Means of attaining nearness to Allah – Part II

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Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, Missionary-in-Charge UK

Treating God’s creation kindly

It is stated in a hadith:

الخلق عِیَالُ اللہ

“All created beings are the children of Allah.” Allah likes those who treat His creation, including birds and animals in addition to human beings, kindly.

It is narrated in a hadith that an Israelite prostitute saw a thirsty dog circling around a well. The woman went down the well, filled her shoe with water and gave it to the thirsty dog to drink. Allah forgave all her sins for this good deed.

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As far as sympathy with human beings is concerned, treating everyone kindly without any discrimination is a virtue that confers love and nearness to Allah on the person. A noble hadith states:

“On the day of Judgement, Allah will say to some of His servants, ‘I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me water to drink, I was sick and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will ask, ‘Our Lord, when were You hungry and we fed You, or thirsty and we gave You water to drink?When did we see You unclothed and we clothed You?When were You sick and we went to visit You?’ Then Allah will reply, ‘Some of My servants in the world were hungry and thirsty and unclothed and sick; whatever you did for one of My servants, it was as if you did it for Me.’”

Thus, sympathising with the creation of Allah and treating them kindly is a good deed that confers love and nearness of Allah on the person. (Ta‘alluq Billah, Anwar-ul-Uloom, Vol. 23, pp. 153-154)

Striving continuously for God’s nearness

The journey to Allah is not a matter of a day or two, rather it is a continuous struggle from beginning to end. Trust in God, proper use of Allah’s bestowals, the Jihad of propagating Islam, devoting one’s life in the way of Allah, keeping company among the righteous, spending in the way of Allah, thanking Allah for His favours, sacrificing time, being humble and acting on all the Islamic teachings are all integral parts of this continuous Jihad.

Attaining Allah’s nearness by persevering with all these and following that course should be a life-long modus operandi of a believer.

An example of piety

Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Rasul Rajekira was one of those who were blessed with Allah’s nearness by following the Promised Messiahas. His whole life is punctuated with inspiring anecdotes. I narrate one incident that shows how those who attained God’s nearness spent their lives with piety and chastity.

Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra states:

“Once, I happened to spend a night at a sincere Ahmadi’s house. By chance, he had to go out for an important task. Before leaving, he gave appropriate instructions to his household members concerning hospitality to me. After he had left, his wife, who was young and beautiful, called me from behind the door that she wanted to come in to give me a massage and sought my permission to enter. I replied that it was sinful for a lady to touch a stranger, therefore I told her to stay in her room and not to come near me. The lady insisted again, and I gave the same answer. When I realised that she was not going to refrain, I performed ablution and started praying on the prayer mat that lay nearby. I prolonged the prayer so much that it lasted till the morning. Later, I offered my Fajr prayer and then fell asleep on the prayer mat. I dreamt that my face was lit like the full moon and an angel told me that all that was because of my striving and fear of Allah and because I had spent the night with piety.” (Hayat-e-Qudsi, Part II, p. 38)

This anecdote is worth remembering as it comprises of an advice that leads to God’s nearness.

Another incident of guarding one’s chastity

Righteousness and guarding one’s chastity, even under the most difficult circumstances, is a hallmark of divines. Here is another exemplary incident.

A devout Ahmadi, Abdul Aziz Deen Sahib of London owned a second-hand furniture store. He was a tall, handsome young man. He stated that once, a lady came to his store, purchased some furniture, gave her address for home delivery and promised to pay at home upon delivery. The following day, when he delivered the furniture to that address, a beautiful young girl came out. She said that her mother was not at home, however, she had given her the money to pay for the furniture. She asked him to put the furniture in the basement, which he complied with.

“Having done that”, he goes on to state, “I sat down on a chair waiting for the payment. A few minutes later, the same young girl re-appeared completely unclothed. That was extremely disturbing for me. I sought Allah’s forgiveness and resolved to flee from the premises at once. Greatly perplexed, forgetting all about the payment, I ran so fast that I knocked my head against the door, and sustained a deep wound that started bleeding. I did not stop till I was out of that house. I went straight to my store and thanked Allah that He had saved me from a great ordeal merely by His Grace.”

It is stated that the scar of that wound on his forehead was visible for many years and it kept reminding him of the episode of Hazrat Josephas for a long time.

This episode is a beacon of light and guidance for the youth, even today, especially for those living in the Western world.

Anecdotes about saintly persons who attained Allah’s nearness

We see many Companionsra of the Promised Messiahas who were blessed with Allah’s nearness, with whom Allah conversed and whom He helped and guided at every step. I present a few more examples of such divines to increase our faith and to inspire people to seek Allah’s nearness.

