Hadeeth 38 : The Worship of Allah is the Means of Attaining Nearness to Him and His Love

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On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) who said : The
Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said :

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 “ Verily Allah ta’aalaa has said : Whosoever shows enmity to a walee
(friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant
does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the
religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to
draw near to me with nawaafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him.
When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight
with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot
with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely
give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant
him refuge.

It was related by al-Bukhari

Explanation of Hadeeth Number 38 :

The author of al-Ifsaah said about this hadeeth from its understanding :
Verily Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa has put aside all excuses from the
one who shows enmity to a walee of His, and has declared that He shall
War against him with the same enmity. And the walee of Allah ta’aalaa
is the one who follows that which Allah has legislated. So let mankind
be warned against harming the hearts of the awliyaa of Allah, ‘azza wa
jall.

And I consider the meaning [of this hadeeth] as referring to the one who
shows enmity to a walee due to the Friendship and Allegiance (Wilaayah)
shown to him by Allah. On the other hand, if the matter is such that it
involves a dispute between two walees of Allah in the form of a legal
dispute or a quarrel, which is due to one of them trying to attain a
right of his that is hidden from the other, then this does not enter
into this hadeeth. And such disputes have occurred between Abu Bakr and
‘Umar (radiAllahu anhumaa), and between al-‘Abbaas and ‘Alee
(radiAllahu anhumaa), and similarly between many of the sahaabah, and
all of them were awliyaa of Allah.

And His – subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa – statement “And My servant does not
draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties
I have obligated upon him”
contains a reference to the fact that we do
not place the voluntary deeds (nawaafil) before the obligatory
(faraa’id). And the ‘nawaafil’ are named as such because they are
performed after the obligatory deeds have been completed; and if not
then they are not given the name ‘nawaafil’; and this is indicated by
His statement “And My servant continues to draw near to me with nawaafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him”, since attaining Nearness with
the nawaafil occurs by what follows the completion of the faraa’id. So
when the slave becomes persistent in seeking His Nearness through the
nawaafil, then this causes Allah ‘azza wa jall to Love him.

Then He said “When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and
his sight with which he sees”
until the end of the hadeeth. Then this is
a sign of the Wilaayah of Allah, and its meaning is that he does not
hear that which is not permitted for him to hear by the Sharee’ah, nor
does he see that which is not permitted by the Sharee’ah, nor does he
grasp with his hand that which is not permitted for him by the
Sharee’ah, nor does he hasten with his legs towards anything except that
which the Sharee’ah allows him to hasten towards. And all of this is the
basis (asl) [of being Loved by Allah]. But also, the Worshipper of
Allah may become so engrossed in the Dhikr of Allah ta’aalaa that he
becomes famous for that, and if another person, who is not from amongst
those who Remember Allah much, were to speak to him without mentioning
the Dhikr of Allah, then it would be as though he did not hear him;
until the speaker approaches him with something from the Dhikr of
Allah. And similarly in the case of those things which are seen, and
those things which are grasped, and those things towards which one
walks. And this is a most noble characteristic, and we ask Allah that
He makes us from amongst its possessors.

And His statement “and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely
grant him refuge”
shows that even after the slave becomes from amongst
the Beloved of Allah, this does not prevent him from asking his Lord to
satisfy his needs or seeking refuge in Him from those whom he fears. And
Allah ta’aalaa is able to give him what he desires before his asking
Him for them, and to grant him refuge before he seeks it, but He
subhaanahu becomes Near to His slaves through His giving those who ask
Him, and His granting refuge to those who seek it from Him.

And Allah knows best.

Summary :

  • That there are Muslims who are the Awliyaa (Friends) of Allah
  • That one who is close to Allah because of his piety and worship of
    Him, has Allah as his Protector

  • That whoever makes a walee an enemy, actually earns the enmity of
    Allah for himself

  • That one draws closer to Allah by following the Sharee’ah, and by
    fulfilling the obligatory duties upon him

  • That a Muslim continues to draw closer to Him by performing voluntary
    acts of worship (nawaafil)

  • That ways and means not prescribed in the Sunnah will not help us in
    drawing closer to Allah

  • That when a servant draws closer to Him, then Allah Loves him, and
    then guides him in each moment of his life

  • an-Nawawi said that “I am his hearing …” can mean “I safeguard his hearing from shaytaan”
  • That when a servant is Loved by Allah, He fulfills his du’aa, and
    protects him from evil when he asks Him to do so
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