We have been created for a very specific purpose and goal. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an;
“I have only created Jinns and Men that they may serve Me.”
This verse is the most explicit verse in the entire Qur’an concerning the reason of creation.This tells us that we have one goal in this life. It tells us that we have one purpose on thisplanet, and that is the worship of Allah (SWT). Because of this goal Allah (SWT) created us. Andbecause of this goal, and the same message of Tawheed, Allah sent all of the Prophets. Allah(SWT) says;
“We have not sent any Messenger before you, except that we have inspired him with ‘Laailaaha illallaah, so worship Me (alone)’.
[Al-Anbiyaa 21:25]So because of this we were created. And because of this Prophets were sent. And because of this the books were revealed. Allah (SWT) says;
“Alif, Laam, Raa. (This is) a Book, with verses basic or fundamental (of establishedmeaning), further explained in detail - from One Who is Wise and Well-acquainted (with allthings): (It teaches) that ye should worship none but Allah.”
And it is on the basis of Tawheed that Allah (SWT) has differentiated us. He did notdifferentiate us based upon our skin colours, or based upon our national origins, or thelanguage that we speak. Rather, He differentiated us based upon our eemaan in Him, or ourlack of eemaan in Him.
“It is He Who has created you; and of you are some that are Unbelievers, and some that areBelievers: and Allah sees well all that ye do.”
And it is based on this same principle that Allah (SWT) has allocated our success in theHereafter. So those who believe in Allah, for them will be the Jannaat an-Na’eem. But forthose who disbelieve in Allah, for them will be the ‘adhaab al-‘Aleem. And it is also for thissame principle of Tawheed, which is the first obligation upon every single human being, thatthe Prophet (SAW) has been commanded to do Jihad. Jihad is a means, and not a goal in and of itself. It is a means to establish Tawheed in the land.Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said;
“I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has theright to be worshipped except Allah…”
[Bukhari, Volume1, Book 2, No.24]
So the whole reason why Allah (SWT) has Created us, and Sent the Prophets, and Revealed theBooks, and differentiated between us on this principle, and allowed Jihad is the basis andprinciple of Tawheed. And that is why Tawheed is the first commandment in the Qur’an.