“Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” (Al-An’am 6:162)
Before Islam, I never really put much thought into what my purpose of life was. I only cared about living the moment, and I didn’t care who it was for as long as I did it for me, myself, and I! I didn’t know there was a deeper meaning to life and I definitely didn’t think of living my life for someone or sacrificing any part of my time or effort for anyone. But that all changed when I became Muslim. Everything suddenly had a purpose. It didn’t all fall into place right away but as I learnt more about my religion, the more I started to understand the true meaning of life.
I chose this verse because it reminds me of my purpose in this life. Whenever I forget or I am finding myself buried too deep into this dunya, I remember this very and it brings me back to reality. It reminds me that everything I do is for Allah alone and that there really is no point of existence or doing anything when it is not done for Allah and His Sake.
Many people try to find their purpose in life and they will go to lengths to find it, even if it means doing things that could harm their bodies, mind, and soul. Some people think life is all about money and status, others think it is all about doing humanitarian work and raising money for charity organizations and trying to make a difference in the world. Surely, there is nothing wrong with the latter, in fact, it is highly encouraged, but it means nothing when you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Imagine doing even the smallest of deeds such as smiling or giving salams to a sister? Or doing a bigger deed like raising money for charity or feeding orphans? In Islam, you get rewards for every small and big deed you do if it is done for the sake of Allah alone. This verse is powerful and a beautiful reminder and it also preaches Tawheed. It is one of my many favourite verses and it really makes an impact on my heart every time I read it.
Alhamdulillah for the gift of guidance, the gift of Islam, where everything you do, has it’s sole objective and that is to worship Allah alone, seeking His pleasure alone.
By Umm Abdur-Rahman