Once, some companions of the Promised Messiahas had gathered at Masjid Aqsa, Qadian. Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheedra was also there. He got up from his place and went out for something. In the meantime, Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra walked in and sat down on the space vacated by Hazrat Sahibzada Sahibra. When the later returned, he said somewhat angrily, “Maulvi Sahib, don’t you know that you should not occupy the space of another person?” Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra was about to get up when Sahibzada Sahibra said, “No, you keep sitting. I have just received a revelation, ‘You should not altercate with those who are the beloved of Allah.’” (Al Hakam, 28 October 1909) 

Hazrat Munshi Zafar Ahmadra of Kapurthala states:

“While I was staying in Ludhiana after performing the Bai‘at, a sufi-type person posed some questions to the Promised Messiahas and then added, ‘Can you help me see the Holy Prophetsa?’ The Promised Messiahas answered, ‘That is conditional on suitability.’ Then he turned to me and said, ‘Or one who is blessed with Allah’s grace.’”

Munshi Sahib states that he saw the Holy Prophetsa in a dream that very night. (Ashab-e-Ahmad, Vol. 4, p. 140) 

Once, Hazrat Mir Nasir Nawabra visited Hazrat Maulana Nuruddinra to seek his donation for Dar-ul-Zu‘afa (care home) or Nur Hospital. He replied that he did not have anything with him at that time. Hazrat Mir Sahibra insisted. Then Hazrat Maulana Nuruddinra lifted a sheet, got a coin from there, gave it to him and said, “It has been touched by Nuruddin only.” Meaning it had been granted by Allah instantly, not by any man. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 556)

Hazrat Maulvi Fazal Dinra relates:

“One day, Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Rasul Rajekira was buying fruit at a fruit shop as I accompanied him. I desired at that time for him to buy some grapes. He bought several types of fruit, but not grapes and walked away. After a short distance, he suddenly returned to the fruit shop and bought grapes. On his way home, he said to me, ‘If you wanted grapes, you could have told me yourself. Why did you convey the message through Allah?’” (Al Fazl, January 1995)

Hold fast to the rope of Allah for attaining His nearness

The Most Gracious God has blessed the worldwide Ahmadiyya Jamaat with a spiritual favour not granted to any other community and that is rightly guided Khilafat established by God Himself. In this age, Allah has appointed Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa as Amirul Momineen and Khalifatul Masih V with the spiritual diadem of this worldwide Khilafat.

ایک عالَم جل رہا ہے دھوپ میں بے سائباں

شکر ہے مولیٰ! ہمیں یہ سایۂ رحمت ملا

“A multitude of people are getting sun-burnt without a canopy; Praise be to God for we have this shade of mercy.”

The Ahmadiyya Khilafat is a spiritual canopy. The blessed personage of the Khalifa is a worldwide spiritual magnet. The sphere of his spiritual attraction and grace has extended to millions of Ahmadis in 213 countries of the world and this is increasing day by day.

In compliance with

وَ اعۡتَصِمُوۡا بِحَبۡلِ اللّٰہِ جَمِیۡعًا وَّ لَا تَفَرَّقُوۡا

“And hold fast, all together, by the rope of Allah and be not divided” (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.104), Ahmadis all over the world are presenting a unique example of global unity under the blessed institution of the Ahmadiyya Khilafat.

By the grace of Allah, Imam Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa has the status of being the holiest person in the world. He has been granted the miraculous sign of acceptance of prayers. He is showered with divine support and victories all the time. The sphere of these global victories is ever increasing. Thousands of eyewitnesses of acceptance of his prayers are present today.

I say it loud and clear that the Imamaa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is the real manifestation of “hablullah” (rope of Allah) in this age. Establishing a spiritual bond with him, who is God’s most beloved and holiest person today, is a definite means of God’s nearness. Attachment to the Khalifa today amounts to holding the “hablullah”. The Ahmadiyya Khilafat is the “hablullah” that helps man meet God. Thus, we are fortunate that Allah has granted us this medium, which is a living means of His nearness.

Conclusion

After presenting a few drops from the vast ocean of Allah’s nearness and a few examples of this, I wish to conclude with the blessed words of the Promised Messiahas wherein he has addressed the evergreen branches of his tree – all of us – with an invigorating message that is worth listening to carefully and remembering always. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas says:

“How unfortunate is the man who, even now, is unaware that there is a God Who has power over all things. Our paradise lies in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring though one might have to lay down one’s life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose oneself to acquire it. O ye who are deprived! Hasten to this fountain as it will satiate you. It is this fountain of life that will save you. What am I to do? How shall I impress the hearts with this good news? What sort of a drum am I to beat in the streets in order to make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to the ears of the people so that they should listen?” (Noah’s Ark, p. 35)

He added:

“Adopt each and every path of righteousness, for who knows from which of these paths you will be accepted? Rejoice and be happy that the field of achieving nearness to God is vacant. Every nation is in love with the world, and to what pleases God the world pays no attention. Now is the time for those who wish to enter this door that they, mustering all their strength, show their mettle and win the much-coveted prize from God”. (The Will, p. 11)

May Allah grant us the ability and good fortune to achieve this. Amin.

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