The Sacred Mission

 

The Rat Race

Usually we’re too busy rushing around living life to really ponder its meaning. But sometimes we can’t help wonder, what does it all mean? Why are we here?

Ah, the “rat race”—our darkly humorous term for how we relentlessly run on the endless treadmill of working, paying bills, running to and fulfilling family obligations and social responsibilities and ending up exhausted, only to do it again the next day.

We typically scurry around day to day, month to month and year to year, living life as if it has no end. Occasionally, though, we slow down from the maddening quest for “success”—pursuing money, love, fame, power … whatever—and ask ourselves some of the most profound questions in life: Why am I here? Is there more to life than just acquiring “stuff” or doing things? What is the meaning of life? Is there a reason, a purpose, to this existence?

Surely there must be some deeper significance to life other than running the rat race in a wearisome effort to get or achieve something before it ends! And there is! The God who created us did so with a tremendous purpose for us, with an intention that few people truly comprehend. Understanding His design for your life will lift you out of the emptiness of the rat race around us and will give your existence incredibly rich meaning and worth!

The Order of the Universe

When we read a book, we accept that an author exists.  When we see a house, we accept that a builder exists.  Both of these things were made with a purpose by those who made them.  The design, order, and complexity of the universe as well as the world around us are evidence of the existence of a supreme intelligence, a perfect designer.  All the heavenly bodies are controlled by precise laws of physics.  Can there be laws without a lawmaker?  Rocket scientist Dr. von Braun said: “The natural laws of the universe are so precise that we have no difficulty building a spaceship to fly to the moon and can time the flight with the precision of a fraction of a second.  These laws must have been set by somebody.”  Paul Davies, a professor of physics, concludes that man’s existence is not a mere quirk of fate.  He states: “We are truly meant to be here.”  And he says regarding the universe: “Through my scientific work, I have come to believe more and more strongly that the physical universe is put together with an ingenuity so astonishing that I cannot accept it merely as a brute fact.  There must, it seems to me, be a deeper level of explanation.”  The universe, the earth, and living things on the earth all give silent testimony to an intelligent, powerful Creator, The laws of nature do not apply only to earth. Our entire universe follows the same laws. And these laws never change.

The world’s greatest physicists, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, have said, respectively, that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’(‘The Time of His Life’, Gregory Benford, Sydney Morning Herald,28 Apr. 2002), and that behind everything is an order’ (Einstein Revealed, PBS,1997). Yes, this ‘order’ is apparent everywhere. Over the eons a chaotic universe organized itself into stars, planets and galaxies. Here on Earth, atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules →which in turn integrated to form compounds → virus-like organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. Overall, what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes.

Gravity remains steady, never random. The speed of light remains constant. The earth rotates in 24 hours. (This is so precise, we know the year we need to add a leap-second to our world clock, to keep it current.)

Doesn’t it seem strange that our universe is so orderly? Why is that?

Cosmologist Sean Carroll comments, “A law of physics is a pattern that nature obeys without exception.”

There’s more. As scientists record what they observe, most often they are not just using words and paragraphs. The laws of nature can be documented with numbers. They can be measured and computed in the language of mathematics.

The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. The speed of light measures the same 186,000 miles per second, no matter if the light comes from a child’s flashlight or a star that’s galaxies away. Mathematically, there is an exact speed of light that doesn’t change.

Even over time, these laws remain consistent. The same laws of nature we find on earth also govern a star billions of light years away. A recent study confirmed, “One of the most important numbers in physics, the proton-electron mass ratio, is the same in a galaxy six billion light years away as it is here on Earth, according to new research, laying to rest debate about whether the laws of nature vary in different places in the Universe.”

All of modern science rests in the belief that rational laws, exist in the universe. The main category of modern scientists who propelled exploration and discovery of these laws were men and women who believed in the existence of an all-powerful God. Why? They envisioned the universe to follow laws in keeping with the rationality and majesty of God the creator. Just as God is consistent, unchanging, there is a constant nature of science. They believed that God made the universe to operate lawfully, according to divine reason and with glorious beauty.

