The Need for Worship

29 Mar

Bismillah hirRahman nirRaheem

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

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As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu. 

What is my purpose in life?

Why do we bow down in prostration? Have you ever wondered why we worship? Have you ever wondered why we exist and why Allah wants us to submit to his will?

We have an obligation to obtain knowledge in our faith. Unlike other religions, Allah (subhana wa’tala) wants us to seek knowledge. We must know the reason behind our actions. If not, then we would be performing salah in a ritual-like manner. And thus, our intention would not be right.

The answer to these questions lies in the Sacred Qur’an. Allah says:

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me (51:56)

Our purpose in life is to worship Allah (swt) according to the Sunnah. The prophet (salalahu alayhi wa’salam) and all the other prophets (peace and blessing of Allah be upon them) that came with the message of Allah were enlightened by our Lord. This is why the Sunnah (prophetic way) is the correct way to worship our Lord.

So why do we need to worship Allah (swt)? Why don’t we just worship Allah (swt) when we feel the need to, or when our hearts desire? Isn’t it better to pray to Allah (swt) when we truly want to and the intention is good?

Unfortunately, this is something we as humans can’t rely on. I can personally say that when I was a Catholic, God was a one-time a week thing, and would usually pray to Him in times of despair.

Allah (swt) brought down with the prophet Muhammad (saws) 5 compulsory prayers per day, for the remembrance of our Lord. When we forget Allah, the doors of evil are open and we are more exposed to falling into sin.

It is important to remind you that when you perform your acts of worship, that you do it to please Allah and with that good intention. Otherwise, your act of worship will not be accepted.

 

Let’s look at the reasons to why we need worship:

  1. We were created to worship. We Need Allah (swt). Allah does not need us. He, the All Mighty, the All Knower, does not need his creation. However, we as humans need Him. We were created for the purpose of worshiping our Lord. This does not mean that Allah will be less or more if we worship Him, but we as humans will fall into the hands of Shaytaan if we ignore this. We as the creation need our Creator.
  2. To remember Allah. As I said before, we as humans will lack remembering Him. Islam teaches us to remember Allah constantly, as Allah said in the Qur’an:

O’ you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. (33: 41)

3. Worship is life. Dedicating all our lives to Allah is what our Creator wants from us. Eventually through time, we will learn to want to please our Lord in every action we do. The Prophet (saws) said:

He who loves for Allaah and hates for Allaah, gives for Allaah and withholds for Allaah, has perfected his faith.

Also, in the Qur’an it says:

Say: Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of all the worlds. (6:162)

 

Why do calamities strike? 

Since this life we live in is simply a test to obtain jannah or end up in the hellfire, Allah will put certain calamities through our paths to test us and see if our faith remains constant and strong.

So don’t fall into despair and lose all hope in Allah (swt) when calamities strike. Know that Allah (swt) is testing you, and as is said in the Qur’an:

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. (2:286)

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Worship is the purpose for which we as humans were created. You will notice those that lack in worship to their Creator will befall in error and negative causes will occur. We see now that there are more suicide rates in western society than in those Muslim countries. Celebrities, who seem to have “everything” in life will end up overdosing or ruining their lives.

Allah (swt) is truly the way to obtain peace in this life and the next. Insha’Allah this has been useful to you as to not neglect your worship, including your salah, fasting, zakat and other forms of worship.

And as the Qur’an says:

Indeed, it is in the remembrance of Allaah that hearts find rest. (13:28)

Chao.

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