The purpose of human life
What is the purpose of our life in this earth? Why has God created us? The Quran tells us that human beings are created as God’s ambassador to the earth. God gave mankind intelligence, free will to choose, inbuilt intuition to goodness (Fitrah) and divine revelations to be able to perform this job. https://qpeace.net/?p=1716
Quran 2:30 “…And when thy Lord said to the angels, ‘I am setting in the earth an ambassador.’…”
What does God’s ambassador mean?
As representative of God, human beings bear the responsibility to live a good life and help others to achieve the same objective. Islam requires human beings to develop and maintain a community with compassion, forgiveness, justice and equality. 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 encourage people to do what is good and discourage what is bad. At the end, 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.