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Ways in Which the Love of Allāh is Attained

Imām ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī

Distinct examples of how to gain closeness to your Lord.

[Q]: What are the means and avenues by which the love of Allāh—which is the highest and most lofty of stations—is attained?

[A]: Allāh did not create a goal except that He also created a means by which it is attained. Among the greatest means by which one may attain love of Allāh is complete avoidance of that which severs one’s connection with Him, whether in the form of speech, actions, or abhorrent, lowly thoughts. Also, it is attained by remembering Him frequently with a contemplative, present heart. Also, by deep contemplation of the words of the Most Generous and acquainting oneself with the many, varied forms of magnanimous blessings He has bestowed upon His servants. Standing before him [in ṣalāh] with a present heart and with exemplary manners and good conduct. By sitting with those who love Him, and avoiding those who have severed their bond with Him. The one who is able to engage in these actions will have achieved the love of Allāh—by His will. And Allāh is the only One sought for help.

Source: Al-Durar al-Fākhirah: 112
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: February 25, 2024
Edited: February 25, 2024

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