Getting closer to Allah SWT is one of the fundamental necessities of all Muslims. It is the essence of being born as a Muslim. Over the course of this article, we shall discuss 10 ways on how to get closer to Allah SWT.
Through the five obligatory prayers and dhikr (remembrance of Allah), we can get closer to Allah SWT. Make sure that you pray sincerely and always pray on time. It has been mentioned numerous times within the Quran that prayer is the key to your success.
Recite the Quran, go through the authentic hadith, and understand the meaning. The Quran will provide you with a complete guide on how to lead your life. You’ll also have a thorough idea about the teachings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. The Holy Quran holds the key you all your success.
Signs that Allah loves you
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There are no definitive ways that would help you determine whether Allah SWT loves you. Going through the Quran and hadiths will give you certain signs. This will give you a clear picture if you are amongst those that Allah SWT adores.
1. You don’t feel safe from Allah’s punishment, irrespective of your good deeds
This is because you don’t know whether Allah SWT has accepted your good deeds. It ensures in purifying your intentions. Because all the good deeds you perform should consist of pure intentions. Allah SWT will shower you with his blessings if you perform good deeds and do it sincerely.
2. You constantly mention Allah SWT in your actions and thoughts
During your daily chores, you must remember Allah SWT and ask for his help. Constant remembrance of Allah SWT means he will be there for you during your struggles. You must devote your whole life to the teachings of Islam.
We must also take inspiration from the life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH and map our life accordingly.
As narrated by Abu Hurayrah, he mentioned that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said –
“I am with him when he makes mention of me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.”
Forgiveness & acceptance of the repentance by Allah SWT is subject to his servants from sincerely believing that the Almighty is merciful and forgiving. Although, not accompanying such beliefs with the right kind of actions would result in mocking the Almighty.
Hadith Qudsi; Hadith 15
There are many ways through which we can do this by following our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It involves the constant remembrance of Allah SWT.
3. Allah SWT has made it easier for you to perform Ibadah
Upon performing acts of Ibadah, you’ll reap greater rewards while simultaneously fixing the condition of your soul, all for the pleasure of Allah SWT. Allah SWT will instill into you a greater thirst for Ibadah.
A sign of having greater Iman for a Muslim is to never lose hope even during the toughest of times. Even during your toughest times, you must seek refuge in Allah SWT. The almighty will take care of all your affairs if you perform Ibadah during challenging times.
4. You take account of yourself for your bad deeds
You must take account of your bad deeds. Allah SWT said that it should be in our best interest to not be manipulated by Shaytaan. As humans we are mortals and this makes us prone to be bad deeds.
We need to always be mindful, and watch our actions and words. It is vital that you remain in the company of practicing Muslims. This will ensure that you do not perform bad deeds in your daily life.
تَاللَّهِ لَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا إِلَىٰ أُمَمٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَعْمَالَهُمْ فَهُوَ وَلِيُّهُمُ الْيَوْمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيم
“By Allah, certainly We have sent to nations before you but made fair-seeming to them the Shaitaan their deeds. So he (is) their ally today, and for them (is) a punishment painful.”
– Surah An-Nahl; Verse 63
You always need to ask for Allah’s help to be safeguarded.
5. You cling to the Holy Quran
The Holy Quran consists of the words of Allah SWT. As you recite the Quran, you’re reciting the direct words of Allah SWT. The almighty will always make things easy as you memorize and recite the Quran. The importance of the Holy Quran cannot be emphasized enough. It has the solution to all your troubles.
Allah SWT will adore you when you act sincerely towards the Holy Quran.
We must always remember to make dua for all the things we do in our lives. This will ensure in taking us closer to Allah SWT & we shall attain his love. Also, we will get the best guidance from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is of utmost importance that we recite the dua below –
Dua to attain the ultimate love of Allah SWT.
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ
Allahumma inni as aluka hubbaka, wa hubba man yuhibbuka, wa hubba kulle ‘amalin yuqarribuni ila hubbikaO Allah! I ask You for Your love and the love of those who love You, and for the love of every action which will bring me closer to Your love.
– Al-Tirmidhī 3490
10 ways you can get closer to Allah
You won’t be able to come close to Allah SWT overnight. Rather, you will notice certain signs which give you an idea that you’re getting closer to Allah. In fact, Allah gives this honor to only certain individuals. It includes selected people either chosen from birth or because of certain good deeds they perform.
