Islamiat Notes Practical Law (Ibadat) Lecture No. 7

Lecture No. 7


" then seek ye sustenance from Allah, serve Him, and be grateful to Him: to Him will be your return.

“Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.”
Literal Meaning of worship

The word Ibadat as taken out from the word Abd (A Servant of God) and Abd is the second name of servant, so we can say that a service for anyone is called Ibadat or Divine. 
 service means a job for anyone and prefer the command of master in every affair.

Technical meaning of worship

for the very respect of anyone take choice of deep kindness with whole heartedly is called obedience.

Meaning and Islamic theory

As we said in the beginning the religious teachings the Prophet brought into the world from God fall into two categories one appertaining to belief and ideology and the other to morality and action. The teachings of the first group we have discussed already and now we will address ourselves to those of the second .These later ones, to which exclusively ,the term Shariat ,is sometimes applied are again classified into a number of sections like worship, morality ,social conduct ,religious and favor and government and politics.

Just as in the sphere of belief the fundamental articles of faith command the highest preference in the Shariat worship is of the super most importance because it is through it that the relationship between God and His creatures finds its most candid and intimate expression, and it also plays a vital role in the uplift and reformation of all the other departments of human existence.

Worship in Islam denotes acts a person performs solely with the object of paying his humble homage to the Glory and Magi helplessness , humility ,submissiveness and devotion ,and of gain these acts are also called Kuruba,t (meaning the means of access) They incu\lude Namaz ( prayer) Roza ( fasting ) Hajj ( propitiatory offerings ) Zikro-o- Tilawat ( repeating the names attributes and praises of God and the recitation of the Qur’an ) Kurbani ( animal sacrifice ) and all other deeds of devotion carried out exclusively to pay reverent service to the Almighty and for one ,s won spiritual benefit.

Worship is the medium of contact between the worshipper and the worshipped. It extends staring from the one to the other. It is obvious that our prayers and other devotional performances do no good to God, they add nothing to His power or Glory .A Tradition has it that,” If all men and all things, first and last, were to become pious and religious in the extreme it would not advance the Magnificence of God by am mere atom, an if all of them were to become the worst sinners and offenders it would not detract from His Resplendent Majesty an Greatness even by the slights degree imaginable.

Our worship in short, is wholly for our own good and the fulfillment of our spiritual destiny .We have been commanded to it by God so that we may thereby strengthen our awareness of Him and make ourselves worthy of His special grace.

It is true that there can , be no likeness or comparison between God and men .One is the Mighty Creator and ht supreme Owner of the heavens and the earth ,the a hopeless weakling a creature of a filthy drop of fluid .A worthless .despicable worm can be said to possess greater similarity to the most powerful monarch on the earth than man can ever claim to have with his Maker .How ,then ,is man to obtain access to God and win His favor and love This can be possible only through making an explicit acknowledgement of God ,s infinite power an majesty and his own complete humbleness an affirming it through his daily action .This is what brings man closer to God an makes him His beloved , trusted servant.

“To the 'Ad people', (We sent) Hood, one of their (own) brethren: he said: "O my people! Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Allah)?"
“For we assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger, (with the Command), "Serve Allah, and eschew Evil”

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