I will choose from deen,what is convenient for me to follow and leave the rest.Where we are convinced that difficulty in practicing our religion has been created for us in this era of extreme fitnah (trials), we also fail to look at the ease. For example, doing tasbeeh of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) in practical ways is so easy – we just need to start implementing.

Here is how we can all incorporate tasbeeh as a culture in our everyday life:

  • Put up little signs around the room or in the house that say:

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ – Subhan’Allah (Glory be to Allah)

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ – SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi (Glory be to Allah and with His Praise)

  • Put up the signs especially on the kitchen fridge.
  • Put up specific ayahs of the Qur’an that reminds us of the fact that we should glorify Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) These include, but are not limited to:

فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ

“So exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him].”
(Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-Ĥijr (The Rocky Tract): 98)

فَسَبِّحْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الْعَظِيمِ

“So exalt the name of your Lord, the Most Great.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-Wāqi`ah (The Inevitable): 74, 96]
(Repeated in Surat Al-Ĥāqqah (The Reality): 52)

فَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا وَمِنْ آنَاء اللَّيْلِ فَسَبِّحْ وَأَطْرَافَ النَّهَارِ لَعَلَّكَ تَرْضَى

“So be patient over what they say and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may be satisfied.” (Al-Qur’an – Surat Ţāhā (Ta-Ha): 130)

  • Run the tasbeehaat on Youtube. Here are some specific links that you can run while you do your work on the computer. These can also be run first thing in the morning as you go about your morning routine. Your ears, walls, and the people around you will witness this and testify in your favour insha’Allah:

Subhanallah Walhamdulillah

  • When you post a Facebook status, once in a while just write Subhan’Allah and leave it at that!
  • If you have stairs in your house, write out ‘Subhan Allah’ on a card with the instructions “Recite while descending,” so this will serve as a reminder.
  • While ascending stairs, recite ‘Allahu Akbar’.
  • Teach your young children by reciting very often within their earshot. You will notice that this is what they will recite while they play alone – I promise you, Insha’Allah!
  • Email the above-mentioned Youtube link to people.
  • Whatever moments of idle time you have, try to fill them up with tasbeeh. For example, you can do this while you’re waiting for your computer to load, while you sit and fold laundry, or even while putting your child to sleep you can sing the tasbeehaat.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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