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10 Steps to Getting Closer to Allah!

10 Steps to Getting Closer to Allah!

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It should be the desire of every Muslim to draw nearer and closer to Almighty Allah the most compassionate and the most merciful. By drawing closer and near to Allah we gain his help in every aspect of our lives in this world and to be merciful to us so that we may gain mercy in the hereafter in order to enter Jannah in the next world.


When we call upon him he would answer our calls and when we ask of him for anything he would give it to us and when we draw nearer to him then our sincerity and intentions will enable us to become closer to him.


So we should strive to draw nearer to Allah, the Glorified the Exalted, who is the majesty of honour and generosity and the giver of peace, the most high and the most honoured.
It should be the desire of every Muslim to draw nearer and closer to Almighty Allah the most compassionate and the most merciful. By drawing closer and near to Allah we gain his help in every aspect of our lives in this world and to be merciful to us so that we may gain mercy in the hereafter in order to enter Jannah in the next world.


When we call upon him he would answer our calls and when we ask of him for anything he would give it to us and when we draw nearer to him then our sincerity and intentions will enable us to become closer to him.


So we should strive to draw nearer to Allah, the Glorified the Exalted, who is the majesty of honour and generosity and the giver of peace, the most high and the most honoured.

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10 steps to getting closer to Allah
It should be the desire of every Muslim to draw nearer and closer to AlmightyAllah the most compassionate and the most merciful. By drawing closer and nearto Allah we gain his help in every aspect of our lives in this world and to bemerciful to us so that we may gain mercy in the hereafter in order to enterJannah in the next world.When we call upon him he would answer our calls and when we ask of him foranything he would give it to us and when we draw nearer to him then oursincerity and intentions will enable us to become closer to him.So we should strive to draw nearer to Allah, the Glorified the Exalted, who is themajesty of honour and generosity and the giver of peace, the most high and themost honoured.So what can we do to draw closer to him? The following are 10 steps for us todraw closer to our Almighty Allah:
1. Fulfilling obligatory duties and abstaining from prohibitedmatters
The Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) has guided us. And Allah,the Glorified and the Exalted, has guided us how to draw near to Him. As He saidAccording to Hadith Qudsi: “Whoever draws near to Me among those drawn near by fulfilling what I havemade obligatory on them….You do not draw near to Allah except by fulfilling the obligatory duties which Allahhas made obligatory on you; (that is) the obligatory duties from the obligatoryduties (Faraid) such as Prayers, and Zakat (obligatory charity), and Hajj, andFasting and being good to Parents and all these obligatory duties on you drawyou near to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted.The faraid (obligatory duties) are the first things that draw you near to Allah. Youdo not reach the door of nearness nor do you reach to the presence of nearnessexcept by fulfilling the obligatory duties. This is the first thing that draws younear to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, and you are in His Presence.So the first thing we need to do is fulfil ALL of our obligatory duties and abstainfrom that which Allah and his messenger have forbidden us from.
 
2. Nawafil prayers (superogatory prayers)
Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
….and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil(voluntary deeds) until I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with whichhe hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which hegrips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection, I will protect him..." 
[Bukhari]A Source of Elevation for youThe Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Ask (anything)."Rabi'ahsaid:"I ask of you to be your companion in paradise."The Prophet said: “Anything else?"Rabi'ah said:"That is it."The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said to him:"Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e.,supererogatory prayers)." 
[Muslim]Praying Tahajjud to get closer to AllahAllah Most High said,
  “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until thedark of the night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) theQur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for itsrecital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to apraised estate.” 
[Qur’an, 17: 78-79]
 
Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions)said,
  “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.” 
[Muslim]Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that theMessenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, andcompanions) said,
  “Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of therighteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation forwrong deeds, and a shield from sin.”  
[Tirmidhi, and others]
In somenarrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.” And because night vigil time is the best of times for voluntary worship andprayer, and the closest a servant is to his Lord.So let us make the habit of reading as many Nawafil prayers as we can for moreprayers means more prostrations and one is truly the closest to Allah inprostration.
 
….bow down in prostration and bring yourself the closer (to Allah)." 
(96:19)
3. Zikr (remembrance of Allah) and glorification of Allah
"…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." 
(13:28)
Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue. 
(29:46).
O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening
(33:42-43)
Remembrance of Allah is the foundation of all good deeds. Whoever succeeds in itis blessed with the close friendship of Allah.The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to make remembrance of Allah at all timesand also encouraged all of us to do the same. When a man complained,"The lawsof Islam are too heavy for me, so tell me something that I can easily follow,"theProphet told him,"Let your tongue be always busy with the remembrance of Allah." 
[Ahmad].Remembrance of Allah the best of deeds
The Prophet, peace be upon him, would often tell his Companions,"Shall I tellyou about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about theone that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold andsilver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where youstrike at their necks and they at yours?"The Companions replied,"Yes, OMessenger of Allah!"The Prophet, peace be upon him, said,
"Remembrance of Allah."
 
(Tirmidhi,Ahmad)Heart of those who don't remember Allah is dead whereas those who dois aliveAbu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: TheProphet (PBUH) said,
 "The similitude of one who remembers his Rubb and onewho does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.'' 
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].Some very rewarding dhikr include:
Subhan'Allah- 'Praise be to Allah'

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