“It is You we worship and You we ask for help” (Qur’an 1:5).After recounting Allah’s majesty and mercy, and after realizing that we will indeed return to Him, in this ayah our attention is brought to the essence of what it is we are supposed to do here on earth – worship Allah and seek His help in doing so.It is You We Worship – SincerityWhen we say “You alone do we worship,” we essentially declare our ikhlas (sincerity) and remind ourselves of it. The primary pillar of Islamic belief clearly states that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah. Fully accepting the oneness of God is to accept that He is distinct from everything else. No one has the right to be invoked, supplicated, prayed to, or shown any act of worship, but God alone. God alone is the Almighty, the Creator, the Sovereign, and the Sustainer of everything in the whole universe. He manages all affairs. He stands in need of none of His creatures, and all His creatures depend on Him for all that they need. You Alone We Ask for Help“You alone we ask for help” meaning that we do not seek aid from anyone but You because the affair in its totality is under Your control Alone, no one else has even an atom’s weight of control over it. “You Alone” has been repeated twice in the verse to emphasise that both worship and asking for help are matters that should be directed to Allah Alone.He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, and the All-Knowing. In all his conditions we are in need of guidance and assistance of Allah. We need Allâh to forgive our sins and shortcomings, cover our flaws and defects, turn away from our evils and tribulations. We are truly in need of our Creator, the most Glorified and Exalted in every moment. None brings about good but He, and none wards off sins or evils but He, the most Purified. So, ask for His forgiveness, for He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
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