Oh Allah, but why create?

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:

Translator Translation
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:

Translator Translation
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.

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