Voting Can Be 'Ibadah

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985)

In Islam the concept of 'ibadah is far more comprehensive than the concept of "worship" which is often used to translate the word into English. 'Ibadah, as understood in Islam, includes every action that is performed with the intention (or niyyah) of fulfilling the wishes of the Creator, whether directly or indirectly. Thus, not only prayer is 'ibadah but also going to the mosque for prayer or preparing to go to the mosque is also 'ibadah, for these actions are directed toward the fulfillment of a divine commandment. Even such primary functions as eating, sleeping, etc. can become 'ibadah if they are carried out with the intention of getting the physical strength or ability to fulfill divine commandments.

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