They believed that God created everything and ordered it in a rational way, for humankind’s discovery and benefit, and for God’s glory that we might recognize his power and majesty as we observed his mighty deeds of creation. “Newton and his contemporaries believed that in doing science they were uncovering the divine plan for the universe in the form of its underlying mathematical order.”

Some of leading scientists whose work was motivated by their faith were: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Brahe, Descartes, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz, Gassendi, Pascal, Mersenne, Cuvier, Harvey, Dalton, Faraday, Herschel, Joule, Lyell, Lavoisier, Priestley, Kelvin, Ohm, Ampere, Steno, Pasteur, Maxwell, Planck, Mendel. These scientists were convinced that God created a magnificent universe that could be mathematically measured, leading to precise and valuable discoveries.

Today, even the most secular of scientists presumes that nature embodies not only order but simplicity and beauty. The question behind scientific pursuits is legitimate…why is the universe orderly? For many of the physicists, cosmologists and biologists, who laid the foundation of modern science, there was a clear answer: there exists a Creator of all things who is the rational, loving God, who constantly reveals himself to humankind, and upholds the universe by his own power.

Addressing the Question’s Lack of Clarity: The Amalgam Thesis

The most common interpretive strategy for understanding what the question, “What is the meaning of life?” involves discarding the word “meaning” and reformulating the question entirely. With this approach, the question is morphed into a cluster of other supposedly less vague questions, even if no less difficult to answer: “What is (are) the purpose(s) of life?”, or “What makes life valuable?”, or “What makes life worthwhile and not irredeemably futile?” among others.

Following precedent in the literature, especially R. W. Hepburn, this approach for addressing the vagueness in the question of life’s meaning may be called the amalgam thesis (Hepburn 1966). Roughly, the amalgam thesis entails that the original question, framed in terms of meaning, is a largely ill-conceived place-holder for a cluster of related requests, and thus, not really a single question at all. One way of understanding the amalgam thesis is to view it as making the question of life’s meaning little more than a disjunctive question:

What is the purpose of life, or what makes life valuable, or what makes life worthwhile?

On amalgam thesis premises the question, “What is the meaning of life?” ought  to be a question about purpose, or value, or worth or something else. However one worry is that these questions are primarily about purpose, value, and worth and  then secondly about the meaning of life.

So, there exist at least two interpretive levels of the question using the amalgam thesis, one tracking something like the question’s formal properties, and the other tracking the subsequent questions’ material content. In other words, the amalgam thesis implies that the question, “What is the meaning of life?” is really just a disjunctive question whereby requests about purpose, value, worth, and significance are made.

“What is the meaning of life for you?”
Each of us is free to formulate her or his own answer to this question. By doing

so you get a personal sense of life meaning and purpose, and thus gain a sense of agency and choice by and through understanding your own personal life goals.

the fundamental flaw in the question is that it’s asked in the singular. As if there was one meaning, written on a sacred mountain, visible only with a special magic spell, and all we need to do find the secret map, cast the spell, and reveal the meaning for 6 billion people as if it were a crackerjack prize. It’s an absurd premise. There are an infinite number of meanings to life. You can have several of them that serve you in different ways, or that are useful at different times. The meanings of life for a 17 years old boy, is different than for a 27 years old woman, and on it goes. We go through many meanings during life and people who have fulfilling lives take ownership of the process of shedding old meanings and cultivating new ones.

Once you ask “what are the meanings of life?”, seeking multiple answers instead of singular, doors open. It’s easy to see that different people find different meanings, and that you have to do the legwork of trying different ones out, or even crafting meanings of your own based on what you learn from others and your own experience with what has meaning for you.

Consider a hammer. It’s designed to hit nails. That’s what it was created to do. Now imagine that the hammer never gets used. It just sits in the toolbox. The hammer doesn’t care.

But now imagine that same hammer with a soul, a self-consciousness. Days and days go by with him remaining in the toolbox. He feels funny inside, but he’s not sure exactly why. Something is missing, but he doesn’t know what it is.

