What Is The Purpose Of Life? - Why Do We Exist?

You mean I pursued all these dreams for 20 years, and if I ask you for that 20 years, give me a videotape of what is your most profound moments in life, maybe 100 hours, 200 hours. You mean this world was only worth 200 hours for me? Allah says, Yeah! "Bal tu'thiruna al-hayaat al-dunya" (87:16) "wa al-aakhiratu khayrun wa abqaa"(87:17) - 'you love this world, the hereafter is what's forever.' You are fooling yourselves into thinking something is important here.

Farzand-e- Haydar, ummid-e-aakhar, maw'ud-e-'aalam, Ya Mahdi [Persian Nasheed]

The first level is to ask, who am I, why am I here? What is my goal? You know, how many people don't bother to discuss that? You see them doing the dumbest things, using the foulest language, languages. You find them running for the most mundane material things in life. You are looking at them like, are you serious? You really... Yeah, my dream is to have that and I will kill to have it. I say, that is it? That's your dream? That's what you have concluded your purpose in this short world that you are living in, this short life?

You know how short this life is? If you are 90 years of age, which is a long period, 90 years, we say is an old person. Thirty years of the 90 years the person was sleeping, you are left with 60. 30 of those 60, you were busy working, you are left with 30 years, if you and I live to be 90. Most people don't live to be 90 the average lifespan is 70 so bring it down to 20 years. You mean I pursued all these dreams for 20 years, and if I ask you for that 20 years, give me a videotape of what is your most profound moments in life, maybe a 100 hours, 200 hours.

You mean this world was only worth 200 hours for me? Allah says, Yeah! "Bal tu'thiruna al-hayaat al-dunya" (87:16) "wa al-aakhiratu khayrun wa abqaa"(87:17) - 'you love this world, the hereafter is what's forever.' You are fooling yourselves into thinking something is important here but when a person needs to sit down and say yes, what is...What, why am I here?

You know, I speak in universities I get non-Muslim audiences. After my lectures, I see youth come to me, they say, 'wow, never thought this way, you are right.' I say, 'Look, I am not here to proselytize, I am not here to make you a Muslim, I am here to wake you up. You choose your own way. You are smart enough, you are sharp enough, you know, you have been planted with some of the greatest gifts you could ever imagine and I am here to strike them and you strike me, too. Let us wake each other up! There is a purpose in this life.' The guy says to me- You are right! I say take account.

'yatlu 'alayhim aayaatihi' (62:2) - ['reciting to them His signs]. Look in the skies, what is all this for? Why is all this happening? What is all this science? Why do people behave the way they do? Observation, basic observation will lead us to so much understanding. That is why the Prophet says, 'man 'arafa nafsah faqad 'arafa Rabbah' -'The one who knows himself knows his Lord'. Indeed, that is first.

'Yatlu 'alayhim aayaatihi' wa yuzakkihim' (62:2) ['reciting to them His signs, purifying them']- Purified. Brothers and sisters, please, for the love of Allah, keep away from wrong and haram.

Even if you are not sure if something is haram and you have a general knowledge that people are saying this is bad and you don't know, it is wiser to avoid it until you know. What if they are right? But then you are already infected with it, you are already submerged in it. How are you going to get out? You might say, well, I do not know if something is haram or halal then let me be cautionary.

Then Shaytan is whispering in our ears, 'yeah but then you are going to become fanatical, then you can not do anything, you are going to be stuck in your house.' Imam Ali, 'alayhi as-salaam says: 'Stop! How much has Allah forbidden us compared to what He has allowed us?' Put it on the scale, you can't! What is allowed is too great, focus on what is allowed. Don't make a big deal about what is forbidden.

And when Allah forbids you something truly like in the Qur'an: alcohol, drugs, pork, gambling, these are not Allah giving me these laws to entertain me or to make my life difficult. It is clear by any standards, even an alcoholic will tell you that it is destructive. A gambler will tell you it is destructive, period. It's that simple!

And when Allah says keep away from it, it is for my benefit. At the end of the day, why do I need religion otherwise? I can be an atheist and just live just as well. Allah says I have sent you morals as your best role model, the Prophet and his family, so that you follow the best morals so you are the best in the community. That is what it is all about!

Farzand-e-Haydar, ummid-e- Aakhar, maw'ud-e- 'aalam, Ya Mahdi [Persian nasheed]