Essence of the Message of All the Prophets

What is the essence of the message of all the prophets?

Belief in Allah also involves belief that He alone deserves our worship. That Allah alone deserves our worship,

“You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help.” [1]

That is central principle of faith that is required of us in belief in Allah and this was the essence of the messages of all the prophets of Allah, calling people to the worship of Allah, to dedicating their lives to Allah, to living God-fearing lives, lives in which we are conscious of Allah in each and everything that we do, because for a Muslim all of his or her life is supposed to be worship. From the time that we get up in the morning, till the time that we go back to sleep at night, playing with our children, relating with our husbands and wives, feeding our animals, working, interacting socially with our neighbours, all aspects of our lives are supposed to be worship of Allah as Allah said,

“Say, indeed my prayers, my sacrifices, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” [2]

That is the life of the believer, of a true Muslim, one who has submitted his or her will to Allah, meaning that in whatever we do, we try to understand, what it is that Allah has required of us in this act, this thought, this word? What is it that Allah wants from us? If we do that, then we turn our lives into worship. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) gave us no end of supplications to make, from the time we wake up in the morning, to the time we go to sleep at night. Why? All these supplications, when you look at yourself in the mirror, when you go to the bathroom, when you go to eat, when you leave your house, when you enter your job and so on and so forth throughout your day, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) has given us supplications, prayers, to make for each and every occasion of our lives. Why? In order that we be conscious of Allah in the things that we do, as Allah said,

“...Establish prayer for my remembrance.” [3]

The essence, a life of prayer, is a life of remembrance of God and that makes the difference that distinguishes between the righteous and the unrighteous.

References:

[1] [Qur’an 1:5]

[2] [Qur'an 6:162]

[3] [Qur’an 20:14]

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