Why do we worship Allah?!?!

The purpose of man on this earth and this existence is to worship Allah alone. Worship represents utmost submission blended with ultimate love for Allah. It encompasses the whole of religion and embraces all life with its various aspects. Why do we worship Allah? Why did Allah make His worship and obedience incumbent upon us, while He is in no need of it? What is the purpose of making the worship obligatory on us? Does our worshipping, devoutness, calling on Him, adherence to His commandments and prohibitions, benefit Him in any way?  Or does the benefit go to us, His creation? What then is that benefit? Is the purpose merely our obedience to His commands?

In fact, the  worship of any of His slaves avails no benefit to Him(Praise be to Him,) nor does the turning away of any arrogant person from Him harm Him in any way. The Quran narrates the statement of Sulaiman –‘Alaihi Al-Salam-.  (Solomon) said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord!- to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! and if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Free of all Needs, Supreme in Honour!" (27:40)  Another verse of Quran reads as follow: “O ye men! It is ye that have need of Allah: but Allah is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise.” (35:15)   

Allah reveals through a hadith Qudsi: “ O my servants, it is beyond your capability to harm me; and it’s beyond your capability to  avail any benefit for Me. O My servants, if all of you –first and last, humans and jinn- were like the one among you with the most dissolute heart, that would take nothing away from My kingdom.”(Muslim) .

I believe that if we are able to know the answer to those perpetual questions –“From where did I come? To Where shall I go? Why am here?- it become easy for us to know the answer to above question. The answer lies hidden in the nature of man himself; in the nature of his mission on the earth and in the purpose for which he was stationed in this life.

The human beings are not just the physical exterior that we sense and sight; one which demands it’s potion of earthly food and drink. The essence of man rather lies in that precious substance by which he became recognized as a human being and as responsible for all creation on earth. That substance is nothing but the soul which derives its energy and purity from the intimate discourse with Allah (the Mighty and the Majestic). It is the worship of Allah which provides sustenance and nourishment to this soul and dispenses its daily requirements, never running out nor depleting.

If negligence and ignorance accumulate on this metaphysical entity and if the corrosion of denial and suspicion rust it then it is in times of great tribulations that it may stir up and extricate this accumulated dust; the fire of hardship and suffering may erupt and as a consequence eliminate the corrosion. It is at this instance that the human being instantaneously returns to Allah, calls out to Him and humbles himself before Him. This is the fact that has been mentioned in the Qur’an and supported by the ongoing events of human life: “He it is Who enableth you to traverse through land and sea; so that ye even board ships;- they sail with them with a favourable wind, and they rejoice thereat; then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and they think they are being overwhelmed: they cry unto Allah, sincerely offering (their) duty unto Him saying, "If thou dost deliver us from this, we shall truly show our gratitude!" (10:22)

The human heart always feels the need for God. This is a veritable and pristine sentiment, the vacuume of which cannot be filled by anything in the existence except by a strong bond with the Lord of Existence. This is exactly is the role of worship when performed aptly. 

Ibn Tymiyya states: “By nature, the heart is destitute of Allah from two aspects: from the aspect of worship and from the aspect of recourse and reliance. The heart cannot be righteous, cannot thrive, cannot be pleasant, cannot be happy, cannot enjoy, cannot feel delighted, cannot be at peace, nor can it be contented, but by the worship of its Lord alone, with His love and by returning to Him. If the heart attains all the relished created things, it still cannot be contented nor can it be at peace, because it has its own inherent need to its Lord, who is its deity, beloved and the cherished One. With this does it (the attain delight and pleasure; enjoyment and comfort; peace and tranquallity.”

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