Thursday, 31 January 2013

Get Closer To Allah Part Three



thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

10 Steps To Get Closer To Allah (Part 3/5);
So what things we can do to draw closer to Him?


5. Building a close relationship with the Qur’an

Recite the Holy Qur’aan as much as we can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgement
[Muslim]

Learn the Qur’an, recite it and study the Qur’an from the many resources available to us, because these are the specific words that Allah has given to us as guidance. There is much wisdom, mercy and guidance in these beautiful verses and there are many miracles to be experienced and they will all be very clear from studying the Qur’an.

“There is no envy (acceptable) except in two (cases): a person whom Allah has given the Qur’an and recites it throughout the night and throughout the day. And a person whom Allah has given wealth, that he gives out throughout the night and throughout the day.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


Virtues of reciting the Qur’an

‘Uthmaan, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others”
[Al-Bukhari]

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.”
[At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]


Virtues of Surah Fathiha

The Prophet said, 'In the Fatiha of the Qur'an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)'
[Darimi 3236, also narrated by Ad-Darmi in his Al-Masnad and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’bul Imaan, Tafseer Mazhari 1:30]

Surah Al-Fatihah is equivalent to two thirds of the Qur'an
[Al-Bayhaqi and Al-Haakim, Tafseer Mazhari 1:31]


Virtues of Surah Mulk

It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabarakallahi Biyadihil Mulk [i.e. Surah al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.
[An-Nasa’i]


Virtues of Surah Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun and Al Ikhlas

Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas and Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’.
[At-Tirmidhi 2818/A]


Reading, understanding and implementing the Qur’an in our daily lives

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn Al-’Aas heard the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!”
[Abu Dawood and At-Tirmithee, saheeh]

We should make a target of reading at least a chapter a day.
If one can’t manage that then at least half a chapter.
If one still can’t manage that then recite at least a page a day.
However much we can manage we should try to recite each day with its meanings and implement what we learn into our daily lives.

*** Reading a little each day is better than reciting a lot once in a while. We should build a close relationship with the Qur’an which is in fact building a close relationship with Allah! ***

“Verily Allah raises nations by this book (the Qur’an) and puts down (i.e. destroys) others by it.” [Muslim]


6. Keeping good company

One of the most important things we must do, which sadly many people neglect, is that we should avoid bad company. People we should avoid taking as friends those who speak too freely, who miss Salah, who do not dress modestly, who backbite, slander etc.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “The case of the good companion and the bad companion is like that of the seller of musk and the blower of the bellows (iron-smith). As for the seller of musk, he will either give you some of the musk, or you will purchase some from him, or at least you will come away having experienced its good smell. Whereas the blower of the bellows will either burn your clothing, or at least you will come away having experienced its repugnant smell.”
[Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Rather, we should seek out pious friends who fear Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala and who have the qualities of humility, charity, compassion, modesty and knowledge. If we sit with them we will always benefit and they will be a means for us to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala!


Remember: “All friends will be enemies of one another on that Day (Day of Judgment) except those of the virtuous.”
[al-Qur’an 43:67]



**Come back and check in next week for Part 4 in shaa Allah**




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