Then one day someone pulls him out of the toolbox and uses him to break some branches for the fireplace. The hammer is exhilarated. Being held, being wielded, hitting the branches — the hammer loves it. At the end of the day, though, he is still unfulfilled. Hitting the branches was fun, but it wasn’t enough. Something is still missing.

In the days that follow, he’s used often. He reshapes a hubcap, blasts through some sheet rock, knocks a table leg back into place. Still, he’s left unfulfilled. So he longs for more action. He wants to be used as much as possible to knock things around, to break things, to blast things, to dent things. He figures that he just hasn’t had enough of these events to satisfy him. More of the same, he believes, is the solution to his lack of fulfillment.

Then one day someone uses him on a nail. Suddenly, the lights come on in his hammer soul. He now understands what he was truly designed for. He was meant to hit nails. All the other things he hit pale in comparison. Now he knows what his hammer soul was searching for all along.

We are created in God’s image for relationship with him. Being in that relationship is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy our souls. Until we come to know God, we’ve had many wonderful experiences, but we haven’t hit a nail. We’ve been used for some noble purposes, but not the one we were ultimately designed for, not the one through which we will find the most fulfillment. Augustine summarized it this way: “You [God] have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”

A Meaningful Life: Current Views

Beyond discussions over the nature of the question itself, one will find competing views on what gives life meaning, whereby meaningfulness is meant. That is to say, by virtue of what can life be said to be meaningful, if it all? The four primary competitors are: (1) Supernaturalism, (2) Objective Naturalism, (3) Subjective Naturalism, and (4) Nihilism

1 Supernaturalism

Roughly, supernaturalism maintains that God’s existence, “What is the meaning of life for you?” with “appropriately relating” to God, is both necessary and sufficient for securing a meaningful life, although different accounts can be given as to the nature of this relationship. The super naturalist position can be plausibly viewed as possessing three distinct yet related dimensions: metaphysical, epistemological, and relational-axiological. Metaphysically, it is argued that God’s existence is necessary in order to ground a meaningful life because, for example, conditions necessary for securing a meaningful existence like objective value are most plausibly anchored in an entity like God (Cottingham 2005; Craig 2008)

Supernaturalism is divided into two sections

1.1 God-centered Views

The most widely held and influential God-based account of meaning in life is that one’s existence is more significant, the better one fulfills a purpose God has assigned. The familiar idea is that God has a plan for the universe and that one’s life is meaningful to the degree that one helps God realize this plan, perhaps in the particular way God wants one to do so (Affolter 2007). Fulfilling God’s purpose by choice is the sole source of meaning,

The basic idea is that for a finite condition to be meaningful, it must obtain its meaning from another condition that has meaning.

1.2 Soul-centered Views

A soul-centered theory is the view that meaning in life comes from relating in a certain way to an immortal, spiritual substance that supervenes on one’s body when it is alive and that will forever outlive its death. If one lacks a soul, or if one has a soul but relates to it in the wrong way, then one’s life is meaningless.

The Rationale thinking for a soul-based theory of life’s meaning is that a soul is necessary for perfect justice, which, in turn, is necessary for a meaningful life. Life seems nonsensical when the wicked flourish and the righteous suffer, at least supposing there is no other world in which these injustices will be rectified, whether by God or by Karma

2 Objective Naturalism

Objective naturalism, like supernaturalism, posits that a meaningful life is possible, but denies that a supernatural realm is necessary for such a life. Life in a purely physical world, devoid of finite and infinite spiritual realities, is sufficient for meaning according to objective naturalism. Objective naturalists claim that a meaningful life is a function of appropriately connecting with mind-independent , One way of putting the point is to say that wanting or choosing is insufficient for a meaningful life. This is why spending one’s entire existence counting blades of grass or reading and re-reading phone books is probably not meaningful on objective naturalism, even if the person strongly desires to do so.

