Rights of Allah
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-`Uthaymeen
Rights Basic to the Natural Human Constitution, and Affirmed by Divine Law
1994 The Daar of Islamic Heritage


Allah's Rights upon His creation are the rights that must be kept the most.
Allah is the sole Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is the Almighty
who created everything with absolute wisdom. Allah is the One who initiated
every being from nothing. He is the One who protects humans in their
mothers' wombs, as infants, as children and as adults. He, alone, sustains
all humans and provides them with food and every aspect of life. Allah said,
what translated means, "And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your
mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight and hearts
that you might give thanks (to Allah)." [16:78]

If Allah refuses sustenance to anyone he will be instantly destroyed.
Allah's mercy is what keeps humans and everything else alive.

Allah's control over his slaves is perfect. His bounties are countless. If
this is His role in the life of humans, then His rights are what one must
keep the most. Allah does not need sustenance from His slaves. He said, what
translated means: "We ask not of you a provision. We provide it for you. And
the good end is for the Muttaqeen (the ones who fear Allah)." [20:132]

Allah only wants one thing from His slaves. "And I (Allah) created not the
Jinn and mankind except they should worship Me (alone). I seek not any
provision from them nor do I ask that they should feed Me. Verily, Allah is
the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong." [51:56-58]

Allah only wants mankind to worship Him alone and ascribe no partners with
Him in worship, and truly be His slaves. He wants them to surrender to His
will, as they surrender to His control for the means of their lives. It is
only fair to worship only the One who holds the existence of everything and
everyone is in His Hands. One should thank Allah who, alone, provides for
him by worshipping Him alone. Allah said, what translated means: "And
whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah. Then, when
harm touches you, unto Him you cry aloud for help." [16:53]

What Allah requires His slaves to do is easy. He does not want hardship to
come to those striving to worship Him. He said, what translated means: "And
strive hard in Allah's cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity). He has
chosen you (to convey Islam), and has not laid upon you in religion any
hardship, it is the religion of your father Abraham (Islam). It is He
(Allah) who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Quran), that
the Messenger (Mohammad) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over
mankind. So offer prayer perfectly, give Zakat (compulsory charity), and
hold fast to Allah, He is your Lord, what an excellent Lord and what an
excellent helper!" [22:78]

What Allah wants from us is to worship Him with sincerity, and to perform
religious deeds. Five prayers a day bring forgiveness from Him and purity in
the heart. Muslims must try to perform prayer in the best form: "So keep
your duty to Allah as much as you can." [64:16]

The Prophet said, what translated means, "Stand while praying, if you cannot
then while sitting, and if you cannot then while laying on your side."
[Al-Bukhari] Allah also wants His slaves to pay a small amount of their
money to the poor, the needy, strangers who have no money, the indebted and
to others who are eligible to take money from Zakat. Zakat is so minimal
that it does not harm the rich, yet it provides tremendous benefits for the
poor. Allah also requires fasting in the lunar month of Ramadhan. He said,
what translated means: "So whoever of you sights the (crescent on the first
night of the) month (of Ramadhan), he must fast that month, and whoever is
ill or on a journey, the same number (of days he misses) from other days."

Also, Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah once in lifetime is obligatory upon all
Muslims, if they are able to do so. In general, we have the obligation to
abide by all of Allah's orders, and stay away from all He had made forbidden
upon us.

Above mentioned are the duties of Allah's slaves towards Him. They are not
difficult to perform. The reward outweighs the requirements by far. The
reward is "And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to
Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the
enjoyment of deception." [3:185]