وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تَمُوتَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلًا

No soul shall die except with God's permission and at an appointed time.

—Quran 3:145

God created man to test him with certain responsibilities [As stated in 18:7, 67:2 and 76:2]. He did not intend life on this earth to necessarily be comfortable or satisfying but merely a trial of limited duration, the punishment and rewards of which will be due in the Hereafter.

This life is very meaningful and purposeful to the believing Muslim because he realizes that it will determine his outcome and permanent position in the next life. He lives to earn the approval of his Creator in preparation for the final return to Him.

We all recognize that people make things to perform specific functions for them, in other words, to serve them. God has made us to serve Him, but with one major difference; it is not for the benefit of the Creator Himself but for the benefit of us, His creation.

The purpose of our existence is thus stated in the Qur’an:
"I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." [51:56] But man's worship of God is not automatic like the vast majority of created beings but by his own choice and effort.

"How should one worship God in order to fulfill that purpose?" This question can undoubtedly best be answered by Him. God has provided every element of His creation, living and inanimate, with guidance. We can thus expect that He would provide us with guidance as well.

His revelation instructs humanity what to do, what to avoid, and the reason for it. It informs man what is expected of him, how to accomplish it, and the results of continual positive effort.

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Death is certain And life is not.

sources:
[1] What is the purpose of our creation? by gainpeace
https://www.gainpeace.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114:what-is-the-purpose-of-our-creation&catid=54&Itemid=114

[2] https://twitter.com/fatimakarimms/status/1085107339173289985

[3] https://twitter.com/fatimakarimms/status/1063858357440864256