We all live our lives. Some of us live the life in a happy way where we have all the amenities of life available and we spend our lives in a joyful spirit. There are others among us who although live life but their life is full of difficulties and quite in contrast to the former group. Regardless of whether we live life with joy or face difficulties in it, we all need a purpose in our life.
No matter how happy you are if you don’t have a purpose in life, it would all be meaningless. Those who understand the importance of life know that it ought to be with a purpose and if there is no purpose it all is absurd and meaningless. The lines below discuss how Islam puts stress on living a purposeful life.
In one of His hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“The feet of the son of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Judgment, until he is asked about five things: about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew.” (Tirmidhi)
From this hadith it is obvious that the life of a person has purpose and on the Day of Judgment Allah Almighty would ask the person what kind of purpose did he or she associate with his or her life and how did they strive in achieving that purpose.
Firstly, Allah Almighty would ask about life in general that how did a person live his or her life. This living of life can either be purposeful or without purpose. Therefore, those who lived a purpose less life would have nothing to answer for the gift of life whereas those who associated some purpose to life would bring forward the way they spent their life.
Secondly, Allah Almighty would move to the specifics and ask the person that how he or she spent their youth. The youth of a person is the prime age in which one can has all the energy and potential to set a purpose and then achieve it, therefore, the spending of youth would be the second thing that Allah Almighty would ask about.
The third and fourth thing that Allah Almighty would ask about is the earning and spending of wealth. A huge number of people in the world today have earning wealth as the objective of their life and to achieve this objective different people opt for different methods, about all of which Allah Almighty would inquire on the judgment day. Similarly, with wealth there comes the expenditure of it as well. Some chose not to spend it at all, some spend it for their personal leisure and some set the purpose of doing good for humanity with all the wealth they have. Therefore, earning of wealth and its expenditure should also have good purpose and objectives associated with it for one to be among the blessed ones on the judgment day.
The fifth thing that also needs to be full of purpose in life is the spreading of knowledge. In our life we all strive to get knowledge about things however, some of us go on the wrong path and use that knowledge for the sake of exploitation and gaining wealth while there are others who spread the knowledge for the good of mankind. Therefore, one needs to associate a positive purpose to the knowledge one seeks in order to avoid any worry when the question is answered.
In short, a Muslim must live life of purpose. That purpose should be positive and should entail following the path laid down by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and doing good for humanity. If such are the purposes of the life of a person then he or she will feel ease in answering Allah Almighty on the Judgment Day and move forward to the reward of heaven.
Tip for Muslims:
Islam emphasizes on living a purposeful life and surely we can derive the rules of living a lovely life from the Holy Quran. Therefore, you are requested to learn the Holy Quran and understand it with meanings to get your life going on the right path.