Attaining the Merit of Being with the Almighty Allah: Its Causes and Benefits

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “It was He who created the heavens and earth in six Days and then established Himself on the throne. He knows what enters the earth and what comes out of it; what descends from the sky and what ascends to it. He is with you wherever you are; He sees all that you do.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

Being with the Almighty Allah is a merit that gives the meaning of observance and the meaning of support. The first means that He, Glory be to Him, observes all of His creation, as He says, “He has the keys to the unseen: no one knows them but Him. He knows all that is in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowledge, nor is there a single grain in the darkness of the earth, or anything, fresh or withered, that is not written in a clear Record.” The Almighty Allah also says, “Do you not see [Prophet] that Allah knows everything in the heavens and earth? There is no secret conversation between three people where He is not the fourth, nor between five where He is not the sixth, nor between less or more than that without Him being with them, wherever they may be. On the Day of Resurrection, He will show them what they have done: Allah truly has full knowledge of everything.” Allah also says, “How could He who created not know His own creation, when He is the Most Subtle, the All Aware?”

As for the second meaning, i.e. the meaning of support and preservation, it is devoted to Messengers, Prophets, and righteous people from among Allah’s servants. The Glorious Qur’an refers to this sort of being with Allah in several occasions. For example, the Qur’an speaks about this sort when speaking about the two Prophets – Moses and Aaron (peace be upon them)- as the Almighty Allah says,Go, you and your brother, with My signs, and make sure that you remember Me. Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has exceeded all bounds. Speak to him gently so that he may take heed, or show respect. ’They said, ‘Lord, we fear he will do us great harm or exceed all bounds.’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, I am with you both, hearing and seeing everything.”  This is also the sort of being with Allah which Prophet Moses (PBUH) spoke about when, “ Moses’ followers said, ‘We shall definitely be caught.’ Moses said, ‘No, my Lord is with me: He will guide me.”

It is the merit that Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Companion Abu Bakr As-Siddiq during the Migration, as Abu Bakr said,I was in the company of the Prophet (PBUH) in the cave, and on seeing the traces of the pagans, I said, “O Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) If one of them (pagans) should lift up his foot, he will see us.” He said, “What do you think of two, the third of whom is Allah?” In this regard, the Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an, “Even if you do not help the Prophet, Allah helped him when the disbelievers drove him out: when the two of them were in the cave, he [Muhammad] said to his companion, ‘Do not worry, Allah is with us,’ and Allah sent His calm down to him, aided him with forces invisible to you, and brought down the disbelievers’ plan. Allah’s plan is higher: Allah is almighty and wise.”

What a great merit that a servant attains the merit of being with the Almighty Allah. In such case, a servant will pay no attention to those who support him or attack him. In order that such merit be fulfilled, one must follow the due paths and must attain the necessary means. At the top of these means are: believing in Allah. Allah says, “Verily, Allah is with the believers.” The requirements of believing in Allah include as the Prophet (PBUH) said, “To believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in Qadar (destiny), the good and bad of it.” True belief means that one should reflect the manifestation of belief in his conduct, as the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The true Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the true believer is the one from whom the people’s lives and wealth are safe.”

These paths also include: piety and benevolence. The Almighty Allah says, “For Allah is with those who are mindful of Him and who do good” and says, “and know that He is with those who are mindful of Him,” and “Verily, Allah is with the Benevolent.”. Piety means to do all that which pleases Allah and avoid any thing that displeases Him. It is a comprehensive word that encompasses all good things. The Glorious Qur’an showed us the meaning of Piety saying, “Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West. The truly good are those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travellers and beggars, and to liberate those in bondage; those who keep up the prayer and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity, and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are pious.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Do not harbour grudge against one another, nor jealousy, nor enmity; and become as fellow brothers and slaves of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He should neither oppress him nor humiliate him. The piety is here! The piety is here!” While saying so he pointed towards his chest. “It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Muslim brother. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in Faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour.

