Friday, May 13, 2011

Call on God


Call on God by establishing the Salat (Regular prayers).

In the Quran there are many verses regarding establishing the Salat but more than not the Salat will normally be accompanied by the command to pay the zakat or alms. In Islam this goes hand in hand because if one pays only the alms and do not establish the Salat he will not enter the kingdom of heaven as he does not acknowledge the existence and the presence of God Al Mighty.

There is no denial that some of the atheists do good deeds in this world by giving charity to the poor, caring for the old aged, they feed them a good meal and clean their toilet but since they refused to acknowledge the presence of God, they are actually a people arrogance who thought that they can exist in this world without the help and grace of God Almighty and thus it is only fair that they will not be rewarded of paradise for their arrogance.

Similarly if one establish the Salat and do not pay the zakat he will also not be rewarded to the kingdom of heaven as he does not acknowledge the presence of the poor and the needy to be helped. God who provided them with good provision and good health expected them to return by serving Him in helping others who were less fortunate. None is relief of his duty to worship God as well as serve Him in taking care of the needy.

But as Muslims we know that God exist as He has His Book the Quran inspired to His Apostle by inspiration and He said in Surah/Chapter 20:14

“Verily I am God: there is no god but I; so worship Me and establish Salat for My remembrance.” (Surah 20:14)

“Those who believe and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction. (Surah 13:28).

And God remind us of the good things He has provided for us and He want us to acknowledge by remembering Him and Him alone

O men! Call to mind the grace of God unto you! Is there a Creator, other than God, to give you sustenance from heaven or earth? There is no god but He: how then are you deluded from the truth? (Surah 35:3)

Therefore remember Me, so that I may remember you and be grateful to Me and reject not faith. (Surah 2:152)

Thus as servants of God He wants us to remember Him far greater than our remembrance of our fathers one who provides for us as we grow but God is the best Provider and to show our gratitude He teaches the prophets and those who believe in His Message to perform a special ritual only for His remembrance in the daily obligatory Salat

For believers are those who, when God is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His Signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened and put all their trust in their Lord. Those who established salat (regular prayers) and spend freely out of the gifts We have given them for sustenance: Such in truth are the believers: they have grades of dignity with their Lord and forgiveness and generous sustenance. (Surah 8:2-4)

It is arrogance not to call on God

As a servant it is a duty one has to do to call on the Master as we are not independence of Him and He reminds us to call on Him and show our humility to Him and He said to the Prophet Muhammad

And when My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close to them: I listen to the call of prayer of every suppliant when he called on Me: let them also with a will, listen to My call and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way. (Surah 2:186)

Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for God love not those who trespass beyond bounds. (Surah 7:55)

And your Lord says: “Call on Me and I shall answer you. Surely those who arrogantly disdain to worship Me shall enter hell utterly disgrace (Surah 40:60)

And God inspired us to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad to call on others by giving this message and to say to the world

O you men! If you are in doubt as to my religion; behold I worship not what you worship, other than God! But I worship God Who will take your souls at death: I am commanded to be of the believers And turn yourself entirely in sincerity to the Religion, and do not be of the polytheists; And call not any other than God, such will neither profit you nor harm you, for if you do then you will surely be of the wrongdoers. (Surah 10:104-106)

And who is better in speech than the one who calls to God and does righteous deeds and says: “I am a Muslim.”? (Surah 41:33)

So call not on any other god with God lest you will be one of those chastised. (Surah 26:213)


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