The concept of `Uboodiyyah in Islaam

Question: It is well-known that Islaam is revealed to provide freedom and liberty for people. The concept of liberty in Islaam was correctly defined by an insightful scholar who said: It is to be a servant to Allaah (Exalted be He) and a freeman to other than Him.

Please briefly clarify for us the concept of `Uboodiyyah (Worship) in Islaam and how the servant can be freed from his master and other relevant issues. Please also clarify the wisdom behind the fact that the Messenger (peace be upon him) took Anas as his servant and `Umar took a servant boy.

Answer: The meaning of worship in Islaam is: “Submission to Allaah (Exalted be He) by obeying His Commands, leaving what He has prohibited, abiding by His Limits, seeking His Pleasure, hoping for His Reward and fearing His Anger and Punishment.” This is the true meaning of worship and it is never to be for anyone except Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.

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