Friday, April 9, 2010

Worship ('Ibadah)

Its definition: It is a comprehensive term for all that Allah loves and is pleased with from sayings and deeds, both outer and inner.
There are many kinds of worship: Prayer, supplication, love, fear, sacrifice, making vows, etc. All forms of worship must be dedicated purely for Allah Almighty, Who says:
And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone. [Bayyinah 98:5]
Whoever dedicates any kind of worship to other than Allah, then he has committed major Shirk, and his recompense is an eternal life in the Hellfire. Allah Almighty says:
Say: "I invoke only my Lord, and I associate none as partners along with Him." [Al-Jinn 72:20]
And Allah Almighty says:
Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers. [Al-Ma'idah 5:72]
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]