3 Subjective Naturalism

Like objective naturalism, subjective naturalism posits that a meaningful life is possible apart from something like supernaturalism being true, but unlike objective naturalism, it differs on what confers meaning to life. According to subjective naturalism, what constitutes a meaningful life varies from person to person, and is a function of one getting what one strongly wants, or by achieving self-established goals, or through accomplishing what one believes to be really important. Caring about or loving something deeply has been thought by some to confer meaningfulness to life (Frankfurt 1988). What if someone claims to find meaning in life counting blades of grass, or reading and re-reading the phone book, or worse, torturing people for fun? Can a life centering on such pursuits be a meaningful life? The strong, nearly universal intuition here towards objective value in some form inclines in the direction of requiring an objective standard that comes to bear on the meaningfulness of an activity or life in general.

4 Pessimistic Naturalism: Nihilism

Against all views which think a meaningful existence is possible, is the view of pessimistic naturalism, more commonly called nihilism. Roughly, nihilism is the view that denies that a meaningful life is possible because, literally, nothing has any value. One way to understand nihilism is by seeing it as the fusion of theses and assumptions drawn from both supernaturalism and naturalism. That is to say, nihilism may be seen as requiring (i) that God or some supernatural realm is likely necessary for value and a meaningful existence, but (ii) that no such realm exists, and therefore nothing is of ultimate value.

Japan and South Korea: Developed Economies with High Suicide Rates

Two major exceptions to the generality of underdeveloped economies having higher rates are seen in the East Asian economic powerhouses of Japan and South Korea. The cases of Japan and Korea are very intriguing. Why are some of the world’s most developed and wealthy countries so high on the list? In these cases, it may have more to do with cultural aspects. Both societies are perceived as hyper-competitive, and their people often live under huge pressures to be successful from a very young age. It is frightening that exam results or college entrance are cited as the main suicide reasons by young adults. The stresses directly related to living and being brought up in these societies can often prove too much, especially for more sensitive and young individuals. In fact, statistics show that in South Korea suicide is the number one cause of death for citizens between the ages of 10 and 30. South Korea Ranked number eleven as one of the highest monthly income country per individuals all over the world, it is also the second highest country of suicide rates. A question must be asked here, Why those south Korean citizens lost the will to live and decided to end their lives? If they lived meaningful lives, Would they still end it? It is more understandable when someone in Africa kill themselves due to financial crisis, But what about someone who has the money and suddenly found life meaningless.

Free will and Predestination

Humans are fairly predictable creatures from other human perspectives. Imagine God seeing a human, He could tell what the human would do in less than a heartbeat.
The way I see things, God grants people the right to do as they would like, however He knows enough to tell what people are going to do regardless. It’s like if I was raising a child, and told him if he could sit still for ten minutes I’d give him a cookie. Knowing my child, as I’ve raised him for years, I would be able to know beforehand whether or not he’d succeed or fail.

God could have all outcomes end favorably, but that would impede free will. So He does not interfere although He already knows the outcome.
Someone who is not bound by time can see the end result of our choices based on our free will. So to him we are predestined, but to us it is only free will because of the concept of time; even though in both situations they end up the same. Imagine that you see any situation from a bird view, you can have an overall prediction of what would may happen without you interfering with the situation itself hence predestination and free will not be contradicting with each other, Now consider God who is both Omniscient and Omnipotent Whom is not bounded by our earthly dimensions, He already knows the past, present and the future, yet His knowing didn’t influence our free will of making this or that.

We are not judged on our actions alone but we are judged also by our intentions This is because the choices we intend are what our free will truly has control over, whereas the outcome of these choices are predestined.

We are both experiencing predestination and free will simultaneously at the same time. For example, you are predestined in your own DNA, you didn’t have a choice whether you are born short or tall, your physical attributes and your appearance. You are predestined in the time of your death and many other things. But you have free will regarding everything else. You are the Director of your Movie, You are the Author of your Biography and You are the Creator of your own Destiny.

The meaning of Life and Health

Recent research shows that people who feel that their life has meaning experience substantially higher sense of well-being and even physical health. For example, Michael F. Steger, a psychologist and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University, found that many people gain a great deal of psychological benefit from understanding what their lives are about and how they fit within the world around them. His research demonstrates that people who have a sense of life meaning and purpose feel in general more happy as well as more satisfied on a daily level, and also feel less depressed, anxious, and are less likely to engage in risky behavior.

