The life of a believer is one of struggle and toil in order to cleanse the soul and to work towards righteous actions and deeds, which are pleasing to our Lord, Allah, the Most
High. For this reason, disciplining oneself is of utmost importance in order to achieve the spiritual growth that every soul requires. The inner fight against the self takes place in every human being daily, however only the sincere and powerful will do away with such impulses and attacks and will overcome the forces of desire.
Just like food, drink and clothes are a necessity for the human being, so too is the need to discipline the soul and rectify the flaws of the self. In today’s society people often neglect the self and the need for it to be reformed upon the teachings of the Qur’an and the beautiful example of our beloved PropAllah; the Most High said: â€œI have only created the Jinn and mankind for My worshipâ€ [Qur’an (51):56]. In Islam worship is the right of Allah; the Most High. Worship is only directed to Him alone; without association or reverence to anything or anybody else. It is the right of Allah alone that His servants fulfil the acts of worship that Islam has prescribed. Worship is everything that Allah loves; including actions; deeds and speech. If you desire to build a close connection with your Lord; gain His pleasure; increase your love for Him; or to draw near to Him then this text is vital for you. This work will not only change your perspective on worship; but it will enrich your soul towards being an obedient servant of Allah and give you a spiritual uplift that your soul needs. Often people complain about not finding inner peace; or the motivation to increase in doing good deeds; this work with the permission of Allah will fill that void. In this third instalment; Imam Ibn Qudamah sets out the importance of worship and how worship has to be done with knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah; as well as giving examples of our pious predecessors. It covers many aspects of worship; such as Knowledge; Purification; Prayer; Zakat; Fasting; Hajj; Reciting the Qur’an; supplications and the excellence of the Night Prayer.