20 February, 2019 - Wednesday

Worship is based on the continuity

sadi-arslanMonth of Ramadan have left us behind. During this month we acquired some virtues. First of all, we learned self-discipline. Every evening after iftar we rushed to the mosques for Tarawih prayers. Through this prayer, our bond of affection and love with our brothers have increased. By staying away from food and drink for hours we learned patience on the one hand and on the other hand that reminded us people who cannot find bread. Generosity of Muslims peaked during Ramadan by sharing their iftar meal with their brothers. Now the important thing is that these virtues should continue. Indeed, worship should be done continuously and consistently. This fact is expressed by the Almighty God;
“Pray to the Lord until death comes” (Hicr-99).
Regarding the issue Prophet commanded “The best loved deeds to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small” .(Sahih Muslim, Hadith no. 258)
When we consider the Qur’anic verse here, it appears that dynamism is recommended. There is no room for inertia in our religion. Muslims are required to worship the Lord until the last minute of their life. When we take the concept of worship in its wider sense, it covers every decent work. In particular, in our religion work was given special importance and it is considered as an act of worship in itself. As such, people should work until the last breath and strive to find ways to help other people. As is mentioned in one hadith, one person’s rank raises in the sight of Allah as he/she benefits others. In other words, a person who is beneficial to society is also valuable in the sight of Allah. In this sense, Allah’s pleasure is to go parallel with the consent of the servant. Indeed, when describing the Muslim, Prophet (s.a.w) says that the Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe
Therefore, these virtues that we learned during Ramadan should continue after Ramadan, especially we need to be conscious of time and organise it wisely. When we finish a job, we should start another one immediately. In this respect the Holy Quran says as follows;
” So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. And to your Lord direct [your] longing” (Inshirah-7).
It should be noted with regret that even many pious believers feel that they are not obliged to work after a certain age since they consider work only as an economic activity. However, in our religion work is worship in itself, since it has social, religious as well as economic dimensions. Hence, Muslims should strive to work even if they do not need it, and help people in need from what they earn.
Happy blessed Friday to you all and see you next week insAllah.