There is none worthy of worship except Allah. This
means that none truly deserves, or has the right to be worshipped, except
Allah, the Almighty, All-High, since He alone possesses those perfect qualities
that are associated with omnipotence, divinity, and godhood.
The spirit and secret of this monotheistic phrase is
to single out Allah for love, fear, hope, veneration, and glorification. lt
also includes our depending upon Allah and our repenting to Him. So our love is
pure for none except Him, and everyone other than Him is only loved as a by-product
of our love for Him, or as a means of increasing our love for Him.
Therefore we must fear Allah Alone, and we must depend
upon Him Alone; in Him Alone do we place our hopes; and of Him Alone are we in
awe. We take an oath by His name only; we repent to Him Alone; and all
obedience is for Him. ln times of hardship, we may invoke none but Him and we
may seek refuge in none save in Him.
Also, we prostrate to Him only, and when we slaughter
an animal, we do it, mentioning His name only.
All of the above can be summarized in one phrase: None
has the right to be worshipped except Allah. This phrase is comprehensive of all
forms of worship.