Becoming a Muslim is definitely the best thing that will ever happen to you. Congratulations champ! Now, I guess you’re asking: Should I start doing all worships once I become a Muslim? Asking such a question reflects your utmost dedication and enthusiasm, or maybe worries. However, in this article, we will get this question answered!
Meaning of Worship
Let’s start first by defining the meaning of worship in Islam; it is the humility to Allah Almighty with love and glory by doing His commands and avoiding His prohibitions, in the manner in which His laws came.
Also, His mandatory and basic commands include what is called the five pillars of Islam, which you have to do your best to maintain. They include: the testimony of faith, prayer (Salah), charity (Zakah), fasting Ramadan (Sawm) and pilgrimage (Hajj). The first one is done already, and the rest are yet to come. As for the second one, someone once mentioned it saying:
…my comfort has been provided in prayer”. [Hadith] (1)
Indeed, he is the Prophet Mohammed PBUH. In fact, prayer is deeply rooted in everyday life. As, it provides a safe haven in the middle of the concerns of everyday life. Otherwise, the rest are not as frequent as prayer as they are done at certain times every year, like fasting and giving charity. Moreover, the last one is done once in a lifetime for those who can afford it.
As for His prohibitions, their degrees vary in terms of ugliness and transgression, however, the worst of which is called “The seven great destructive sins”. If you do any of these major sins, then you need to abandon it immediately. They include:
… Associating anyone or anything with Allah in worship; practicing sorcery, killing of someone without a just cause whom Allah has forbidden, devouring the property of an orphan, eating of usury, fleeing from the battlefield and slandering chaste women who never even think of anything against chastity and are good believers.” [Hadith] (2)
Persistence and Ambition ( Summary)
To conclude, the answer to the main question is: No, you do not have to do all worships, but you have to make the mandatory and basic worships right away. Also, you should abandon the seven destructive sins immediately as well. Indeed, the two keys of maintaining worship are to be persistent and ambitious. In particular, maintain what you already practice and seek what is better, Keeping in mind what the Prophet PBUH said:
Allah says: ‘ When a slave of Mine draws near to Me a span, I draw near to him a cubit; and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” [Hadith] (3)
It’s the time to be a Muslim!