Created on: October 08, 2011 Last Updated: October 09, 2011
What are human beings doing here on earth? What is the purpose of their existence in this world? Many people try to answer this fundamental question. Some say, a human being exists to go through the normal cycle as a person, that is to grow, to reproduce, to educate his offspring, and finally to die. That’s it. Some say that living in the world is to be happy, meaning to be rich, to be successful in career and family and have many children. Some say that there is no specific reason why people live in this prosperous world, so they can do whatever they want to do no matter what the consequence is.
In the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, the reason of why human beings were created is clearly stated. But before going any further, let’s have a journey for a while… a journey that every human being did before he was born to the world.
All of us were in our mothers’ wombs before finally and safely born. But what happened before that? In the Qur’an chapter 7 verse 172, God says regarding the existence of human beings before entering mothers’ wombs:
"And (remember) when your God drew forth from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made their spirits testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your God (Who cherishes and sustains you)?” They said: Yes! We do testify!”. (This), lest Ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we are never mindful”.
So, human beings already existed in the different world, that is, the spirit world. It is the world where all the spirits of human beings bear witness that God is the Creator, Cherisher, and Sustainer. And after taking their oaths, the spirits (ruh) of human beings were ‘blown’ by God into the four month old fetuses. After reaching nine month of age, they were born to the world, the second world, the world that God created in six periods.
You see, what happened in the spirit world is crucial, very important, as the testimony of the spirits actually lays the basic foundation of how human beings are going to lead their lives in this world.
To emphasize the testimony of the spirits in the previous world, God clearly says the purpose of creation in the Qur’an chapter 51 verse 56:
“I (God) have only created jinns and men that they serve Me.”
While many people have different ideas of their existence, God, The
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