The reward of standing in need and in humble submission before our Lord..

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

As you know that Allah is Near you, and He watches over your secrets and innermost thoughts, hears your supplication, sees your condition and place, and knows what is in your heart, then be a doer of good.

{...Indeed, the mercy of A llah is near to the doers of good.}

[Surat al-A‘rāf: 56]

Draw near to your Lord, for when you get closer to Him by a handspan, He gets closer to you by an arm’s length. In a Qudsi Hadīth, He said:

“If a servant draws closer to Me by a handspan, I shall draw closer to him by a cubit; and if he draws closer to Me by a cubit, I shall draw closer to him by the span of two outstretched arms. If he comes to Me walking, I shall come to him running.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri and Muslim, and this is his wording]

We can draw closer to our Lord by performing the obligations first and then by offering the supererogatory acts.

“My servant does not draw close to Me through anything dearer to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him; and My servant continues to draw close to Me through supererogatory acts until I love him.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri]

The more perfect one’s servitude to Allah is, the closer he is to his Lord. As he shows more humble submission to the Creator and stands in humiliation before Him, he gets closer and closer to Him and becomes more elevated in His sight. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is authentically reported to have said:

“The nearest a servant is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so increase (your) supplications (while in this state).”

[Narrated by Muslim]

Prostration shows the highest level of extolling Allah and servitude and submission to Him, and it contains the clearest signs of love, humility, and need.

The more frequent and perfect your prostration to your Lord is,the more elevated you will be in His sight. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Make frequent prostration to Allah, for by every prostration that you make to Allah, He will raise your position a degree and will remit one of your sins.”

[Narrated by Muslim]

Thus, you will obtain the everlasting bliss:

{Those are the ones brought near [to Allah].}

[Surat al-Wāqi‘ah: 11]

{A spring from which those near [to Allah] will drink}

[Surat al-Mutaffifīn: 28]

How blissful you are as you turn to your Lord and draw near to Him!

Even if the heaven seems to be far away, the One above the heaven is Near.

So, raise your hands and supplicate to Him; indeed, all pains will go away with your supplication.

O Lord, as long as You are Near, then we do not care if the heaven is far away.

O Allah, You said as Your speech is all true:

{When My slaves ask you concerning Me, I am indeed near. I respond to the call of the supplicant when he calls upon Me; so they should respond to Me and believe in Me, so that they may be guided}

[Surat al-Baqarah: 186]

O Allah, the Near, the Responsive, answer our supplications, strengthen us, remove our distress, give us a good outcome in all our affairs, save us from disgrace in this world and punishment in the Hereafter, and forgive us, our parents, and all Muslims; indeed, You are Hearer of the supplication!

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