I created the jinn [hidden beings] and human beings only that they may connect and devote themselves to Me. (Qur’an 51:56)
Translation by Murshid Shaykh Taner Vargonen Ansari
Allah created this entire universe, for love. He wanted to be seen, He wanted to be admired, and He wanted to be loved without force, without compulsion. Allah says in Qur’an-i-Karim that there is no compulsion in din [way of life] (2:256). If He wanted, everybody would believe, but He wants these things to be done voluntarily, on our own. We have to come to the recognition of this and admire God and love God and profess this.