As far as Ihsan (i.e. benevolence) is concerned, the Prophet (PBUH) elucidates on its essence, saying: “Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you.” By this, man becomes fully aware that Allah, Most High, is ever watching and that He, Glorified is He, never neglects anything, for He fully knows man’s actions, be they done in public or in secrecy, “Does he not know that Allah does see?”

Also, one of the means that enables man to be admitted into the Companionship of Allah, Most High, is patience. He, Most High, says: “And be patient; surely Allah is with the patient”; “and give good news to the patient, (155) Who, when a misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah’s and to Him we shall surely return” and “And wait patiently for the judgment of your Lord, for surely you are before Our eyes, and sing the praise of your Lord when you rise.” In this connection, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Know that being patient to what one hates incurs considerable benefit.” Patience is defined as restricting one’s self not to show impatience, to prevent the tongue from complaining and to prevent one from being afraid. It is realized through striving against one’s self. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever has forbearance, Allah will help him. Whoever tries to be independent, Allah will enrich him. Whoever tries to be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is given a better or vaster gift than patience.”

 Being of good consciousness is also one of the reasons enabling man to be in the Companionship of Allah. People of this kind fully realize that Allah with them wherever they are: while traveling, staying at home or in seclusion, for nothing is hidden from Him, Most High. This was actually the belief of Prophet Joseph (PBUH) when the doors were tightly closed and all the means to disobey Allah were available to him, as he sought the Help of his Lord Whom he fully knew is always with him. That is why he (PBUH) said, “Surely my Lord made good my abode: Surely the unjust do not prosper.” This was actually the testimony uttered by the wife of the chief “and certainly I sought his yielding himself (to me), but he abstained.” As such, to be fully aware that Allah, Most High, is always with you is of great reward as it makes man full of fear of Allah, the Almighty, in this worldly life and thus secures His Punishment on the Day of Resurrection. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) narrated that Allah, Most High, says: “By My Power and My Majesty, I shall not make a person afraid or secure twice; whoever secures Me in the worldly life shall be frightened on the Day of Resurrection; and whoever fears Me in this life shall be secured on the Day of Resurrection.”

Mentioning the Remembrance of Allah is also one of the means enabling man to be admitted into the Companionship of Allah, “Therefore remember Me, I will remember you …” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to 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 …”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; and I bear witness that our master Prophet Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, companions and whoever follows their guidance to the Day of Judgment.

Muslim brothers,

Being in the Companionship of Allah, Most High, will enable the person to gain great benefits in this life and the life to come. For example, he will be protected from all kinds of evil and harm. Allah, the Almighty, says: “Those to whom the people said: Surely men have gathered against you, therefore fear them, but this increased their faith, and they said: Allah is sufficient for us and most excellent is the Protector”; “and whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him; surely Allah attains His purpose; Allah indeed has appointed a measure for everything” and “Is not Allah sufficient for His servant?” So, whoever truly relies on Allah, no enemy will defeat him; all his requests will be answered and all his desires will be realized. When we ponder over the Saying of Allah to Prophet Moses (PBUH) “and that you might be brought up before My Eyes”; “And I have chosen you for Myself”; “And wait patiently for the judgment of your Lord, for surely you are before Our eyes” and “and give good news to those who believe that theirs is a footing of firmness with their Lord”, we fully realize how great and virtuous is the Companionship?!

Being truly admitted into the Companionship of Allah is the most important means to the realization of serenity, tranquility and peace of mind; it enables man to keep away from all means of tension, unrest and depression. One who truly knows that all the affairs of the universe are run by the Will of Allah should not fell anxious. Allah, Most High, says: “Say, “O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent” and “Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”

In truth, being in the Companionship of Allah and being fully aware of His Greatness realize the highest levels of peace of mind, peaceful coexistence and social security. That is because if people truly know that they are not absent from His Sight, they will soundly behave and their morals will be good. As such, they will adhere to His Orders, keep away from His Prohibitions, not violate His Limits and utilize the reasons to lead a good life. In this way, one will live in peace with himself, family, neighbors, friends, society and the entire mankind.

O Allah! Admit us into Your Companionship and Victory; include us into Your Infinite Mercy and provide us with sincerity in all our affairs; protect Egypt and all the World’s countries