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The Worship of Allah

Know my brother that worship is obligatory upon every Muslim who is mentally sane and has reached the age of puberty. Performing these pillars of Islam is a means to enter Jannah, after the Mercy of Allah. The Prophet once said to a Bedouin who came and asked:

‘O Messenger of Allah, tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of the prayer.’ He replied, ‘The five [daily] prayers, except if you wish to perform some voluntary ones.’ He asked, ‘Tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of the fasting.’ He replied, ‘The month of Ramadaan, except if you wish to perform some voluntary ones.’ He said, ‘Tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of Zakaah.’ [The narrator] said ‘So the Messenger of Allah informed him of the legislations of Islam.’ The Bedouin said, ‘By Him Who has honored you, I will not do any voluntary acts, and I will not leave anything of what Allah has ordered me.’ The Messenger of Allah, said: ‘He has succeeded (or, ‘He will enter Jannah’) if he is saying the truth.’ ” (Bukhari #46 & Muslim#11)

The Individual and Social Effects of the Worship of Allah

  1. 1) The believers will achieve happiness and success in the life of this world as well as the Hereafter. Allah says:

    "Indeed whosoever purifies himself shall achieve success, [as well as he who] remembers (glorifies) the Name of his Lord, and prays." (87:14-15)

  2. Physical and spiritual strength which results from one’s private conversation with Allah. Allah says:

    "Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are muhsinoon (good-doers)." (16:128)

  3. The Help of Allah and establishing His believing slaves’ authority on the earth. Allah says:

    "Verily, Allah will help those who help His (Cause). Truly, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty. Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order the establishment of the Salaah, to pay the Zakaah, and they enjoin all good, and forbid all evil [i.e. they make the Qur'an as the law of their country in all the spheres of life]. And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures)." (22:40-41)

  4. Building ties of brotherhood, cooperation, bonding, and security between the individuals in an Islamic society. Allah says:

    "The believers, men and women, are Awliyaa´ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin all good, and forbid from all evil; they establish the Salaah and give the Zakaah, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise." (9:71)

  5. The guidance of Allah and the success which is only granted by Him. Allah says:

    "O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you Furqaan (a criterion to judge between right and wrong), and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you." (8:29)

  6. An abundance of provision from Allah and ease in times of hardships. Allah says:

    "And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine." (65:2-3)

  7. A multiplication of reward and expiation of sins. Allah says:

    "And whosoever believes in Allah and performs righteous good deeds, He will remit from him his sins, and will admit him to Gardens under which rivers flow (Jannah) to dwell therein forever, that will be the great success." (64:9)