Ibadah (عبادة‎, ‘ibādah, also spelled ibada) is an Arabic word meaning service or servitude. In Islam, ibadah is usually translated as "worship", and ibadat—the plural form of ibadah—refers to Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of Muslim religious rituals.


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 1 year ago

I can't quite figure out the Arabic text of these quotations in English, in order to discuss them, so it would be helpful if you could write the exact texts in Arabic, or give a reference.

The closest narrations that come to mind are:
* It is narrated that the best form of ibadah is love for the Ahl al-Bayt (A). 
* There is a narration in the Sunni books that a man who is bodily injured by someone (such as in a fight) and forgives that has offered a form of charity to the person who injured him. 

Anyway, there are a lot of hadith attributed to the Prophet (S) saying "the best form of worship is..." and "the best form of charity is...", and sometimes different things are mentioned.

From this, one gets the sense that the intent behind the text is often to say that "this is a good thing to do" and encourage people to do it, not that there is a hierarchy of different types of charity or worship, and only one of them is at the top.

(Except in a case where the text is very clear that this is the absolute best thing to do and specifies that it really is meant to be better than anything else.) 

Of course, there are many hadith encouraging charity (whether it be material assistance, or other forms of generosity such as kindness or assistance), forgiveness, and love (apart from love towards the vicious or enemies of God). 

(Note that someone else may recognize what texts are being discussed here and have a better answer!)


This requires a special understanding and cognition of the reality and continuous presence and grace of God in our lives and the nature of our connection with Him as well as our utter dependence on Him.

You may find useful to watch this recently concluded series of lectures by Sh. Javad Shomali.



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 1 year ago


Thank you for your question. Satan will try anything. There was a story of a mystic where Satan came to him at prayer time and tell him to pray just so that a he may be confused into obeying him. The mystic said I am praying but not because you told me and continued his worship. The best way to deal with Satan is to ignore your doubts and to be sure of what you are doing and why you are doing it.

May you always be successful 


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 1 year ago

It is not the way of real worship to force it on people. Worship is a link between Human beings and their Creator Allah (SWT) and it must be performed with sincere will and intention for the sake of Allah. Forced worship done to please some one else other than Allah is not valid.



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 2 years ago


Thank you for your question. Enjoying worship stems from the feeling of God's presence and His love within. For these feelings, a person needs to be calm, not in a rush to perform another task and sincere in their pursuit. They need to comprehend how much they need worship and how it is their lifeline to a connection to the Divine and all that is truly spiritual. If worship is approached humbly, lovingly and beautifully then a person will find solace in worshipping and will deeply value their connection with God, which is a connection of love and happiness.

May you always be successful


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... Answered 3 years ago

Bismihi ta'ala 

It is Almighty God who appoints obligatory acts to His creation, and for us Muslims to comply to the commands and requirements given to us by Him. If the Almighty says that we pray in a particular way, and in another way when travelling, or to fast, and at times not fast, we must follow this.

Islam is a natural, understanding and forebearing, and the Shari'ah accommodates to our human needs. 

The condition of prayer is that one must be in the state of ritual purity, which means one cannot pray while in the state of Janabah, Haydh or Nifas. 

As for the exemption given to a woman being in Haydh or Nifas (post-natal bleeding), one reason that can be given is that a woman goes through various physical, emotional and mental strenuousness while menstruating. Almighty God wants to give her a rest from fulfilling this particular obligation.

It could be difficult for her in these states to bow and prostrate, and so on, so she can rest from these actions for the few days. She is bleeding, and a lot of things are being affected by this, so she should not add burden to this by having to pray, or having to fast. 

However, in no way does it mean a woman is to be "isolated", or that she is "dirty", or that she will be deprived of socialising, or worshiping Allah ta'ala during this time. These are things that other religious have mentioned regarding a menstruating woman. 

Rather the opposite, it is still recommended that at the five wajib prayer times a menstruating woman performs her wudhu', and sits in her prayer niche and supplicates and does dhikr, to the amount of how long the obligatory prayer would take. Also, she can recite the Quran (with exemption of certain surahs), and anything else that will grant her spiritual proximity to the Almighty. 

And Allah knows best.