How To Be a Slave of God – What Does it Mean to be a Slave of God

In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.

Verily, all praise belongs to God, we praise Him, we seek His aid and we seek His forgiveness.

Whoever God guides then there is none to misguide him, and whoever who God misguides (due to a perversion in his heart) then there is none to guide such an individual.

I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except God alone with no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱتَّقُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَٰحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَآءً وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِى تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦ وَٱلْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

“O mankind, fear your Lord who created you from a single soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear God, through Whom you ask one another and the wombs. Indeed God is ever All-Watcher over you.”

The Noble Qur’an 4:1

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

“O you who believe! Fear God as He should be feared and die not except as Muslims.” 

The Noble Qur’an 3:102

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُوا۟ قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا

“O you who believe! Keep your duty to God and fear Him, and speak a word that is precise. 

يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَٰلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا

He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys God and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement.”

The Noble Qur’an 33:70-71

As for what proceeds, then the best of speech is God’s Book (The Qur’an) and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and bestow peace upon him.

And the most evil of affairs are the newly invented matters in religion. Every newly invented matter in religion is an accursed innovation, every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the fire.

As for what proceeds,

You have asked a great and mighty matter, but it is easy for the one for whom God makes it easy.

Verily God, The Blessed and Most High has not created you without a purpose.

He has not left you neglected and without a way of attaining guidance.

Rather, He has continually sent messengers with Books to the nations to inform them of their Lord and to teach them how to be slaves of Him.

For verily there is not a creation in existence except that He created it.

There is nothing except that He proceeded it.

And there is no affair except that He Knows it and Controls it.

Who then is there worthy of being a slave of after Him?

None.

The Revelation

So let us look at what God has revealed upon the worlds and how we might take a way to Him.

God’s Books

Every since the time of the first messenger to mankind, Noah, God has been sending messengers to call the people back to be slaves of Him.

For verily our father Adam (peace be upon him) was a slave of God.

A monotheist, one who worshipped God alone with no partners.

And God brought out from Adam 10 generations of offspring, all of them monotheists.

They worshipped God alone, and no-one else.

However, over time they went to excesses in their praise of the righteous people.

They had erected images in their honour that they might remember them and be encouraged upon good deeds.

However, this is not something that God has legislated and every invented matter in religion is misguidance.

When the people with knowledge among them passed away, the devil suggested to them that their fathers used to ask these statues for rain and they followed the call of the devil.

They committed polytheism, unbelief, covered over the clear truth that God alone Controls the Affairs and He is the only one worthy of worship.

God sent after this the first messenger to the world, Noah.

He called his people back to the worship of God alone.

God has said in the Qur’an – which is the final Book to mankind, preserved in its entirety to this day:

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

“In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants

إِنَّآ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا إِلَىٰ قَوْمِهِۦٓ أَنْ أَنذِرْ قَوْمَكَ مِن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

Indeed, We sent Noah to his people, [saying], ‘Warn your people before there comes to them a painful punishment.’

قَالَ يَٰقَوْمِ إِنِّى لَكُمْ نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ

He said, ‘O my people, indeed I am to you a clear warner,

أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱتَّقُوهُ وَأَطِيعُونِ

That you should worship God (alone), fear Him and obey me,

يَغْفِرْ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَيُؤَخِّرْكُمْ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى إِنَّ أَجَلَ ٱللَّهِ إِذَا جَآءَ لَا يُؤَخَّرُ لَوْ كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

He will forgive you your sins and recite you to an appointed term. Verily, the Term of God when it comes, cannot be delayed, if you only knew.’

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّى دَعَوْتُ قَوْمِى لَيْلًا وَنَهَارًا

He said, ‘My Lord, indeed I called my people night and day.

فَلَمْ يَزِدْهُمْ دُعَآءِىٓ إِلَّا فِرَارًا

But my calling increased them in nothing except in flight.

وَإِنِّى كُلَّمَا دَعَوْتُهُمْ لِتَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ جَعَلُوٓا۟ أَصَٰبِعَهُمْ فِىٓ ءَاذَانِهِمْ وَٱسْتَغْشَوْا۟ ثِيَابَهُمْ وَأَصَرُّوا۟ وَٱسْتَكْبَرُوا۟ ٱسْتِكْبَارًا

And verily every time I called them that You might forgive them, they put their finger in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted and were arrogant with great arrogance.

ثُمَّ إِنِّى دَعَوْتُهُمْ جِهَارًا

Then verily I called them openly.

