Sincerity in Worship

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Sincerity in Worship

 

Worship is the profound feeling of the Grandeur of the Almighty Creator motivated by humility and submission to His will. When a man stands before Allah for prayers, he should forget the world and recall in repeating Allah Akbar the greatness of Allah and His Divine supremacy over everything else; and should devote himself to the prayers with complete humility, since he is before the Greatest to whose will all things have submitted with utmost humiliation.

Listen to this Sign:

"Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to (Allah) most Gracious as a servant". [Maryam S. XIX. 19 : 93]

With such feelings, prayers, must be performed in a phase marking the conditions of real sincerity in worship and surrender of a clean heart.

Another section of worship with conditional terms of sincerity is the call for Allah's favours as explained by our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in these words: "Calling on Allah is the root of worship". He also said: "Call on Allah and be certain of His response". Allah says in this verse:

"When my servants ask thee concerning me, I am indeed Close (to them). I Listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me let them also, with a will, listen to My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way. [Baqara S. 11. 2 : 186]

In another sign Allah says:

 "Call on Me: I will answer your (prayer)". [Mu-Min SXL - 40:60]

It is obvious therefore that you should call on no one else but Allah no matter what his prominent position may be, as the call is the sole concern of Allah alone.

In a further text of the Holy Qur'an Allah said:

It is a clear meaning and easy example for us to consider. This Sign gives a clear meaning and an easy example for us to consider that no one else but Allah should be invited to help or respond to the call of mankind since no one is in a position to create a fly or to take back anything snatched away by flies.

"O men! Here is A parable set forth Listen to it Those on Whom besides Allah, ye call, cann't create (Even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose and if the fly Should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power To release it from the fly". [Hajj S. XXII. 22 : 73]

Worship is not limited to the call alone, it also includes the request of relief   

 aid from Allah and not from anybody else, for man is unable to provide help without the consent of the Creator.

Allah has provided a directive to mankind in the following verse of the opening Chapter of the Holy Qur'an which is recited in all prayers:

"Thee do we worship and Thine aid we seek". [Fatiha SI. 1 : 5] 

Notwithstanding the appeal to Allah for help, at times of distress, is a part of worship, as none else but our Mighty Allah is able to assist at periods of adversity and calamity. For example: a man undergoing serious sickness, or fearing to be drowned at sea or losing his life in an air crash, he should raise his hands to Heaven and pray to Allah for help and rescue and Allah will respond to his call as promised.

Referring to the story of Fighters in the Holy Qur'an when they asked the assistance of Allah at a critical moment of war against the heretics; Allah addressed the most refined creations, (Companions of our Prophet – Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam).

"Remember ye implored the assistance of your Lord and he answered you : I will assist you" [Anfal S. VIII, 8 : 9]

It is a further worship for a Muslim to appoint a rite of sacrifice to glorify Allah alone.

Rites of sacrifice other than in glorification of Allah is not permissible to be offered in commemoration of pious men.

"Say: Truly, my Prayer and my Service of sacrifice, my life and my death are (all) for Allah the Cherisher of the world, No partner hath he.

This am I commanded and I am the first of those who bow to His will". [An'am S. VI 6 : 162 – 163]

Besides the call on Allah the appeal for help and the offer of sacrifices, there are other kinds of worship. The reliance on Allah, fear of Allah, and the humility to Allah are also ways of worship requiring sincerity and true call on Allah alone as the sole right of Allah for any appeal made to any source other than the Creator is an act of heretism incompatible with the oneness of our Lord.

In this sense our Mighty Lord advised us in the Holy Qur'an as follows:

"Whoever expects to meet his lord, let him work righteousness". [Kahf S.XVIII. 18 – 110].

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