A sense of meaning also helps improve physical health. An increased sense of life meaning and purpose correlates with reduced risk of heart attack the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke, another of the top five leading causes of death. With such benefits for mental and physical well-being, it is no wonder that a strong sense of life meaning and purpose predicts longevity.

Additionally, reasearch shows that it does not matter how you get this sense of meaning and purpose in life. What’s most important is that you experience your life as having a meaning and purpose. The key question is not, “What is the meaning of life?” In fact, research seems to show that there is no one clear answer to this question. The only question that matters is “What is the meaning of life for you?” Each of us is free to formulate her or his own answer to this question. By doing so you get a personal sense of life meaning and purpose, and thus gain a sense of agency and choice by and through understanding your own personal life goals

The meaning of life in various beliefs

Judaism

In the Judaic world view, the meaning of life is to elevate the physical world (‘Olam HaZeh’) and prepare it for the world to come (‘Olam HaBa’), the messaianic era . This is called Tikkun Olam (“Fixing the World”). Olam HaBa can also mean the spiritual afterlife, and there is debate concerning the eschatological order. However, Judaism is not focused on personal salvation, but on communal (between man and man) and individual (between man and God) spiritualised actions in this world.

Judaism’s most important feature is the worship of a single, incomprehensible, transcendent , one, indivisible,  absolute Being , who created and governs the universe. Closeness with the God of Israel is through study of His Torah, and adherence to its mitzvot  (divine laws)

The Torah recognizes all these different facets of life as central and important. “Lo tov heyot ha’adam levado” (It is not good for man to dwell alone), states the Almighty in the book of Genesis (2:18)

And God spoke to him [Moses] … saying: Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: Adam ki yakriv …” (Leviticus 1:1). The Hebrew phrase “adam ki yakriv” contextually means “when a person brings forth an offering.” The word “ki” in biblical Hebrew can mean “should” or “when,” but it also can mean (as it does in modern Hebrew) “because.”

In other words, the verse can also be read as: “A human being — because he offers, because he brings forth, because he renders [others] closer [to their inner core, to Torah, to God Almighty].”

Essentially, the book of Leviticus is offering here an audacious perspective as to what constitutes the good life, the elevated life, the rewarding life. According to Leviticus, to be fully human, to be a truly evolved and fulfilled person, is to be a giver. That’s why the people whom we admire the most are people who give so much of themselves for the advancement of Jewish and human welfare.

The art of giving is the key to a good and meaningful life, asserts the book of Leviticus. This message is crucial for our individually focused culture and generation. Perhaps it is more pertinent to us than to any previous generation in human history.

Christianity

Life’s purpose in Christianity is to seek divine salvation through the grace of God.  The New Testament speaks of God wanting to have a relationship with humans both in this life and the life to come, which can happen only if one’s sins are forgiven (John 3:16–21; 2 Peter 3:9).

A relationship with God is the only thing that will quench our soul’s longing. Jesus Christ said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Until we come to know God, we are hungry and thirsty in life. We try to “eat” and “drink” all kinds of things to satisfy our hunger and thirst, but yet they remain.

What if our lives are difficult and things go wrong?  Are our failures and hardships for the glory of God, too?  Yes, they are.  We often thank God and praise his name when things go well, but we often turn our backs on him and complain when things are difficult.  Sometimes our appreciation and trust in God becomes conditioned on how well things are going for us.  Ultimately, this is self-centered immaturity.  Even though things can go wrong in our lives, the ultimate reason we are here is to glorify God — even through the difficulties.  We do this by praising him and trusting him through difficult times.

Within this attempt to glorify God — in all things — we can then determine the particular meaning of our life that God has for us specifically.  In Christianity, we are free to pursue God in all areas of our lives.

The Bible teaches that this life is preparation for eternity. We are to learn to treat others as we want to be treated—for eternity! We fulfill our responsibilities and grow in the godly, righteous character that will allow us to be like our Father—forever!

We are in training now for an incredible inheritance beyond our comprehension. The things we suffer now prepare us for that purpose. Tests and trials are all part of that training process to help us be ready to live and reign with Christ for a thousand years —and beyond (Revelation 20:4)!

