What is the best way to attain the nearness of God?


During a virtual mulaqat of the students of Jamia Ahmadiyya Ghana with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa, which was held on 5 December 2020, a student asked what the best way was to achieve the nearness of God Almighty. 

Huzooraa gave the following reply:

“Worship Allah! Allah has explained that He has created mankind so that they may worship Him: 

وَ‭ ‬مَا‭ ‬خَلَقۡتُ‭ ‬الۡجِنَّ‭ ‬وَ‭ ‬الۡاِنۡسَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬لِيَعۡبُدُوۡنِ

“‘And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.’ [Surah al-Dhariyat, Ch.51: V.57]

“Moreover, fulfil the due rights of your existence! Secondly, after instructing us to believe in the unseen, Allah the Exalted has taught us يُقِيمُونَ‭ ‬الصَّلَاةَ, that is we have to ‘observe Prayer’ [Surah al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.4]. It is a commandment of Allah the Exalted to observe prayer. So, the second most important aspect is worship. After believing in Allah, one must observe prayer. Then, the Holy Prophetsa has stated that a person is closest to Allah the Exalted in the state of prostration [sajdah] during Salat. Therefore, supplicate to Allah the Exalted in your sujood [prostrations] that He may grant you His nearness. 

جو‭ ‬تم‭ ‬سے‭ ‬مانگتا‭ ‬هوں‭ ‬وه‭ ‬دولت‭ ‬تمهيں‭ ‬تو‭ ‬هو

“‘You are the very wealth that I seek and I implore from You alone.’

“Pray to Allah and say, ‘You are the wealth which I seek; I do not need any money, nor do I need any worldly material. I only implore You of attaining Your nearness and when I will attain Your nearness, then worldly wealth and worldly luxuries will naturally become subservient to me and my spirituality will increase.’ Thus, you should pray in your sujood that Allah the Exalted may grant you His nearness.”

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