THE CONCEPT OF WORSHIP IN ISLAM (IBADAH) 6:48

Al Khaliq

Surah Al Anaam (The Surah of Tawheed)
6:48 We send the apostles only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend (their lives),- upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Wama nursilu almursaleena illa mubashshireena wamunthireena faman amana waaslaha fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoona
وَمَا نُرْسِلُ الْمُرْسَلِينَ إِلاَّ مُبَشِّرِينَ وَمُنذِرِينَ فَمَنْ آمَنَ وَأَصْلَحَ فَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ (6:48

In this ayah there are three succinct messages:
1. The role and reason for sending the messengers
2. The explanation of the concept of Worship or ibadah
3. The outcome of those who deny, disobey or distort (Bidah) the methods of ibadah as sent by Allah via his messengers.
A. The Role and reason for sending Messengers:

Rasools (mursaleena) have been sent with a purpose and a particular message to teach people how to obey Allah (ibadah/worship) and that is good news but they are also sent to put fear in the hearts of people who do not obey Allah
B. The Concept of Worship:
Allah subhanawataala says in the Quran that He (SWT) made mankind and jinn to worship Him and sent the messengers to teach the people How to do it. Ibadah (Worship) has a particular methodology as taught by the apostles (Messengers) while gently putting fear in the hearts of the people if they disobey.
There are some specifications for Ibadah. There is a Particular method, a particular time and sometimes a particular place to obey Allah SWT
The specifications of Ibadaah:
1 Sabab: Reason e.g. such as Ramadan is here so we have a reason to perform this particular form of ibadat
2. Qadar: There is length for a particular type of ibadah e.g. Ramadan has 29-30 days
3. Kayfiyat: a state i.e. that of fasting
4. Zaman: Duration, e.g. a particular time and duration of fasting (dawn till dusk)
5. Maqaam: in some ibadah there is a particular place where they have to be performed e.g. such as in Hajj
Rasools (The Prophets) have been sent to teach us how to perform ibadat, if we follow what the rasool teach us then it is an ibadat. Any act of ibadat eg such as wudu & taharah is designated an ibadah if done with the intention and by using the sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH).

Thus if we wash ourselves as instructed by our Prophet (PBUH) it becomes an ibadat, whereas if we do the same act randomly then though it cleans us but it is no longer is an act of ibadat.
C. The outcome of those who deny, disobey or distort (Bidah) the methods of ibadah as sent by Allah via his messengers.
If one invents a process of prayer which does not follow the method that our Rasool (PBUH) taught us and claim it as ibadat then that is called Bidah and it becomes a waste of time, because we may think we are doing ibadah, but in actuality it is not recognized as worship by Allah SWT.
All ibadaat demand knowledge of the actions and behavior of the Rasool (PBUH) it is Allah’s rahma that He has sent messengers to teach us how to do ibadat.
The one who enters into emaan and corrects his or her life according to the teachings the messenger (Amaal e- Saleh) shall have no fear or sadness.
Amaal-e saleh has two major components:
1. Ikhlas Lillah (purity of intention with Allah)
2. Mutabaat RasoolAllah I.e. actions, which follow (obey) RasoolAllah (PBUH)
Those who spend their lives as Allah has instructed us to do so via His (SWT) messengers then they will have no fear of the future, they will have Allah’s Ehsaan, and will not be immersed in sadness. (on loss of Ajar)
If one is doing Bidah (inventing personal methods of worship without seeking guidance from the Quran and Sunnah or adapting them for personal comfort) and thinking that they are doing worship will be sad on the day of Judgment at the loss of time and effort.

The above post is my humble attempt to translate the tafseer by Farhat Hashmi.

Allah Knows Best.

How do you maximize your ibadah on a daily basis?

