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Islam means total surrender to Allah (swt) and the Messenger, and that no one can become truly Muslim unless he gives up obedience to anyone or anything apart from Allah (swt). But why is so much stress laid on obedience to Allah (swt) and His Messenger? You may ask: Does Allah (swt) need our obedience so badly that He has to demand it so insistently that He has to insist His rule, cannot be sustained without subjugating us? Let us try to examine these questions.

It has been narrated by Sa’eed ibn Abu Burdah, from his father, from his grandfather, that the Prophet (saw) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity. The people asked, ‘O Prophet of Allah! If someone has nothing to give (what should he do)?’ He said: ‘He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).’ The people further asked: ‘If he cannot even do that?’ He replied: ‘He should help the needy who appeal for help’. Then the people asked: ‘If he cannot do that?’ He replied: ‘Then he should perform all that is good and keep away from all that is evil, and this will be regarded as charity for him.’” (Bukhari)

C. ‘Ibadah: lifelong service

In reality the ‘Ibadah for which Allah (swt) has created you and which, He has enjoined upon you is something quite different. It is this: you must follow at every step in your lives the law of Allah (swt) and refuse to obey all laws which conflict with His law. Everything you do must accord with the guidance given by Allah (swt). Only then will your entire lives turn into lives of worship.