Worship

Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. Such acts may involve honoring.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 13 hours ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. The purpose of every human is to purify themselves so that they increase their level of faith towards the perfection that God created them for. After this general purpose, everyone has their own purpose but that is something that is revealed to them during the course of their lives, or even at their time of death, and even if they are not fully conscious of what that purpose is, or they don't know what it is at all, it will come to pass.

May you always be successful

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 2 months ago

Bismillah

Alaykum salaam

Thank you for your question. From what you have described the path that they are on is a slippery slope and they need to start ignoring the urges to keep repeating the actions. When it comes to wudu, a person should make wudu like everyone else. Yes, if they think there is a spot they have missed they can go over it, but nothing out of the ordinary. Water travels differently to oil or something viscous, and so you do not need to keep going over the same areas. As for pronunciation, the same is the case, that if you know you generally pronounce the letters correctly you should ignore the urge to repeat, unless you are absolutely sure you have mispronounced.

This is very difficult in the beginning, but the doubts will only get worse and more debilitating with time. The reason for them is a misunderstanding of what is required from a person performing these actions and the impression that they have to be done with the utmost level of precision, whereas what is really required is that the acts are done normally. It is a trick of satan to push a person into excessive doubts causing the enjoyment of worship to slowly dissipate. The solution is to ignore them.

May you always be successful.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 4 months ago

as salam alaikum

there is no clear reference to the fact that some people attempted to worship the Prophet as god during his lifetime. Rather the Qur'an tells us about another tendency among the disbelievers of his time: "Those who entertain no fear about being present before Us, nor do they expect it, say:- Why should not the angels be sent down on us or we see our Lord?-" (25:21). Their asking for angels and even for the Lord himself shows that they did not believe that the Prophet could be a god.

We can deduce this fact also by their saying: " Shall a mere human being guide us?" (64:6).

If someone would have tried to worship the Prophet as god certainly we would have known by multiple reports as such claim would have circulated and caused a particular sensation at that time.

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Yes, it is true that the Prophet (SAWA) and Infallible Imams used to worship Allah for very long hours in the nights ( two thirds or half or one third of the night) and in special nights for the whole night.

We are not supposed to spend the whole night in worshipping and leave our responsibilities in studying and working , but need to spend some time in the night in worshipping Allah (SWT), thanking His Bounties and preparing ourselves for our real future (Aakhirah).

Wassalam.

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 6 months ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. They (as) spent the whole of specific nights in worship, but slept in the night on a regular basis. Part of their night was always spent in prayer. A small amount of praying per night should not negatively effect most people's health.

May you always be successful 

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 7 months ago

This is really a personal ethical question. Muslims have never really fully agreed on the nature on Hinduism. Some consider it a religion that leads people to the divine and others consider it to be superstition and idolatry. Maybe there is truth on both sides as most religious have pluses and minuses and different ways they are practiced.

Anyway, if you think this person is doing something good by going to temple, or if you wish to follow the golden rule "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", then give them a ride. And if you disapprove of them going, then don't give them a ride. 

This is assuming you are giving a ride to a friend, neighbour, relative, etc, and you are not working as an Uber or taxi driver. If you are working as a driver, most drivers do not interfere with where their passengers are going and just take them there. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 8 months ago

We are allowed to use any plant in the proper way, no matter what non Muslims do as far as we do not support their wrong.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 year ago

Muslims are not allowed to build or take part or help in building any non Muslim place of worship as such places will have wrong way of worship which is not permissible in Islam.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answer updated 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Just because you might have some doubts, or even excessive doubts about certain things, it does not mean you have "OCD". We must remember that such problems must be diagnosed by a psychologist or a professional in that field. 

Scrupulosity starts off very innocently, due to one's concern about getting their religious acts right and valid. However, it turns in a very bad state that make one very miserable in the areas they suffer in.

Instead of feeling a sense of spiritual uplifting or inner-peace, waswasah becomes a burden and leads to hating religious practices.

Please watch this presentation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz2HGVepaC8&feature=youtu.be

Wassalam