What is worship? Why should we worship Allah?

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c- Worshipping Allah

Worship means to fulfill the commands of Allah and to avoid His prohibitions. Allah states the following in the Quran regarding the issue:

"O ye people! Adore your Guardian-Lord, who created you and those who came before you, that ye may have the chance to learn righteousness; Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith Fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth). ".1

Thus, worshipping our Lord, who created us out of nothing, is our greatest debt of slavery because He made the world like a palace for us. He sent down water from the sky and extracted all kinds of fruits and food from the ground as sustenance. Therefore, it is one of our most important responsibilities to thank Him by worshipping Him.

Prayer, fasting, hajj and zakah are the most important deeds of worship. The reason why we do those deeds of worship is that Allah orders them. All of the benefits and interests originating from those deeds of worship can only be a reason for preference and encouragement.

The Worship of Prayer

Prayer is the pillar of the religion and it is a very comprehensive prayer and deed of worship that includes all other deeds of worship. It is an invitation to the spiritual presence of Allah, who creates people out of nothing and grants them all kinds of blessings, at certain times five times a day. There is a great comfort of the spirit, the heart and mind in prayer.

Allah does not need our worship

Allah does not need anything. He is Samad, that is, everything needs Him, but He does not need anything. It is man who needs worshipping. Worship is like medicine for our spiritual wounds. For example, if a patient says to a compassionate physician who gives him some useful drugs about his illness and insists that the patient should take them, “Why do you insist so much? Do you need it?”, it will be nonsense. For, it is the patient, not the doctor, who needs them. The doctor insists for the benefit of the patient.

Similarly, Allah commands us to worship for the comfort of our hearts, souls, and minds, and for being saved from spiritual diseases.

Belief consists of a mental and conscientious judgment and approval. It is also worship that strengthens belief and shows the signs of belief as deeds. The most comprehensive and general deed of worship is prayer. Therefore, the following is stated in a hadith: “Prayer is the pillar of religion”. What keeps a building upright is the column. Similarly, what keeps the religion of a person upright, that is, keeps him away from sins and draws him closer to Allah by making him an addressee is his prayer.

Besides, worship is a sign that shows the degree and existence of belief.

1.al-Anbiya, 22. Muhammad, 38.

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