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To be close to our Creator is a fundamental need of every human being and striving to achieve it can be the healing for our chaotic inner selves which, in turn, leads to:

for our chaotic inner selves which, in turn, leads to: 1. Allah’s love 2. Greater productivity

1. Allah’s love

2. Greater productivity

3. Confidence

4. Satisfaction and joy

Greater productivity 3. Confidence 4. Satisfaction and joy Therefore, it is essential to exert effort in

Therefore, it is essential to exert effort in seeking closeness to your Creator. To begin with, the prescription to getting closer to Allah requires a few things from you:

1. Strong intention to get closer to Allah

things from you: 1. Strong intention to get closer to Allah

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2. Patience

3. Consistency

4. Avoid doing nothing

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2. Patience 3. Consistency 4. Avoid doing nothing 6 , then Let’s first consider our worth

, then2. Patience 3. Consistency 4. Avoid doing nothing 6 Let’s first consider our worth to Allah

Let’s first consider our worth to Allah

see what you are doing with your life. Are you pleasing Allah

. If you want to know your worth to Allah

you pleasing Allah . If you want to know your worth to Allah or disappointing Him?

or disappointing Him?

Don’t like your answer?

means Heto Allah or disappointing Him? Don’t like your answer? Well, there is good news. The fact

Well, there is good news. The fact that you are seeking closeness to Allah

wants you to remember Him. Being productive is very important as a Muslim. It is a sign of

Allah’s

one. A righteous deed is like a pearl necklace – when it breaks, all the pearls follow one

another quickly.

when it breaks, all the pearls follow one another quickly. mercy that you have come to

mercy that you have come to seek beneficial knowledge from websites like this

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come to seek beneficial knowledge from websites like this 8 , the Exalted Abu Huraira (RA)

, the Exaltedcome to seek beneficial knowledge from websites like this 8 Abu Huraira (RA) reported that the

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that the Prophet Muhammad

and Glorious said, “I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.” (Sahih Muslim).

said that Allah

We need to struggle to achieve great things. The harder the struggle is, the better the

outcome becomes. Getting close to Allah

magically fall into place by doing a righteous deed. You need to depend on Allah

that what He has planned for you is the best you can have, for this life and the hereafter.

is the best you can have, for this life and the hereafter. takes time. We cannot

takes time. We cannot expect everything to

and trustthe hereafter. takes time. We cannot expect everything to Here are some tips to achieve closeness

Here are some tips to achieve closeness to Allah

and trust Here are some tips to achieve closeness to Allah (glorified and exalted be He):

(glorified and exalted be He):

1. Dua’a (Supplication)

(glorified and exalted be He): 1. Dua’a (Supplication) We forget that we need Allah’s with dunya

We forget that we need Allah’s

with dunya (this life) we often think we can do it on our own without His help. We have to

help and strength to guide us. When we get too caught up

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6StepstoGetYouClosertoAllah(SWT)­ProductiveMuslim.com know that nothing changes without the strength and power of

know that nothing changes without the strength and power of Allah

for His help, even if it is to get closer to Him, or become better at worshiping Him. We need to

seek refuge in Allah

productivity or even our lack of faith. We need to ask Allah

Straight Path. Allah

. We need to ask Him

need to ask Allah Straight Path. Allah . We need to ask Him in everything. It
need to ask Allah Straight Path. Allah . We need to ask Him in everything. It

in everything. It could be negative thoughts we have, our lack of

says in the Qur’an:

negative thoughts we have, our lack of says in the Qur’an: to help us and guide

to help us and guide us to the

”And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided”(2:186).

2. Stay Away from Poisons

You need to get any poisons out of your life. Poison has many forms. Fix your heart, by

staying away from anything that Allah

you sin and make you disappoint Allah

anything that Allah you sin and make you disappoint Allah doesn’t love. If you are around

doesn’t love. If you are around friends that make

, then you need to get them out of your life.

that make , then you need to get them out of your life. The Prophet Muhammad

The Prophet Muhammad

and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.” (Sahih Al-

said: “A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller

Bukhari)

3. Get to Know Allah [SWT] Through

His 99 Beautiful Names

3. Get to Know Allah [SWT] Through His 99 Beautiful Names How can you love Allah

How can you love Allah

fall in love with people as we get to know them more and realize that they have a lot of

beautiful qualities and characteristics. Of course Allah

know Him more. Wanting to get closer alone won’t do you any good without falling in love

with your Creator. Start with the name of Al-Wadud, the Ever-Loving. Allah’s

unconditional. He does not need or want anything from you in return. He loves you so He

keeps giving you even if you disobey Him. Ask Allah

He is the One who is closest to you (Qareeb). So ask Him to bring you closer to Him. Call on

and want to get closer to Him if you don’t know Him that well? We

to get closer to Him if you don’t know Him that well? We is above any

is above any analogy, but you need

know Him that well? We is above any analogy, but you need love for you is

love for you is

well? We is above any analogy, but you need love for you is with His 99

with His 99 Names.

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Him using the name Al-Wadud and ask Him to love you more and make you love Him more.

It’s as simple as that. We tend to overthink stuff and forget that if we seek refuge in Allah He will make everything easier on us.

