A Muslim's Daily Life
From the time they wake up in the morning to the time they retire to bed, Muslims are constantly engaged in worship, mindful of Allah's laws, orders, and guidance. Islam is often called a way of life, rather than simply a religion or belief system.
The Islamic concept of worship is very broad. Anything that one does in accordance with God's guidance and laws is considered an act of worship. Speaking the truth, refraining from gossip, dealing honestly in commercial affairs, treating one's parents with respect and honor, helping the poor and needy, dealing lovingly and fairly with family members — all of these actions, done for the sake of Allah, are forms of worship.
Speaking of the comprehensive nature of Islamic worship, the Prophet Muhammad said that faith is made up of “sixty and some branches: the highest of which is belief in the Oneness of God, and the humblest of which is removing obstacles and dirt from people's way.”
Muslims believe that God created us in a certain way and has given us guidance through His prophets. The overreaching definition of worship in Islam recognizes that each person can choose either obedient or rebellious behavior. If we make a conscious decision to act in accordance with God's guidance, even in simple matters, we are choosing to honor and obey God.
Beyond this, the formal pillars of practice provide structure for a Muslim's worship and daily life, on a personal and community-wide level. They ensure that a Muslim is reminded of his or her obligations and duties, constantly seeks God's guidance, and develops humility and consciousness of God every day, week, month, and year.