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PostSubject: Drawing Closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala   Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 pm

As Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

Drawing Closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala

Abu Hurayrah (Radhi Allahu Anhu) said, that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

“Allah says: "Whoever takes My friend as an enemy, has declared war on Me. My servant does not draw near to Me with anything better than his doing that which I have enjoined upon him, and My servant keeps drawing near to Me by doing Nawafil (supererogatory) deeds until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his vision with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask Me for anything, I would give it to him, if he were to call on Me, I would respond, if he were to seek Me for refuge I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of My believing servant, because he hates death and I hate to upset him, but it is inevitable.'' (Al-Bukhari)

The meaning of the Hadith is that when a person is sincere in his obedience towards Allah, all his deeds are done for the sake of Allah, so he only hears for the sake of Allah, he only sees for the sake of Allah - meaning he only listens to or looks at what has been allowed by Allah. He does not strike or walk except in obedience to Allah, seeking Allah's help in all of these things. Thus in some versions of the Hadith, narrated outside the Sahih, after the phrase "his foot with which he walks'', there is added:

“So through Me he hears, through Me he sees, through Me he strikes and through Me he walks.”

Reference: Tafsir ibn Kathir Abridged English version

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala include us amongst those who sincerely obey Him and follow the Sunnah of His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) Ameen!

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