03 – Why Does God Want Us To Worship Him?- Why? Sincere Questions, Sincere Answers – Shaykh Hamza Karamali

We often wonder, “Why?”–Why does God want us to worship Him? Why does He send people to the Hellfire? Why can’t Muslims eat pork? Why is life so miserable? Why did the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) fight so many wars?
In this series of lessons, Shaykh Hamza Karamali teaches us the etiquette of asking such questions, carefully analyzes what exactly each question means, highlights common logical fallacies, and then shows us how God answers these questions in the Qur’an.
This is the third episode of the series, “Why? Sincere Questions. Sincere Answers.” Shaykh Hamza Karamali answers this question using the famous Qur’anic verse in which Allah Most High says, “I have only created jinn and humans so that they might worship Me.” (Qur’an, 51.56) He explains that the question arises from a misunderstanding of who God is–He is not a human being who acts in order to fulfill needs, but the Creator and Sustainer of every atom in the universe who needs nothing. Reading the verse in light of this understanding then reveals the answer to this question.

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