Looking back, we will consider, as the apostle Paul said, “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

The most general and all encompassing answer is to glorify God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Isaiah 43:7 – “Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made”

 Islam

In Islam , man’s ultimate life objective is to worship the creator Allah (English: God) by abiding by the Divine guidelines revealed in the Noble Qur’an and the Tradition of the Prophet. Earthly life is merely a test, determining one’s afterlife, either in Jannah (Paradise) or in Jahannam (Hell).

For Allah’s satisfaction, via the Qur’an, all Muslims must believe in God, his revelations, his angels, his messengers, and in the “Day of Judgment“. The Qur’an describes the purpose of creation as follows:

“Blessed be he in whose hand is the kingdom, he is powerful over all things, who created death and life that he might examine which of you is best in deeds, and he is the almighty, the forgiving” The Noble Quran Surah (Al-Mulk) Verses (1–2)

“And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should be obedient (to Allah).” The Noble Quran Surah (Adh-Dhariyat) Verse (56). Obedience testifies to the oneness of God in his lordship, his names, and his attributes.

As Muslims we believe in the one and only Creator Allah. He is the only One worthy of worship and has indeed created us for a purpose. He has sent many Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity to the straight path, with Muhammad (pbuh) being the Final Messenger and the Quran being the Final Revelation.

Allah says in the Quran that we were indeed created for a purpose beyond that of mere play and enjoyment.

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?”

The Noble Quran Surah Surah Al-Mu’minun Verse (115)

Allah states that the reality of this life is one of deception and we should not fall for its temporary enjoyments.

“Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.” The Noble Quran Surah Al-Hadid Verse (20)

Life is a sacred trust from God and a human is a trustee who should handle the trust with honesty and skill, and with mindfulness of God. When God gives life He endows the human being with unique qualities and abilities, and charges the human with certain obligations. God means to help humankind fulfill the purpose of life and realize the goal of existence: to seek the pleasure of God in order to have eternal pleasure in the afterlife.

“Live in this world as if you are a traveler or a wayfarer” is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad. Life may be likened to a journey starting from a certain point and ending at a certain destination. It is a transitory stage, an introduction to the eternal life in the Hereafter.

According to Islamic teaching, the best use of life is to live it according to the guidance of God and perform good deeds in order to ensure a place in Paradise. As life is a means to an ultimate end, Islam has laid down a comprehensive system of principles and regulations on how to lead it. Muslims believe that we all belong to God and to Him is our final return. Life, therefore, is a complete circle and death is a doorway that leads to the true eternal existence.

You are living this life because you asked for it

If you are sitting in the front seat of a concert and suddenly had a loss of memory wondering why you are there, look at the tickets in your hands and it will explain your existence. It is the same case with our existence in this life. God has offered us the trustee (Amaanah) and we accepted to hold it.

“ Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant.”

The Noble Quran Surah Al-Ahzab Verse 72

Let us first understand the nature of the trust (Amaanah). All creations of Allah SWT, except for human beings and Jinns, are pre-programmed to submit to Him in obedience. The pre-programming has been done through the laws of nature and through animal instincts. Those creations have no choice but to follow the laws of nature applicable to them or their instincts they are born with. In addition to their biological and instinctive nature, human beings and Jinns enjoy flexibility in social behavior where they have been given freedom to make choices and decisions and to choose to act differently than responding instinctively to a stimulus. With this freedom, they have also been given a sense of right and wrong, good and bad, best and worst, justice and grace, etc. this freedom of choice is a kind of delegation of authority from the Creator, the One Who owns all the knowledge, wisdom, power and authority. This delegation of authority is what is termed as Amaanah in verse 72, and which makes the human species a vicegerent (Khaleefah) of Allah on the earth. Along with this authority and freedom to act, comes the responsibility of maintaining the balance and equilibrium for the maintenance of peace, tranquility, fairness, justice and sustainability of the environment — a job that is extremely difficult, especially given that the human beings do not possess absolute wisdom and knowledge needed to do it perfectly. That is why he has been called unjust, ignorant. Also, with this authority and responsibility came the accountability for the quality and performance of the job. That is why all the other creations shuddered and were scared to be accountable for such a difficult task.

