Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Acts of Worship

This blog is based on my notes from the 3 weekend course "Acts of Worship" taught by Abu Abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud from the School of Shari'ah; University of Medinah; covering the book Bulugh al-Maram min Adillat al-Ahkam (translation: Attainment of the Objective According to Evidences of the Ordinances) by al-Hafidh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

Bulugh al Maram is a book that covers Fiqh and a’Hadith; a book that enacts the worship of Allāh. Allāh says in the Quran:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

“Mankind and Jinn were not created except to worship Allāh”.

(Quran 51: 56)

When one goes in pursuit of knowledge, it is important to perfect ones intention and engage in the worship of Allāh; that which we learn the fruits of the Hadith should be enacted immediately. The Adab of learning knowledge is very important and we must ask questions to aid our understanding:

“Half of knowledge is to ask questions”.

The mu’min understands the purpose of creation as the Quran reminds us, it is solely to worship Allāh. We all know how to worship Allāh, but to follow the Sunnah, the Hadith explaining the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)’s way is our ultimate goal; as He was the best of the creation. We should be careful not to be worshipping Allāh with a barrier. It is important to follow the clear and most concise evidences rather than the opinions of people. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), told us to “Be in this world as though we are travellers”. There are indeed glad tidings with the way of the Ghuraba’a.

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