Sunday, November 20, 2016

How Close is Allah?

Dr Reda Bedeir 

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then, I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. (2:186)

Do you know how beautiful this verse is? He says "I am indeed near", not "tell them I am near". We pray directly to Allah and He answers instantly, with no intercession. He answers and gives, according to what He deemed best for us, although we sometimes, most of the time, fail to fathom the reasoning behind every event that has befallen upon us. 

What makes it more beautiful is the fact that He doesn't need us, but He's waiting for us to make dua, despite already knowing the matters of our heart. He loves us talking to Him. And sometimes, He delays giving just so He could listen to us talking to Him again. Imagine that love. Overwhelming. 

So take your time and have faith in His promise because if He could take something you have never imagined losing, He will give something you have never imagined receiving. Pray, invoke and call upon Him, for He listens, and always listen. 

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ

And your Lord said: "Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness]  (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness], they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!" (40:60)

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