To help human beings fulfill their responsibility properly, not only did the Merciful Lord provide them with the guidance from His own wisdom and knowledge to compensate for their imperfection as human beings, but also He gave them the capacity to watch over themselves to evaluate how each of them is doing. Human beings are equipped with the capacity to look inward at any time and objectively review, as if an outsider is looking in, their own mental state and evaluate their own ideas, thoughts and motives whether they are good, bad, worst, best, etc. This capacity to evaluate is called conscience (An-nafs-ul- lawwaamah in verse 2 of Qiyaamah 75). This is what distinguishes human beings from other life forms. The attitude of Taqwa ensures that people use these tools provided by Allah SWT to follow His guidance properly.

As a result of the accountability and performance evaluation necessitated by the delegation of authority to make decisions, how different groups of people will be treated on the Day of Judgment is the subject of verse 73. A noteworthy point is that the sincere believers will be treated mercifully by Allah SWT, which means that they will be forgiven their mistakes and will be granted more than they deserved by their overall performance. One way of His generosity will be that He will reward according to the best level of performance achieved by a believer, instead of averaging his performance over the accountable life period.

Also God has made us testify that He is the One Lord that we should worship, He just wants us to remember that in this life by worshiping Him

“And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.” Surah Al Araf Verse (172)

Islam’s answer to the meaning and purpose of life fulfills the fundamental human need: a return to God.  However, everyone is going back to God willy-nilly, so the question is not merely going back, but how one goes back.  Will it be in shameful agonizing chains awaiting punishment, or joyful and grateful humility for that which God has promised?  If you await the latter, then through the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, God guides people back to Him in a manner that will ensure their eternal happiness.

Brilliant Quotes on Life

“life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”  Quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw ,In life many of us are trying to discover who we are and what life really means to us. The truth is It’s about discovering what we’re capable of and learning from our challenges in life to evolve into the person we inspire to be.

One of the keys to life is understanding “life is not about what you see, it’s about how you see it.” By looking at your problems in life as challenges to learn and grow from  including physically,  mentally,  and spirituality, we are actually creating and defining ourselves with every moment we live and every breath we take. Basically we live to learn so we may learn to live.

Life isn’t easy. As the saying goes, “you have to fall down before you can learn to stand tall”. But it’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how we get back up and learn from our mistakes to become a better person, no matter what challenges life brings our way.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them  looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow  connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut,  destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will  connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart  even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all  the difference.” 

Quote said by Steve Jobs, In our life many times we feel there is logical connection between various things we are during, only when we look back in time we can make sense of it. So we must trust ourselves and move forward.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Quote said by Søren Kierkegaard, The meaning seems simple to me: While we’re in the thick of the present moment, we must sometimes make decisions based on incomplete information and insufficient personal experience. That means failure can happen, relationships get damaged or end. That leaves us feeling bewildered, angry, depressed etc. because we don’t always understand where or how things went wrong.

But at any given moment, you have to believe that there is a reason for what happened and be absolutely sure that God has chosen what is best for you even if you don’t know it now, you might know the wisdom of this specific occurrence today, tomorrow or you might never know at all but you have to trust God.

Endowments sometimes comes disguised as tribulations, You are on your way to catch an airplane and somehow you didn’t go on time and you missed your flight, You are feeling down and so sad but later on the news you heard that the airplane you were supposed to catch crashed. So you have to trust God’s timing and know that what happened is in your favor no matter how the situation looks like

You had been tested by God and you found out you have Cancer, it might be a great opportunity to find out who are your real friends and who will turn their backs on you. It is not the end of your journey, it is the start of another one. You have to fight it, Know that God is fair and He is testing you in this life but he will reward you in the after life for your patience. If we judged God on this life only, we might think that He is unjust, That is because only it does not end there in this life. There is after life and He will treat us with Just and Mercy. So whatever happening in your life, Always be Patient and Trust God.

