The Remembrance of Allah s.w.t.

Therefore remember Me, I will remember you,
and be grateful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me.
[Al-Baqarah 2:152]

“Therefore remember Me, I will remember you.”

There is a beautiful relationship that is being described here. We remember important people most of our time, we make mention of them in our conversations. Sometimes we talk about politicians, artists, or our CEOs – but they don’t remember you. They’re too big and too busy, or they even don’t care or want to know about you.

But who is more important, more akbar, than Allah s.w.t.? The Rabb of the worlds is giving you an amazing honor: that you remembering Him, and as a result, He will remember you ❤

Allah s.w.t. said:

“If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself;
and if he remembers Me in a group of people,
I remember him in a group that is better than them…” [1]

One of the best ways to remember Allah s.w.t. is to sit in a gathering in which Allah s.w.t. is remembered, such as ilm classes, for Allah s.w.t. loves and praises His slaves who attend such gatherings. In a famous hadith, Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said that Allah s.w.t. has teams of angels who go about on the roads seeking those who remember Allah. At the end of the hadith, Allah s.w.t. says to the angels,

“I call you to witness that I hereby grant pardon to them and confer upon them what they ask for; and grant them protection against what they seek protection from.” [2]

Another beautiful hadith describes 3 people who came to Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, who was sitting in the mosque with his Companions. Two of them stepped closer, but the third went away. One of the two men found a space in the circle and he filled it, while the other sat behind him. Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said,

“Shall I not inform you about these 3 people?
One of them sought refuge with Allah and Allah gave him refuge;
the second one felt shy and Allah showed kindness to his shyness
(and so he was accommodated in that meeting),
and the last one averted, and so Allah turned away His Attention from him.” [3]

In another beautiful hadith, Mu’awiyah r.a. said that Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam went to a circle of his Companions and asked them, ‘What has made you sit there?’ When they replied that they are sitting together to remember Allah, to praise Him for guiding them to Islam, and bestowing favours on them, he sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, “I adjure you by Allah to tell me that nothing else has made you sit together.” When they replied that indeed there was no other purpose, he sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said,

“I did not adjure you because I suspected you, but Jibril came to me and told me
that Allah was talking proudly of you to the angels.” [4]

When our parents say that they are proud of our accomplishment, we feel tremendously happy and exalted for making them proud. But when Allah s.w.t. says that He is proud of YOU …then, that is something far greater, far higher, on a much different level.

Subhanallah.

My dear brother and sisters in Islam, this is an advice for myself foremost, and then to you, to always find the time to attend (authentic) ilm classes, or to be in a gathering of scholars and righteous people who remind you of Allah s.w.t. If we could make time for hanging out with friends or go shopping, why can’t we make time to seek what is far more beneficial and far more greater than all of that? Don’t we want Allah s.w.t. to remember us, to pardon us, to give us what we ask, to grant us protection?

Don’t we wish that the Rabb of the heavens and earth, and everything in between,
is proud of us too?

And indeed, nothing gives us calmness of the heart than the remembrance of Allah s.w.t. Allah s.w.t. says:

Those who believed, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah,
verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. [Ar-Ra’ad 13:28]

May Allah s.w.t. makes us of those who always remember Him sincerely.
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🖊 References:
[1] Bukhari
[2] Bukhari & Muslim 
[3] Bukhari & Muslim 
[4] Muslim

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