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THE REAL WORSHIP

According to the Qur’an, worship of God controls one’s character. In the chapter al-‘Ankabut (The Spider), the Qur’an says: Surely prayer restrains one from indecency and evil  (29:45)

This Qur’anic verse gives us a very important aspect of worship. It presents the true picture of the worship of God. Worship is not a spiritless ritual. Worship is a living act. A worshipper recites verses of the Qur’an during his prayer. These verses tell him about the dos and don’ts of his daily life. They tell him what the secret of success is and how one can obtain salvation in the world hereafter. This means that ibadat (or worship) makes a worshipper very conscious about his daily behavior and his social conduct—in his family and other walks of life. After performing the prayer, when the worshipper returns to society, he is a man with a difference.

For example, in his worship, the worshipper repeatedly says ALLAHUAKBAR, which means, ‘God alone is great, greatness is only for God Almighty’. This saying inculcates the spirit of modesty in the worshipper. At the end of this worship, he addresses all of mankind by saying peace and blessings of God be upon you. A believer who worships every day and imbibes within himself this spirit from his worship is bound to become a person who is very cautious in his behavior. He would live a life of modesty. He would live with the spirit of peace for all mankind.

This Qur’anic verse gives us a criterion to judge the veracity of worship of every individual. If one’s worship qualifies this criterion, then it is worship in the true sense of the word. Those whose worship does not fulfill this criterion, it is merely a spiritless ritual and not true worship. A believer who worships every day and imbibes within himself this spirit from his worship is bound to become a person who is very cautious in his behavior. According to the Qur’an (72:43), worship (salaat) is like a ticket to Paradise. But this ticket will be granted by God Almighty only to those persons who qualify the criterion given in the above verse of the Qur’an (29:45).

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