We shall discuss with you a few signs that show you’re an ‘Awliya’ (friend of Allah SWT)
1. People who love Allah SWT
Every individual craves the love of Allah SWT. They require the love of the almighty. But are all of you prepared to love Allah SWT back?
Awliya are those lucky individuals who truly love the Almighty. This is not because he is more powerful or can punish them anytime. They simply love Allah because they want the Almighty to always be pleased with them.
It is mentioned in the Holy Quran –
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ وَلَوْ يَرَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا إِذْ يَرَوْنَ الْعَذَابَ أَنَّ الْقُوَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعَذَاب
“And among the mankind who takes from besides Allah equals. They love them as (they should) love Allah. And those who believe[d] (are) stronger (in) love for Allah. And if would see those who wronged, when they see the punishment that the power (belongs) to Allah all and [that] Allah (is) severe (in) [the] punishment.”
– Surah Al-Baqarah; Verse 165
2. People who remind you of Allah SWT
It was reported in a Hadith when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was asked about an Awliya’s characteristics.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said –
“Those who, if they are seen, remind you of Allah. Shall I not tell you about the worst of you?”
“Those who carry gossip and ruin relations between loved ones, seeking misery for the innocent”
– Majmauz-Zawaid; # 13140
Simply being in the presence of Awliyas can significantly increase your faith.
3. People who neither fear nor grief
It has been mentioned in the Holy Quran –
أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُون
“No doubt! Indeed, (the) friends (of) Allah (there will be) no fear upon them and not they will grieve.”
– Ayah Yunus; Verse 62
4. People who feel fear upon hearing the verse of Allah SWT
Allah SWT mentioned in the Quran
إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُون
“Only the believers (are) those who, when mentioned of Allah, feel fear in their hearts, and when recited to them His Verses, they increase them (in) faith, and upon their Lord, they put their trust.”
– Surah Al Anfal; Verse 2
5. People who continuously make Tawbah
Believers who are close to Allah SWT continuously repent for their sins. They never underestimate the magnitude of any sin, irrespective of how small it may seem. Also, they have constant fear within themselves of doing something wrong.
6. People who constantly remember Allah SWT
The closest ones to Allah are the ones who are conscious about their creator at all times. As mentioned in the Holy Quran –
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب
“Those who believe and find satisfaction in their hearts in the remembrance (of) Allah. No doubt, in the remembrance (of) Allah finds satisfaction in the hearts.”
– Ayah Ar-Ra’d; Verse 28
Their hearts remain attached to the Almighty.
7. Such people talk little
As Muslims, we remain accountable for uttering every single word. This is exactly why the people who are closest to Allah SWT engage in conversations less. They only spoke when necessary.
During their silence, they remember Allah SWT.
8. People who love for the sake of Allah SWT
People who Allah considers to be closest to him love what the Almighty loves. Similarly hates what Allah SWT hates. Likewise, these people are friends with pious people and the ones who fear Allah SWT.
They never associate themselves with bad company. They prefer being alone to that of being in the presence of bad company, all this for the sake of Allah SWT.
9. Charitable people
The ones who are friends with Allah SWT are charitable. They are very generous and only keep things that are necessary for themselves.
10. People who possess Piety
It is mentioned within the Holy Quran –
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُون
“Those who believe and are conscious (of Allah)”
– Surah Yunus; Verse 63
Piety, otherwise known as Taqwa has many meanings. This includes faith and consciousness towards Allah SWT. People who are friends with Allah SWT constantly contemplate the hereafter.
Also, they think about entities such as hell, death & heaven.
Benefits of Getting Closer to Allah
Seeking closeness to Allah SWT is a sign that the Almighty wants you to remember him at all times. As a Muslim, it is of utmost importance that you remain productive. This is a sign that Allah SWT has mercy upon you. It also means that he wants you to attain knowledge beneficially.
It is said that righteous deeds are like pearl necklaces. If the necklace breaks, then one pearl follows the other instantly.
It was reported by Abu Hurairah that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said –
“I live in the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him, as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in the assembly I remember him in the assembly, better than he (does that), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.”
– Sahih Muslim; Book 48, Hadith 28
To achieve greater things, you’ll have to struggle. The harder you struggle, the better will be the outcome.
It’ll take significant time for you to get closer to Allah SWT. Your one righteous deed cannot put everything in place, instantly. You must depend on and trust Allah SWT at all times. Allah SWT has planned for you what’s best in this life and the hereafter.
