Yesterday’s post covered our most important reason to pray, that He (swt) in His Majesty and Mercy commanded it to us. To turn to Him, to take just a minimum of 5 times a day out of our busy lives for Him. Today, we will try to cover another reason. Our direct link to Him.
Have you ever wondered, whether Allah (swt.) listens, whether He listens to our prayers and our dua’s?
What we have to realise is that this prayer is more like a conversation with our Lord. As He (swt.) said in a hadith Qudsi related to us by Muslim:
“Allah said: ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’When the slave says: ‘Al-hamdulillah i rabbil Alameen (All the praise is to Allah, the Lord of all that exists),’ Allah says:’My slave has praised Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And when he says: ‘Ar-Rahmanir-Rahim (The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has extolled Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And when he says: ‘Maliki yawmiddin [The Only Owner (and he Ruling Judge] if the Day of Recompense],’ Allah’s says: ‘My slave has Glorified Me. This is for Me, and this Verse is between me and My slave in two halves.’ And when he says: ‘ Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nastain [You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help],’ He says: ‘This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And the end of the Surah is for My slave.’ And when he says: ‘Ihdinas-siratal-mustaqeem
Subhanallah, glory be to Allah. This is the Surah that we recite at least 17 times every single day. Imagine this conversation between you and Allah (swt.) every single time you recite it in prayer. We have direct access to Him, we do not go through a priest or any other person, living being or inanimate Object.
In Surah Al Baqarah, Allah (swt.) said: “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [2:186]
He is close, closer than our jugular vein [50:16] so how do we gain nearness to Him? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The closest that a person can be to his Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, is when he is prostrating, so increase in supplication then.” [Sahih | An-Nasai]
So increase your prostration, pray and ask Allah (swt.)
Today Maghrib is at 19:35 in the UK, increase the length of your prostration, of your sajdah and just ask Allah (swt.) find Him near to you.
Original Post from The Spiritual Memo