Originally posted on Muwasala
Our transaction with Allah is based upon Closeness
Sayyidi Alhabib Ali Al Jifri الحبيب علي الجفري (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) said:
“The essence of our transaction with Allah is closeness (qurb). We realize this when we reflect upon the Qur’an.
The essence of acts of worship is closeness: “Prostrate and draw close.” (96:19)
The essence of vigilance (muraqabah) is closeness: “We are closer to him than his own jugular vein.” (50:16)
The essence of excellence (ihsan) is closeness: “Truly the mercy of Allah is close to the people of excellence.” (7:56)
The essence of repentance (tawbah) is closeness: “So seek His forgiveness and then repent to Him, for truly My Lord is Close and Responsive.”(11:61)
The essence of guidance (hidayah) is closeness: “If I find guidance it is due to that which my Lord reveals to me, for truly He is All Hearing, Close.”(34:50)
The essence of supplication (du`a) is closeness: “If My slaves ask about Me, truly I am close.” (2:186)
Allah is closest at the last moment before we meeting Him: “We are closer to him than you although you are unaware of this.” (56.85)
Allah is the Close One (al-Qarib).
O Allah, make us among those who You love and those who You have singled out to receive Your closeness, for You are the Close One.”
We can also try to gain closeness to Allah be seeking Him through the Knowledge that has been revealed to us. This Ramadan Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is teaching daily ‘Calls to the Believers in the Qur’an. He will be explaining the distinguishing virtues of true believers, as mentioned and praised in key verses by Allah Most High in the Qur’an. This is of benefit for every believer seeking Divine guidance and closeness to their Lord. You can attend on-ground in Toronto, online, or you can catch up previous lessons on the SeekersHub Toronto website.
Below are some videos with Habib Ali al-Jifri: