Have you ever felt that you are so disconnected from Allah?
How can we be so sure of our closeness to Him when temptations are too relentless, doubts are too frequent, Satan is too active, tribulations are too heavy, and also when hope and love are threatened?
All successful relationships have pillars. But the most important and strong pillar of all is your relationship with Allah.
Stop and think for a moment. Look at the most beautiful version of your life. What is special about it? 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? I know you’ll love that moment.
But how can we come close to Allah? How can we break the distance between us and the Almighty? What steps can we follow to connect with Him and please Him to gain His mercy?
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 be 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 of Islam.
In fact, there are a lot of good deeds that can draw you closer to Allah. But without the basic pillars of Islam, all the good deeds are useless. So before we dive into anything else, let’s rather fulfill our duty as Muslims.
Shahadah (Clearing Your Doubts)
It is common knowledge that Tawhid (Oneness of God) is the basis of Islam and it is most precisely expressed in the formula, “La ilaha Illallah”. This 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, and you are satisfied with all signs and proves and agree to it wholeheartedly then congratulations on that.
What about you who really found it difficult to believe in Allah and see the whole thing as a myth?
Sometimes, we don’t really have to hide our feelings on such matters. 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.
But remember that not all doubts are normal. Some are diseases injected into us by Satan and his people around us. These doubts normally dangerous and can destroy you unnoticed.
Thus, before you even think of gaining nearness to Allah, you need to discover answers to your questions first. Never fear to get answers to your questions. Every question you may think of has an answer. That’s the only way to understand Islam without flaws.
As a Muslim, you need to have a very knowledgeable person by your side. Someone who knows all the ins and outs of Islam. Someone you can trust and lean-to. Seek assistance from them whenever the need arises.
If you want more information about doubts and how to deal with it, please read this article: How to stop doubting and believe in Allah
Take Your Salat Serious
As we get deeply involved in our daily activities, there are times we must stop everything and rush for salat. That’s when Satan too start his hard work just to prevent you from worship.
When Satan is that active every minute to misguide you, you don’t need someone to remind you 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 or any other worldly matters after the Adhan.
The Prophet (ﷺ) made it clear that Salaat is 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.
What did Allah say 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. (Quran, 9:103)
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 favor 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. Because he has been enabled by the recipient to discharge his obligation that he owes to God and society.
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 (ﷺ).
There is no heart that can please Allah the best then the pure heart. And fasting is a tool that purifies the soul and cleanses it from all evils.
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 gaining nearness to Allah.
Hajj serves as one of the mandatory practices that are on those who can afford it. 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 (both physically & 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.
For what is required primarily to increase your relationship with Allah is nothing than the above mentioned when taken seriously. But to support our compulsory worships, then we need to adopt the Sunnah of the prophet Mohammad (ﷺ). As a prophet, He always used to be in connection with Allah Almighty. this gives us proof that he is the best source of information on how to come close to Allah.
If you wan’t to continue your journey to become a righteous person, then you should also continue to pursue more information and guidance. That’s why you should check out some of the deeds that can lead to a spike in your iman increase and really draw you closser to Allah Almighty. See it now: Step by Step Guide on How to Increase Your Iman
One More Thing: Please share! It is an ongoing charity for me and you. I pray that Allah accept our effort and protect us. May He (swt) make our actions sincerely for His sake and include them on our scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. Aamen,