What is a Muslim’s purpose in life?
Muslims believe that God’s guidance on how to worship and obey Him and become a better person was revealed to many Messengers throughout history (such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus) and reached its final and complete version with the last Messenger, Muhammad.
Muslims know that God has told mankind that:
(a) we should worship Him and Him alone and
(b) worship Him in the way He explained to Muhammad in the Quran.
Therefore our life’s purpose is simply a test to identify those that accomplish these two objectives.
Muslims believe those that do accomplish this have led a truly successful and fulfilled life.
What happens after we die?
Just like Christianity and Judaism, Islam teaches us that after we die, every man, women and child who has ever lived will be brought back to life. Then we will all be judged by God, one by one, on how well we worshipped and obeyed Him and how well we followed the guidance He gave to the last Messenger, Muhammad.
God will judge us all with complete fairness and justice. He will not rule in favour of or against anyone who does not deserve it. All evidence for His rulings will be clearly explained to us and we will have an opportunity to state our case.
For those who receive a positive verdict, they will live in eternal happiness and bliss in Paradise.
For those that do not, they will live in unhappiness and sorrow in Hell.
Why is belief in life after death important?
Knowing that there is a life after death gives perspective on a life that will soon come to an end when we die. Whilst it is natural and understandable for us to strive for a better standard of living, live a comfortable life and earn more money, belief in life after death takes our focus beyond that: our focus in this life is striving to please God so that we achieve the best possible afterlife.
And since Muslims know that God is pleased with those who follow His guidance and display good morals and manners to those around them, we try to become the most humble, kind, fair and honest people we can be. We endeavour to treat our family, friends and neighbours –whether Muslim on non Muslim– in the best way possible. And we strive to build good relations amongst communities so that our cities and towns become the best and happiest place to live that they can possibly be.