Proximity to Allah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحـمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آلـه وصحبه ومن والاه

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From the many Ayaat mentioning the order of dhikr, Allah سبحانه و تعالى Said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱذۡكُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ ذِكۡرً۬ا كَثِيرً۬ا

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance.” [Al-Ahzab, 41]

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The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

لا يزال لسانك رطباً من ذكر الله

“Keep your tongue moist in the Dhikr of Allah.”
[At-Tirmidhi, 2687 and Ibn Majah, 3075 – authenticated by Ibn Hibban, Ibn Hajar and others (see also ‘Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7700)]

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It is recorded in Ibn Rajab’s compendium of wisdom ‘Jaami’ al-Uloom wal-Hikam’ (2/521) that ‘Easa عليه السلام said:

يا معشر الحواريين كلموا الله كثيرا ، وكلموا الناس قليلا ، قالوا : كيف نكلم الله كثيرا ؟

قال : اخلوا بمناجاته ، اخلوا بدعائه

“O my disciples, speak to Allah much and speak to people little. They asked, ‘how do we speak to Allah much?’ He said, ‘through whispered discourse, and through supplication.'”

Al-Junayd al-Baghdadi (d. 297) once said:

أنا أكلم الله منذ ثلاثين سنة والناس يظنون أنى أكلمهم

“I’ve been speaking to Allah for thirty years, and people think that I’m speaking to them.”   [Ihya Uloom ad-Deen, 2/68]

What a level of ihsan this is, when your body is present but your heart is elsewhere. Taqwah is when we can worship Him as though we can see Him. But if we cannot, then know that He can see us. Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned in his masterpiece on spirituality, ‘ Madarij al-Salikeen’ about, “having the heart totally broken between the Hands of Allah تعالى … to be broken means to be humble, as Allah Said: وَخَشَعَتِ الْأَصْوَاتُ لِلرَّحْمَنِ فَلَا تَسْمَعُ إِلَّا هَمْسًا {And all voices will be humbled for Al Rahman, and nothing shall you hear but the low voice of their footsteps} [Ta-Ha, 108]

He rahimahullah also said, “Remembering Him all the time by tongue, heart, deeds and status; a person’s share of love depends on his share of this remembrance…”

May Allah make us from the dhakireen who are inconspicuous at times.

 

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