Why Do Muslims Worship Allah (God) Alone?
The following is a short excerpt from Sacred Freedom which deals with the subject of why Muslims single out Allah in all forms of worship. Allah is the Arabic name for God, sometimes transliterated as Allaah. Similarly, God’s name in the Old Testament has sometimes been transliterated as Eloah and Elah. Muslims believe that since Allah alone created everything in the universe, that none is worthy of being worshipped, except Him alone:
People concede that crimes which are perpetrated against the creation can be great in nature. How much greater then, must the level of crime be, if it is perpetrated against the One who brought these forms of creation into being?
“How can you disbelieve in Allah? Seeing that you were dead and He gave you
life; then He will cause you to die, then again will bring you to life
(on the Day of Resurrection);
then unto Him you will return.”
Indeed, it has been clarified in the Qur’an that the greatest crime someone can commit is to attribute partners to the One who possesses absolute power and control over the universe. This crime is perpetrated when people worship and serve others along with Allah after He has mercifully provided for them in uncountable ways.
Contemplate the countless favours our Creator has provided for mankind, such as the blessing of gravity. This incredible force is perfectly balanced, preventing us from either floating in the air, or being too weighted down to the ground. Likewise, profound reflection upon the uncounted blessing of how our lungs and heart extract oxygen from the air point to the all-encompassing nature of Allah’s wisdom, capability and generosity towards us. Through the process of respiration, our cardiovascular system is able to function, keeping us alive and well. Interestingly, it is not impossible for someone to expect their heart to function for a period of approximately seventy years, yet we do not expect an engine to function without rest for even a portion of this time.
Consider the miraculous nature of our digestive system and how it breaks down all the necessary components of food that we need. Distributing necessary nutrients to our body, it also expels any harmful wastes. Furthermore, the intestinal bacteria that exist in our digestive tract constitute an important part of our immune system, which fights off disease and infection.
Indeed, the balance and control of the components of every atom within ourselves not only indicate the existence of a Creator, but also attest to the great favours He continually bestows upon us. Mankind tends to be ungrateful for these favours, either by being unmindful of them, or by refusing to acknowledge them to begin with.
“Do they then believe in falsehood, and deny the favours of Allah?”[16:72]
The discerning are able to ponder over the uncountable favours Allah has bestowed upon them and appreciate the excellence of their arrangements, their beauty and their perfection. However, every kind of perfection that can be witnessed in these creations is incomparable with the perfection of the Creator. Those who come to this realization understand that all these creational favours call to the glorification of their originator, gratitude and attachment to Him, and sincerity in singling Him out in all forms of worship and servitude.
Nevertheless, even if a person were to attempt to establish every kind of worship known in a continuous fashion, never would this individual be able to fulfill the gratitude the Creator deserves for these favours. For this reason, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful, and is pleased with only an undemanding amount of thankfulness, while He provides much.
“And if you would count the favours of Allah, never would you be
able to enumerate them. Truly, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
The One who has provided us with the faculties of hearing, seeing and understanding has explained that worshipping and serving others along with Allah constitutes an immense form of ingratitude. This is especially so when understanding that these objects of worship never played any part in originating any of these favours. Consequently, it is the only sin that will never be forgiven if a person dies in such a state without repenting:
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him
(in worship), but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills;
and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship,
has indeed invented a tremendous sin.”