How to Gain Wisdom

09 Jul

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah Most High says, ‘He who is hostile to a friend (Wali) of Mine I declare war against. My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory for him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

  • Allah’s friends are those who are constant and sincere in obedience to Him. A friend (Wali) of Allah is one who is close to Him because of his devotion to Him, through obeying His commands and shunning the acts which he has forbidden. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) declares war against those who harass people because of their Islam. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says that He will fight such people Himself. And whoever such a thing should happen to, should expect only the worst to happen to him.

    This Hadith also tells us that the obligatory deeds (Faraid) are the most beloved to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Nothing makes Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) happier than performance of Faraid and keeping away from the forbidden deeds (Haraam). This is what makes a person a friend of Allah’s. We should also keep the performance of obligatory (Fard) and recommended (Sunnah/Nafl) deeds in perspective. It is said that the recommended deed amounts to but one-seventieth of the value of an obligatory deed. [Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri]

    This Hadith is also a metaphor for Allah’s help and assistance. By Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) becoming someone’s hearing or sight or hand what is meant is that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) helps the Momin to perceive what He wants him to perceive and do through his limbs what He wants him to do.

    If you want to gain ultimate wisdom and behave with the utmost wisdom then obey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). When you stick to His obedience He will bless you with this wisdom from Himself.

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