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The Muslim firmly believes that his sole purpose in life is to worship his Lord. Allah (swt) said:I have only created jinns and men, that they should worship Me.” (Qur’an 51: 56)

Serving and worshipping Allah may be accomplished through every deed of man that is aimed at building a civilization establishing the authority of Allah on earth and living according to His commandments.

The awareness that he is a servant of Allah is deeply rooted in the heart of the Muslim, and is the starting point for all his deeds, through which he seeks to earn the pleasure of Allah. So every deed a Muslim does may be as much an act of worship as the rituals of his religion, so long as his intention is to do these deeds for the sake of Allah.

The most important act of worship that Muslims can perform is to strive to establish the rule of Allah on earth, and to follow the way of life that He has prescribed, so Islam will govern the life of individual, the family, the community and the nation.  

The sincere Muslim will feel that his worship is lacking if he does not strive to achieve the purpose for which Allah created jinn and men, namely promoting the supremacy of the authority of Allah on earth, which is the only way in which mankind can truly worship Allah. Allah (swt) said:I have only created jinns and men, that they should worship Me.” (Qur’an 51: 56) 

This is the only way in the true meaning of LA ILAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD RASOOLULLAH may be implemented in this life.

With this clear understanding of the reality of worship in Islam, the Muslim cannot but be a man with a mission in his life, a mission aimed at

establishing the rule of Allah alone, in all aspects of life. His Islam cannot be complete unless he shoulders the responsibility for fulfilling this mission and devotes concerted, sincere efforts to that end. It is this mission that gives the Muslim a true sense of belonging to Islam, and that is the only thing that will make him join the ranks of the believing, striving Muslims and give meaning to his life, as befits his role as a khaleefah (vicegerent) on this earth, one whom Allah (swt) has preferred over most of His creation.

Allah (swt) said:We have honoured the children of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of Our creation.” (Qur’an 17: 70)

No wonder that the sincere Muslim joyfully embraces this mission and eagerly devotes all his resources – his time, his energy, and his wealth – to fulfilling it.

It is the distinguishing characteristic of his life, for it entitles him to draw closer to Allah. Without it, his life has no meaning, and there is no guarantee of earning the pleasure of Allah except by devoting ongoing efforts to accomplishing this mission. Striving to establish the rule of Allah on earth is the greatest form of worship that the Muslim can undertake, for it brings him closer to Allah and affords him the means of earning His pleasure.

So the Muslim continually strives to make this goal a reality. He gives allegiance to no other cause, carries no banner except that of Islam, and adheres only to the principles of this religion. 

(Prepared by Abdul Muhaemin Karim)