What Did You Do For Allahu Teala?


Who can say anything against Him, save fear;
What should be done, except giving oneself up.

"The best of worships is to love Muslims because they are Muslims and to dislike disbelievers because they are disbelievers." When Allahu ta'ala asked Hadrat [1] Musa, "What did you do for Me?" he answered, "O my Allah, for you I performed salat [2], fasted, gave zakat [3] and mentioned your name very much." Upon this, Allahu ta'ala declared, "O Musa! Your prayers (salat) are documents for you. Your fastings are a shield against Hell. The zakat is a shade that protects you against the heat of the day of the Last Judgement. Your mentioning my name very much is a light that will illuminate you in the darkness of the grave and the Resurrection. That is, all these are useful for you. What did you do for Me?" Hadrat Musa entreated, "O my Allah! Tell me the worship which is for you!" Allahu ta'ala declared in an ayat-i-karima [4], "O Musa! Did you love those who loved Me for My sake, and did you feel hostility towards My enemies for My sake?" So, Hadrat Musa realized that the good deed done for Allah was to love for His sake and to be hostile for His sake.

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] salat: i) prayer; (with salam)= salawat; ii) ritual prayer of at least two rak'as; "namaz", in Persian; salat janaza: funeral prayer.
[3] zakat: (fard duty of giving annually) certain amount of certain kinds of property to certain kinds of people, by which the remaining property becomes purified and blessed and the Muslim who gives it protects himself against being (called) a miser. See chapter 1 in Endless Bliss V.
[4] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.