Focus On Our Ultimate Purpose
We often chase after our worldly desires and forget the ultimate purpose of this life. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Holy Qur’an 51:56).
We can continue doing our daily actions, but we should always have the intention in our minds that whatever we are doing should be to please Allah (SWT). For example, we may choose to eat healthy foods with the intention that we want to have the energy to worship Allah (SWT) sincerely.
When we are in the workplace, we should fulfil our duties to the best of our abilities and with honesty, as we know that Allah (SWT) sees everything. We read in a hadith that Abu Salid al-Khudri reported that The Prophet (SAW) said:
“Do not sell gold for gold, except like for like, and don’t increase something of it upon something; and don’t sell silver unless like for like, and don’t increase something of it upon something, and do not sell for ready money something to be given later.” (Sahih Bukhari)
We must be careful who we spend most of our time with. Our company has a huge influence on our own character and behaviour. For example, being in the company of a person who reminds us of Allah and our purpose, has a positive impact on us.
If spend time with friends whom we waste a lot of time and do not do anything beneficial, and they do not remind us of life’s purpose, this has a negative impact on our relationship with our Creator (SWT). We read in a hadith that Abu Huraira (RA) reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” (Abu Dawud)
Our finances and money are things which we should consider with great attention when deciding how we utilise them. We should certainly ensure we are not being wasteful, but we should also ensure that we are spending in the way that will please Allah (SWT), keeping in mind our purpose in this life. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward. So fear Allah as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.” (Holy Qur’an 64:15-16)
Allah (SWT) gifted us with our health. We should not take it for granted and we should use it to do good in our lives, to please Allah (SWT), keeping in mind why He gave us life. We read in hadith that Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said:
“Take advantage of five things before five other things: from your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and from your life before your death.” (Tirmidhi)
We should constantly strive together to keep in mind our ultimate purpose – to worship Allah (SWT).