15 thoughts on “THE CONCEPT OF WORSHIP IN ISLAM (IBADAH) 6:48

  1. Pingback: WHAT IS INCLUDED IN IBADAH (WORSHIP) IN ISLAM? Surah Yaseen 36:60-61 | Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

  2. Kinza, you started with the right footing Alhamdulillah. I was 19 when I started doing my hijab. I did it because I was sick of being a rebel. I was a born muslim, but I’d read about Marxism at fourteen and was doubting God, it transcended into Kahlil Gibran, a bit of Urdu Socialist poetry, Nietzsche and the works. That’s why it’s important for people to start learning about religion early.
    Once I was done with this and that, I read something else that made me question my belief. It asked one question, if I die tomorrow, what will I take with me, how will I face Allah(swt). Then a sebsequent series of events followed, I dreamt about hijab, a random conversation with a friend and the thought. It was a bit too much.
    One day, my friend wanted to pray and I was just nuetral towards her prayer, she asked me don’t you ray five times a day, like it was the most natural thing in the world to do. For her it was, for me it wasn’t. I was moved.
    After A’levels, I started with my hijab, it was a continuous reinforcement of my Muslim identity. Thus I needed to keep my actions in check, establish namaz and other things.
    I’ve been lucky, that I have had wonderful friends. Beautifully inclined towards religion. They’ve known what was right, eve if they weren’t practicing it then. But gradually, after making tons of mistakes, we’re getting there.
    It’s only now, when I am twenty one years of age, a month ago, that I started covering my face too. Two months since, I started my abaya. All the things fall into place, once you ask Allah(swt) for help.
    He rushes to help you, when you think everyone has shunned you.
    My parents and siblings and friends have to accommodate my lifestyle changes, sometimes they find it hard, my mum and sister very supportive, Mash’Allah. My father and brother are not. It’s difficult to please everyone, but if you do it for Him(swt) alone, everything makes sense.
    There’s no real story. You were duped. Lol.
    Asalam o alaikum.
    What you’re doing is commendable, may Allah guide us all and give us istaqamah. Am’een.

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  3. When i read your comment…..and all what you have mentioned about the changes in your life style i am not even closer to that.
    Living in USA i think we compromise alot . We try to change our selves just to blend in and i did that too. I dont wear hijab but i am taking one step at a time as i am not that strong. I try not to waste time in watcing tv which was very easy for me to do but very difficult for my family to undersatnd. I also try to avoid litrature and conversations that peolpe think is a sign of being moderate, i rather read Quran and talk to the people who can add to my knowledge of deen. Its not easy to give up all the bad habbits to begin with…….and on top of it the criticism really makes it a jihad.
    I hope i have answered your question 🙂
    I would love to hear your story as well.
    Keep me in your prayers.

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  4. Mash’Allah Kinza, it’s not easy to change when the world is at one end and you are on the other, but it’s only Allah(swt’s) mercy that we are able to walk out of ignorance.
    At the risk of sounding too curious, what are the things that you do that make people call you things like mullani or a hard-liner?
    May Allah grant your Father jannah, parents are jewels irrespective of their beliefs. It’s truly a tug of war, everything becomes a jihad.
    Asalam o alaikum.

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  5. This one is for falsa…..
    Jazak Allah…..thank you for keeping me in your prayers….
    My story is not something worth telling as i have not told any of it to anyone before. Where as i also believe even the littlest of something somtimes makes the biggest of impacts…..so here it is.
    I came from an upper middle class family in Pakistan. My parents gave us strong values as well as the liberty to have our own opinon. My mother and father both are wonderful people with alot of qualities that are very rare to find these days. Yet there was a big conflict in our lives, as both of them were from different sects of Islam. My father (who passed away almost two years ago) was my mentor….i loved him and always looked up to him. He never imposed his believes on us, as we took after our mother’s or i must say thats what it felt like to me.At the same time it was very hard for me to think that my beloved father may not be right in his faith. So as far as i remember i started reading the meaning of Quran as soon as i finished with the Arabic. I tried to figure things out on my own…..which was not easy. I came across alot of questions but never the right answers.
    Then a friend of mine who was going through the same situation guided me and took me to his teacher, which changed my life once and for all. I knew the direction of my journey…..i had alot of breaks in it as i am a very weak person , but Allah (SWT) keeps on sending me one hand after the other. I am still struggling and am trying to change, which is not easy. I have to face alot of criticism for my views. I have been told to be moderate and not to become a “hard liner”. I listen to all of it but pray for the strenght that only Almighty can grant me. My efforts have lead me to this point that i am only a muslim….i dont belong to any sect…i dont even want to know what they say and what are the differences amongst them . All i try to do is figure out what my creator is telling me, how to live here to make my here after worth waiting for……and thats all……