,
,
seek refuge in Allah He will make everything easier on us. , Abu Huraira saying, ‘Allah
seek refuge in Allah He will make everything easier on us. , Abu Huraira saying, ‘Allah

Abu Huraira

saying, ‘Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.’ Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. ‘Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,’ and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

4. Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah

narrates that the Prophet

said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel

)
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Prophet said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel ) Remembering Allah engaging in dhikr

Remembering Allah

engaging in dhikr (remembrance) and tasbeeh (praise).

is essential in achieving closeness to Him. You can remember him by

Say Astaghfirullah a lot to erase your sins.

Say Alhamdulillah so Allah will give you more.

Look outside your window and say Subhan-Allah about His beautiful creations.

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window and say Subhan-Allah about His beautiful creations. 3 The most elegant form of remembering Allah

The most elegant form of remembering Allah

in between tasks like driving or walking, remember Allah

Islamic poetry that talk about Allah’s

of Allah

gathering of remembrance. The more you remember Allah

you. See what happens when you are sitting in a gathering that is filled with Allah’s remembrance.

is by looking at His creations. When you are

remembrance. is by looking at His creations. When you are . Listen to Islamic lectures or

. Listen to Islamic lectures or

His creations. When you are . Listen to Islamic lectures or glory. Surround yourself with people

glory. Surround yourself with people who remind you

or glory. Surround yourself with people who remind you . Attend halaqas or religious circles in

. Attend halaqas or religious circles in masjids or you can even create your own

religious circles in masjids or you can even create your own , the more He will

, the more He will remember

or you can even create your own , the more He will remember Allah’s Messenger [SAW]

Allah’s Messenger [SAW] said:

“Whenever some people gather in one of Allah’s houses (mosques) to recite the book of Allah and study it among themselves – then calmness (tranquility) descends upon them, the angels surround them, mercy covers them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with

Him.” (Sahih Muslim)

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5. Follow the Sunnah of Prophet

Muhammad

5. Follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad By following the Sunnah of our prophet the love
5. Follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad By following the Sunnah of our prophet the love
5. Follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad By following the Sunnah of our prophet the love

By following the Sunnah of our prophet

the love of Allah

you a better person. You will have better manners and ethics. Read more about the Prophet

; fall in love with your Messenger. After all, he was a mercy to all mankind. Allah says so inhave better manners and ethics. Read more about the Prophet we will gain the love of

we will gain the love of Allah

. When you gain

says so in we will gain the love of Allah . When you gain , you

, you will get closer to him. Following the sunnah of the Prophet makes

the Qu’ran:

“Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (3:31)”.

6. Stay Connected to the Qur’an

Reading or memorizing the Qur’an alone is not enough. Understand it and act upon it. Try your best to act the way we were asked to in the Qur’an. Strive for the best. Reflect on its meanings; it will give you answers to your daily life’s complications. When you read the Qur’an and understand it more you will be more likely to reach the level of ihsan. You will want to do

more likely to reach the level of ihsan. You will want to do everything right. In

everything right. In the form of a man, Gabriel/Jibreel

Prophet

“ihsan”, Prophet Muhammed

once entered a gathering where the

Prophet Muhammed once entered a gathering where the was sitting. One of the questions the angel

was sitting. One of the questions the angel asked was to elaborate on the term

said, “That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you “That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you

don’t see Him then truly He sees you.”(Bukhari and Muslim)

Wrapping It All Up

Be productive, seek knowledge and take action. The more you love Allah

will do to get closer to Him. The more you get closer to Him, the more He will get closer to

2 d the Qur’an and want to get

even closer to Him, the closer you will become to reaching the level of ihsan. When you reach

that level you will feel Allah’s

You will be productive because you won’t want to waste time without pleasing Allah

will be confident in anything that you do in your life, because you will have full trust in Allah

. May Allahdo in your life, because you will have full trust in Allah you. The more you

you. The more you will want to learn about the sunnah an

you. The more you will want to learn about the sunnah an , the more you

, the more you

love and you will be satisfied with everything He gives you.you will want to learn about the sunnah an , the more you . You guide

love and you will be satisfied with everything He gives you. . You guide us to

. You

you will be satisfied with everything He gives you. . You guide us to the path

guide us to the path that takes us closer to Him. Ameen.

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About the Author

Reham Ibrahim is of Egyptian origin, born in Kuwait, raised in both Kuwait and Canada and now lives in Houston, TX. She holds a BA from the American University of Kuwait in Advertising and is currently pursuing a Master’s certificate from the University of San Francisco in Internet Marketing. She has been passionate about volunteering and serving the community from a very young age. Currently, she serves as Senior Marketing Director at Amaanah Refugee services is also involved in MAS Houston chapter. Reham’s dream is to inspire the world and be the change she wants to see in the world by being a global person who is productive and kind.

world by being a global person who is productive and kind. About Abu Productive Abu Productive

Abu Productive is the nickname of the founder & CEO of

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productivity in the Ummah. Currently, he's authoring a book on Islam &

Productivity which will be released in the 2nd half of 2015 (click here to learn

more about the book)

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