The Prophet's earnest worship and obedience

The Prophet
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Worshipping Allah and obeying Him are among the greatest attributes for which Allah The Almighty praised His believing slaves. The perfect example is the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) whose guidance in worship was the most perfect and moderate. Obedience to Allah was the key, inseparable feature of the whole life of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) which was reflected in all his actions, whether sitting or standing, sleeping or awake, serious or jesting. Regarding his earnestness and devoutness in worship, ‘Aa’ishah, the Mother of Believers, may Allah be pleased with her, said: "He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) used to fast till we began to think that he would never break his fast …" [Al-Bukhari]

What is even more amazing is the length of his standing during the optional night prayer. ‘Awf ibn Maalik, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "I offered the supererogatory night prayer with the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) one night. First he cleaned his teeth with Siwaak, performed ablution, then started his prayer and recited Chapter Al-Baqarah. Whenever he came across a verse indicating mercy, he would supplicat Allah for it and whenever he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) came across a verse indicating torment, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would seek Allah’s Refuge against it. Then he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would make Rukoo‘[bowing] that lasted for the same duration as his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) standing and would say: "Subhaana thil-jabarooti wal-malakooti wal-kibriyaa’ wal-‘Athamah (Glory be to the One Who Has all Power, Dominion, Magnificence and Might).” Then he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would make Sujood [prostration] that lasted for the same duration as his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) Rukoo‘ and would say the same supplication. Then he,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would stand and recite the Chapter of Aal ‘Imraan and another Chapter and again would make Rukoo’ and Sujood.
Regarding the constant and continuous worship of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “The acts of worship of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) were constant. Which of you could endure what he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) used to endure?” [Al-Bukhari].
 By ‘constant’, ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, meant that he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) was persistent in his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) worship and even used to make up for missed supererogatory acts of worship. 
On the whole, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) was the most perfect in worship and obedience to Allah, thus we should take his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) worship and actions as an example so as to prosper in this worldly life and the Hereafter.

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