7 Soulful Ways To Get Closer To Allah
Every Muslim in the world finds solace in Almighty Allah. It is the desire of the people to be closer to the merciful Allah, gain his knowledge, and follow the righteous path in order to enter Jannah in the next world.
Allah listens to us when we call, grants our wishes and we draw nearer to him through sincerity and pure intentions. Hence, we should always try to be near to him, the giver of peace.
Here are the 7 ways you can go closer to the Almighty Allah.
How to Get Closer to Allah?
Fulfil All The Obligatory Duties And Abstain From Prohibited Ones
The Prophet has guided us and Allah has told him as to how to draw near him. According to Hadith Qudsi:
“Whoever draws near to Me among those drawn nearby fulfilling what I have made obligatory on them. “
Hence, you cannot get closer to Allah unless you follow and fulfil all those obligatory duties (Faraid) which he has given you including prayers and Zakat (obligatory charity), Hajj, fasting, and being good as well as respectful towards elders especially parents and so forth.
Zikr (Remembrance Of Allah) And Glorification Of Allah
“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (13:28).
Remembering Allah in both good and bad times is the foundation of good deeds as well as life. Whoever succeeds in remembering him is blessed with a close alliance or friendship with Allah. Similar to the Prophet who used to remember Allah at all times, we should keep him in our mind. The Prophet (May Allah bless him) always encouraged Muslims to do the same.
“Let your tongue be always busy with the remembrance of Allah.”
Building A Close Relationship With The Quran
The Holy Quran teaches us the way of life and shows us how we are supposed to be. It is said to recite the Quran as much as we can for it will come as an intercessor for its reciter on the Day of Judgement.
Being a true Muslim, you should learn the Quran and recite it. A person who learns the Quran reads it and recites it in Tahajjud is similar to an open bag full of musk whose fragrance permeates the entire place. On the other hand, a person who knows the Quran and has learned it but doesn’t follow or sleeps while the Quran is in the heart is like a bag full of musk with its mouth closed.
“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, Laamis a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]
Be With Good Company
One of the most important things we must ensure is being with good people. We should not be friends with those who speak too freely, miss Salah, do not dress modestly, backbite, and so forth.
Being with bad people is similar to poison. Instead, simply sitting and talking with them will lead one to commit sins. For instance, just like a person who is friends with a perfume seller and sits with him for a long time will eventually begin to smell nice. On the other hand, a person who sits by a gutter cleaner will capture the awful smell. This means that a company of bad people will turn you into bad without even trying.
Hence, we should be friends with the pious one who fears Allah, show humility, compassion, charity, knowledge, and modesty. Only being with such people will be a benefit to us and will help us in reaching closer to Allah.
Having Hope in Allah
“No one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people. (Surah Yusuf 12:87).”
Even though you are going through a hard time, you should believe in the mercy of Allah and be fearful of his punishment. Allah is filled with forgiveness and mercy but he is also severe in punishments (Surat al-Maaidah 5:98).
Hence, we should always be hopeful and also have a little fear in our hearts before following the path of Allah.
Fasting for Allah
Fasting voluntarily for Allah is a part of worship. Except for Ramadan, fasting can be done at any time and any place- except when it is not recommended. True worship is what brings you closer to the Almighty.
Abu Hurairah reported that the most the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) would fast would be Monday and Thursday. He was asked about that and he said: “The deeds of people are presented to Allah on every Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every Muslim except for those who are deserting each other. He says: “leave them for later.” [Ahmad; Hasan].
Repenting to Allah with Whole Heart
When a person sins and sincerely repents in front of Allah for forgiveness, he will find Allah ready to accept his repentance and forgive him.
And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself, but then seeks forgiveness from Allah, he will find Allah forgiving and merciful. (Surat an-Nisaa 4:110)
As mentioned earlier, human life is full of sins and we all do wrong. However, Allah is always willing to forgive and gives his children a chance to repent. Also, a true Muslim should never forget that Allah is forgiving and act accordingly.
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