2. To Remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala:
The second characteristic of those who proceed to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is their remembrance of Him. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (what means): “So remember Me; I will remember you.” [Qur’an 2:152]
Do you think you have come to persist in the remembrance (of Allah), in response to the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (which mean): “Remember Allah with much remembrance?” [Qur’an 33:41]
Do you think you now remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala much more, or you have been heedless, distracted and engaged in idle talk, in your dealings, conduct, sleep, movement and stillness? For this reason, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says (in a Qudsi Hadeeth): “I am the companion of him who remembers Me (more often).” [Ad-Daylami with no chain of narrators on the authority of ‘Aa’ishah radhiAllahu ‘anha: Marfoo‘] Has he come to seek solace with that Companion, The Almighty, or console himself and mix with people, approach them and seek solace in their speech at the expense of his solace with his Lord?
Has he taken his Lord as his companion, to speak with Him privately, tell Him his concerns and supplications, invoke Him, sing His praises, raise his hands towards Him, and implore Him? Has it been the state of the followers of the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Have they seen this state, which guided them to their station and procession to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Have they been guided to the highest and best of remembrance, the recitation of the Qur’an, the speech of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Do you think they have approached that speech? No doubt, the Lord says about them (what means):
“Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish.” [Qur’an 35:29]
“The believers are only those who, when Allah Is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His ayaat are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely.” [Qur’an 8:2]
Are the signs of this visible on them? Have the traces of His blessings, mercy, light, guidance and healing been visible on them as He says (what means): “Say, ‘It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure,’” [Qur’an: 41-44] thereupon, it is their medicine to lead them to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, purify them outwardly and inwardly, cleanse their hearts, tongues, bodies and physical organs in their procession to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala?
Undoubtedly, this Book is as stated by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, who says (what means):
“Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.” [Qur’an 39:23]
“And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” [Qur’an 17:82]
Have they come to weep when reciting and listening to this Qur’an? “When the ayaat of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping.” [Quran 19:58]
Do you think you have come to approach this Qur’an, get accustomed to reciting it, reflect upon its meanings, and abide by its commands and prohibitions? Do you take from it that which contributes to your salvation with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and the rectitude of your heart and body and in your proceeding to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, or are you still veiled and remote from Him and negligent? Has this meaning been realized in those who proceed to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, or do they still abandon the Speech of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? “And the Messenger has said, ‘O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Quran as [a thing] abandoned.’” [Qur’an 25:30]
3. To offer Qiyaam (night prayer) regularly:
Standing at night (in prayer) is among the signs which show the state of those who love their Lord, approach Him, follow the way to Him, and are about to reach their Beloved, The Exalted, The Almighty, not to be ostentatious, nor negligent.
In Ramadan, one stood at night (in prayer) to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and behold, after Ramadan, the traces of this standing would be visible on him in confirmation of the statement of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (which means):
“They arise from [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend.” [Qur’an 32:16]
“They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the ayaat of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer].” [Qur’an 3:113]
This seems visible on them in their standing and talking privately to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and taking pleasure in that private talk. No doubt, the private talk with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala does not belong to this world in so much as to Paradise, for which He has chosen some people.
That is the significance of His statement (which means): “They used to sleep but little of the night, And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness.” [Qur’an 51:17-18] Have they come to that state which is the beginning of the way to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala or have they been overpowered by sleep, laziness and the comfort of this perishable body? No doubt, were they to trouble this body in the world, they would be comforted in the Hereafter, and were they to feel comfortable in this world, it would get tired on the Day the people would stand in front of the Lord of the Worlds.