Habib 'Ali al-Jifri on Islam in Essence

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri said that the essence of our transaction with Allah (s.w.t.) is closeness, qurb.  We realise this when we reflect upon the Qur’an.  The essence of acts of worship is closeness:

…but prostrate in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah)! (Surah al-‘Alaq:19)

The essence of vigilance, muraqabah, is closeness:

… for We are Nearer to him than (his) jugular vein. (Surah Qaf:16)

The essence of excellence, ihsan, is closeness:

… for the Mercy of Allah is (always) near to the people of excellence. (Surah al-‘Araf:56)

The essence of repentance, tawbah, is closeness:

…then ask Forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is (always) Near, Ready to Answer." (Surah Hud:61)

The essence of guidance, hidayah, is closeness:

“…but if I receive Guidance, it is because of the inspiration of my Lord to me: it is He Who Hears all things, and is (ever) Near.” (Surah Saba:50)

The essence of supplication, du’a, is closeness:

When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed Close (to them)... (Surah al-Baqarah:186)

Allah (s.w.t.) is Closest at the last moment before we meeting Him:

But We are Nearer to him than ye, and yet see not. (Surah al-Waqi’ah:85)

Allah (s.w.t.) is the Close One, al-Qarib.  We du’a, O Allah, Make us among those who You Love and those who You have Singled out to receive Your Closeness, for You are the Close One.  Amin.


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