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(Part-II Final)

6- Seeking nearness with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)
Seeking nearness with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) by performing the Nafl (Supererogatory) acts of worship and remembering Him much.

The best thing that enriches the times and makes the hearts and limbs busy, is remembering Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) in each time and at every position. In fact, those who remember Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) are remembered by Him. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

“So Remember Me, and I will remember you, and be thankful to Me, and be not ungrateful to Me.” (al-Baqarah 2:152)

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:
“I am just as My slave thinks of Me, and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he mentions Me in himself, I too, mentions him in Myself; and if he mentions Me in a gathering of people, I remember him in a gathering that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running’.” (Bukhari)

Therefore, seeking nearness with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) could be gained by the Nafl acts of worship i.e. Salaah, Sawm, Sadaqaat and remembering Allah much by praise, glorification and seeking forgiveness.

7- Seeking religious knowledge:
When Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) is pleased with a slave and loves him, He makes the way of having knowledge easy for him. Hadhrat Mu’aawiyah said that he heard Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) as saying:
“If Allah Means good to a person, He would give an understanding of the religion.” (Bukhari)

Therefore, when Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) facilitates to the seeker of knowledge a way for having knowledge, He facilitates to him a way for Jannah (Paradise). Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reports that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:
“He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is in hardship, Allah would make things easy for him in this world and in the Aakhirah (Hereafter), and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in this worldly life and in the Aakhirah. Allah is in the aid of a servant as long as the servant is in the aid of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah would make that path easy leading to Jannah for him and those persons who assemble in a house among the houses of Allah (i.e. Masjids) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Quraan (among themselves) there would descend upon them the tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah makes mentions them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his lineage does not hasten him.” (Muslim)

Actually, having the slave loved by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) leads to the easiness of having the knowledge and doing more and more good deeds.
8- Loving each other for the sake of Allah:
Those who love each other for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) will be called by their Lord (although He knows them best) and have His satisfaction, favors and generosity bestowed upon them. He will shade them by His shade when there is no shade but His.

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:
“Allah will say on the Day of Judgment: ‘Where are those who love each other for My sake? Today, I will shade them in My shade when there is no shade but Mine’.” (Muslim)
9- Who increasingly care for purity for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa):
Purity is removing the filth from the body, clothes and places of worship. Indeed, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) loves those who love to be clean and purify themselves.

He says:

فِيهِ رِجَالٌ يُحِبُّونَ أَن يَتَطَهَّرُوا ۚ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ

“In it there are people who like to observe purity; and Allah loves those observing purity.” (at-Tawbah 9:108)

10- Using Siwak:
Using Siwak is Sunnah from our Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Whenever he got up from sleep, he began by using Siwak; and whenever he got into the house, he began by using Siwak. Hadhrat ‘Aaishah reported that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said:
“Siwak is for purification for the mouth and (it is) pleasing the Lord.” (Nasaaee)

11- By observing the acts of worship:
Among the grants of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), which He bestowed upon His servants who worship Him alone, is that He loves those who obey His orders and observe the duties which are enjoined upon them by Him. Furthermore, they like observing these duties with no laziness.

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) said:
“I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes seeks nearness (through) to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, and if I love him, I become his sense of hearing with which he hears with, and his sense of sight with which he sees with, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” (Bukhari)

12- Piousness (Taqwaa):
The righteous people are those who fear Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) openly and privately. They make a curtain between themselves and their Lord’s torment by following His orders and abstaining from what He declared as prohibited. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

بَلَىٰ مَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِعَهْدِهِ وَاتَّقَىٰ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

“Why (will they) not (be blamed)? Whoever fulfils his pledge and fears Allah, then, Allah loves the God-fearing.” (Aale-’Imraan 3:76)

13- Patience:
The patient people are the people of Jannah. Indeed, Jannah is prepared for the patient people. Moreover, patience is mentioned in the Holy Quraan more than once. Also, it is the Sunnah of our Prophet, Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), who tolerated the sufferings which he faced during conveying the message of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa). Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) praised the patient in His cause and prepared for them His Jannah. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

وَكَأَيِّن مِّن نَّبِيٍّ قَاتَلَ مَعَهُ رِبِّيُّونَ كَثِيرٌ فَمَا وَهَنُوا لِمَا أَصَابَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَمَا ضَعُفُوا وَمَا اسْتَكَانُوا ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ

“There have been many prophets with whom many men of Allah have fought; they did not lose heart for what they suffered in the way of Allah, nor did they become weak, nor did they yield. Allah loves the steadfast.” (Aale-’Imraan 3:146)

14- Putting trust on Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa):
Putting trust in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) is an evidence for faith’s increase and its being exalted in the self. The stronger trust in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) in all affairs, the stronger faith and holding fast to the Lord is. That is why the reward of putting trust in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) is having Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)’s love. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ
لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

“So (O Prophet!), it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek Forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.” (Aale-’Imraan 3:159)

These are some of the characteristics which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) likes in His slaves; whereupon would we count it much for ourselves to have one of these characteristics for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), in order that we may gain His satisfaction and be loved by Him. May Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) grant us His love and bestow His satisfaction upon us and facilitate to us obeying Him and help us to sincerely devote our deeds to Him.

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