His nearness to His creation is of two types:

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

First: General nearness: He is Near everyone as He knows, watches over, observes, and encompasses all things. He is above all creatures and is closer to humans than their jugular veins.

This is general nearness.

{...And We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein}

[Surat Qāf: 16]

Second: Special nearness: He is Near those who worship Him, implore Him, and love Him. This kind of nearness entails that He loves and supports them in their movements and actions, answers their supplications, accepts and rewards those who worship Him.

We cannot realize this nearness in concrete terms, yet we see its effects, as they manifest in the form of kindness, care, help, success, and guidance from our Lord.

{When My slaves ask you concerning Me, I am indeed near. I respond to the call of the supplicant when he calls upon Me...}

[Surat al -Baqarah: 186]

Indeed, He is Near and particularly Near His devoted servants who supplicate Him.

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is authentically reported to have said:

“The One you supplicate is nearer to you than the neck of the riding camel of one of you.”

[Narrated by Muslim]

He hears the creeping of a black ant on a hard rock in a dark night.

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