Thee Alone Do We Serve

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The form of prayer suggested in the Surat is not, ‘We serve Thee,’ but is specifically worded, ‘Thee alone do we serve, and from Thee alone do we ask for help.’ This manner of expression fulfils the primary condition of belief in the unity of God, and disallows room for every form of ‘shirk’ or associating with God anything beside Him.