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Why do we worship?

Why do we worship?

Allah gains or loses nothing if we don’t worship Him. Then what exactly is the point of worship?

By Umm-e-Ayman

Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar …

A person leaves everything and rushes to pray.

Another waits to finish the work at hand.

Yet another isn’t moved by the call of Allah to pray.

Prayer is the most important Form of worship. It is the first thing Allah will ask on the day of judgement. ¹

Some people worship Allah taking it as a responsibility, some to get its spiritual benefits, some just as a routine, some with laziness, and some don’t bother to worship at all. But the fact is Allah is in no need at all of anybody’s worship. From one hadith we come to know that there are angels standing in rows, who never get tired or sit down, and others who bow or prostrate, and never raise their heads, as was reported by Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: “The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘I see what you do not see and hear what you do not hear. The heaven makes a noise like groaning, and it has the right to (or it is no surprise), for there is no space in it the width of four fingers, but there is an angel there, placing his forehead in sujood (prostration) to Allah. By Allah, if you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much, you would not enjoy your relationships with women and you would go out in the street praying to Allah.'” [ al-Tirmidhi]

In the above Hadith when come to know that uncountable angels are always in a state of worship. Now here arises a question, “Why should WE worship, then?”

Allah Himself has answered this question for our ease. We need to worship because that’s the only purpose for which Allah has created us

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.

(Qur’an 51:56)

 

And He created us to test in our deeds. At one place the Almighty says:

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ‌

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving

(Qur’an 67:2)

 

But some people worship while others don’t.

What will happen if we don’t worship?

 

Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى answers these questions too,

 

إِلَّا تَنفِرُوا۟ يُعَذِّبْكُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا وَيَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ وَلَا تَضُرُّوهُ شَيْـًٔا ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

If you do not go forth, He will punish you with a painful punishment and will replace you with another people, and you will not harm Him at all. And Allah is over all things competent.

(Qur’an 9:39)

 

Allah doesn’t gain from our worship or lose anything if we don’t worship.

One may ask, “what’s the benefit of worship, then?”

Our worship is for ourselves, it benefits none but us.

Look what Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى says,

 

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَٰلِحًا فَلِنَفْسِهِۦ ۖ وَمَنْ أَسَآءَ فَعَلَيْهَا ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ تُرْجَعُونَ

Whoever does a good deed – it is for himself; and whoever does evil – it is against the self. Then to your Lord you will be returned.

(Qur’an 45:15)

 

And worshiping Allah is one of the best deeds a servant can ever perform.

 

It’s crystal clear that our good deeds will benefit us. Will it help us in hereafter, too?

 

Yes, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى has promised huge rewards to the ones who have faith and perform pious deeds. He says,

 

وَأَمَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ فَيُوَفِّيهِمْ أُجُورَهُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ

But as for those who believed and did righteous deeds, He will give them in full their rewards, and Allah does not like the wrongdoers.

(Qur’an 3:57)

 

That’s not all, He has promised to punish as well. Here in another place Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى talks about the one who wrongs himself,

 

يَوْمَ تَجِدُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ مُّحْضَرًا وَمَا عَمِلَتْ مِن سُوٓءٍ تَوَدُّ لَوْ أَنَّ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَهُۥٓ أَمَدًۢا بَعِيدًا ۗ وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ ٱللَّهُ نَفْسَهُۥ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ رَءُوفٌۢ بِٱلْعِبَادِ

The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is Kind to [His] servants.”

(Qur’an 3:30)

 

It’s our good deeds that we do here and send forth for hereafter to earn the eternal reward of paradise.

An eternal bliss with huge and beautiful mansions, gardens, fountains and springs and all that a heart desires at a click of finger – too quick and too close.

Let’s strive for it by praying and doing good deeds thus worshipping Allah as Allah wants us to, in order to earn reward. And let’s pray for Jannatul firdous for if a person prays for jannah three times, then jannah itself prays to Allah to allows that person to enter ²

Allahumma inni asalukal Jannatul Firdous.

Oh Allah, indeed I ask you for Jannatul Firdous.

Aameen.

(1) The Messenger (S.A.W.) told us in an authentic hadith , “The first thing the people will be accountable for on the Day of Judgment is prayer, Allah will say to His angels (even though he already knows) : “Look at my servants prayers. Were they complete or not?” If they were complete It will be written as complete. If they were not fully complete Allah will say: “See if my servant has voluntary prayers, If he has them Allah will say: Complete his obligatory prayers shortage with his voluntary prayers.” Then the rest of his deeds will be dealt with in the same manner.” {Reported by Imams Ahmad, Abu Dawood, An-Nisa’i, and Al-Hakim}

(2) Sayyiduna Anas(radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah(saallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:’When a person asks for Jannah from Allah thrice, Jannah pleads: O Allah, admit him into Jannah.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2572, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1034 & Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg.717)

About Umme Aiyman

The writer is a mother of three, dentist by qualification and homemaker by choice. She is learning Arabic grammar with an aim to understand the Qur'an. Loves painting and graphic design.

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