Have you ever just sat back and wondered what your reason for being here is?
I believe all of us that what something for ourselves ask this question, but how as logical people do we answer this life long question?
When we was being created Allah had every aspect of our life planned out. Yes, we have free will but that doesn’t stop Allah (swt) to have already known those choices we would be making.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “The creation of the Heavens and the Earth is indeed greater then the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind know not.” –Al-Qur’an 40:57
We have learned from the quran that Allah made us to worship him and him alone.
“We did not create the jinn and men except to worship us.”
Worship is there for us to remember Allah. And it is in the remembrance of Allah, that we achieve that consciousness. Because it is when we forget Allah, that Shaytan causes us to disobey Allah and fall into sin. So it is only in His remembrance that we can attain salvation. All of the various acts of worship from saying “Bismillah” when we eat is to help us remember Allah in order to grow spiritually.
Allah has said that he has created us to test us, to see which of us is best in deeds. He is not testing us to know, in the sense that he doesn’t already know, but this world is a test for us in order again that we can grow spiritually.
We cannot develop this spiritual characteristic of generosity unless some of us have more then others and then we are required to give of the wealth we have. When we give, we grow. Similarly, if we were not in a position where others had more then us then we wouldn’t have the ability to develop the higher spiritual quality of contentment, patience, satisfaction in what Allah has given us.
So it is all there in order to bring out the higher spiritual qualities, which enable us to attain the state, which makes us suitable and eligible to return to paradise. The paradise from which we were created, we were created in paradise and for paradise. Through our choices we have left, in this life, a field of testing, where we can grow to a state where we deserve paradise.
The purpose of this life is the worship of Allah, this life is a test. A test for us, will we worship Allah, or will we forget Him. This is where our focus has to begin.