The purpose of human life
What is the purpose of our life in this earth? Why has God created us? The question is the nexus for all great religions, philosophers and reasoning humans trying to make a sense of our existence in this universe. The Quran tells us that God has created humans as His ambassador to the earth. It was God’s plan, not the result of His punishment, that humans would live in the earth. God created mankind with intelligence, free will to choose, inbuilt intuition to goodness (Fitrah) and Divine revelations as the tools to be able to perform the job as a representative. https://qpeace.net/?p=1716
Quran 2:30 “…And when thy Lord said to the angels, ‘I am setting in the earth an ambassador.’…”
Is there a lesson for us from Adam’s transient life in heaven?
Adam and Eve’s creation and their transient life in the heaven, as described in the Quran, can be seen as a microcosm of human’s condition in the earth. It gives humans a glimpse of potentials and pitfalls they are going to face in their life in this earth.
- Humans will be given intellect.
- They will be superior to other creations because of their intelligence.
- Humans will receive Divine guidance.
- They will be exposed to Satan’s misguidance.
- Humans will be given free will to chose between guidance and misguidance.
- Human beings will be fallible, and will be misled to sin.
- They would repent to God for their sin.
- God, being the most Merciful, will forgive them.
What does God’s ambassador mean?
As representative of God, human beings bear the responsibility not only to worship God and live a good life but also to help others to achieve the same objectives. In other words, Islam requires human beings to develop and maintain a community with compassion, forgiveness, justice and equality. Accordingly, believers in God should practice good interpersonal etiquette (Adab) and maintain high moral standards (Akhlaq). They should act in a balanced manner and avoid excess in all dealings. They will not only encourage people to do what is good, they will also discourage others from what is bad. Last but not least, their goal is to seek pleasure of Allah, by submitting to Him and worshiping Him only. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhlaq
The Quran 2:143 “…And thus we have made you a balanced community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you….”
The Quran 3:104 “..Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity…”
Our life is a test
For humans, the ambassadorial responsibility is a test from the Creator. Their actions become witness to their performance. Expression of appreciation and gratitude to the Creator, respecting other human beings, caring and sharing compassion towards all creations, commitment of love forgiveness and justice or lack thereof, all will accordingly help or hurt them in the day of judgment. Doing good deeds, repenting for sins and finally God’s mercy and forgiveness is the way to salvation according to Islamic belief.