Talking to Allah at night or Praying Tahajjud
Allah SWT said –
“Ask me, and I will answer you.”-
Surah Al Ghaffar; Verse 60
“Remember me and I’ll remember you”-
Surah Al Baqarah; Verse 152
The 3 ideal ways you can talk to Allah SWT at night is –
- Namaz (Prayer)
- Offer Dua (Supplication)
- Perform Zikr (Remembrance)
According to another Hadith, Allah SWT mentioned that –
“I am just as My slave thinks I am, (ie I can do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; 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”
– Sahih Al Bukhari; Book 97, Hadith 34
Another ideal way of talking to Allah SWT is to pray Tahajjud during nighttime.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to get up during the night for offering Tahajjud.
He used to say –
Allahumma lakal-hamd. Anta qaiyyimus-samawati wal-ard wa man fihinna. Walakal-hamd, Laka mulkus-samawati wal-ard wa man fihinna. Walakal-hamd, anta nurus-samawati wal-ard. Wa lakal-hamd, anta-l-haq wa wa’duka-lhaq, wa liqa’uka Haq, wa qauluka Haq, wal-jannatu Han wan-naru Haq wannabiyuna Haq. Wa Muhammadun, sallal-lahu’alaihi wasallam, Haq, was-sa’atu Haq. Allahumma aslamtu Laka wabika amantu, wa ‘Alaika tawakkaltu, wa ilaika anabtu wa bika khasamtu, wa ilaika hakamtu faghfir li ma qaddamtu wama akh-khartu wama as-rartu wama’a lantu, anta-l-muqaddim wa anta-l-mu akh-khir, la ilaha illa anta (or la ilaha ghairuka
O, Allah! All the praises are for you, you are the Holder of the Heavens and the Earth, and whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You have the possession of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth and all the praises are for You; You are the King of the Heavens and the Earth, and all the praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the truth, and to meet You is true, Your Word is the truth and Paradise is true and Hell is true and all the Prophets (Peace be upon them) are true, And Muhammad is true, And the Day of Resurrection is true.
O, Allah! I surrender (my will) to You; I believe in You and depend on You. And repent to You, and with Your help, I argue (with my opponents, the non-believers) And I take You as a judge (to judge between us). Please forgive me my previous and future sins; And whatever I concealed or revealed and You are the One who make (some people) forward and (some) backward. There is none to be worshipped but you. Sufyan said that `Abdul Karim Abu Umaiya added to the above, ‘Wala haula Wala quwata illa billah’ (There is neither might nor power except with Allah).
Duas to get closer to Allah or How to get closer to Allah?
We must always strive to develop a close relationship with Allah SWT, by making dua. Based upon the Quranic verses, we know that Allah SWT adores the ones who call upon him. You must always be grateful to Allah SWT and thank him for all his blessings.
Allah SWT said –
وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِين
“And said your Lord, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you. Indeed, those who (are) proud to worship Me will enter Hell (in) humiliation.”
1. A short Zikr
“Subhan Allah” (All glory is to Allah SWT)
“Al hamdu lillah” (All praise is to Allah SWT)
“La ilaha illallah” (Allah SWT is great)
2. Seeking forgiveness
للَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
‘Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.”
O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.
3. Dua to seek Allah’s help
حَسْبُـنا اللهُ وَنِعْـمَ الوَكـيل
Hasbunallaahu wa ni’amal-wakeel
“Allah is sufficient for us and the best of those on whom to depend.”
– Surah Al Imran; Verse 173
4. Perform Dua to Allah SWT to seek help from Shaitan the accrued
وَقُلْ رَّبِّ اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزٰتِ الشَّيٰطِيْنِ. وَاَعُوْذُ بِكَ رَبِّ اَنْ يَّحْضُرُوْنِ
Rabbi ‘a`outhubika min hamazaatish-shayaateeni, wa ‘a`outhu bika rabbi ‘ay-yahdhuroon
“My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayatin (devils). And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! lest they may attend (or come near) me.”
– Surah Al Mu’minoon; Verse 97-98
5. Dua that strengthens your Iman
رَضِيتُ باللَّهِ رَبًّا، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللَّهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً. (ثلاثاً)
Radeetu billahi rabban wabil-islami deenan wabiMuhammadin peace be upon to him nabiyya.
“I am pleased with Allah as a Lord, Islam as a religion, and Muhammad peace be upon him as a Prophet. (three times)”
You must always be productive and strive to seek knowledge. The more love you have for Allah SWT, the more you will get to be closer to him. The closer you eventually get to the Almighty, the more barakah you’ll have in your life. Upon following the 10 ways discussed, you can get closer to Allah SWT.