What is Worship in Islam?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 In Islam each and every action which is done in accordance with God's commandment is worship. Therefore, doing a job, raising a family, interaction with community are all acts of worship if done in accordance with God's commandments as acted upon and directed by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Islam requires the individual to submit himself completely to Allah:

"Say, surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds, He has no partners; thus I am commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims." Al-Qur'an 6:162-163

The natural result of this submission is that one's actions should conform to the instructions of the One to Whom the person is submitting. Islam requires that its followers model their lives according to its teachings in every respect

Islam does not teach ritualism. It places great emphasis on intention and action. To worship God is to love Him and to act upon His commands in every aspect of life, to enjoin goodness and forbid wrongdoing and oppression, to practice charity and justice and to serve Him by serving mankind. The Qur'an presents this sublime concept in the following words:

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East or the West, but righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Book and the Prophets; and gives his wealth for love of Him to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and sets slaves free; and observes proper worship and pays the Zakah. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and they are patient in tribulation, adversity and time of stress; such are those who are sincere. Such are the God-fearing." Al-Qur'an 2:177
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References: What is Islam? The Institute of Islamic Knowledge, al-quraan.org