Reflect On Other Creatures' Worship
All praise is due to All‚h, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings of All‚h be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.
Fellow Muslims! The Almighty Creator created this universe with His knowledge and wisdom and created in it all that exists of the angels, men, jinn, animals, plants and other things which none but He knows. He created all these for a single purpose that all acts of worship should be solely His, that all these beings should affirm His Lordship and actualise all acts of worship for Him alone; and that they should admit their helpless, submission and their need for Him alone. Hence, the actualisation of worship for All‚h alone cannot be properly achieved except by obeying Him and standing firm on the right path that the religion may be All‚hís, that judgement may be His and that all calls may be to Him. This duty can be carried out only by those whom All‚h has made successors in and inhabitants of the earth and that cannot be achieved by man except through words of the tongue, deeds of the heart and the limbs. Also, real act of worship cannot be actualised in the best form except by completely and absolutely surrendering and submitting to All‚h with utmost love for Him. Therefore, the best man in actualizing worship to All‚h is the best in submission and surrender to Him. Worship in essence, is the religion and the only acceptable religion before All‚h is Isl‚m.
This is the purpose of creating the creation. All‚h also says,
He also says,
He says, while rebuking a group of mankind who were heedless of the lessons inherent in the universe around them,
Subh‚n All‚h! Do they not see the illuminating stars, and the revolving
orbits which all are subjected to the Command of All‚h? How many are
adjacent places, gardens, mountains, seas and waves that are on the earth,
yet they ascribe daughters to All‚h and worship others beside Him. Glory
be to the One God Who created all the creations.
What is however suitable for this man who has been endowed with the above
great favours is to be an obedient servant of his Lord not an arrogant
rebel, to be grateful and righteous and not ingrate wrong-doer. When one
ponders over many of the creatures in this universe one will realise that,
there is no creature who is given the like of attention that man is given.
He even subjected the angels for the service of man. He made some of them record their deeds, some protect them from their front and rear; they protect them from the Commands of All‚h; some are subjected to sending wind and rain. Likewise, All‚h makes among their major duties, seeking for forgiveness for men. He says,
In spite of all this, all these creatures perfect their worship except man. They perfected their submission to Him and their subjection to His Might save some creatures like devils, some sinful jinn and some animals like gecko about which the Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said,
However, these creatures are less sinful than man; for it was among men
the one who said,
"I am your highest Lord"
, there was among men those who
"All‚h is Jesus son of Mary"
, and that "All‚h is the third of three
and those who say, "Appoint for us a god as they also have a god",
and those who say "All‚h is poor and we are rich" and similar words of
This is how man transgresses to the extent that we hear those who say that
religion should be separated from state, that there should be no religion
in politics and politics in religion; there are also some who say that,
"religion is for God and the nation is for all" or "leave what is Caesar's
for Caesar and what is God's for God" or those who describe religion as
backwardness and Islamic legal punishments as barbarism or describe Islam
as a restriction on woman and unjust to her or believe that her freedom
lies in her revolt against the limits of her Lord and her proclamation of
her disobedience to His Law, thereby making her an object of theft for
every thief and wrong-doer and making her body an object of temptation and
How great is the transgression of man, his arrogance and evil plot!
Almighty All‚h emphasizes the reality of man's disobedience among other creatures and his disdain from worshipping Allah who created him,
This verse indicates that most men are disobedient to their Lord,
disdainful and erring.
The moving animals even become afraid of the Day of Resurrection because of its horror. The Messenger of All‚h, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said,
There is even a report about the cock's worship and call to good. The Messenger of All‚h, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said,
He also said about the horse,
As for the ants; they are one of the nations that glorify All‚h in spite of their smallness and man's disdain for them. All‚h said about them,
The Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said about it, "An ant bit one of the Prophets of All‚h
and that Prophet ordered the ants village to be burnt. All‚h then
revealed to him, ĎWas it because of the bite of an ant that you ordered a
whole nation that glorified All‚h to be burnt?!í"<br>
The Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said, "There is not any pilgrim who makes the talbiyah except that it makes it with Him from his right and left every rock, tree or clay."As for rocks and the trees' friendship to the believers, that shows the depth of their worship to All‚h and their enthusiasm for His religion, the Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said, "The Hour will not come until Muslims shall fight the Jews and kill them. When a Jew hides behind a rock or tree, that rock or tree will say, 'O you Muslim, O you slave of All‚h, here is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' " (Al-Bukh‚rÓ) Fellow Muslims! See how these afore-mentioned creatures and others worship All‚h and glorify Him. See how the mountains fall out of fear of All‚h. See how it refused to carry the trust for the fear of her Lord. See how it crushed to pieces when our Lord showed Himself to MŻs‚. All‚h also informed us that if the Qur\\\\\\\\\\\\'‚n had been revealed on it, it would have fell asunder out of fear of All‚h. It is therefore very surprising that man whose heart is just a lump of flesh can be harder when hearing the words of All‚h, and remains arrogant as if he has not heard it and will not be soft for the recited signs of All‚h. But All‚h says the truth when He says,
Brethren in faith! A wolf made a surprising statement at the time of the
Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, which indicated that it believed that provision comes only from
All‚h. AbŻ Sa'Ód Al-KhudrÓ narrated,
"A wolf attacked a goat and took
it. The shepherd then followed that wolf until he snatched the goat from
him. The wolf then said, ĎWon't you fear All‚h? You are taking away from
me a provision that All‚h has sent to me?í The shepherd said, ĎWhat a
wonder! A wolf addressing me with the language of men!í The wolf then told
him, ĎShould I not tell you of what is more wonderful than that? There is
Muhammad in Yathrib, telling people news of the past.í
narration by Bukh‚rÓ: People said, "Glory be to All‚h, a wolf speaks?"
The Prophet,Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam said, "I believe that, so do AbŻ Bakr and ĎUmar."
Fear All‚h, dear Muslims! Give All‚h His due estimation. Feel the impact
of the worship of non-living things, the plants and the animals though
they are lesser than you as regards favour of All‚h. Know that you are
negligent in your obedience to All‚h however much you try and that you
are unjust however just and perfect you claim to be. For, mankindís
farness from knowing the reality, their lack of certainty on the
Commandments and prohibitions and lack of overriding their lusts; all
these need a greater struggle more than that of other creatures who
glorify All‚h and obey Him.
The more one humbles himself before and shows his total submission to All‚h, the more he is honoured. And the happiest of men is the greatest in actualising the worship for All‚h. The Prophet, Salall‚hu alayhe wa salam, said, "All‚h says, 'O son of ¬dam, devote yourself for My worship, I will fill your heart with wealth and remove your poverty but if you do not do that, I will fill your heart with occupation and I will not remove your poverty.' " (Ibn M‚jah)