Worshiping your Creator is the very answer to the question: “What is the Meaning of Life ?”.
Tomes of scholarly works have been filled in all Abrahamic religions about the meaning of worship. Therefore, to delve too deep in this topic is beyond the scope of this blog.
Once man recognizes that he was created, and there is a purpose behind his creation, he performs devotional acts to honour his Creator – or worships.
We worship fearing Allah and His Punishment. The descriptions of the scene of the Day of Judgement in the Qur’an and Hadith should be enough to turn to our Creator with repentance and beg refuge from the fire of Hell.
Over time, we become used to the routine of our worship, and it develops into a habit. We pray when it’s time for prayer but we lack a spiritual connection. We also develop a lax attitude to supererogatory worship. As time passes, we develop laziness even to worship that is obligatory.
When a problem in our life arises, or when you foresee a problem, then we consciously remember our creator again. This time, we worship for the sake of removing the problem, and hoping Allah ‘notices’ our predicament – even when He has knowledge of everything – and bring us good fortune.
This is the stage where man begins to lose patience. Now that he is conscious of his Creator, and worships Him as such, man also expects things to change for the better soon … but it doesn’t happen. Things may even become worse than ever before.
This is a test of his faith and belief in Allah. If man is patient, he will continue to trust his Creator and be optimistic that things will turn eventually. But if he becomes impatient, he will abandon worshiping his Creator and become rebellious.
Everyone experiences this at some points in their life. The question now is: How do we interpret the situation where nothing changes or when things keep getting worse ? How do we keep up our patience and trust in Allah ?
Quoting myself in my previous post titled “The toil for Rizq“, I said:
Worship Allah, not to be given by Him but to please Him. If He is pleased by your worship, He will give you more than what you asked.
This requires you to change the way you think about worship. It requires you to abandon the idea that you are worshiping for a gain.
Time and again, we are reminded that whatever Allah decides for you is a good thing. Even if you happen to be in a sticky situation, you are reminded to take it as a good thing. Perhaps it is better for you to be stuck than be someplace else.
It is important that you remain optimistic throughout your period of difficulty. Additionally you must remain patient. Try to always hope that the end will result in good. Allah does not intend to put anyone in a situation worse than before.
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٥﴾ إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ﴿٦﴾
For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. [Ash-Sharah, 94:5,6]
In the above verses, Allah has repeated twice that with every hardship there will be ease – which means for every one way you face hardship, there will be two ways you will find ease and comfort.
Keeping in mind now, to hope that whatever is to come next will be good God-Willing, we now should strive to Glorify and worship our Lord in the most pleasing manner.
Every act of worship must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah. It should be done consciously and you must ensure that you are not doing something that is forbidden.
Secondly, every act of worship must be done in accordance to the Prophetic way – or the Sunnah. It should not be an innovation within the foundation of the religion.
When you strive to refine and perfect your obligatory worship, you will find yourself doing more voluntary acts. You will strive to do everything in a perfect manner in order to please Allah.
Very soon, you will find yourself become happier. You would want to rather spend time remembering your Creator. إنشاء الله, God-willing by then whatever you are waiting for to happen will happen soon.
Live for today and make it the best day of your life. Don’t worry about the future. The future is unseen and therefore thinking about the future too much is an exercise in futility. It may be – that your tomorrow may never come.