The Arabic word Hadaf (Objective) has several meanings: an object which one takes aim at and shoots at; an object of want and desire.
The objectives of Islamic creed can be defined as those noble purposes which one aims to achieve by believing in and adhering to it. They are many and some of them are as follows:
The first objective: sincerity and purity of intention. Allah is the Creator Who has no partner and the intention and worship must be only to Him alone.
The second objective: liberation of the mind and intellect from false notions foolishness and irrationality. Whoever is devoid of this true belief and creed becomes depraved intellectually and spiritually becomes a worshipper of material things and physical desires or stumbles along with various misguided deviant and foolish doctrines and ideologies.
The third objective: tranquility and peace of heart and mind. Belief dissolves despair loss of heart and anxiety because by belief one is attached to his Lord Creator and Cherisher. He accepts His Lord and Sustainer as his Lawmaker Legislator Ruler and Judge and becomes satisfied with Allah’s wise Qadar. His heart opens wide for the religion of Islam and doesn’t desire any substitute.
The fourth objective: A clear consciousness purity and sincerity in intention and actions in the worship of Allah the one true God and also in all dealings and relationships with people. The fundamental principle of Islam is following the Messengers in purity and sincerity and in intention and action.
The fifth objective: seriousness and determination in all affairs. A faithful believer does not miss an opportunity to do a good deed hoping for its reward and to avoid the temptation towards evil deeds fearing its punishment because from among the fundamental principles of Islam is belief in the Resurrection and the Reckoning for good and evil deeds. Allah the Most Exalted said:
For all there will be degrees (or ranks) according to what they did. And your Lord is not unaware of what they do. [Surah al-An’aam (6):132]
The Messenger of Allah () encouraged us with this objective saying:
A strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak believer and there is good in every believer. Be keen to get that which gives you benefit and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart. And if anything befalls you do not say: “If I had not done this or that such and such would not have happened to me” but say “Allah has ordained and He does as He wills” because “if” is an opening for Satan’s actions. (Reported by Muslim)
The sixth objective: establishment of a strong nation and community of believing Muslims who give generously all that they have for the sake of Allah to protect and reinforce its foundations. These kinds of believers are not concerned about the problems they face in Allah’s cause as Allah the Most Exalted said:
Verily the believers are only those who have believed in Allah and His Messengers and do not afterward doubt who strive with their lives in the Cause of Allah. Those are indeed the truthful ones. [Surah al-Hujuraat (49):15]
The seventh objective: ultimate happiness and felicity in this life and the Hereafter by reformation and cultivating good actions in individuals and groups in order to achieve the highest and most noble of rewards. In this context Allah the Most Exalted said:
Whoever works righteously whether male of female while he or she is a true believer verily We will give them good life (in this world) and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (in Hereafter). [Surah an-Nahl (16):97]
These are some of the noble objectives that we hope to achieve and wish for all the Muslims.
By the Late Eminent Scholar Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen Translation by Abu Salman Diya ud-Deen Eberle