Proofs that Only Allah Deserves to be Worshipped

4 Apr

Whom Should We Worship?
Authorship: Majed S. Al-Rassi
Short Link: http://IslamHouse.com/431561

Here is an obvious fact: Allah is the sole Creator and Sustainer of everything. This makes Him the only one deserving of your worship. It’s really that simple. Supplication, for example, is an act of worship, where the individual directs his or her heart to Allah and specifies to Him his or her needs. Allah has instructed in the Qur’an to call upon Him, {And your Lord says: Call upon Me; I will respond to you…} (Qur’an 40: 60)

The question then arises as to why people direct their worship to created objects, such as idols. The fact is that the idols have no power of their own; anything which results from that act of worship only comes about through the permission of Allah. Hence, if a person prays to an idol and his or her prayers are answered, it is not the idol which actually  answered his prayers, but Allah. Similarly, prayers to Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), Buddha, Krishna, Saint Christopher, Saint Jude or Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him), are not answered by them; instead, they are answered by Allah. Consequently, prayer directed to anyone or anything other than Allah is of no avail. The same applies to all acts of worship, like prayers, charity and fasting. All have to be directed to Allah alone.

The prophets were very explicit in their teachings that only
Allah should be worshipped; they themselves were sent to teach
this very message. They claimed neither fame nor status, and
never once did they instruct the people to direct acts of worship to them. Instead, they warned their people against doing just that.

For example, Islam teaches that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) was a human being who was created by Allah in a miraculous way. He was born of a mother, Mary, without a
father and he worshipped Allah. He was neither a God (Allah)
nor the son of God. He was neither one of three manifestations
of God, as Christians claim, nor was he the son of a prostitute,
as some Jews have alleged. He told his people (the tribes of
Israel) to worship Allah alone. He did not tell people to worship either himself or his mother. Furthermore, Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) did not worship himself when he worshipped; he worshipped Allah alone.

However, those who claim to be the followers of Jesus
Christ actually do something other than what he taught; they
worship Jesus himself. Others worship Mary, claiming she is
the mother of Allah. If Jesus did not instruct them to worship
him or his mother, how can one do this very act and yet claim to
follow his message?

Allah has said in the Qur’an: {They have certainly disbelieved who say: Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary, while the Messiah has said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him paradise, and his abode is the fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.} (Qur’an 5: 72)

Allah has also warned in the Qur’an that He will ask
Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) on the Day of Judgement
regarding the Christians’ worship of him and his mother:
{And [beware the day] when Allah will say: O Jesus, son of
Mary, did you say to the people: Take me and my mother as
deities besides Allah? He will say: Exalted are You! It was not
for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I
do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is
Knower of the unseen.

I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness.} (Qur’an 5: 116-117)

Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) was given life; he was
born from a woman’s womb and was circumcised. He felt hunger, pain, and weariness. Since all these attributes are those
of human beings and not of God (Allah), it is clear that Jesus
was not God (Allah).

Similarly, Buddha was a reformer who introduced a
number of humanistic principles into the Hindu religion
practiced in India. He did not claim to be God, nor did he
suggest to his followers that he should be worshipped. Yet
today, most Buddhists have made him their God and they
prostrate themselves before idols representing his likeness.
Furthermore, over the ages, in the supposedly monotheistic
religions like Judaism and Christianity, followers have allowed
a select few human beings to be accorded the status of a lawgiver where those laws are in direct contradiction to Allah’s
laws; this has become the case with their rabbis and church
officials. This is a form of creature-worship.

Allah has mentioned: {They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah…} (Qur’an 9: 31)

Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) explained this verse to mean that by unquestioningly obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their desires, without any sanction from Allah, they have given these rabbis and priests the status of deities. Briefly, from the
perspective of object-worship, all religions today (except Islam) invite people to the worship of creation in one form or another! It should be noted that some (non-Muslim) people
incorrectly label Islam as ‘Mohammedanism’.

This phenomenon exists because it is tempting to elevate Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) to a status far above his teachings, as in the case of all the other religions. This is ironic since his very message was the negation of equating man (any man) with Allah. Islam teaches that Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) was a human messenger, who, including himself, is required to worship Allah rather than be elevated to the status of Allah and be worshipped.

Muhammad was a messenger and a slave10 of Allah; that is all.
Allah’s attributes prove that He alone deserves to be worshipped. He is One, without relatives; He has no father, son, mother or wife. He is the Eternal Absolute. He neither gives birth nor was He born; indeed, there is nothing like Him. He is perfect in His knowledge, in His power, in His will, in His mercy and in all His other attributes. Allah is all-powerful and perfect, while human beings are weak and imperfect. That is how He has defined Himself and how all prophets have defined Him.11

Therefore, it is only befitting that one directs all acts of worship to the One who fits this description. Worshipping anything else would be futile. Another proof is the teaching of Islam that every soul has been imbued with the awareness of Allah and a natural inclination towards worshipping Him alone. In the Qur’an, Allah has explained that when He created Adam (peace be upon him), He caused all of Adam’s descendants to come into existence; then, He took a pledge from all of them, saying: {…Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes, we have testified…} (Qur’an 7: 172)

Allah has then explained why He had all of humankind bear witness that He is their Creator and the only true God, the
only one worthy of worship: {…[This] – lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: Indeed, we were of this unaware.} (Qur’an 7: 172)

Allah has further elaborated on this point, saying:
{Or [lest] you say: It was only that our fathers associated
[others in worship] with Allah before, and we were but
descendants after them. Then would You destroy us for what
the falsifiers have done?} (Qur’an 7: 173)

Therefore, people who associate partners with Allah in
worship cannot claim on that day that they had no idea that
Allah is the only one who deserves to be worshipped. Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) reported that Allah has said: <> (Muslim)

Also, Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon
him) said:<> (Bukhari and Muslim)

Thus, Islam is the birthright of every human being, since
every child is born with a natural belief in the existence of Allah and an inborn inclination towards worshipping Him alone. Just as the child submits to the physical laws which Allah has
imposed on this physical world, its soul submits naturally to the fact that Allah is the only Lord and Creator.

However, if his or her parents are following a different path, the child is usually neither strong nor aware enough to recognize the truth; also, he or she cannot resist the will of the parents. In such cases, the religion the child ultimately follows is in line with custom and upbringing. However, Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate, will not hold him or her to account or punish
for following a false religion before he or she reaches the age of reason and is exposed to the pure message of Islam.

To sum up, one can naturally, without the aid of other
human influences, come to the conclusion that only Allah
deserves to be worshipped. This conclusion is neither confusing
nor elaborate; it can be arrived at by even the most uneducated.

notes:
10 The status of a ‘slave’ of Allah is the most beloved and honoured position before Allah, since it implies sincere worship and love for Him. This status applies to all messengers and true followers. More detail has been mentioned in chapter 11: “The Meaning of Worship in Islam.”

11 This agrees with what is mentioned in the Gospel of Barnabas,
chapter 17, where Jesus said: He alone hath no equal. He hath had no beginning, nor will he ever have an end, but to everything hath He given a beginning, and to everything shall He give an end. He hath no father nor mother; He hath no sons nor brethren nor companions. (The Gospel of Barnabas is not included in today’s Bible, but it is available on the Internet – Editor.)

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