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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.

There is an important word which we Muslims use a lot but understand little. This word in ‘Ibadah. It is very important that we understand its true meaning and significance. The sole purpose of our creation, the end of our lives, Allah (swt) says, “And I have not created jinn and mankind except to worship and serve Me.” (Al-Dhariyat: 56)

The Prophet (SAW) has exhorted us to fast during certain days: six days of Shawwal, the Day of Arafah, the day of Ashura, most of the month of Sha’ban, Monday and Thursday, three days of every month and the fasting of Prophet Dawud.