7 tips for building a connection with Allah

Building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is something it takes many of us years to accomplish. It’s our why. Why do we make an effort with our ibaadat – because we are commanded to but also to maintain that connection with Allah swt. when you identify as a Muslim you are entering into an agreement with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). You agree to abide by His laws and submit to them.

So how can we build a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

Check yourself!

How are you living your life? Are you trying to be a better person?Are you trying to give up any sins?  Change starts with us.  Are you pouring all your effort in to gaining closeness and building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)? If you want to develop a relationship you must first work on yourself. Are you ready to put the hard work needed in?

Are you kind to others and remembering their rights upon you? Do others want to be round you? When we do good to others it makes us feel better. We feel happier when we give rather than take. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) tells us that giving gifts brings hearts together. Being a Muslim should be reflected in your demeanor, in the way you behave with others around you and in the advice you give. You act as an ambassador of Islam when you are around others.

 

Intention

This is important in building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). When we want to build a connection with anyone we have to invest time and effort. If you want to get closer to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) make the intention – this strengthens your resolve. This is going to be a game changer so invest in your relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)! Write it down somewhere and look at it daily. Don’t forget to ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for His help and guidance in getting to know Him, without it we can’t achieve anything.

 

Prioritise

When you want to build a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) you need to prioritize that. It has to come first. Block out chunks of your time for learning about Allah swt. Give up anything that wastes your time and dedicate yourself to this journey in learning. Invest in a pretty notebook that you use to document your journey in building your connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Write down whatever you learn or anything that stands out.

 

Know Allah

Building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) involves knowing His Names and Attributes. Once you reflect on these you will realize the majesty of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). One of the Names of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is Ar-Rahman – the Most Beneficent.  But that’s not the end of it! What does Ar-Rahman mean? It means Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Love, Mercy and Care is extreme. It’s beyond what we can imagine. It is also immediate: we don’t have to wait for it, it’s happening right now. Finally, Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) ‘s Love and Mercy won’t go away until we actively do something to remove it. It won’t be Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) removing it (taken from NAK lecture).

And that’s just one name! There are 99 names of Allah swt to learn and reflect upon. I promise once you start thinking about these Names and pondering on them you will the love for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) increase and building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will become easier. After all, how can you not feel connected to the One who loves you so deeply?!

 

Acts of ibadat

The more acts of worship/ibadat you do for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to please Him the closer you will come to your Lord. Not neglecting acts of worship such as your athkar (daily supplications) and dhkir (remembrance of Allah)  are just as important as salaat and reading the Qur’an.

When you do your daily athkar you increase your gratitude for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) because you remember all the blessings that have been thrust upon you. Blessings have been given to you without you even asking! I like to keep track of my daily ibaadat using my Islamic planner. You also protect yourself from evil and the whispering of shaytaan. This keeps you feeling connected throughout the day especially if you do it mindfully – paying attention to being in the moment as opposed to being distracted with other thoughts.

Dhikr helps you to remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) all day long. The beautiful thing about dhikr is you can do it almost anywhere and whilst doing almost anything. Every act should have the intention of pleasing Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and should begin with bismilah. You can remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) whilst cleaning or cooking, whilst travelling to work or picking the kids up from school.

It’s important to note that anything done for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) like cleaning or ironing your kids clothes can be an act of ibadat. If your intention is to please Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and protect [by caring for] His amanah (like children) then it’s an act of ibadat!

 

The seerah

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) created His messenger Muhammad [saws] as the most perfect of men. He [saws] was still a man and the wisdom behind that is he [saws] was capable of feeling all the same emotions as us. Many of us will face similar challenges to him and we have been given a beautiful role-model in our prophet [saws]. We can know Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) through His messenger [saws] because he acted in accordance with the wishes of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Prophet Muhammad [saws] also revealed many things about Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) that isn’t in the Qur’an. Anything he taught was not from himself but from revelation sent by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

 

Gatherings

Surrounding yourself with those that remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is another way of building a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). The angels come down to listen when Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is remembered in a gathering. Good Muslim friends therefore, is a must. Because people can impact us and have an influence us you want to be around those that are a positive influence and call you to do good and not bad.

“The Messenger ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend, is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Your gathering can be study circles, social media groups or even meeting up with friends to reflect and ponder on Islam and calling others to be grateful. Shaytaan attacks us when we are alone and tries to lower our eeman. It’s normal for our eeman to fluctuate but this is why it is so important to have strategies in place to combat our low times. With the rise of social media you don’t even have to leave the house to have a gathering!

 

In sha Allah I hope this post has helped you in building a connection with Allah. It does get easier I promise, all you have to do is stick to these tips and you’ll feel that connection in sha Allah before you know it. If this post has been helpful then please feel free to share it with others it may help. What do you to maintain your connection with Allah? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below

 

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