(This blog asks a lot of questions. But all are meant to be heard with the love and respect that I have for you, my Muslim readers.)
Dear Muslim friends:
Why do you serve Allah?
Why do you obey Him?
Why do you say the creed (shahada), pray (salat as well as duas), give alms (zakat), fast (sawm during Ramadan or other times), or do pilgrimage (Hajj or Umrah) to Mecca?
What is the main reason?
What is the deepest motivation for these and other Muslim religious practices?
Obligation – duty?
Guilt – to cover or make up for past disobedience or failures or sins?
Peer pressure from fellow Muslims – family, friends, imams?
Fear of the Day of Judgment?
Fear of hellfire. . .for any amount of time?
To gain or earn enough points for Paradise?
Because He is God and you are His servant?
I have thought of very similiar questions to these many times in my own life. I am not just asking you.
Why do I stive to serve and obey my Creator?
Why do I try to live a righteous life?
May I suggest to you that there is one motive that should be the ultimate purpose in our heart of hearts to serve and obey God.
It is love. . .
Simply. . .love.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (the Injeel, Mark 12:30).
Jesus also said:
“If you love me, keep my commands” (the Injeel, John 14:15).
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” (John 14:23).
“We love him, because he first loved us. . .” (the Injeel, 1 John 4:19)
So. . .to ask the question again, “Why do you serve Allah?”
And. . .“Why do I serve my Creator?”
There is one answer that shows many answers to be false and far surpasses all that are right.
Love. . .
Simply. . .love.