HIS Right: (Worship) While I was riding behind the Prophet as a companion rider and there was nothing between me and him except the back of the saddle, he said, "Muadh! I replied, "Labbaik Allah's Messenger! and Sadaik!" He proceeded for a while and then said, "O Muadh!" I said, "Labbaik and Sadaik, O Allah's Messenger!" He then proceeded for another while and said, "0 Muadh bin Jabal!" I replied Labbaik, O Allah's Messenger, and Sadaik!" He said, " you know what is Allah's right on His slaves?" I replied, "Allah and His Messenger know better." He said, "Allah's right on his slaves is that they should worshipHim and not worship anything besides Him." He then proceeded for a while, and again said, "O Muadh bin Jabal!" I replied. "Labbaik, O Allah's Messenger, and Sadaik." He said, "Do you know what is (Allah's) slaves (peoples) right on Allah if they did that" I replied, "Allah and His Messenger know better." He said, "The right of (Allah's) slaves on Allaah is that He should not punish them (if they did that).","(Bukhaaree). This is what Allaah himself has told us in the Noble Quran. He informed us that this worship of Him is the only reason why he has created us. He says, "And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone}." (Q51:56).

So it would be an unreasonable person who abandons the main duty he has and start chasing less important matters. We should also note that only Allaah should be worshipped. No other being must be given a share of the worship due to Allaah, not even the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him), nor any other being for that matter. Allaah says, "And your ilIah (God) is One lIah (God - Allah), La i1aha ilia Huwa (there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He), the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful." (Q2:163).

So, not only must we know and understand what is worship, we should also be aware of what constitute shirk (worshiping others instead/along with Allaah). Allaah says, "And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah). "(Q16:36).

So the Messengers were sent to each and every community to tell them to worship Allaah alone and nct. to worship any other being apart from Allaah. And those who deny this message were punished. Greatest Sin Worshipping others beside or along with Allaah is the greatest sin someone can commit. Allaah has promised that He can forgive all sins (even if the person did not ask for forgiveness) but He will never forgive joining partners with Him in worship unless of course the person repented from this before death catches up with him.

He says, "Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin. (Q4:48).

What is worship? So what does worshipping Allaah alone mean? In it simplest form, the worship of Allaah means obeying the commands of Allaah, whether they be commands to do some acts (of the heart. tongue and limbs), commands to stay away from some acts (of the heart, tongue and limbs), commands encouraging some acts and commands discouraging some acts as conveyed to us by the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Allaah alone teaches how to worship Him One of the most fundamental truths that we must also learn and hold on to about worship is that it is only Allaah who can instruct us on how to worship him. He says, "Say: "Will you inform Allah about your religion?" (Q49:16}. This He has done by sending to us His commands through people He has chosen to convey the Message to us. Thus He is free of any blame of not warning us before hand. In fact we had already testified to this.

Allaah says, "And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adams loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): "Am I not your Lord?" They said: "Yes! We testify," lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: "Verily, we have been unaware of this." Or lest . you should say: "It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised AI-8atil (i.e. polytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allah)?" (Q7:172-173).

In the above verse, Allaah draws our attention to the fact that we had testified before coming to this world that we would not take any partners with Him in worship, even if our forefathers were to be found doing that. Worshipping Allaah alone means we must Allaah in the way He has commanded, with sure knowledge, with all our heart and with all our might and ability. Some of what we need to worship Allaah correctly are the following:

Knowledge AI-Ilm (Knowledge) for Allaah says to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), "So know that La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin o~ believing men and believing women." (Q47:19).And this knowledge should not leave any doubt in our heart for it to be complete. Allaah says, "Only those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, and afterward doubt not but strive with their wealth and their lives for the Cause of Allah. Those! . They are the truthful." (Q49:15)

Sincerity We also need AI-Iklaas (Sincerity) for this worship to be of any benefit, Allaah says, "Verily, We have sent down the Book to you in truth: So worship Allah (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah's sake only, (and not to show-off, and not to set up rivals with Him in worship)." (Q39:2).

Steadfastness: And thereafter we need to have AI-Istiqaamah (Adherence or steadfastness ), that is to remain firm in His worship: Allaah says, "Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is (only) Allah, " and thereafter Istaqamu (i.e. stood firm by abstaining from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allah has forbidden and by performing all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Q46:13)

His Right: (Obedience) All the acts of worship that we are supposed to do for Allaah cannot be done except as explained by His Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Since Allaah will not address us individually on each matter, Allaah in his infinite wisdom has chosen some people from amongst us for the reception and delivery of His message. Allaah has also decided to choose humans like ourselves so that all excuses are cut off, so that some people will not say, well the reason we cant do what Your Messengers asked us to do is because, they were angels and we are humans. Allaah says, "Say: "If there were on the earth, angels walking about in peace and security, We should certainly have sent down for them from the heaven an angel as a Messenger." (Q17:95)

Below are the rights that are due to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), Allaah's Last Messenger;

He should be obeyed: Because Allaah commanded it. Allaah says, "And We have also sent down unto you the reminder and the advice (the Quran), that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought." (Q16:44).

So in order to understand what Allaah requires of us, we have to listen to the person who can explain it. And this is the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him). This verse shows the folly of those who think they can do away with the sunnah (way) of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) which is the explanation of the Quran. In sending these Messengers, Allaah told us how we should interact with them, He says, "We sent no Messenger, but to be obeyed by Allahs Leave." (Q4:64). So unconditional obedience (to the best of our ability) to the Messengers of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) is compulsory because Allaah commanded it. This obedience is for all the Messengers during their own time and from their own people.

However, after the advent of last Messenger, obedience of all humans and jinns is due to him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Allaah says, "Blessed be He Who sent down the criterion (of right and wrong, i.e. this -Quran) to His slave (Muhammad SAW)that he may be a warner to the Alamin (mankind and jinns). (Q25:1) We should obey him in all matters for a complete faith Allaah says, "But no, by your Lord, they can have no faith, until they make you judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission." (Q4:65).

In this verse, Allaah says complete faith means to submit totally to the decision of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) with heart and might. Following him is proof for our love of Allaah Allaah says, "Say (0 Muhammad SAW to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Q3:31)

He should be obeyed: Because that leads to obeying Allaah. Allaah says that you obey Him only when you obey the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Allaah says, "He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah" (Q4:BO). This should not be surprising because as we mentioned earlier, Allaah will not address us individually, it will be through His Messengers. So the only way we can know what Allaah wants from us is through what His Messengers conveyed to us.

He should be obeyed: Because he guides to what is good. Allaah says, "If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messengers duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way). "(Q24:54)

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "It was the duty of every Prophet that has gone before me to guide his followers to what he knew was good for them and warn them against what he knew was bad for them." (Muslim)

Etiquettes with the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

Not to raise our voice above his: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) was alive; the Companions would not raise their voice above that of the Messenger and when he passed on whenever his ahadeeths are related, all other opinions are dropped. This is in obedience to Allaah's command, "0 you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while you perceive not." (Q49:2) Allaah also says, "It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error. (Q33:36)

Seek Allaah's Blessing on him: Allaah says, "Allah sends His Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet and also His angels too (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad SAW), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting." (Q33:56)

The danger of not obeying him

Allaah says, "And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell what an evil destination." (Q4:115).

This is enough threat for anyone who fears the Day of Reckoning. May Allaah make us one of those who follow the way of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him). Amin.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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