Have you ever felt that you are so disconnected from Allah (SWT)? How can we be so sure of our closeness to Allah when temptations are too relentless? When doubts are too frequent? When Satan is too active? When tribulations are too heavy, and also when hope and love are too threatened.
At some point in life we find ourselves so distracted, lost and distant from Allah (SWT), and the more distant we are from HIM, the lesser His love and mercy upon us.
It’s obvious that all successful relationships have pillars and they all begin with a good relationship with Allah almighty serving as the most important pillar.
Stop and think for a moment of the happiest time in your life. What about it made you so happy? If not all of us, most people will likely remember a time when we were around people that we LOVE. Can you imagine being with Allah, spending time and talking to him?
By being arrogant, full of pride and having undesirable manners can never bring us closer to Allah and his mercy. Drawing closer to Allah requires humility, character and good manners.
Relationship with HIM means to develop the way of life which is pleasing and in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). The relationship with Allah is the best relationship we can ever have!
Through talking to him and listening to him we can gain all the love and attention we need. We do talk to Allah (swt) when we are in Salat and we listen to HIM through reading the Holy Quran and studying the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).
Now what are the available measures? How can we break the distance between us and the Almighty? How can we connect with Allah, the Owner of everything and please Him to gain His mercy?
Whatever be the situation, whether you are lost already, or fear of loosing it, I want us to discuss the various measures that can bring us closer to our Maker, gain HIS love and attention and increase our spirituality in our everyday life.
Fulfill Your Duties as a Muslim
You never become a Muslim until you fulfill your duties as one. Allah created us and sends us guidance through the Prophets, anyone who denies this guidance is separated from the favor of Allah, and we those who heed to this guidance will forever remain in His favor.
We start our connection with Allah by fulfilling the obligatory part of this religion, which are the five pillars of Islam. With utmost devotion, we must abide by rules of these pillars because they are checked regularly to determine our faith.
But in our case we think we are already Muslims, meaning we agree to all the requirements of faith (Pillars of Islam), what we need now is to draw closer to Allah more. This is actually where most of our mistakes begin. Most of us think that since we are into Muslim families or societies, then we automatically heed to everything Islam teaches, sometimes without even knowing the basic rules.
Today it is time to revise and discover our faith to be so sure of what we must do to really ensure that we are on point. So stay with me as I explain what it means to claim that we really are fulfilling our duties as Muslims that can draw us closer to Allah (swt).
Shahadah (Clearing Doubts first)
It is common knowledge that Tawhid (Oneness of Allah) is the basis of the religion of Islam and that it is most precisely expressed in the formula, “La ilaha Illallah” (There is no god but Allah), which states that there is only one true God and that He alone deserves to be worshipped.
According to the tenets of Islam, this seemingly simple formula forms the dividing line between Eeman (True belief in Allah) and Kufr (disbelief).
Now, are you having any problem with this formula? Are there any doubts lingering on in your head? These are the questions you need to answer yourself. That’s the first point to really discover how much your faith is worth to come closer to Allah.
If you are completely OK with the Shahadah, you are satisfied with the signs and proves and agree to it wholeheartedly then congratulations on that.
What about you the one who really found it difficult to believe, and see the whole thing as a myth (a lot of people even some Muslims do think that Islamic religion is a myth – Subhanallah).
Sometimes we don’t really have to hide our feelings on matters like this. Never think that doubting is something so bad, in fact, but to an extent, it is very good to doubt (depending on what’s in doubt). It helps us discover the truth about what we worship. I call it thinking about our faith.
Doubting our faith is different from thinking about our faith. Remember that not all doubts are normal, some are diseases injected in us by Satan and his people around us, these doubts normally destroy us unnoticed. (Those are the “doubting of faith”).
We need to discover answers to our questions now, that’s in order to clear all our doubts before the time comes when it’ll be too late.
How should you deal with your doubts then? Don’t panic, Islam as it sound is the most transparent religion that ever existed. Never fear to get answers to your questions. For every question you may think of, they got answers. That’s the only way to understand the proves and signs of Allah that can suffice to your doubts.
Peruse this article though, to learn how to remove your doubts Insha-Allah.
Take Your Prayers Serious (Salaat)
And when you proclaim the call for the Salah, they take it (but) as a mockery and fun; that is because they are a people who understand not.
Pointing to those who never take Salaat serious, they can never move a step closer to Allah almighty with such behaviour. All are the doings of Satan whom we must fight each day.
Allah said in the Holy Quran:
O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for the Salah on Al-Jumu`ah (Friday), then hasten (Fas`aw) to the remembrance of Allah and leave off business.
As we get deeply involved in our daily activities, and when there is a call for prayer, Satan takes to his heels passing wind so that we may not hear the Adhan. When Satan is that active every minute to misguide us, no one should tell us to be more active every second to maintain our faith. In order to accomplish what is pleasing to Allah, then we must fight hard against the influence of Satan in our daily Salaat and in everything we do.
