The Meaning of “ʿIbādah”

Shaikh Muḥammad Bāzmūl, may Allāh protect him from every harm, said:

العِبَادَةُ: اِسْمٌ جَامِعٌ لِكُلِّ مَا يُحِبُّهُ اللهُ وَيَرْضَاهُ مِنْ الأَقْوَالِ وَالأَعْمَالِ الظَاهِرَةِ وَالبَاطِنَةِ.

Al-ʿIbādah is a comprehensive word [that covers] everything that Allāh loves and is pleased with, of speech and deeds, outward and inward.

 

Bāzmūl, Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar ibn Sālim. Sharḥ Risālah Nawāqiḍ Al-Islām. Al-Mīrāth Al-Nabawī: 1435 H, p. 71.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff