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Why Did Allah Create Humans?

14 October, 2021
Q As-salamu Alaykum Dear Brother/Sister, Let me not waste your precious time and get to my question which is bothering me, even in my prayers. Why did Allah create humans? Why did He ever have the need to create humans? If He is perfect, then why the need to create another being, this universe, angels, etc.? If He has created us to worship Him then why does He want to be worshiped? Isn't He perfect?? Wonderful site, excellent work, may Allah be pleased with you all.


Salam Dear Imran,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Allah has honored humans by creating them to be His vicegerents on earth. He gave us free will, which makes us higher than the angels.

But our minds as human beings are limited to the boundaries of human perception. We should bear this in mind and never try to bother ourselves with things that fall outside of our scope of understanding. Allah did not need to create us, and therefore, we may never understand why He did.

Allah is Perfect

Yes, Allah is perfect. Yes, He has no need of us; rather, we need Him. When He created us, He did not create us for His own benefit, but for ours. He created us for our advantage, not His.

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Allah does not need to be worshiped; rather, we need to worship Him. Our need of God stems from our innate need of someone to help us and give us safety.

Our purpose of existence on earth is more meaningful than being slaves to worldly gains. There can be no meaningful life better than that prescribed by our Creator, Allah. Every act done according to Allah’s way is an act of worship. Man is the beneficiary and Allah is in no need. The Qur’an says what means:

{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.} (Fatir 35:15)

We Need Allah

We need Allah to feel our own being and to taste the happiness of life. Our need for Him is like the need of a baby for a supporting father and a merciful mother. We need to admit our powerlessness before Him and to trust Him to give us might and power, since He is the source of all might and power. A prophetic tradition reads:

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You for Your pleasure and against Your wrath and in Your forgiveness and against Your punishment and in You from You. I cannot praise You as You can praise Yourself.” (Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.)

Almighty Allah says what means:

{Allah is He besides Whom there is no god, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great.} (Al-Baqarah 2:255)

I hope this helps, along with the provided links. Thank you again for your question and please keep in touch.


(From Ask About Islam archive)