Question: It has become quite common knowledge that this world came into existence only for the sake of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) and that had it not been for his sake, it would not have come into existence. I hope that our grand Shaykh will answer this question and mention related evidence. May Allaah reward you richly!
Answer: This claim is adopted by some common people who lack proper understanding of the purpose of life. Some people say that the world was created for the sake of Muhammad. They say that were it not for Muhammad (peace be upon him), neither the world nor the people living in it would have been created. This is a false and groundless claim which is based on corrupt understanding. Allaah (Exalted be He) created the world so that people would know Him, realize His existence and worship Him Alone (Glorified and Exalted be He). He created the world and human beings so that His Names and Attributes, His Graciousness and Knowledge would be known and so that He Alone would be obeyed and worshipped with no partner. He did not create this world for the sake of Muhammad, Nooh (Noah), Moosaa (Moses), `Eesaa (Jesus) or any other prophet. Rather, Allaah (Exalted be He) created the universe so that He Alone would be worshiped with no partner or associate….. read more here.