To the best of my knowledge, there is only verse in the whole of Qu’ran which speaks about the purpose of creation of human beings. The following table shows a handful of translations of the the specific verse:
|Sahih International||And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.|
|Muhsin Khan||And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).|
|Pickthall||I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me.|
|Yusuf Ali||I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.|
|Shakir||And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should serve Me.|
|Dr. Ghali||And in no way did I create the jinn and humankind except to worship Me.|
It’s the 56th verse of Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt, which is the 51st chapter of the Qu’ran.
At the same time, the following is stated in Surat Fāţir, Chapter 35, Verse 15:
|Sahih International||O mankind, you are those in need of Allah , while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy.|
|Muhsin Khan||O mankind! it is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of all praise.|
|Pickthall||O mankind! Ye are the poor in your relation to Allah. And Allah! He is the Absolute, the Owner of Praise.|
|Yusuf Ali||O ye men! It is ye that have need of Allah: but Allah is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise.|
|Shakir||O men! you are they who stand in need of Allah, and Allah is He Who is the Self-sufficient, the Praised One.|
|Dr. Ghali||O you mankind, you are the poor (in relation) to Allah; and Allah is The One Who is The Ever-Affluent, The Ever-Praiseworthy.|
Now, I feel utterly perplexed. Allah created us humans to serve/worship Him. At the same time, Allah is Free of all wants. Why does Allah *want* us to serve/worship Him when He is clearly Self-sufficient and Free of all wants?
To say that Allah wants us to serve Him only for our own sake/benefit does not make much sense. It does not make sense primarily because if Allah is Free of all wants to begin with, why did He, in the first place, *wanted* to create human beings? Why bother creating when Allah is Free of all wants?
I still haven’t found a satisfactory answer to this question during my search. Let’s see what turns up in the days to come.