The concept of worship in Islam differs from any other religion and is, therefore, subject to misinterpretation. In general, worship is understood to mean the observance of certain rituals: prayer, fasting, giving charity, and other good acts.

In Islam, however, worship is broader; it is one’s entire life. Worship could simply mean: All-inclusive way of life that encompasses internal and external deeds of the Muslim with the ultimate goal of pleasing Allah. Worship, therefore, is done in obedience to Allah in full humility, which starts by setting the right intention, performing rituals as shown by prophet Muhammad, and goes far beyond the realm of one’s beliefs to social activities, personal accomplishment and serving one’s society.

There is no better depiction of the meaning of worship than the verse in which prophet Muhammad is instructed by his lord to: “Say: Indeed, may prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my death are for Allah, lord of the worlds. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded and I am the first to submit (among you, Muslims).