Meaning of Ibadah

Assalamwalekum to all my Brothers & Sisters in Islam. Today we will try to understand the meaning of ‘Ibadah’.

The word ‘Ibadah’ comes from the Arabic word “Abd”, which means slave or servant. Man is a born subject and servant of Allah. When he turns to Allah with humility and devotion, he performs an act of ‘Ibadah’. Ibadah is a means for purifying a person’s physical and spiritual life.

In Islam, every good deed performed to seek pleasure of Allah is an act of worship or Ibadah.

The obligatory rituals of ‘Ibadah’ are as follows:

  1. Prayers (Salah)
  2. Fasting
  3. Zakah
  4. Pilgrimage (Hajj)
  5. Struggling in the ways of Allah (Jihad)

These along with Iman are often called the pillars of Islam. It covers all aspects of a person’s life.

These obligatory rituals of ‘Ibadah’ make a person’s Iman (faith) stronger. Ibadah is therefore something positive. It is the means by which the faithful’s can serve Allah as well as their fellow people.

The Salah, which is one of the most important and obligatory part of Islam is an essential part of Ibadah. Our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “Salah is the pillar of Islam and whosoever abandons it, demolishes the very pillar of religion.



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