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Posted on Sat, Nov 11, 2006 01:37

Q: What is the first (religious) obligation on Allah's servants? A: The first religious obligation on Allah's servants is to realize the purpose for which Allah the Almighty created them. The purpose for which He took their covenant and sent them His Messengers and Books, and for which He created this present life, the Hereafter, Paradise and Hell-fire; and for which the Inevitable would come true; and the Event would befall; and for which the Balance is set and the records fly; and for which there would be either happiness or misery according to which the lights would be divided. For any to whom Allah gives not light there will be no light for him! Q: What is the purpose of creation? A: Allah, the Almighty says: {And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them for mere play. We created them not except with truth(i.e. to examine and test those who are obedient and those who are disobedient and then reward the obedient ones and punish the disobedient ones), but most of them know not} (Ad-dukhan, 38-39) He also says: { And We created the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve!} (Sad, 27) He also says: {And Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth, in order that each person may be recompensed what he has earned, and they will not be wronged.} (Al-Jathiyah 22) He also says: {And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them (i.e provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me. (i.e feed themselves or My creatures). Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, owner of power. the Most Strong}. (Ad-dhariyat, 56-58) Q: What is the meaning of the word (abd) servant of Allah? A: one sense, the word Abd may refer to the subdued or subjugated. This meaning encompasses all aspects of creation: higher and lower. rational and irrational, animate an inanimate, dynamic and static apparent and hidden, believing and disbelieving, and pious and evil, etc., all of which are created by Allah, the Almighty. They are subjected to Him, and managed by Him Alone. Moreover, all of them have a limit, a destination and each one runs (its course) for an appointed term. Such is the judgment and order of (Him), the Exalted in Power, the Omniscient. It can also be the understood to refer to the modest who loves the Almighty, in which case it would only refer to the believing men and women, who are Allah's honorable servants, slaves and pious ones, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve. Q: What is worship? A: Worship is a comprehensive word that refers to all which pleases Allah and which He likes, viz., good words and deeds that are made manifest or concealed, and freedom from all which contradicts this. Q: When can a deed be considered an act of worship? A: If two elements are fulfilled: perfect love (for Allah) along with perfect submission (to Him) Allah the Almighty says: (But whose believe, love Allah more (than anything else)) (Al-Baqarah, 165) Allah the Almighty says: (verily those who live in awe for fear of their lord) (Al-Mu'minun 57) Allah the Almighty gathered these two elements in the following verse that reads (Verily they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us) (Al-Anbiya 90) Q: How can we prove that Allah's servant loves his lord? A: The proof is evident when one loves what is loved by Allah and dislikes what is disliked by Him, he should act according to His Orders and avoid His Prohibitions, he should be with those who love Allah, and show severe enmity to His enemies, That is why love and hatred for the sake of Allah are the most significant signs of Iman (faith) Q: How can the servant of Allah know what he loves? A: They gain this knowlodge through the Messengers of Allah and the Revelation of Divine Scriptures that contain the orders and prohibitions of Allahm, the Almighty. Thus, He has presented His irrefutable proof and showed His infinite wisdomto all mankind. Allah the Almighty says: (Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allah after the (coming of) Messengers) "An-Nisa',165" He says: (Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to mankind): If you really love Allahthen follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you sins and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, most Merciful) "Al-'Imran, 31" Q: How can the servant of Allah know what He loves? A: They gain this knowledge through the Messengers of Allah and the Revelation of Divine Scriptures that contain the orders and prohibitions of Allah, the Almighty. Thus, He has presented His irrefutable proof and showed His infinite wisdom to all mankind. Allah, the Almighty says: {Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allah after the (coming of) Messengers}. (An-Nisa', 165) He says: (Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to mankind): If you (really) love Allah then follow me,(Accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah. (Translator)) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is 0ft-Forgiving, Most Merciful}. (Al' Imran, 31) Q: What are the conditions of worship? A: There are three conditions of worship: First: Sincere determination, which is a pre-condition for the fulfillment of the act of worship. Second:Sincerity of intention. Third: Compliance with Islamic Law (Shari'ah) ordained by Allah. The last two conditions are a prerequisite for the acceptance of the act of worship by Allah. Q: What is the meaning of "Sincerity of determination"? A: It means warding off lethargy and laziness, and exerting one's effort in making his words coincide with his deeds. Allah, the Almighty says: {O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do}.(As-Saff, 2-3) Q: What is the meaning of "Sincerity of intention"? A: It means that all the sayings and deeds of Allah's slave, both manifest and concealed, must be accompanied by the intention for no one but Allah, the Most High. Allah, the Almighty says: {And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone'}. (Al-Bayyinnh, 5) He also says: {And who has (in mind) no favor from anyone to be paid back Except to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High}. (Al-Lail, 19-20) He also says: {we feed you seeking Allah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you}. (Al- lnsan, 9) He also says: {Whosoever desires (by his deeds) the reward of the Hereafter, We give him increase in his reward, and whosoever desires the reward of this world (by his deeds), We give him thereof (what is decreed for him), and he has no portion in the Hereafter} (Ash-Shura, 20)


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