What is life? What is the purpose of life? What are we here for? Why were we sent? I am sure that we have all asked this question in our lives, around or within ourselves at some stage or phase of life or the other. This is an extremely deep quest that many people are in search of but seldom find.
Leaving aside the first few years of life when we have no clue or recollection of what is happening or why it is happening, the moment one starts to realize starting from minor memories of Pre- school, then kindergarten to school to college to university, it has been one struggle after another. This includes parental & peer pressure, cultural pressure, educational excellence or otherwise, sports and competing in all areas with others. Then comes the search for a suitable job and it starts all over again, learning, competing and excelling in whatever you do or try to do, then marriage, kids, helping kids grow, look after their futures, save money at the same time for your own old age and hoping to leave some for the children and this struggle continues till we leave this world. In between we do get periods of relief, enjoyment and happiness at our achievements, our excellence and relaxation during vacations. This is of course coupled with periods of disappointment, loss and dejection. It seems that it is useless as it is a struggle all the way.
In order not to generalize, this is the pattern of most people around the world until and unless you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth but then these people have their own set of issues, difficulties and problems.
The main purpose of saying all this is the fact that achievements, satisfaction, contentment, challenges, problems, disappointments and obstacles are all part of every human beings life. These have to occur at different stages no matter what.
These are things that will happen even if we don’t do anything to make them happen. It is all part of a normal life and that is how life goes on. What we need to understand is the fact that we need to make our lives different from these normal lives. We need to do something different in life and contribute to the world we live in. I am not saying that we should not do the above, but we should add something even more valuable. Something that is different, worthwhile and beneficial in the long term, even after death.
I have tried to think out of the box and keep religion out of the discourse, but this is not always possible as the main basis of life boils down to your belief in your GOD. We are created in God’s image and bear a strong relationship with Him. Being in this relationship is the only thing that will satisfy our souls.
We have done many noble deeds in our lives but did we do what we were designed for, what are we designed for.? Only God knows but since we are created in His image we are designed to do good.
As the saying goes:
‘True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness’. Albert Einstein What we need to do is that we identify a greater purpose in life then just living it like every other human being does. We need to live life consciously and act in a way that it benefits humanity and indulge in life purposes that prepare you for death and the life thereafter.
In the topic of this particular article I say that, ‘Life is like a Railway station’. What do I mean by this? I mean to say that when we come to a stop at a railway station, we do not stop and start decorating our waiting rooms, but, we prepare for our final destination. Similarly, life is a waiting room and our final destination is yet to be reached, that is the life hereafter.
We need to prepare ourselves for that and not have ALL our concentration on fulfilling our desires and wishes.
How we prepare for it depends on our personalities, qualities, talents, the opportunities and the resources that we have access to. We need to identify how we can best give back to this world given our strengths and limitations. We can do social service, help the poor and needy, preach, give charity, be a teacher and give knowledge to the future generations, write articles and books providing valuable life changing advice and food for thought, protecting our country, protecting our family, loving our family, living life in the way of God and what not. The list just goes on and on.
It is up to us to identify what we are capable of doing and how we can bit by bit, contribute to the world and give back something valuable. We can only say that we have lived a life of purpose when you leave a mark and people remember you after you have left this world.
If we analyze, all this good can only be done through realization of goodness and righteousness and this comes only by being close to your God. Since God is perfect, we are supposed to be perfect and we have been created to implement that perfection, that is, a world without hunger, hatred, war, illness, ignorance and depression. A world full of nourishment, love, peace, health, knowledge and joy. A world, that, not only reflects God’s goodness but His pureness, too. Have we done that? We have not, unfortunately and instead of creating and living by God’s mandate we have lived and continue to live with our desires and do not try and mirror God’s infiniteness but reflect our own limitation’s.
So let’s work together to make this home of ours, the Earth, a heaven by working towards making it a place reflective of God Almighty’s goodness and make it our purpose in life instead getting bogged down in our own mundane day to day activity.
Let us contribute towards making this world a better place to live for all of us by sharing, living conscientiously, courageously, to resonate with love and compassion, to awaken the great sprits within others and ourselves and to finally leave this world in peace and a better place for those who will follow, not only among our near and dear ones but spread God’s goodness that is reflected in us to every corner and to everyone.
Let us reflect God’s image as it should be by reaching to him and not the one we have created for ourselves of war, hunger, illnesses and strife. This, to me, is our purpose in life other than our self-serving interests necessary to survive in this world.
Talha Tashfeen Qayyum is a full-time postgraduate business student at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a freelance writer. He intends to contribute to life, society and Islam through his writings on self improvement and personal development with the vision to positively affect other people’s lives. Talha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Life Discovery: Living, not merely Existing: talhatashfeen.blogspot.com. This article cannot be re-published without permission.