How To Attain Closeness With Allah – Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (May Allah preserve him upon good).
Question: How do we gain closeness and nearness to Allah; along with establishing Eemaan in our hearts?
Answer: “It is necessary upon you to firstly study Aqeedah (creed). It is a must that you study Aqeedah and that you know Allah by His Names and Attributes. This is from what establishes the heart upon knowing Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, and upon Eemaan. Knowing Allah by His Names and Attributes, and knowing the Sunnah of the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him). You are be aware of this knowledge.
It is a must that you are present in the lessons of knowledge. It’s necessary that you attend the lessons of knowledge and be consistent upon this. Indeed, the lessons of knowledge give life to the heart; they resurrect the heart. They keep the individual firm during trials. You will learn how to plant your feet firmly when there are tremors and quakes. You will see that a lot of the people in world are destroyed due to trials.
It’s a must that the Muslim is upon insight and clear knowledge in regards to opinions about his affair. It’s necessary that he acquires knowledge. It’s a must that he firstly understands Allah by His Names and Attributes. He must memorize what he capable of from Al-Qur’aan. He studies the Sunnah of the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him). He must learn Salaah (prayer), Siyaam (fasting), how to perform Hajj (pilgrimage), how to pay Zakaah (charity) from his wealth. He must know what is Waajib (obligatory) upon him.
It’s a must that he understands his Deen (way of life/Islaam). He must study Manhaj (methodology) of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah (the people of the way of the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) and the Unified Saved Group), until his affair affair becomes clear and distinguished. May Allah bless you.”
Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb (January 16th., 2014).