بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah The most Gracious The Most Merciful
Q 1) What is the first (religious) obligation on worshipers?
Answer 1) The first religious obligation on worshipers is to realize the purpose for which Allah the Almighty created them; and for which He took their covenant and sent them His Messengers and Books; and for which He created this present life, the Hereafter, Paradise and Hell-fire; and for which the Inevitable would come true; and the Event would befall; and for which the Balance is set and the Records are given in either the right hand, left hand or behind their backs; and for which there would be either happiness or misery; and according to which the lights would be divided, for any to whom Allah gives not light, there will be no light for him!
Q 2) What is that thing for which Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) innovated the Creation?
Answer 2) And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, for mere play.(Surah Ad-Dukhan44:38).
We created them not except with truth (i.e. to examine and test those who are obedient and those who are disobedient and then reward the obedient ones and punish the disobedient ones), but most of them know not.(Surah Ad-Dukhan44:39)
And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve.(Surah Sad 38:27)
And Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has created the heavens and the earth with truth, in order that each person may be recompensed what he has earned, and they will not be wronged}.(Al-Jathiyah45:22).
I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures). Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, owner of Power, the Most Strong}. (Ad-Dhariyat, 56-58)
O you who believe! When you are told to make room in the assemblies, (spread out and) make room. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) will give you (ample) room (from His Mercy). And when you are told to rise up [for prayers, or Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s cause), or for any other good deed], rise up. Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.(Surah Al-Mujadila58:11).
Q 3: What does the word `Abd (worshipper) mean?
Answer 3) The word Abd means the subdued or subjugated. This meaning encompasses all sorts of creation: higher and lower, rational and reasonless, animate and inanimate,
dynamic and static, apparent and hidden, believing and disbelieving, and pious and dissolute, etc.; all of which are created by Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). They are subjected to Him, and managed by Him (سبحانه و تعالى) Alone. Moreover, all of them have a limit and destination and each one runs (its course) for an appointed term. Such is the judgment and ordering of (Him), the Exalted in Power, the Omniscient. And if the intended sense is the modest God-loving worshiper, in this case it refers only to the believing men and women who are Allah’s (سبحانه و تعالى) honorable slaves and pious godly ones; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
It is not special that a slave loves His Lord, what is special is that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) loves His (سبحانه و تعالى) slave. Slavery is divided into three:
1) General – Every created being on earth or in the Heavens is a slave of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى).
2) The believers’s are slaves of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). This slavery is a specific kind of slavery. And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allah) are those who walk on the
earth in humility and sedateness. (Surah Furqan25:63).
3) These are the Prophets and Messengers of Allah.