Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz
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Allah created the creation to worship Him alone, without any partners. He sent the Messengers for this great matter, to call the people to the worship of Allah, and to teach them the Shar’eeah of Allah. He revealed Books of which the greatest and most noble is the Qur’an, for the purpose of teaching, explaining and understanding the religion, so that the creation learns their religion, and recognises what Allah has obligated upon them, and refrains from that which Allah has made unlawful for them.
Allah says in the Qur’an,
وَمَا خَلَقۡتُ ٱلۡجِنَّ وَٱلۡإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ
“And I have not created the Jinn and mankind except for my worship” [Surah Zaariyat 51:56]
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعۡبُدُواْ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمۡ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ
“O people worship your Lord who has created you and those before you so that you may become pious.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:21]
وَلَقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِى ڪُلِّ أُمَّةٍ۬ رَّسُولاً أَنِ ٱعۡبُدُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجۡتَنِبُواْ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَۖ
“And verily we have sent among every ummah (nation) a messenger proclaiming, “Worship Allah, and avoid Taghut” (false dieties) [Surah An-Nahl 16:36]
وَمَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا نُوحِىٓ إِلَيۡهِ أَنَّهُ ۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنَا۟ فَٱعۡبُدُونِ
“And we did not send a messenger before you except we revealed to him, that there is no God except Me, so worship Me.” [Surah Anbiyaa 21:25]
كِتَـٰبٌ۬ فُصِّلَتۡ ءَايَـٰتُهُ ۥ قُرۡءَانًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ
“A book whereof the verses are explained in detail-a Qur’an in arabic for people who know.” [Surah Fussilat 41:3]
كِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ مُبَـٰرَكٌ۬ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوٓاْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ
“A Book which we have sent down to you full of blessings, that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Surah Saad 38:29]
الٓرۚ ڪِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ لِتُخۡرِجَ ٱلنَّاسَ مِنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ بِإِذۡنِ رَبِّهِمۡ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطِ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡحَمِيدِ
“A Book which we have revealed to you, so that you may take the people out of the darkness and bring them into the light by their Lords permission to the path of the Almighty, the Owner of all Praise.” [Surah Ibraheem 14:1]
ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ مِن دُونِهِۦۤ أَوۡلِيَآءَۗ قَلِيلاً۬ مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
“Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord, and follow not any protectors or helpers beside Him (Allah). Little do you remember.” [Surah Al-A’raf 7:3]
Allah sent the Messengers and revealed Books for this great matter, to worship Him alone, without any partners. To fulfil His rights and to stay away from His prohibitions. Upon all of the creation is the obligation to learn and understand their religion. It is upon everyone, both men and women to understand their religion. Upon them is to learn that which will enable them to remove their ignorance of matters, this is obligatory upon everyone, because you are created to worship Allah.
Their is no way to recognize this worship except by learning and understanding the religion. It is obligatory upon everyone to learn the religion and not be ignorant of how to pray, fast, give zakat, perform the Hajj, how to command with the good, refrain from the evil, how to teach their children, how to help their family and how to stay away from that which is unlawful.
The Prophet said, “Whenever Allah desires good for a person He gives him the understanding of the deen.” (al-Bukharee) The meaning of this hadeeth is that whoever doesn’t make an effort to learn and understand his religion, then Allah has not desired good for such a person, and their is no power or movement except by Allahs will. Whoever is happy with remaining in ignorance, by turning away and not making an effort to understand the religion, Allah has not wished good for such a person. These are signs of being destroyed. It is obligatory to learn, understand and have clarity in the religion.
The Prophet said, “Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to paradise.”
Nobody who attends a gathering in the houses of Allah, whereby the Qur’an is recited and studied between them, except that tranquility and mercy will descend upon them. It is obligatory upon everyone to learn, understand and be upon clarity in the religion, this is achieved by contemplating the Qur’an and Sunnah, by being present at the circles of knowledge, asking the people of knowledge, listening to lessons and beneficial tapes, by every possible way. My advice to everyone is to benefit from the Qur’an, so that you know that which Allah has obligated upon you and to stay away from His prohibitions. This obligation is a great one. You are created and commanded to worship Allah, it is obligatory upon you, and there is no path to recognise this worship except with knowledge, by learning and understanding the religion, until you know your obligations, to act according to them, and to know that which Allah has made unlawful for you, so that you avoid it.