“And I (Allâh) created not the jinns and humans except they

should worship Me (Alone).” (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)
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Allah has created us and He has created this creation for a
great wisdom, as He said in His Book:
“And I (Allâh) created not the jinns and humans except they
should worship Me (Alone).” (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)
So this is the wisdom: It is to worship Him. Thus, worship is
our first and main job in this word. It is obligatory upon us to
know that we know this job, and that we start to learn about
it.
It is worshipping Him, the Most High and Exalted, and this
worship cannot be understood just by our intellect. It is
understood and known by the legislation of Islam, by the
Quraan and the Sunnah.
Allah, the Most High and Exalted sent the Messengers for
this purpose. This was the call of the Messengers. They
called to Allah and to worship Him and none other than Him.
As Allah, the Most High and Exalted says:
‘And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community,
nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allâh (Alone),
and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût (all false deities, etc.
i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh)."’ (An-Nahl 16:36)
And
‘And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muham-
mad sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) but We inspired him
(saying): Lâ ilâha illa Ana [none has the right to be
worshipped but I (Allâh)], so worship Me (Alone and none
else)."’ (Al-Anbiya 21:25)
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The meaning of laa ilaha illa Allah is that we negate ilaha –
anything that can be worshipped. And in the second part of
this statement we affirm illa Allah – Allah as the ONLY One
we can worship. This is the meaning of laa ilaha illa Allah:
Negating other than Allah as something to be worshiped and
affirming that Allah is the only One to be worshipped. Allah,
the Exalted says:
“Whoever disbelieves in Tâghût and believes in Allâh, then
he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never
break. And Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” (Al-Baqarah
2:256)
And because of this (laa ilaha illa Allah), the Messengers
were sent. And because of this (laa ilaha illa Allah), there is
punishment and there is reward. And because of this (laa
ilaha illa Allah), there is paradise and there is Hell. And
because of this (laa ilaha illa Allah), the Day of Judgment has
been set up for us. And because of this (laa ilaha illa Allah),
all of our actions will be taken; will be shown to us in front of
Allah and we will be reckoned for them.
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The word, "Islam," is an Arabic word that means, "submitting
and surrendering your will to Almighty God.” The word comes
from the same root as the Arabic word "salam,” which means
peace.
The deen (religion) of Islam: It is the way of life that Allah sent
the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhe wa sallam with. By
it, Allah terminated the validity of all other religions, perfected
this religion for His worshippers, completed His favor upon
them and has chosen only this religion for them – no other
religion will be accepted by Him from anyone. Allah, the Most
High says:
“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed
My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your
religion.” (Al-Ma'idah 5:3)
The religion of Islam contains all that was beneficial from the
previous religions. It is suitable for implementation in any
age, anywhere and by any nation. Allah, the Most High said,
whilst addressing His Messenger sallallahu alayhe wa
sallam:
"And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad sallallahu
alayhe wa sallam) the Book (this Quraan) in truth, confirming
the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan
(trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scrip-
tures)." (Al-Ma'idah 5:48)
The religion of Islam is the religion of truth. It is the way of life
that Allah guaranteed His help and victory for those who truly
adhere to it, and that He would make it dominant over all
other religions. Allah, the Most High says:
"It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad sallal-
lahu alayhe wa sallam) with guidance and the religion of truth
(Islam), to make it superior over all religions even though the
Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the
Oneness of Allâh) hate (it)." (At-Tawbah 9:33)
The religion of Islam is a complete religion comprising both
'aqeedah (beliefs) and Sharee'ah (laws).
It commands them with tawheed (to single out Allah alone for
worship) and prohibits them from shirk (associating partners
with Allah in that which is particular to Him). Likewise, it
orders all actions, which are righteous and good and prohib-
its all actions that are evil and harmful. Allah says:
“Verily, Allâh enjoins Al-Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none
but Allah Alone - Islamic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsân [i.e. to be
patient in performing your duties to Allâh, totally for Allah's
sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the
Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam in a perfect manner],
and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allâh has ordered
you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or
any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids Al-Fahshâ' (i.e all
evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents,
polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life
without right, etc.), and Al-Munkar (i.e all that is prohibited by
Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every
kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of
oppression), He admonishes you, that you may take heed.”
