If the hustle and bustle of this life is weakening our connection with Allah (swt) or if we are disconnected from Him (swt) and feeling frustrated, then we need to engage ourselves in His worship. “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Ar-Rad 13:28) Connection with Allah (swt) is as important for us as water is important for the plants. Allah’s (swt) remembrance and worship nourishes our faith and keeps us on straight path. Here are some top ways to foster a strong connection with our Rabb (swt).
1. Salah with Presence of Mind
- Try to plan the Salah. We need to plan our meeting with Allah (swt) – just the way we plan our worldly meetings.
- Every night before sleeping, build a strong and sincere intention to perform an excellent Salah the next day.
- Every morning, the first thought should be the thought of performing each Salah on time. Presence of mind comes when we understand the meanings of the words we recite daily in our Salah. While reciting Surah al-Fatihah, ponder over the meanings. Just think about it: you are praising the Lord of the lords. You are talking to the king of the worlds.
- Try to memorize new Surahs. Start with short ones.
- Supplicate after Adhan. Try to answer the Adhan and supplicate to Allah (swt) for solace.
- Avoid distractions.
- Decide which Surahs you are going to recite. Pray Salah calmly and consciously.
2. Reciting and Understanding the Quran
- Recite the Quran with understanding; read its translation and Tafseer.
- Act upon the Quran.
- Share the knowledge with your family and friends.
- Open the Quran and know what Allah (swt) is telling us. Read about Him, the author of the best book of the world. Read about the Author Who is in love with the readers.
- Personalize your Quran, where you can highlight your favourite verses and Duas.
- If you don’t understand Arabic, get a Quran with translation. Make sure that your children have their personal Quran.
- Seek Allah (swt) through supplication. Converse with him. Praise him. Talk to him about every small and big thing. Cry before him. Tell him about how much you need him. The one who cries before Allah (swt) does not need to cry before anyone else.
- Make Allah (swt) your best friend. No friend in the world can be as loyal as Allah (swt) is. He loves His creation seventy times more than a mother loves her child. He is closer to you than your jugular vein.
- Keep Allah (swt) in your mind, every second. Talk to him in your heart, every moment. Allah (swt) even hears the whispers. Remember! Allah’s (swt) love is the most guaranteed love.
Allah (swt) loves those who repent. Let’s be in the list of those whom Allah (swt) loves. Let’s please the Creator with the act that He loves the most. Allah (swt) waits for us to repent. Let’s put off the burden of our sins. Repent repeatedly each day. Don’t let the sins accumulate. Every sin puts a black dot on the heart, and we need to wash our heart constantly.
5. Gratitude to Allah
Take a pen and a paper and start writing down Allah’s (swt) blessings. We would surely have a never-ending list. Keep adding things to the list every day. Every breath is His blessing. How much ungratefulness we show when we complain to Allah (swt), disregarding all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We need to be grateful to Him for the smallest things that He has given us. His greatest blessing is that He has chosen us to be Muslims. Be grateful to Him for the guidance that He has given us.
May Allah (swt) enable us to maintain a strong connection with Him always. Ameen
Source: Hiba Magazine