ثُمَّ إِنِّىٓ أَعْلَنتُ لَهُمْ وَأَسْرَرْتُ لَهُمْ إِسْرَارًا

Then verily I proclaimed to them in public and appealed to them in private,

فَقُلْتُ ٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ غَفَّارًا

I said: Ask forgiveness from your Lord, Verily He is Oft-Forgiving,

يُرْسِلِ ٱلسَّمَآءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا

He will send rain upon you in abundance,

وَيُمْدِدْكُم بِأَمْوَٰلٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّٰتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَٰرًا

And give you increase in wealth and children and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.

مَّا لَكُمْ لَا تَرْجُونَ لِلَّهِ وَقَارًا

What is the matter with you that you hope not for reward,

وَقَدْ خَلَقَكُمْ أَطْوَارًا

While He created you in stages

أَلَمْ تَرَوْا۟ كَيْفَ خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ سَبْعَ سَمَٰوَٰتٍ طِبَاقًا

See you not how God has created the seven heavens above one another,

وَجَعَلَ ٱلْقَمَرَ فِيهِنَّ نُورًا وَجَعَلَ ٱلشَّمْسَ سِرَاجًا

And has made the moon therein a light, and made the sun a lamp?

وَٱللَّهُ أَنۢبَتَكُم مِّنَ ٱلْأَرْضِ نَبَاتًا

And God has brought you forth from the (dust of) the earth.

ثُمَّ يُعِيدُكُمْ فِيهَا وَيُخْرِجُكُمْ إِخْرَاجًا

Then He will return you into it extract you another extraction.

وَٱللَّهُ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلْأَرْضَ بِسَاطًا

And God has made for you the earth widespread.

لِّتَسْلُكُوا۟ مِنْهَا سُبُلًا فِجَاجًا

That you may go about therein in broad roads.

قَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ إِنَّهُمْ عَصَوْنِى وَٱتَّبَعُوا۟ مَن لَّمْ يَزِدْهُ مَالُهُۥ وَوَلَدُهُۥٓ إِلَّا خَسَارًا

Noah said, ‘My Lord, indeed they have disobeyed me and followed him whose wealth and children give him no increase except loss. 

وَمَكَرُوا۟ مَكْرًا كُبَّارًا

And they have plotted a mighty plot.

وَقَالُوا۟ لَا تَذَرُنَّ ءَالِهَتَكُمْ وَلَا تَذَرُنَّ وَدًّا وَلَا سُوَاعًا وَلَا يَغُوثَ وَيَعُوقَ وَنَسْرًا

And they have said: ’You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa’, nor Yaghuth, no Ya’uq, nor Nasr (names of their idols).

وَقَدْ أَضَلُّوا۟ كَثِيرًا وَلَا تَزِدِ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ إِلَّا ضَلَٰلًا

“And already they have misled many. And (O God), Grant no increase to the wrongdoers except in error.”

مِّمَّا خَطِيٓـَٰٔتِهِمْ أُغْرِقُوا۟ فَأُدْخِلُوا۟ نَارًا فَلَمْ يَجِدُوا۟ لَهُم مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ أَنصَارًا

Because of their sins they were drowned, they were made to enter the fire, and they found none to help them besides God. 

وَقَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ لَا تَذَرْ عَلَى ٱلْأَرْضِ مِنَ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ دَيَّارًا

And Noah said, “My Lord, leave not one of the disbelievers upon the earth!

إِنَّكَ إِن تَذَرْهُمْ يُضِلُّوا۟ عِبَادَكَ وَلَا يَلِدُوٓا۟ إِلَّا فَاجِرًا كَفَّارًا

Indeed, if you leave them, they will mislead Your slaves, and they will beget none expert wicked disbelievers.”

رَّبِّ ٱغْفِرْ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَىَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيْتِىَ مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَٰتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًۢا

“My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and him who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction!””

The Noble Qur’an, Chapter Noah (71)

How To Be a Slave of God?

God, The Most High, has said:

وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبُّكُمْ فَٱعْبُدُوهُ هَٰذَا صِرَٰطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ

“Jesus said: ‘And verily God is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). that is the straight Path.”

The Noble Qur’an, Chapter Mary (19) Verse 36

And He, The Perfect, has said,

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

“And I did not create the jinns and humans except to worship Me.”

The Noble Qur’an 51:56

So for this you were created, slave of God, and in this is your life and this is what you will be questioned concerning.

What is upon you is to submit to God alone, willingly, upon monotheism, turning away from all polytheism and its people.

This is the way of Abraham and those who followed him, and in Arabic the word for it is “Islam” and its followers “Muslims”.

For more reading about how to submit to God, then click here.

I ask God’s forgiveness for me and all the believing servants and guidance for You, verily He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

May God extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.

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