What makes a slave approach Allah? How can we understand that Allah loves us?

The Details of the Question

- What things make us approach Allah Almighty?
- How can we understand that Allah Almighty loves us?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

What makes slaves approach Allah is a sincere belief and obeying Allah’s commands and prohibitions.

In Islam, the most important thing after belief is prayer (salah). The most important thing in prayer is the peace of the heart and tadil al-arkan. The Prophet (pbuh) states the following in a hadith:

 “A slave is closest to his Lord when he is in prostration (sajdah).” (see Muslim, Salah 215. Abu Dawud, Salah 148)

“Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith.” (al-Baqara, 2/152)

It is understood from the verse above that if a Person loves Allah, Allah will love him. If a person shows respect to Allah and shows his respect by obeying Him, he will attain Allah’s love and appreciation.

As a matter of fact, according to a narration, the Prophet (pbuh) stated the following:

“If a person wants to learn his value in the eye of Allah, he should look at Allah’s value in his eye. Allah values a person as much as a person values Him.” (Hakim, 1/671)

Valuing Allah becomes manifest through obeying Him. A person’s good creed, good worship, high ethics, good manners and good intentions show how he values Allah.

In fact, it is a command of our religion to love Allah more than anything else. The way of loving Allah is to love the Prophet (pbuh), who lives in the way that Allah loves, and to be on His way.

Thus, the sign showing that we love Allah and that Allah loves us is to obey (follow) the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), His Messenger.

As a matter of fact, the following is stated in a verse:

"Say: If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Aal-i Imran, 3/31)

To love Allah is the highest purpose of man’s creation. Thus, it is the highest purpose that Islam leads man to. The verse above includes the following definite analogy: 

If you love Allah, you must follow the Messenger of Allah. If you do not follow him, it means you do not love Allah.

If you follow the Messenger of Allah, you must live like him. Thus, it means Allah loves you.

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