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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

When does a servant come nearest to his Lord

Man, and Jinns, have been created to worship Allah, and no one else. Nor they are to associate anyone with Him or to have share his powers for He alone is the Master and the Lord of he universe. Those who obey Allah as One True God and walk on the straight path shown by Him (as ordained in the Qur'an and augmented by Hadiths of His last Prophet Muhammad ﷺ).

Of those who walk His way, He loves and is always asking Him for help are the ones who will succeed not in this world, but in the life of the Hereafter in Paradise. Therefore, all believers must supplicate to him and move His countless mercies so that they are blessed and rewarded for their sincerity and obedience. 

While there is no format to be adopted to supplicate to Allah to invoke His unlimited mercies, Allah loves when His servants prostrate, which is the ultimate expression of showing humility and humbleness. This has been told to us by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which has been mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim the Book (#4) of Prayers - كتاب الصلاة   / Chapter # 42 What Is to Be Said While Bowing and Prostrating / باب باب مَا يُقَالُ فِي الرُّكُوعِ وَالسُّجُودِ ‏) as Hadith number # 482 as under:

وَحَدَّثَنَا هَارُونُ بْنُ مَعْرُوفٍ، وَعَمْرُو بْنُ سَوَّادٍ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ وَهْبٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْحَارِثِ، عَنْ عُمَارَةَ بْنِ غَزِيَّةَ، عَنْ سُمَىٍّ، مَوْلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا صَالِحٍ، ذَكْوَانَ يُحَدِّثُ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ أَقْرَبُ مَا يَكُونُ الْعَبْدُ مِنْ رَبِّهِ وَهُوَ سَاجِدٌ فَأَكْثِرُوا الدُّعَاءَ ‏"‏‏.‏

Abu by Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).

Body postures serve as an important way to communicate nonverbally with God or other higher power. and of all postures, Prostration is the ultimate that a man can go to please Allah for he touches his forehead on the ground wherein he glorifies and humbles himself in front of Allah (The God). 
The mark known as the “trace of prostration” (sīmā) that is mentioned in the Quran is well established in Islam as being a physical blemish on the forehead. 
It is the same position which was adopted by the angels when God asked them to bow in from of Adam, which they readily did. And it was the same prostration that Satan, the Iblees, refused out of sheer arrogance and self-pride, for which he was expelled from Paradise. Since then, prostration has become a vital part of the five obligatory prayers performed daily. 

Although, the followers of other Divine religions were ordained to prostrate too in front of God when praying, slowly and gradually it vanished from their prayers. 
Deuteronomy 9:18-20, 25-27 (Moses lay prostrate before God for 40 days and nights); 1 Chronicles 21:16-17; Matthew 26:39.

"And he (Jesus) went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." - New Testament (Matthew 26:39)  

Today, prostration is a forgotten posture of prayer for many Christians. Rather, prostrations are forbidden on the Lord's Day (Sunday) and during Paschaltide (Easter season) in honour of the Resurrection and are traditionally discouraged on Great Feasts of the Lord.

We Muslims are fortunate that till date we prostrate in front of Allah as did all the prophets of Allah including the last of them: Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.  Let us be near to Allah for He loves His servants in this state and by doing so, one gets the inner feeling of being nearer to Allah.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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