6 Quranic Verses About Our Purpose In Life

imagesAlhamdulillah, Praise be to Allah (swt), we as Muslims have a clear purpose in our lives: to earn the pleasure of our Creator.

I read a lot of information about happiness for my work, but as Muslims, our true goal is not “happiness”. Our true goal is to grow nearer to Allah (swt).

Many psychology articles about happiness give great ideas and techniques to follow, but few actually talk about Allah (swt). I am so thankful to be a Muslim and to have a goal much greater than being “happy”.

In my book, I say that the real source of our happiness is having a positive relationship with Allah (swt). My book goes on to say that we can learn other skills and techniques in order to cope with this challenging world, which support our journey to Allah (swt). Feeling positive feelings helps us to be better Muslims. Positive feelings such as inner peace, joy, gratitude and hope all help us to do more good deeds for the sake of our Creator.

Feeling happy is a great thing, but as Muslims, we must never forget our real purpose in life.

Here is a chapter from my first book, The Basic Values of Islam, about the value of “Purpose”:

Chapter 53. PURPOSE: Something set up as an object or end to be attained


1. Did you then think that We created you in vain, and that you would not be returned to us?

The Holy Quran 23:115

2. And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).

The Holy Quran 51:56

The purpose of our life is the worship our Creator in the many ways there are to worship Him (prayer, helping others, seeking knowledge, etc.).

3. …Who has created life and death so that He may try you which of you are best in deeds…

The Holy Quran 67:2

Who will do the best works for the sake of Him?

4. And We have not created the heaven and earth and what is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe to such disbelievers, because of the Fire. Shall we treat those who believe and do good deeds as those who spread corruption on the earth? Or shall we treat the pious as sinners?

The Holy Quran 38:27-8

The believers will not face the same afterlife as the corrupters. The pious will not be treated the same as sinners.

5. And among the people there is he who sells himself for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is kind to His worshippers.

The Holy Quran 2:207

The pleasure of Allah should be our goal.

6. There has come to you from God a light and a luminous Book, through which God, by His grace, guides all who seek His good pleasure on the path of peace, and brings them out of the depths of darkness into light and guides them unto a Straight Path.

The Holy Quran 5:15-16

God has guided people to the purpose of life—worshipping Him and seeking His pleasure—by sending His messengers, books and other means. But we have to want to please God to receive this guidance.

30 Comments

  1. Learn Quran

    thanks for the remainder and sharing these Quranic verses with us ..

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Thank you for your kind words!

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  2. gj

    Amazing and jazakallah uncle …..another is our life purpose is To see the ways which bring close and please to Allah …

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa iyakum, yes so true

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  3. mazi

    Jazakallah for this work

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa iyakum 🙂

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  4. Madiha Tasnim

    Assalamualaikum. May I know on what page from your book that you wrote about “purpose” (chapter 53) Looking forward for your feedback, thank you.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Walaikum as Salam, thank you for your comment. Simply click on the link on the basic values of Islam page and the link will take you to the PDF version of the book. According to the table of contents the chapter about purpose is on page 137.

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  5. Salihu A Hassan

    JazakALLAHU Khairan. I’m From Nigeria, Ina maka fatan Alkhairi(wishing you to the best).

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa iyakum Salihu! I wish you the best of both worlds!

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  6. abdul wazih

    Jazakallah. May Allah keep us stronger as a pure muslim And accept our prayer with our good deeds

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa iyakum, thank you for your positive comment and Ameen

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  7. Abubakar muhammad jigassalah

    Assalamu alaikum

    Jazakallahu khairan bi ahsan jaza. Thanks for your beautiful reminder.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Walaikum as Salam warahmatullah wabarakatu, wa iyakum, thank you for your comment

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  8. Ramani

    Good
    All religions teach peace and God fearing life
    Islam as the latest religion forcefully advocates the same
    The writing is excellent

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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    2. Abbas

      “Islam as the latest religion forcefully advocates the same”

      The above statement is based on media reports and the news. Force and compulsion are against islam. The tragedy today is that islam is represented by the likes of isis. Always look at the holy quran for answers. Not at the media.

      Here’s a verse from Surah Al-Baqarah from the holy Quran:

      “There shall be no compulsion in the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

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  9. Marium

    JazakAllahu khair… May Allah gives you in returns for this post.. Dua from Bangladesh..

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa iyaki dear sister. Thank you so much for your kind words and dua! May Allah bless you.

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  10. jahangheer

    Assalamalaikum,

    Allah has no Gender. Every where, you are using the word HIM.Why ?

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum As Salam,
      Yes you are right that Allah (swt) has no gender. “Him” is just what is commonly used in English translations.

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  11. Muhammed tameem

    Assalamu alaikum….tq for ur reminder of guidelines from allah…may Allah guide us to living a right purposeful life of Muslim…

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam warahmatullah wabarakatu, you are very welcome. Ameen to your great dua!

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  12. Abdul latif

    Salaamu Alaikum ….THANKS very muscj for the chosen verses. I have an organisation which I talk to Muslim students on how to be good muslim students and inspire them to love reading. I would be glad if you could help with some Quran verses and your knowledge insha Allah

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Walaikum as Salam, thank you for your comment. I have emailed you back. If you have not received my email, please feel free to email me at howtobeahappymuslim@outlook.com

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  13. Abdullah

    Assalaamualeikum Mrs Shaima. This piece is awesome.

    I like where you mentioned that our true goal is not “happiness”. Our true goal is to grow nearer to Allah (swt).

    That’s completely true. May Allah help us fulfill our purpose in life before we get to our destination.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Walaikum as Salam Brother Abdullah, thank you very much for your positive comment.

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  14. Rahmat Khan

    You must upload the Arbic Quran verse first and then translate it.

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  15. Qur'an and hadith

    The meaning of life is to worship Allah and also enter Paradise, etc. The lowest rank a person earns in Paradise will be 10 times better than of this Earth so imagine the best thing to do or something that is popular by the millions or billions of people in this world and yeah times by that also anything you desire. https://quranversesandhadith.blogspot.com/2015/02/meaning-of-life.html also here is an another purpose in life, best in deed is correct: Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion; and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving; Who has created the seven heavens one above the other; you can see no fault in the creation of the Most Gracious. Then look again. Can you see any rifts. Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you humiliated, and worn out. (67:1-4) http://quranversesandhadith.blogspot.ca/2013/02/one-of-purposes-of-life.html

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      JazakAllah khair for your great comment

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