(An-Nahl 16:90)
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We fast during the month of Ramadan because Allah, the
Most High says: “O you who believe! Observing the fasting is
prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you,
that you may become al-Muttaqoon (the pious).” (Al-Baqarah
2:187) And because the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam
said, “Islam is built upon five (pillars)…” [Sahih Al-Bukhari &
Muslim] and amongst them he mentioned the fast of Rama-
dan.
And fasting is worshiping Allah by refraining from eating and
drinking and legal sexual intercourse and from all the invali-
dators of fasting from dawn until sunset.
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As Allah says: “And eat and drink until the white thread (light)
of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread
(darkness of night), then complete your Saum (fast) till the
nightfall.” (Al-Baqarah 2:187)
The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said, “Whoever
fasts during the month of Ramadan, out of sincere faith and
hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his previous sins will
be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said, “Whoever
stands (in Taraweeh prayer) with perfect faith and seeking
reward during the month of Ramadan, he will have his previ-
ous sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
And the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam
said, “The people will remain in good so long as they hasten
to break the fast (at it's appointed time).” [Al-Bukhari and
Muslim]
And the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam
said, “Take the sahoor (pre-dawn meal), for indeed in the
sahoor there is blessing.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said,
"Whoever does not abandon evil speech and actions, then
Allah is not in need of him having left his food and drink."
[Al-Bukhari]
Allah says: "Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'ân) down in the
night of Al-Qadr (Decree). The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is
better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that
night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e.
83 years and 4 months)." (Al-Qadr 97:1,3)
The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said, “Whoever
stands (in Taraweeh prayer) on the Night of Power
(Laylatul-Qadr) with perfect faith and seeking reward, he will
have his previous sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said,
“Seek out Laylatul-Qadr during the odd nights of the last ten
(nights) of Ramadan.” [Al-Bukhari]
Regarding the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa
sallam, “When the final ten nights of Ramadan arrived he
used spend the night awake and awaken his family, and
exert himself (in worship) and tighten his waist belt.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] TN: “Tighten his waist belt”: is a
manner of speech implying he used to exert himself in
worship.
'Aa.ishah radi Allahu anha said, “I said O Messenger of
Allah: What should I say if I know which night is Laylatul-
Qadr? He said: ‘Say: O Allah! You are the One who
pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.’”
[Saheeh, At-Tirmidhee]
The Night of Al-Qadr is in the last ten nights of Ramadan,
based on the saying of the Prophet: "Search for the Night
of Al-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadaan." [Al-Bukhari
and Muslim] And it falls in one of the odd nights more likely
than on the even nights, based on the Prophet's sallallahu
alayhe wa sallam saying: "Search for the Night of Al-Qadr
in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan."
[Al-Bukhari]
And it is closer to the last seven nights, based on the
hadith of Ibn 'Umar radi Allahu anhu that: "Some men from
the Companions of Allah's Messenger saw the Night of
Al-Qadr in a dream during the last seven nights (of Rama-
dan). So the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said: 'I
see that all of your dreams agree that it (the Night of
Al-Qadr) is in the last seven nights. So whoever wants to
search for it, then let him search for it in the last seven
nights.'" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Night of Al-Qadr is not specified to one fixed night
throughout all the years. Rather, it constantly changes. So,
one year it could occur on the twenty-seventh night for
example and on another year it could occur on the twenty-
fifth night, according to Allah's Will and Wisdom.
Allah has hidden knowledge of its occurrence as a mercy
for His servants so that they can increase their actions in
the search for it during these honorable nights. And He
also kept it hidden from them as a test for them to distin-
guish who amongst them struggles and makes an effort to
find it and who is lazy and negligent.

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