What will be the purpose of life in the Hereafter?
In this life, we have some aim to live, or some desires and purposes. We face sadness, and in fact, that is why we experience and appreciate such a thing as happiness. What about the life we will face in jannah? The concept of jannah, as given in the Quran, is that there will be no sort of sorrows – whatever we desire, will be provided to us, and our every wish will be fulfilled.
Isn’t this against the nature of human beings, when all will be granted? Would it be the case that nobody in jannah would have any aim or purpose with which to spend the eternal life? Or would it be a world-like jannah, maintaining a balance between sorrows and happiness?
God Almighty has created us and has given us what we need here, in this life. He knows both our physical and spiritual needs and has made adequate arrangements to satisfy them. And yet this world is incomplete. We, therefore, need a life hereafter. When He tells us that in the next life, all that we need shall be given to us and that there is going to be much more there, we should feel comfortable with it, because He is the same God Who has created us in this life and has given us whatever we need here.
How could it be possible for us to imagine that when He would give us the perfect life He has created for us, it would turn out to be monotonous? He knows our needs and would satisfy them completely. Of course, there would be a definite purpose of life there too. However, in our present worldly life, our imagination is too limited for us to appreciate what kind of purpose it would be. From the description of the Quran, it seems that the life of the paradise would be unimaginably exciting without carrying any sorrows or fears of the world in it. In other words, the God Who can give you enjoyment because you have moments of sadness as well, can also give you enjoyment without making you sad ever.
One of the things one can imagine that would keep one going there with full satisfaction, is the fact that one would enter the paradise with the satisfaction that it has been earned through spending a successful worldly life. Perhaps that realization, in itself, would be enough to remove all chances of any boredom.
Consider the following verses of the Quran:
“There you shall find all that your soul’s desire and all that you can ask for: A hospitable gift from the All-Forgiving, All-Merciful.” (41:31-32)
“Paradise shall be brought close to the righteous, which will be no more a thing distant, and it will be said: ‘ Here is what you were promised. It is for every penitent faithful person, Allah will say: ‘ Enter it in peace; this is the Day of Eternal Life!’ who feared the Compassionate (Allah) without seeing Him and come before Him with a devoted heart There they shall have all that they wish, and We shall have yet more to give.” (50:31-35)
“However, those who believe and do good deeds, they will be entertained with the Gardens of Paradise to live therein for ever and they will never desire to go anywhere else.” (18: 107-108)
“They will converse with one another about their worldly life and say: ‘When we were living among our kinfolk, we were troubled by many fears. But Allah has been gracious to us; He has delivered us from the fiery scourge. Indeed we used to pray only to Him. Surely He is the Beneficent, the Merciful.'” (52:25-28)