    P.S please keep my father in your prayers.

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  6. Falsa Asalaam o alaikum, I have relayed your message to Kinza, she is better, but her computer has a bug..so we wait.
    Please give my salaams to the family and keep me in your prayers.

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  7. JP….thank you for your insightful comment. I have to continuously remind myself that judgment is for the Day of Judgment and all judgment is to be done by Him (SWT).
    An exercise that I have adopted is : when I get irritated by someone, or I feel that person is getting my goat, I look at myself and ask myself, which part of me is feeling that? my ego? or my desire to improve myself. I find that nine out of ten times it is my ego that is irritated and impatient.
    May Allah bless you for your feedback and I pray that you will continue to struggle to achieve the true essence of doing things fi sabillallah, it lifts off all the weight from the doer. Please keep me in your prayers.
    Jazaaik Allah hu Khairan.
    Falsa………..thank you for the wonderful additions, inshallah I will pray for your dear Dadi, May Allah forgive her sins and give her the best place in jannat ul firdaous. One of her wonderful achievements that she leaves behind is a caring girl on the path of Deen. doesn’t she?
    Kinza is sick:(she will respond as soon as she recovers )May Allah reward you. I appreciate your comments always!

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  8. We can maximize our ibadah, through little & big ways.
    Simple things, taking off our shoes, before eating saying bismillah, smiling as a sadaqah, being nice and charitable when in distress, or while in traffic instead of cursing, reciting the kalimah, incorporating beautiful sunnahs of our Prophet(saw).
    Trying to avoid sins, is the biggest way of increasing our ibadah.
    For instance, we avoid music, or gatherings that violate islamic principles, we get sawab for it.
    Just simple things, they make all the difference in the world.
    Yesterday my bari-dadi passed away, in her will she mentioned to bury her as soon as possible and not do bidda’ats like khana after her funeral.
    Even in her death, she earned sawab. Please pray for her.
    Asalam o alaikum wa rahmatul lahi wa barakatahu.
    Blogger mom, I still don’t have Kinza’s story.

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  9. I did not mean You (Asqfish) when I said the following. I should have typed:

    (We) cannot make another find truth, divinity, or righteousness. (We) have to lead others to the trough to let them feed themselves.

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  10. Asqfish,

    Excuse for me for being off topic on your post, but I wanted to respond to a point you made on my blog. You mentioned the mindset of “not being there yet.” It is something I have often thought of (although I may have picked up from the Buddhists and the “you are here now” philosophy).

    We try to make others look through our eyes. We want to impose our values, morals, beliefs, and religion on others. We think they are naive, stupid, or immoral when they are not unified with out message or code. You cannot make another find truth, divinity, or righteousness. You have to lead others to the trough to let them feed themselves.

    Every human being is worthy and important. With recognition of this truth and the love of their fellow man/woman, the creator is realized. Judgment is sinful and creates wedge among the children. You left an incredibly uplifting comment on my blog some time ago. It was a powerful inspiration and motivation for me to do the same for someone else.

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  11. The names of Allah(picture) is from a giant painting of the 99 names of Allah hanging in the entrance foyer of the retreat venue (gym)

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