“I did not create the Jinn and the humans but to ya’bodoon (submit to me) (ibadah).” Surat At-Thariat, (Verse 56)
Ibada, translated “worship”, is connected with related words literally meaning “slavery”, and has connotations of obedience, submission, and humility. In terms of Islam, ibadah is the ultimate obedience, the ultimate submission, and humility to God along with the ultimate love for Him. Ibadah in Islam is the peak of submission to Allah, the connecting step between the creatures and the Creator. ‘Ibaadah which we are commanded to perform includes the meaning of humility and love.
In short, your entire life is `ibadah if they are in accordance with the law of God, and your heart is filled with His fear, and your ultimate objective is to seek the pleasure of God. But many Muslims nowadays think that the meaning of ibadah is establishing the prescribed forms of ibadah acts only.
“O men, a great, Ramadan has cast its shadow upon you. Ramadan is a month, which contains a night far better than one thousand months, Ramadan a month Allah, has made it obligatory to fast therein and made it commendable to stand up praying in its nights. If someone seeks Allah’s nearness by offering an optional act of ibadah in Ramadan, it will be as rewarding as to offer an obligatory ibadah in other days, and if someone performs an obligatory act of ibadah in Ramadan, it will carry as much reward as the reward of performing seventy obligatory acts of ibadah in other days. Ramadan is the month of patience and the reward of patience is Jannah (paradise). Ramadan is a month of sympathy, a month in which the provision for a believer is increased.
If someone provides another person with food to make Iftar (terminate one’s fast by eating or drinking something) it will cause forgiveness to his sins and freeing his neck from hell and he will be awarded the same sawab as the fasting person will be rewarded for his fast, without decreasing his own sawab.” (Bukhari)
Ibadah is also something that comes from the heart, or sincerity, as a result of belief in Islam. Therefore, ibadah is something that can not be forced upon another person.