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 (y). The Prophet (s) 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 Ramadan, except if you wish to perform some voluntary ones.’ He said, ‘Tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of Zakah.’ [The narrator] said ‘So the Messenger of Allah (y) 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 (y), 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

  • The believers will achieve happiness and success in the life of this world as well as the Hereafter. Allah (y) 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]
  • Physical and spiritual strength which results from one’s private conversation with Allah. Allah (y) says: Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good. [16:128]
  • The Help of Allah and establishing His believing slaves’ authority on the earth. Allah (y) says: Verily, And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. [And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, establish prayer and give zakah and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the outcome of [all] matters. [22:40-41]
  • Building ties of brotherhood, cooperation, bonding, and security between the individuals in an Islamic society. Allah (y) says: The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. [9:71]
  • The guidance of Allah and the success which is only granted by Him. Allah (y) says: O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion to judge between right and wrong, and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you. [8:29]
  • An abundance of provision from Allah and ease in times of hardships. Allah (y) says: And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him a way out and He will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. [65:2-3]
  • A multiplication of reward and expiation of sins. Allah (y) 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 to dwell therein forever, that will be the great success. [64:9]