in the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
This is one of my favorite hadith… Subhan’Allah we have to start living by it…
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah says, ‘I am in accordance with the thoughts of My slave about Me; and I am with him, when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My heart. If he remembers Me in a group, I remember him in a better group (i.e. angels). If he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by a cubit. If he draws near Me by a cubit, I draw near him by the space covered by outstretched arms. If he walks towards Me, I go to him running.’” [Sahih Bukhari]
This hadith shows how willing and eager Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is to befriend us and draw close to us. Anybody who sincerely wants Allah in his/her life will find Him. It cannot be that a person is sincere in their search but are not guided to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). The case of Salman Farsi is a perfect example of how the search for truth brought him to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). It is said about him that even if Islam were to be found on the moon, he would have made his way to it. Allah has His own ways of bringing people to that which they seek. Nobody is left helpless in their search. If they are confused, it is only because they wish to remain so.
[http://dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com/#] This is a great website that has many hadith with beautiful explanations, such as the one above.
This life is entirely too short for us to waste it in darkness. Every human being owes it to themselves to at least search for “the truth”. The above hadith essentially tells us that God is waiting for us with open hands. If we sincerely pray for guidance with an open heart, God will guide us. If we read the Quran in hopes of finding guidance, we will surely find it.
This is also why it is very important to hang out with people that remind us of our purpose in this world. Just imagine that every time we mention God in a group, He mentions our name with a group of angels. If we decide to give up something we love for the sake of Allah, He will bring us closer Him and fill our hearts with satisfaction. It is important to remember that Allah is the one that gives you satisfaction or discomfort and that pleasing Him is the best way to attain those things. Doing things to attain that satisfaction through means which are unlawful in the eyes if God will never lead to lasting satisfaction.
May Allah guide us and our loved ones.