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The Foundations of Ibadah
  The Obligation of Ibadah Upon the Creation
Author: Abu Iyad as-Salafi
Source: The Book of Worship
Article ID : IBD010001  [16324]  
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As such, the goodness or badness of a believer's conduct depends on his actions; his actions are performed by the limbs Allaah has made for him. His limbs in turn are subservient to his heart which is the controller of his body. The Messenger (sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said: "Indeed, there is a piece of flesh in the body which if it is wholesome and sound the whole body is wholesome and sound and which if it be corrupt the whole body is corrupt. Indeed, it is the heart"[49]

In view of this, the servants's success in the Hereafter depends on the condition of his heart. Allaah the Exalted said:

{The Day on which neither wealth nor sons will benefit. Except he who comes to Allaah with a sound heart}[50]

Allaah revealed to His servants and made obligatory upon them that which would guide, heal and admonish their hearts so that they remain pure, sound and healthy. This is nothing but the Ibaadah of Allaah Azzawajall to which the hearts are naturally inclined. He made clear to them the consequences should they believe in this message and also the consequences should they disbelieve or become ungrateful. He has done this in a manner which is truly exhaustive and full of concern, compassion and care.

{O you who bellieve! Answer Allaah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life and know that Allaah comes in between a person and his heart. And verily to Him shall you all be gathered}[51]

Whoever responds to this call and humbles himself then he will have prospered and will be given an everlasting life of joy and bliss. Allaah has prepared immense rewards for he who comes to Allaah having kept his heart pure (from all false beliefs, doubts, suspicions, lusts and desires) and filled his heart with Eemaan (faith); and on account of that, worshipped Allaah upon Tawheed, in the manner requested by Allaah Azzawajall and as described by His Messenger (sallallaahu-aliahi-wasallam).

As for those who associate partners with Allaah, disbelieve in Allaah and His Messenger, refuse His worship out of arrogance, are neglectful in their worship, or increase in their sins and transgressions to such an extent that their acts of worship become null and void, for them Allaah has prepared a punishment equivalent to their transgression and sin. Like for like.

{Truly, when it was said to them: "Laa ilaaha illallaaha" (none is deserving of Ibaadah in truth except Allaah alone) they puffed themselves up with pride (i.e. denied it)}[52]

{And your Lord said: Call upon me (i.e. believe in My uniqueness and My right to be worshipped and then ask me anything), I will respond to your invocation. Verily! Those who scorn My worship (i.e. do not believe in Me and do not call upon Me) they will surely enter Hell in humiliation}[53]

{And We shall drive the Mujrimoon (Polytheists, sinners, criminals. disbelievers in the worship of Allaah etc.) to Hell, in a thirsty state (like a thirsty herd driven down to water)}[54]

{This day (Day of Resurrection) no soul will be dealt with unjustly and nor will you be requited anything except that which you used to do}[55]

The free will and choice which Allaah has given every person (by means of the faculties of hearing, sight and reflection/thought) justifies their responsibilty and accountability for their actions and also the resulting reward or punishment.

{Verily, We have shown him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful}[56]

{And We have guided Him (i.e. shown him, made clear to him) to the two paths (i.e. the path of righteousness and the path of evil}[57]

{And say: The Truth is from your Lord, so whoever wishes then let him believe and whoever wishes then let him disbelieve} [58]

Therefore:

{Every soul is held in pledge for that which he has earned}[59]

Judgement

Allaah has decreed death for all of mankind and none of them can escape it. Death is the means by which the fixed term of each soul comes to an end and is returned to its Lord to be judged and subsequently rewarded or punished without the least injustice.

{Wherever you may be Death will overtake you}[60]

{Every soul shall taste Death and then will you be given your recompense on the Day of Judgement. So whoever is saved from the Fire and is made to enter Paradise then he will have succeeded and this Life is nothing but a deceiving entertainment}[61]

Unification of Ibaadah for Allaah the Exalted

As such, whoever reflects and ponders over what has preceded will realise that the whole of creation revolves around nothing but the Ibaadah of its Creator and Sustainer


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