Rate this post:
|In Islam, worship is understood as any utterance and activity, whether manifest or hidden, that Allah loves and is pleased with. It also implies the greatest degree of love and submission. This concept of worship was the call of all the Messengers of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) throughout history. Every Prophet called his people to worship Allah. Allah says:
“And We sent no Messenger except that We revealed to him: There is no god but I, so worship Me.”
The Foundations of Worship
The purpose of worship is to attain nearness to Allah with what He loves and is pleased with. It is necessary for this worship to be based on clear guidance that safeguards the believers from deviance. Therefore, an act of worship must fulfill two conditions:
1. The act of worship must conform to the dictates of Allah’s Law as found in the Qur’ân and Sunnah. Allah commands His Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with the following:
“Say (O Muhammad): If you love Allah, then obey me. Then Allah will love you.”
2. The act of worship must be performed purely for Allah’s sake. There should be no other object of worship involved whatsoever.
Allah commands his Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with the following:
“Say (O Muhammad): I worship Allah alone, sincerely, and with full devotion.”
“Say (O Muhammad): “Verily, my prayers, my sacrifice, my life, and my death are for Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds. No partner has He. With this I am commanded and I am the first to submit to His Will.” .
This sincerity is the basis for the love of Allah