Journeying

On your way Home, always be mindful of Allah. For taqwa (mindfulness of Allah) is ever a great provision for a journey (al-Baqarah 2:197). Be determined. Expect to stumble but never stop walking upon the Straight Path. Allah says in a hadith qudsi, “I am just as My slave thinks I am and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him, and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (al-Bukhari 7405)

Carry with you a lot of love. Anas narrated that a bedouin man asked the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him; pbuh) about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet (pbuh) said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle.” The Prophet (pbuh) said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e. “You will be with those whom you love.”) Anas continued to say, “Therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.” (al-Bukhari 3688, Muslim 2639)

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