Conclusion

Life is more than just living it, There is more than just eating, drinking and sleeping. We were not created in vain, You are the one who can answer this question. ” What is(are) the meaning(s) of life for you? Whether the answer is to chase and live your dreams, To be the best version of yourself, To help others, To achieve Happiness and flourish, To Achieve something and Build a legacy, To expand one’s potential in life, To learn as much as possible, To be a great athlete and try to be the best in your sport, To be the best Father or Mother to your children, To worship God if you are a religious person, The possibilities are infinite. and only you can answer it based on your beliefs and thoughts, on how you want to live your life. So go on and live your life to the fullest, Enjoy every second of it and seize the moment to achieve your purpose of your life. Because you only live once but if you did it right, Once is more than enough.

There is a reason why everyone is here. There is a reason why you are here and not someone else instead of you. Make the most of this life – the things that can make you smile. Learn and love; learn to love. You may think you aren’t worth it, but life is worth it. The world is vast and big, there are many things to discover and search for. Open your eyes and your mind and you will see that there is a whole world before you. Before your own eyes. Because this is a journey and this is your Sacred Mission.

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3 thoughts on “The Sacred Mission

  1. life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. It is actually finding your spirit to create your personality . Humane Motivations which are supposed to internal is a basic effective method to reach the outstanding fit . From my own point of view , Life here is a symbolism for the struggle within Man . You may find the reason for living and may not but the core to adjust idea to fight for

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      1. Journey to South Africa
        Tribalism : The Pondo
        Culture can be norms , traditions , customs , behavior and attitudes of a society . There is no worldwide definition that include terms or concepts form the word ” Culture”. Many historians and researchers believe acknowledging any region’s language , historical and political background , religion system ,is the perfect identification of its culture .What about digging the life of a tribe !! . What is actually tribalism? Tribalism is an academic description of Life within any tribe . Being a tribal person does not indicate that person is primitive or feral due to color , race , or beliefs . He owns what makes him different and special . He realizes his own through practicing his traditions or creating spiritual thoughts. Tribalism is the un echoed voice of any African country’s nationalism .
        South Africa is a colonized country . A place where mixed races are intermingled now . A third generation of black and white genes . Most of researchers waited long time after experiences and scientific studies . They have a great desire to categorize human beings . Consequently , they concluded to a theory involve particular types of their taste . They ignored the indigenous people and were cast away of their lands . Tribes are vulgar inhabitants who live besides the edge .They were out of the study zone . Their simplicity and living nature is meaningless , in comparison , to the new generation . They forgot that our grandfathers were peasants one day .
        THE indigenous are the most important individuals in any African country . They are the real citizens of the country and deserve to be appreciated . They must have educational system fill out their energies and activate the brains . Culture is not Shakespeare’s literature and history can not be for imaginable heroes . Is seems that citizens in South Africa sacrificed all privileges to reach independence on the political level and humane one . Today it is a journey to South Africa to the Pondo land.
        Pond tribe is geographically located in Eastern cape Province of South Africa . It is divided to ethnic groups .
        This tribe believes in one creator who is called Uthinko and much to the existence of spirits ” clans of ancestors” . Superstitions and magic actions presume a rare unification . What is unreasonable and adds some sense of ambiguity that The Elephant clan is a symbol of peace . While in other civilizations, it is a figure of power and destruction . The myth of the elephant can be resolved if there is a flash back to the history of this tribe . Some of moderns historians say the Pondo is a safe place to live . All their past is white page of honor , respect and love . They never fought each other . They did not recognize wars until in 1184 , their territory was taken with “cape colony ” .
        One of the most prominent ceremonies held is called ” the mysterious lady ” ; A naked woman colors her face in white and covers the rest of her body with leaves . She dances in front of every one as a way to honor her ancestries and the immortal souls . The head of every family is resembled to combine ritual and temporal powers as a method to communicate with decent people . Nelson Mandela was a proficient of their Xosa language . He is national hero and a tribal son . He realized colonialism and its drastic imposes over his nation . He had not played peace symphony actually he made it .
        Tribalism is a part of Africanism’s concept . One is all and all is one . They revoke to be treated as exceptions who have rights and legacies guaranteed within a constitution . They seek to maintain priorities as the native people of their land .
        To be continued

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