Let’s hasten to the remembrance of Allah and abandon business when the call to Salaat is made. The scholars of Islam agree that it is prohibited for Muslims to engage in business transactions after the Adhan.
Abdullah bin Mas’ud (RA) reported that he once asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) that; which acts among all religious duties, was most pleasing to Allah.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “To offer prayer at the right time”.
Then I asked: ‘Which act is most pleasing to Him after it?’ “To serve one’s parent’s, replied the Prophet (PBUH).
I again asked: “Which act is most pleasing (to Him) after it?” He replied, to do Jihad in the path of Allah”,
[Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim 499/27]
The Prophet (PBUH) made it clear in this hadith that Salaat is more dearer to Allah then even serving parents and engaging in jihad. Let’s strive and struggle to build a successful relationship with Allah by offering our obligatory prayers each day.
Never Joke with Sadaqah (and Charity)
Of the five fundamentals of Islam, Zakat occupies the third position, the first and second being the formula of faith (Shahadah) and prayer (Salaat) respectively. Sadaqah being the third pillar of Islam is a strong requirement to bring us close to Allah almighty.
Let’s listen to what Allah said about Sadaqah:
(Oh Prophet) Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allâh for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
This verse of the Holy Quran is informing us that our Sadaqah and invocations are a source of security to protect us from Satan and to purify us enough to be part of those whom Allah have bestowed HIS favour upon.
It is an obligatory act which every Muslim is enjoined upon to perform if he is sincere in his belief in God and the Hereafter.
There is no burden of obligation on one who receives zakat (the poor), but a sense of thankfulness and gratitude on the part of the giver, since he has been enabled by the recipient to discharge his obligation that he owes to God and society.
To the poor who cannot afford to pay zakat to others, you are not an outcast. In fact, there are so many deeds which when performed, serves as charity in the side of Allah almighty.
Use that as an opportunity to come close to HIM, perform those charitable deeds. You will want to sign up here to receive an article some day on how to give charity as a poor Muslim.
Come close to Allah by Fasting (Sawm)
Fasting primarily serves as an institution for the purification of the soul, spiritual discipline and self-control.
It was a common practice among the teachings of the previous prophets before the coming of the final Messenger (pbuh). There is no heart that can please Allah the best then the pure heart.
Allah mentioned in the Quran:
O ye who believe! Prescribed unto you is fasting even as it was prescribed unto those before you. That haply you may become God−conscious
In an address to the believers of this Ummah, Allah ordered them to fast, that is, to abstain from food, drink and sexual activity with the intention of doing so sincerely for Allah the Exalted alone.
This is because fasting purifies the souls and cleanses them from the evil that might mix with them and their ill behavior.
Of all the creation of God only man deviates from His path. We will find that two things are mainly responsible for this: the love for material possessions and the temptations of the flesh.
And as it stands, Islam is the solution to the problem of the whole of humanity. Allah being all-knowing has given us the solution that will indeed prevent us from all manner of sins. Fasting is the solution.
Whoever is fasting does it to come close to Allah, and hence wouldn’t want to risk his or her sacrifice by coming near sins. Thus, fasting plays a very important role when it comes to connecting with Allah (swt).
Perform Hajj if you can (to draw closer to Your Maker )
Hajj is not a new practice which Islam has introduced in its Shari’ah. This institution is as old as the Ka’ba itself which is called in the Holy Qur’an to be” the first House of Divine Worship appointed for men” (3:95).
In fact, physical pilgrimage is a prelude to spiritual pilgrimage to God, when man would bid goodbye to everything of the world and present himself before Him as His humble servant saying:” Here I am before Thee, my Lord, as a slave of Yours.”
Hajj serves as one of the mandatory practices that are on those who can afford it. Yes, there are about five conditions that make Hajj compulsory, they include: 1. being a Muslim. 2. being of sound mind 3. being an adult 4. being free and 5. being able to do so (financially).
Some of the above conditions apply to all acts of worships, but the common struggle that applies when it comes to Hajj is the ability to do so financially/physically.
Therefore, having the wealth and carriage to perform hajj wholeheartedly is indeed one of the best ways to show your true faith in Allah.
Now, all the above are the compulsory aspect of worship that really brings us closer to our Creator. Even though they may seem common, they really need much attention, they need much seriousness, and they need much devotion.
Well, for what is required primarily to increase your relationship with Allah is nothing than the above mentioned. But to support our compulsory worships, then we need to adopt the Sunnah of the prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
As a prophet, He always used to be in communication with Allah almighty, this gives us proof that he is the best source of information on how to come close to Allah.
Due to the length of this post, I have decided to cover the dua’s that can bring us closer to Allah in another post so that knowledge seekers can explore the best that they can out from it. In this post, you’ll get all the available worships and Dua (Prayers) that would clean you spiritually enough to get really close to Allah and ask Him for all what you need (Insha-Allah)
Now this brings us to the end of the discussion. Thank you very much for staying with me till the end. May the almighty Allah be with you always.