IMAGINE YOU WAKE UP IN A HUGE FACTORY THAT YOU’VE NEVER BEEN IN BEFORE. YOU SEE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WORKING AWAY, AND ALL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS ARE SHUT AND SEALED OFF.
People work, sleep, and spend all their time inside this factory. In this situation, what would you think to yourself? “Now I’m here I might as well join in with everyone else and play the game of life,” or would you think, “How did I get here? What lies outside the factory? Why have I been put here?” This example is like our existence here on earth. We human beings have been thrown into existence without any choice, so questions such as Where did I come from? What am I doing here? and Where am I going after I die? keep popping up in our minds. We forget these basic questions in our daily routines, but ignoring them will not make them go away.
As the Qur’an eloquently explains,“There truly are signs in the creation of the heavens and earth, and in the alternation of night and day, for those with understanding, who remember God standing, sitting, and lying down, who reflect on the creation of the heavens and earth: “Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose …”. Chapter 3 Verses 190 – 191.
Purpose gives us that deeper meaning. So we may now ask, what is our purpose?
The Islamic concept of purpose is dependent upon two basic statements:
- It’s rational to believe in God
- There are good reasons to believe that the Quran is the word of God
In the section ‘The God Confusion’, arguments for and the contentions against God are explored. The next section ‘Islam Unveiled’ explores the reasons why Islam is true and explains the purpose of our existence.