An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 5
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
7. He is the One who created us to worship Him alone.
“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone). “ [Surah Ad-Dhaariyat (51) : 56]
What can we learn from the above ayah (verse)?
a) Allah created us for worship – nothing else.
So many people try to search for their purpose of life. Well, this ayah has the answer. We were all created to worship Allah alone.
Someone might say: “Just worship? Nothing else?”
Just worship. Nothing else.
The way the ayah is structured (grammatically) shows that we were ONLY created for worship.
Note: Worshipping Allah alone is called “tawheed”.
b) Our lives should revolve around Allah and worshipping Him alone.
Unfortunately, many people feel ill when they are told that they were created for worship.
They can’t handle it at all. It makes them feel sad.
And this is a sign that they are misguided.
It’s sad to see that there are people like this. They don’t mind being slaves of people or slaves of the dunya (worldly life) but they are too proud to be slaves of Allah.
Allah created us out of nothing, so we should feel happy that we have a life and we should feel happy to fulfill the purpose of this life.
Also, we should be happy that fulfilling the purpose of this life will lead to an eternal life in Paradise.
Also, being a slave of Allah is a very honourable thing. The amount one worships Allah is what differentiates him from other people.
The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), the greatest man ever created, asked his Companions (radiallahu anhum) to call him the slave of Allah.
لا تطروني ، كما أطرت النصارى ابن مريم ، فإنما أنا عبد ، فقولوا : عبد الله ورسوله
Narrated Umar (radiallahu anhu): I heard the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Maryam, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Messenger.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth 654]
Why? Because he knew that this was the purpose for which he was created and it was the best thing that one could be. [Notice that he says “Slave of Allah” before “Messenger of Allah” thereby implying that the former is a greater title than the latter.]
The scholars point out that whenever Allah refers to His Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) as “His Slave” or “the Slave of Allah” in the Quran, it is to honour him.
Think about it.
There is a saying in Arabic that means something like “Great is the one who knows his place.”
We should know our places as well – we’re all nobodies.
Oh, I’m sorry. Does that hurt? Well, it’s the truth.
No matter how rich we are, no matter how educated we are, no matter how famous we are, we are all nobodies, and the sooner we admit that to ourselves, the sooner we will feel relieved because we’ll be free of the lure of this life, and we’ll be free to worship Allah alone. We were created to worship so we should do just that – worship.
Also, when we realise how worthless we are, we’ll also understand how Glorious and Magnificent Allah is, and how He alone deserves our worship.
c) We need to understand what ibaadah (worship) is.
What is ibaadah?
Well, Ibn Taimiyah (rahimahullah), a great scholar of the past, defined it as follows:
“It is a (comprehensive) term that brings together everything that Allaah loves and is pleased with, from the sayings and actions, [both] inward and outward.”
[This article provides some more definitions.]
So, in essence ibaadah is everything that Allah loves.
When one understands this, one will realise that ibaadah is not just limited to prayer or fasting, rather any halal (lawful) act can be turned into an ibaadah, if one intends to come closer to Allah by it.
Another thing that we should realise is that we should love doing any act of ibaadah. Why? Because these are deeds that Allah loves, so how can we possibly hate them???
Also, if we need to earn Allah’s Love, we need to worship Him i.e. do the things that He loves.
This is why Allah has commanded is to follow the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) – because He revealed to him the deeds that He loves, so that one can earn Allah’s Love by doing them.
“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 31]
And that is basically what the shariah (Islamic law) is. It is a compilation of all the acts of worship (i.e. deeds that Allah loves) that we can and should do in order to worship Allah and earn His Love.
So, when we seek Islamic knowledge, we should remember that when we learn a new deed mentioned in the shariah, we now know of one more act that is beloved to Allah.
Insha Allah, I’ll talk more about ibaadah tomorrow. In the meantime, you may read this post of mine in order to better understand how to view ibaadah.
PS. Constructive criticism of this article (or any of the others) is always appreciated.
PPS. This part turned out to be about us as well. Oh dear.