Why Worship Allah?

“And I have created the jinn and men but to worship Me.”

— Surah adh-Dhariyat (Qur’an, 51:56)

The Holy Qur’an states that human beings (and jinn) are created but for worship. Yet why worship Allah, God?

Why Worship Allah : Peace, Prosperity, Purpose, Light

Yes, one can certainly state that the reason why we worship Allah is simply because he has ordered or recommended it. Yet it is always valuable to seek understanding, for through understanding, we can align our intention through consciousness and awareness for far greater benefit. Thus said the Prophet Muhammad (S), “The value an action is dependent upon the intention.”

“The value of an action is dependent upon the intention with which it is performed.”

— Prophet Muhammad

The Holy Prophet (S) also stated, “One hour of contemplation is more valuable than seventy years of worship”, clearly implying that awareness and understanding are what truly give value to worship.

“One hour of contemplation is more valuable than seventy years of worship.”

— Prophet Muhammad

Why Worship Allah? Peace.

In seeking to understand why we worship Allah, it is important to first understand what “worship” actually means.

In Arabic, the word translated as “worship” is ‘ibadah, and literally means “to serve”, or “obedience with surrender”.

In Islamic Spirituality, surrender is the state of Islam which is the very goal of the religion, i.e. an internal state of calm, clarity, quietude, presence and awareness that leads to ma’rifah, or gnosis, knowledge of the Divine.

Thus, the reason why we worship Allah is to attain a state of surrender, a state of peace and inner tranquility, for conscious, present and intentional worship, ‘ibadah, leads to such an attainment.

This then leads to greater degrees of awareness of the Divine Presence of God, and as the Muslim progresses upon the Path, he or she ultimately attains the state of ihsan, or spiritual excellence, in which one is perpetually aware of the imminent Presence of the Eternal.

Why Worship Allah? Prosperity.

As we draw nearer to the Divine Presence of God, the human being attracts barakah, or spiritual and energetic blessings, grace. It is this barakah, this divine grace, that then attracts to us positive and prosperous circumstances and results.

By sincerely worshipping God with presence, intention and awareness, the individual, paradoxically, becomes more successful in the world, as well as in the realm of the soul and spirit, the internal dimension of existence. And so it is recited in the adhan, the Muslim Call to Prayer, “Come to Prayer, Come to Prayer, Come to Success, Come to Success.”

“God has stated, ‘My servant draws not near unto Me with nothing more loved by Me than the spiritual practices I have enjoined upon him, and as My servant continues to draw near unto Me with supererogatory spiritual practices, I shall love him. When I love him, I become the hearing with which he hears, the seeing with which he sees, the hand with which he strikes and the foot with which he walks. Were he to ask something of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant it.’”

— Prophet Muhammad, Hadith Qudsi [Bukhari]

Why Worship Allah : Attract Abundance and Prosperity

Why Worship Allah? Purpose.

An invaluable reason for why we worship Allah, God Almighty, Lord of Heavens, is to live with purpose, Divine Purpose.

The fundamental drive which motivates nearly all of human endeavor originates in the search for self, the desire to understand who we truly are.

Because of the materialist nature of dunya, the world, we tend to seek ourselves in the world of forms, and thus in external associations we identify with, our possessions, the things we literally attach and define ourselves to and with.

Again, the seeking of self in the world is vanity and only leads to confusion and perpetual seeking in the attainment of more, hence the way of material-ism.

Why worship Allah? To remember who you truly are, beyond time and beyond space, beyond form and beyond temporal identity.

Furthermore, Islam, when understood, practiced and lived well, offers the human being nobility and excellence in expression of self, the highest form of manifestation, one which naturally reminds humanity of its Source, its Creator, and its ultimate Destination.

Why Worship Allah? Light.

Ultimately, we are beings of light, pure energy, and although we have come to identify with a physical form, our true selves transcend the material world. The nourishment of the soul is light, pure love energy. Although our bodies extract energy and light from food, the real source of sustenance is light.

And it is for this reason that for the Muslim, it is recommended to seek to sustain oneself with food closest to its original nature, and thus closest to light, for all living things derive their essential nourishment from the Sun. Food which is manipulated and processed becomes several stages removed from the pure, living light-energy natural foods are rich with, and which our bodies, minds and souls fare best with.

It is also important to note that as a human being cultivates a state of spiritual presence through ‘ibadah, he or she becomes increasingly independent of the world, dunya, as the connection to Divine Source is re-established. Such an individual’s mind and body are increasingly sustained with Divine Light, the being becomes purified and free of self and selfishness, and the worshipper becomes a clear vessel through which the will of the Almighty may manifest, and light, mercy and love to enter the world.

Why worship Allah? To rediscover your divine purpose and become the divine deputies, khulafah, we were destined to be. To heal our own souls, heal separation, and restore wholeness within ourselves and in our world.

A world in which worship of Allah, the Divine, is the norm, is a world based in peace, prosperity, purpose and light.

Why Worship Allah : Peace Prosperity Purpose Light

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Comments 15

  1. MashaALLAH brother.May ALLAH grant all of us the true spirit of worship.Thank you very much for such an excellent work.

  2. I again appreciate the way you have described the fundamental principle of Islam, ibadah, not only at face value but also in terms of its deep spiritual essence. Our ummah is thirsty for this understanding. Jazak Allah Khair and may God give us all success and true understanding in our journeys of loving obedience to Him. Ameen

  3. So beautiful, we should get much benefit from this excellent spiritual encouraging writing. Jazakallah al khair.

  4. Assalamualaikum. Ihsan, I would appreciate it very much if you could post an article about roh that travel back to his family during ramadhan. Thank you and may Allah bless you always.

    1. Ashah, do you mean the “ruh” as in the soul, or spirit? Please provide a little more explanation, and if I have knowledge of the subject, I’ll do my best to help out.

  5. Asalamuelaikum Ihsan! I would like to learn more in person, is it possible to visit you and learn from you directly, like spend time one to one? I know Allah has blessed me with this shift in life where I wish to dedicate the rest of my life to follow the truth. Please let me know what will be possible. Jazakallah khaki. Ajaz

    1. Salaams Ajaz, if you are part of the Islamic Meditation Program, we will begin organizing meetings for weekly or bi-weekly dhikr (“Circles of Light”) very shortly, and in various locations throughout the world.

      Stay tuned, I’ll be sending out more info soon to everyone on our newsletter!

  6. Hi Ihsan , Assalamu Alaikkum, I am periya kattuva sheik from India ( In Chennai,Tamil Nadu). I am doing sufi practices past 1 year as sufi order : Mujadidi Order. I have seen your 4 videos. Really it’s enligntment for me. Thank you for your work. May Allah will give peace to your life.

  7. thank you for this beautiful site…although i do not believe in the notion of there being separate and mutually-antaogonistic religions, one supposedly superior to the rest, i am able to appreciate the beauty in much of the contents of this site
    May God/Parameshwar/Allah/Yahweh bless you

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  8. Thank you for heart warming and truly insightful words and explanations of the inner realm of Islam. It brings such happiness and understand to me. I reside in the state of Tennessee, nothing would bring me greater joy as far as grounds on this earth, than meeting you or being part of learning group/ enlightenment class on your teachings of Islam…please , answer me this if you may, ever will there be an event you host in Nashville Tennessee ?
    -Rozita

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