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‘Why are we here?’

No, there must be more to life than that, so let’s think about this. To begin with, look around you. Unless you live in a cave, you are surrounded by things we humans have made with our own hands. Now, why did we make those things? The answer, of course, is that we make things to perform some specific function for us. In short, we make things to serve us. So by extension, why did God make us, if not to serve Him?

If we acknowledge our Creator, and that He created humankind to serve Him, the next question is, “How? How do we serve Him?” No doubt, this question is best answered by the One who made us. If He created us to serve Him, then He expects us to function in a particular manner, if we are to achieve our purpose. But how can we know what that manner is? How can we know what God expects from us?

Well, consider this: God gave us light, by which we can find our way. Even at night, we have the moon for light and the stars for navigation. God gave other animals guidance systems best suited for their conditions and needs. Migrating birds can navigate, even on overcast days, by how light is polarized as it passes through the clouds. Whales migrate by “reading” the Earth’s magnetic fields. Salmon return from the open ocean to spawn at the exact spot of their birth by smell, if that can be imagined. Fish sense distant movements through pressure receptors that line their bodies. Bats and blind river dolphins “see” by sonar. Certain marine organisms (the electric eel being a high-voltage example) generate and “read” magnetic fields, allowing them to “see” in muddy waters, or in the blackness of ocean depths. Insects communicate by pheromones. Plants sense sunlight and grow towards it (phototrophism); their roots sense gravity and grow into the earth (geotrophism). In short, God has gifted every element of His creation with guidance. Can we seriously believe he would not give us guidance on the one most important aspect of our existence, namely our raison d’etre our reason for being? That he would not give us the tools by which to achieve salvation?

So what does the Creator, God, tell us about our purpose in life? God states in the Quran that He created the human to be His trustee on earth. Mankind’s basic trust, our responsibility, is to believe in and worship God:

And I did not create the jinn and humankind except to worship Me… [Quran 51:56-58]

Too Many Opinions

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When should you care about other’s opinions? Let’s say you have a crush on the outcast in school, should you care what others think? When should you care about what other people think and when should you not? Officially we tell others that we don’t care what others may think. But of course, we do care what others may think. Due to our dependence on technology, we are now wired to connect, and seek approval from others. We want to be a part of the “in crowd”, which means obeying social norms.

Social media has caused us to live at a time of intense social insecurity. The Internet creates instant feedback, letting you know simultaneously if the approve of you or don’t. The Internet also provides a way for others that we may not know, judge us and may write hurtful comments. Again, too many opinions for us to take in, it’s important for us to find a balance. Only value a few opinions from the people that are close and truly know you. Shut out everyone else’s opinion and live your life!

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