THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE

“…when a person shuns artificial, superficial and temporary forms of love, which end in pain, they become wholly devoted to God and naturally, all distance is removed, and they hasten towards God…”

“A hallmark of the soul at rest is that its condition is independent of any external stimulus and it simply cannot survive without God. This is the very purpose of human existence, and so should it be. An idle person looks to activities such as hunting, chess and cards, etc. However, when the soul at rest separates itself from unlawful preoccupations, temporary enjoyments, and activities which often result in grief and pain, why then would it long for the world it has left behind? For this very reason, God alone becomes the centre of love.

Another point which must not fade from your hearts is that there are two kinds of love: unconditional love and love which is fuelled by motives, or one could say, love that one possesses due to certain temporary factors and when they cease to exist, this love turns cold and becomes the cause of pain and grief. It is unconditional love that is the source of true pleasure, because man has naturally been created for God. Allah the Exalted states:

ما خَلقت ُٱلجن وٱلإنس إلا لِيعبدون

And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.

Therefore, God Almighty has invested the inherent nature of man with an inclination towards Himself and through His utterly hidden means, has created him so that man turns to God. Hence, when a person shuns artificial, superficial and temporary forms of love, which end in pain, they become wholly devoted to God and naturally, all distance is removed, and they hasten towards God. It is this very point that is alluded to in the verse:

يَآأيتها ٱلنفس ٱلمطمئنة

O Soul at rest.

What is implied by God Almighty making a call in this context is that all the intervening obstructions have been removed and no distance remains. This is the highest rank of a righteous person when finally, he finds rest and comfort. At another instance, the Holy Qur’an has described this rest as success ( falah) and steadfastness (istiqaamat). In the verse ٱهدنا ٱلصراط ٱلمستقيم (Guide us in the right path) there is a subtle indication towards this very steadfastness, comfort and success by the use of the word ‘mustaqim’.

(Malfoozat Vol. I, pp. 108-109)
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