Worship is the Desired Goal

Allah, Exalted is he says, “I have not create jinn and mankind except that they may worship Me” (adh-Dhariyat 51:56) “We know that your breast is constrained by what they say, so exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate to Him and worship your Lord until certainty comes to you.” (al-Hijr 15:97-99) meaning by certainty here, death, by consensus of the exegetes. (at-Tabari, vol 7, p554)

This verse orders the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to continually worship Allah until his death, and also shows that through worship does one relieve himself of difficulty and despondency. The reason for this is when a person busies himself with worship, he is moving from interacting with creation to interacting with his Lord. (ar-Razi, vol 1, p214) “O Mankind! Worship your Lord who created you…” (al-Baqarah 2:21)

All the Messengers, from the first to the last, called to the import of this verse, “We have indeed sent a Messenger to every people saying: worship Allah and leave all that is worshipped besides Him.” (an-Nahl 16:36) “And We did not send a Messenger before you except that we revealed to him: there is none worthy of worship but Me, so worship Me.” (al-Anbiya 21:25)

It is with the attribute of servitude that Allah describes the best of His creation, by way of honouring them, “The Messiah would never disdain to be a servant of Allah nor would the Angels near to Him” (an-Nisa 4:172) “Blessed be He who revealed the Criterion to His servant.” (al-Furqan 25:1) “When the servant of Allah stands, calling on Him, they almost swarm all over him” (al-Jinn 72:19) “The servants of the All-Merciful are those who walk lightly on the earth and, who, when the ignorant speak to them, say, ‘Peace’; those who pass the night prostrating and standing before their Lord;…” (al-Furqan 25:63-64) “My servants, you will feel no fear today; you will know no sorrow. As for those who had faith in Our signs and became Muslims: ‘Enter the Gardens, you and your wives, delighting in your joy'” (az-Zukhuf 43:68-69) Finally, ibn Abbas explained this portion of the verse to mean, “You Alone we single out in worship, fear and hope; You and no-one else.” (at-Tabari, vol 1, p99)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 117-120