Love – “IBADAH” (worship): meaning in ISLAAM!

Love – “IBADAH” (worship): meaning in ISLAAM!

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Will they then not meditate on the Quran, or are there locks on the 


–The Glorious Quran; 47; Mohammed; 24.


“IBADAH” (worship): meaning in ISLAAM!

Every action of a Muslim, that he performs with the niyyat (intention) of satisfying Allah the Almighty’s expectations can be classified as ‘ibadah’. Even the inhaling and exhaling of breath, are reward-able in the sight of Allah the Alimighty, subject to the reverence and honor the person keeps in his niyyat the love of Allah (subhanaWataalah). InshaAllah! Although it has different definitions according to the shariah all these definitions mean the same thing. Some of the definitions of the term made by the ulama are as follows: 

a) Something that is instructed (commanded) by the Shariah; even if it is the opposite of custom or to the general understanding. 

b) Everything which Allah The Almighty is content with and which He The Most High loves. For example the prayer, zakah, hajj, being truthful, not breaching the trust, being kind towards to parents, not cutting the relationship off with the relatives, loyalty to contracts, commanding good, forbidding from bad, making Jihaad against kuffar and munafiqun, being kind towards the neighbours, orphans, poor, needy ones, slaves and animals, dhikr, reciting the Qur’an, loving Allah Almighty and His messenger (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), to be afraid of Allah The Great, directing oneself towards Allah The Glorious, being sincere in the deen, making deen solely to Allah Almighty, being thankful to Allah The Most High for the blessings and showing content to the qadha (jurisdiction) of Allah, Tawakkul (trust and relied on) in Allah The Most Great, expecting the grace of Allah The Almighty and to be afraid from His punishment and acts like such would be taken in consideration under the term ibadah. 

c) Bowing down completely, which itself will necessitate feeling true love towards the one who is bowed to. Slave means the one who bows in complete to his beloved Allah The Most High. The amount of love towards his Rabb, is the amount of obedience he would have. The slave loving his Lord will necessitate bowing down before Him. It is because the meaning of loving Allah is; bowing down and understanding inability of ones own against His Lord with complete and infinite love. 

Ibn Qayyim (ra) says: “Ibadah is tawhid of love. Therefore the heart and the other organs must bow down to Allah Almighty as a result. The poet expressed in such a way: 

Love is to be in agreement with the loved one. 

To accept by heart things which (even) he does not like. 

Concordance with it is submitting to his instructions. 

The goal (is), to gain the consent of Allah.’ 

As seen, Ibn Qayyim (ra) described the term ibadah as tawhid of love and ‘ilm as total submission by the limbs. Anyone who loves something and bows to it will become, with his heart, a slave of that object. Or else love without reverence and bowing down or reverence without love can not be (called as) ibadah. 

Love and reverence (khushu) are the two basic conditions of ibadah. If an individual submits to his Lord while angry at Him; he won’t be a slave of Him or have performed ibadah to Him. If someone loves someone, as if he loves his children or his friend, but he does not bow down to it then he also would not be considered of performing ibadah to him or he won’t become a slave of it. In this regard it is not sufficient to perform ibadah to Allah The Most High without loving Him. On the contrary, one must place the love for Allah The Almighty over everything. The love for Allah The Most Great must be in the heart over the love for all other (types of) love. It is because as nobody has earned the right to really be bowed to except Allah The Glorious, no one has earned the right to be loved (except Allah). 

Tawhid in the ibadah is allocating all kinds of ibadah which had been prescribed by the shariah to Allah The most High. 

Ibn Abbas (ra) said: “The meaning of all statements in the Qur’an in the reference to ibadah is tawhid. And this is the call that, all the messengers have called upon and the mushrik (society) kept away from accepting it.” 

Ibadah is more general than tawhid when it is taken hand alone. It is because although every muwahhid is an abid (slave), not every abid is a muwahhid. Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

“Do you then see whom ye have been worshipping, You and your fathers before you? Verily they are all enemies to me; except the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.” (Shuara 26:75-77) 

“I do indeed clear myself of what ye worship: (I worship) only Him Who made me, and He will certainly guide me.” (Zuhruf 43:26-27) 

If one pays attention carefully, will see that Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) kept distant His Lord from the idols which they worshiped. As also seen in the ayah, the Mushrik people pray to Allah The Glorious; at the same time they associate partners to Allah Almighty. 

The meaning of the Ayah: “Nor will ye worship that which I worship.” (Kafirun 109:3 and 5) is: “You will not make ibadah in the way I make ibadah. You will only make ibadah in the way that you wish.” There is fine wisdom behind the fact that the radd (refusal) here is used in the future form and in different way. The actual goal here is to show that RasulAllah (peace and blessings be upon him) had never had tie -in no time and no where- with the idols of the mushrik. 

Now in order to inform this reality with absolute wording we see that the inconsistent verb that shows occurring and renewal later is used in the same refusal with the subject tense. This shows continuity. The use of two different tenses shows these following truths: 

First; “how can you request such a thing from me, because you know that I will never commit shirk.” 

