“Knowing Your Purpose Allows You to Live on Purpose”

“…And I have not created Mankind or the Jinn, except to worship Me.” (Dhaariyaat 51:56)

 

So often, we get caught up in life – our goals, desires, relationships, achievements, etc. However, bearing in mind this one ayah can allow us to become centered, serene, and purposeful- and provides a compass for everything we do in life.

 

Through truly knowing our real purpose on this earth – in more than just an abstract way, but knowing that every action, opportunity, emotion, and interaction will eventually be weighed against this statement:

 

“I have not created Mankind or the Jinn, except to worship Me”

– provides a clear criterion and roadmap for our lives.

 

As women especially, we often base our self-esteem and self-worth on external and transient things. If we fit in… how pretty we are “perceived” to be…how much money we make… the university we attended… the house we live in… our husband’s position… what the people “think” of us…. On and on – ad nauseam.

 

When in truth, the real barometer of our success – of our worth, is the level to which our life and actions relate to the ayah above. If our sole reason for being created is to worship our Lord – in EVERY facet of our life, we have to ask ourselves then… how do we stack up?

 

“..Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you…” (Hujarat 49:13)

 

And this “worship” manifests in all areas of our lives

 

–> In raising our children to love Allah and follow His commands

–> In carrying out our business dealings justly and not engaging in any forbidden practices

–> In honoring our spouse and viewing our relationship as a means to enter Jannah

–> In guarding our modesty and not interacting with, or displaying ourselves to men

–> In honoring and taking care of our parents

–> In always speaking the truth and being trustworthy

–> In avoiding the haram and loving the halal

–> In keeping good companions, who will remind us of our “Purpose” for living

 

We sometimes wonder why we struggle in life… why things don’t seem to work out… why we are constantly unhappy, or people seem to “do us wrong”. Before we think that we are just of those people who are “tested”, we have to examine our lives to see if they fall in accordance with this ayah – with this command… this criteria for success.

 

Beauty is nice

Relationships are beautiful

Accomplishment is wonderful

 

But they will never satisfy us if they are not in accordance with the ayah above. We see all the time, people who we think “have it all” – and they are actually pretty miserable.

 

And just as frequently, we are bombarded with memes and images meant to boost the self-esteem of women – stating that we are “enough” exactly as we are… that we are “worthy”, etc. And this is true – with one caveat.

 

One critical element that these motivational tools miss is the connection to the One who is the Grantor of all Honor – Allah.

 

In the Eyes of our Lord, we are beautiful, we are worthy, we are whole – as long as we’re fulfilling our purpose.

 

“And I have not created Mankind or the Jinn, except to worship Me.”

 

 

– Knowing your purpose allows you to live on purpose.

 

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Sister Khadija is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist, Emotional Wellness & Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach, with 15 years’ experience in both traditional and holistic wellness therapies. She specializes in working with conscious Muslim women, who are seeking to live their purpose, ON PURPOSE.

 

A creator of deeply transformative articles, programs and courses, Sister Khadija fuses spiritual principles with practical wellness tools, and has guided scores of women to improve their connection to Allah, reclaim their health, strengthen relationships, promote emotional wellness, reduce overwhelm – and adopt Sacred Self Care for true wellness – mind, body & spirit.

 

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