By Fatima Ariadne
One day, there is an old carpenter asking to his master to allow him to retire. And his master said “I will allow you to retire, but you must build one house as your last task”.
The carpenter did the job reluctantly, he worked on the house very half-heartedly, thinking that this is the last job he MUST do for his “demanding” master. Finally, the house is finished. But surprisingly, his master told him “this house is actually for you” and gave him the key and several money for his work. The carpenter regretted greatly because, if he only knew the house is actually for him, he’ll build it with love, dedication, and he’ll do his best work. Now he had to live in a bad house….built by himself.
Why does God asked to be worshipped? NOTHING! It’s not for HIM-self, it’s for YOUR own good! Even if the whole Universe doesn’t want to worship Him, He will not stop being a God. God doesn’t need our prayers and worship, but it’s us Creatures who need him. It’s like the carpenter and his master analogy, where the carpenters think he makes the house “for” his master – where in the end, the house is actually for the carpenter himself.
Whatever we do, the reward falls back to ourselves. Why? God has shown us the way, and it’s entirely our choice to choose.
“if you reject Allah, truly Allah hath no need of you, He liketh not ingratitude from His servants. if you are grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearers of burdens can bear the burdens of another. In the end, to your Lord is your return, when He tell you the truth of all that ye did (in this life).” (QS Az Zumar : 7)
“if anyone does the righteous deeds, the benefit is for his own soul. if one does evil, it works against his own soul” (QS Al Jatsiyah : 15)
The reason why we worship God is not solely because He created us. Yes, that’s one of it. But the blessings we get is more than we imagine. Try to count it – not just in term of physical property, money, or food. Do you pay any patent fee for oxygen? Your body is the easiest example to look at. Just ponder it, every cells in your body, works together in a great synchrony. You don’t pay any cent to get your bladders, lungs, heart, brain, and immune system, nor you don’t pay any cent to get them work properly. They just work voluntarily and tirelessly for you, even when you ignore them by pestering them unhealthy foods. Every single cell in your body literally works together in order for you to live. Imagine if one day half of your lung suddenly decided that it’s tired and “bored” to work, just for one day. Can you live with that?
“If you count the favours of God, never will you be able to number them. Verily, human is given up to injustice and ingratitude”
(Suraa Ibrahim : 34)
Allah has given everything for mankind, and what’s difficult for us to just worship Him in return?
Narrated by Anas:
The Prophet said, “Allah will say to that person of the (Hell) Fire who will receive the least punishment, ‘If you had everything on the earth, would you give it as a ransom to free yourself (i.e. save yourself from this Fire)?’ He will say, ‘Yes.’ Then Allah will say, ‘While you were in the backbone of Adam, I asked you much less than this, i.e. not to worship others besides Me, but you insisted on worshiping others besides me.’ ” (Hadith Bukhari)