Thursday, 24 January 2013

Get Closer to Allah Part Two

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

10 Steps To Get Closer To Allah (Part 2/5);
So what things we can do to draw closer to Him?

3. Zikr (remembrance of Allah) and glorification of Allah

"…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest."
[Qur’an, 13:28]

Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue.

[Qur’an, 29:46]

O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening
[Qur’an, 33:42-43]

Remembrance of Allah is the foundation of all good deeds. Whoever succeeds in it is blessed with the close friendship of Allah.

Remembrance of Allah the best of deeds

The Prophet, peace be upon him, would often tell his Companions, "Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?"The Companions replied, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!" The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Remembrance of Allah."

Heart of those who don't remember Allah is dead whereas those who do is alive

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "The simili
tude of one who remembers his Rabb and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Some very rewarding dhikr include:

1. Subhan'Allah- 'Glorious is Allah'
2. Al-Hamdullilah- 'All praise is due to Allah'
3. Allahu Akbar – 'Allah is the Greatest.'
4. La ila ha illallah- There is none diety of worship except Allah

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "For him who says: `Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),' a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.''

Zikr can be done anywhere and anytime

A person may ask, ‘How can we do Zikr all the time whilst we have so many things to do in life such as we go to work, feed the family, pay bills, etc.? Well, the answer to this is that, firstly, it is the Sunnah of Allah's Messenger to work and feed the family which is rewarded by Allah and, secondly, that when a person is working or at school or wherever a person may be this does not mean that he
or she should stop remembering Allah while he is working, while he is shopping or while he is travelling.

In fact the heart of the believer should be attached to Allah's remembrance throughout his day to day activities such that he protects himself from falling in love with the materials and temptations of this world and that his love for Allah and his Messenger grows stronger and stronger as time goes by. When a person begins to remember Allah all the time it is then that he becomes conscious of his actions. His heart also gains peace,
tranquillity, contentment and happiness!

"... And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e., Jannah).''
[Qur’an, 33:35]

4. Calling upon Allah in Duah (Supplication)

In order to build a close relationship with Allah we should always call upon him in all situations and circumstances whether we are happy or sad and we should ask Him for all of our needs as well as help and guidance in all aspects of our lives.

Allah, the Most Compassionate says in the Holy Qur’an, "Call on Me. I will answer your prayer, but those who are too arrogant to serve me will surely find themselves humiliated in Hell"
[Qur’an, 40:60]

Allah, The Exalted says: "And your Lord says: Pray unto me: and I will hear your prayer"
[Qur’an, 40:60]

"Call upon your Lord Humbly and in secret"
[Qur’an 7:55]

"When My servants question thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me…"
[Qur’an, 2:186]

"Is not He (best) who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering"
[Qur’an, 27:62]

Dua’s are never wasted

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The dua’ of any one of you will be answered so long as he does not seek to hasten it, and does not say, ‘I made dua’ but I had no answer.’”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5865; Muslim, 2735, from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah]

So let us build a close relationship with Allah by making much duah to Him. He loves it when His slave calls upon Him.

In the hadith which was narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Abu Hurayrah, who said:
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘There is no man who prays to Allah and makes dua’ to Him, and does not receive a response. Either it will be hastened for him in this world, or it will be stored up for him in the Hereafter, so long as he does not pray for something sinful, or to cut the ties of kinship, or seek a speedy response.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what does seeking a speedy response mean?’ He said, ‘Saying, “I prayed to my Lord and He did not answer me.’”
[Al-Tirmidhi, 3859; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 852]

**Come back and check in next week for Part 3 in shaa Allah**

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