Secondly; in this ayah as if the following is (to be) said: “I will perform an act under no circumstances such as ibadah to something different except Allah The Great and this (committing shirk) will never become a characteristics (attribute) for me.” 

As seen both were used around the actual point, to emphasize it. For the (when mentioning the) kuffar, not the verb, but the subject (ism-i fail), which indicates its stability and its characteristic (attribute) is used, it is to be stressed around the following: 

“The steady characteristic of those, which worship Allah Almighty alone is not expected from you; (it is because) you do not have such characteristic. This is to be seen only with those, who performs the ibadah simply to Allah Almighty and those who do not associate partners to Him The Glorious. As long as you worship other than Allah you will not be accounted as worshippers of Allah. Even if these people, from time to time, perform ibadah to Allah The Most High; this will not change the truth. It is because while performing ibadah to Allah The Almighty the mushrik will associate partners to Allah. Likewise the Ashab-ul Kahf said: 

“When ye turn away from them and the things they worship other than Allah…” (Kahf 18/16) 

Meaning you left the fake gods of the rejecter kuffar and mushrik and turned to Allah. 

“…We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah…” (Zumar 39/3) 

As seen above, the mushrik directs worship to other objects besides Allah Almighty. As such act is seen from the mushrik this act had not been taken as an act of rejection. Meaning this characteristic has not been forbidden as they are not like such when they reject and perform shirk to Allah Almighty. Only when they leave other fake gods that they worship aside completely and turn to Allah totally then they will earn this attribute (slave of Allah). The servant, who performs ibadah solely to Allah Almighty, as he does not compliment anyone other than Allah he also will not befriend those who compliment other than Allah and he under no circumstance commits shirk in the ibadah to Allah The Most Great. 

The individual who associates partners to Allah Almighty in the ibadah will never have the characteristic of worshipper of Allah The Most Great. This issue is the basis of the surat al-kafirun which is one of two surat al-ikhlas in the Qur’an. Therefore this surah is, as also mentioned in the ahadith, equal to a quarter of the Qur’an. 

Only those, who Allah Almighty gave the ability for understanding and comprehension, can understand this. The praise and the gratitude are entitled to Allah The Most Glorious. 

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

But when ye enter houses, salute one another with a greeting from Allah, 

blessed and sweet.  Thus Allah maketh clear His revelations for you, that 

haply ye may understand.

-[Holy Quran; 24; An-Nur, 61 part.]

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Then bring a scripture from the 


of Allah that giveth clearer guidance than these two (that) I may follow it,

if ye are truthful.

And if they answer thee not, then know that 

what they follow is their 


And who goeth farther astray than he who 

followeth his lust without 

guidance from Allah. Lo! Allah guideth not 

wrongdoing folk.

And now verily We (Allah) have caused the Word to reach them, that 

haply they may give heed.

—The Glorious Quran; 28; The Narrative; 49 to 51.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And when they became steadfast and believed firmly in Our (Allah’s) 

revelations, We ( Allah) appointed from among them leaders who guided 

by Our (Allah’s) command.

–The Glorious Quran; 32; The Prostration; 24.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Allah hath (now) revealed the fairest of statements, a Scripture 

consistent (wherein promises of reward are) paired (with threats of 

punishment), whereat doth creep the flesh of those who fear their Lord, 

so that their flesh and their heart soften to Allah’s reminder.  Such is 

Allah’s guidance, wherewith He guideth whom He will.  And him whom 

Allah sendeth astray, for him there is no guide.

–The Glorious Quran; 39; The Troops; 23.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Is he who founded his building upon duty to Allah and His good pleasure 

better; or he who founded his building on the brink of a crumbling, 

overhanging precipice so that it toppled with him into the fire of hell?  

Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.

–The Glorious Quran; 9; The Repentance; 109.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

While as for those who walk aright, He (Allah) addeth to their guidance, 

and giveth them their protection (against evil).

–The Glorious Quran; 47; Mohammed; 17.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And whatever of comfort ye enjoy, it is from Allah. 

Then when misfortune reacheth you, unto Him ye cry for help.

–The Glorious Quran; 16; the bee; 53.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the east and the west; but righteousness is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the scriptures and the prophets; and giveth wealth for the love of Him (Allah), to kinsfolk and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and set slaves free; and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor due.  And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress.  Such are they who are sincere.  Such are the Allah-fearing.

–The Glorious Quran; 2; the cow; 177.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And make not Allah, by your oaths, a hindrance to your being righteous and observing your duty unto Him and making peace among mankind.  Allah is Hearer, Knower.

–The Glorious Quran; 2; the cow; 224.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And when We (Allah) make life pleasant unto man, he turneth away and is averse; and when ill thoucheth him he is in despair.

–The Glorious Quran; 17; the night journey; 83.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Have ye any hope that they will be true to you, when a party of them used to listen to the word of Allah, then used to change it, after they had understood it, knowingly?

–The Glorious Quran; 2; the cow; 75.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And if We (Allah) willed We (Allah) could withdraw that which is revealed unto thee (Mohammed), then wouldst thou (Mohammed) find no guardian for thee against Us (Allah) in respect thereof.

–The Glorious Quran; 17; the night journey; 86.

Prophet Mohammed ( Peace Be Upon Him ) said :

” Cleanliness is half of faith and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and endurance is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves “

[Sahih Muslim,Book 2, Number 432]

Prayer ( Salat ) is one of the five pillars of Islam. There is hardly any Surah in the Holy Quran that does not expound or refers to the Significance of Salat.

It has been enjoined and made compulsory on every Muslim adult five times a day ( Fajr , Zuhr , Asr , Maghrib , Isha’ ) . The reason for it , is apparent , because from this practice stems all that is righteous.

Prayer is a communion between the Creator and the creation that Serves as the launch pad for attaining spiritual perfection.

Prayer keeps man away from all evils and lifts him from the mirth of his misdeeds to a heightened position. It cleanses him from all sins just as water removes dirt.

The essential principle of Islam is to infuse the conviction that Allah is there and to make His existence a living and driving force in man- and Salat is the means by which this great end is achieved.

Every time we perform Salat, we renew our commitments to Allah and we rid ourselves from worldly pressures 5 times a day.

The Morning Prayer, which is offered before sunrise, has been enjoined so that it may facilitate the understanding of how the darkness of night is outstripped by the light of day, calmness breaks into an uproar and the static turns into motion. It is said that each dawn is the key to the door of understanding of the Divine Being, for the discerning.

Islam preaches moderation. A Muslim is supposed to participate in the normal activities of life and amidst these activities he must resort to prostration before Allah.

Salat is that pillar of Islam, which is to be complied with under all conditions. The sick person who cannot pray standing can sit and pray- who cannot pray sitting prays lying down, one who can’t pray lying down may pray with his eyes.

Above all, the Salat is to Remember Allah Surely, the most important objective of the Salat is to Remember Allah.
Allah Said in The Holy Quran: “Recite, [O Mohammed], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do “
( Al-Ankaboot : 45 ).


♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And We (Allah) said: O Adam!  Dwell thou and thy wife (Eve) in the Garden (Heaven) and eat ye freely (of the fruits) thereof  where  ye will; but come not nigh this tree, lest ye become wrong-doers.

–The Glorious Quran; 2; surah baqarah; 35.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

He (Allah) it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He (Allah) may make it conqueror of all religion however much idolaters may be averse.

–The Glorious Quran; 61; the ranks; 9.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

They denied (the Truth) and followed their own lusts.  Yet everything will come to a decision

–The Glorious Quran; 54; the moon; 3. 

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And know that the messenger of Allah is among you.  If he were to obey you in much of the government, ye should surely be in trouble; but Allah hath endeared the faith to you and hath beautified it in your hearts, and hath made disbelief and lewdness and rebellion hateful unto you.  Such are they who are rightly guided.

–The Glorious Quran; 49; the private apartments; 7. 

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Lo! those who read the Scripture of Allah, and establish worship, and spend of that which We (Allah) have bestowed on them secretly and openly, they look forward to imperishable gain,

–The Glorious Quran; 35; the angels; 29.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Pharaoh said:  ye (his wizards) believe in Him (Allah) before I give you leave!  Lo! this is the plot that ye have plotted in the city that ye may drive its people hence.  But ye shall come to know!

–The Glorious Quran; 7; the heights; 123.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Ye should believe in Allah and His messenger, and should strive for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives.  That is better for you, if ye did but know.

–The Glorious Quran; 61; the ranks; 11.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Lo!  Those who give alms, both men and women, and lend unto Allah a goodly loan, it will be doubled for them, and theirs will be a rich reward. 

–The Glorious Quran; 57; iron; 18.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And they (people of the scriptures and idolaters) are ordained naught else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure for Him (Allah), as men nature upright, and to establish worship and to pay the poor-due.  That is true religion.

–The Glorious Quran; 98; the clear proof; 5.  

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Mankind were one community, and Allah sent (unto them)Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning that wherein they differed.  And only those unto whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it, after clear proofs had come unto them, through hatred one of another.  And Allah by His will guided those who believe unto the truth of that concerning which they differed.  Allah guideth whom He will unto a Straight path.

–The Glorious Quran; 2; surah: the cow; 213.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And We (Allah) created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in play.

–The Glorious Quran; 44; smoke; 38.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah.

–The Glorious Quran; 2; al-baqarah; 238.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

That day she (earth) will relate her chronicles,

Because thy Lord (Allah) inspireth her.

–The Glorious Quran; 99; the earthquake; 4 to 5.

♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And naught hindereth mankind from believing when the guidance cometh unto them, and asking forgiveness of their Lord, unless (it be that they wish) that the judgement of the men of old should come upon them or (that) they should be confronted with the Doom.

 –The Glorious Quran; 18; the cave, 55.


♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

And whoso bringeth the truth and believeth therein – Such are the dutiful.

 –The Glorious Quran; 39, the troops, 33.


♥*☆*♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥*☆*♥

Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided.

 –The Glorious Quran; 36;  ya-seen; 21.

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