The Excellence of Drawing Close to Allah

The hadith qudsi mentions, “Whosoever draws close to me by a hand-span length I draw closer to him by a cubit. Whoever draws closer to me by a cubit, I draw closer to him by a fathom. Whoever comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (Bukhari) The narration of Ahmad adds, “And Allah is more exalted and greater; Allah is more exalted and greater.” (Ahmad) Another hadith in Ahmad has that Allah, Mighty and Magnificent says, “Son of Adam, stand before me and I will walk to you. Walk towards Me and I will run towards you.” (Ahmad)

Whoever runs towards Us,
We receive him willingly from afar
Whoever desires what We want,
We desire what he wants
Whoever asks of Us
We shall grant him more and more again
Whoever works seeking Our aid,
We will make soft for him iron.

O man! Were you to go to the door of the governor, he would not receive you or give you any attention, perhaps he will even prevent you from getting near him. But the King of kings is saying, “‘Whoever comes me walking, I will go to him running,” yet you turn away from Him and run after another! You have been cheated in the worst of manners and you have lost out in the severest of ways!

By Allah, I have never come to visit you
Except that I found the earth compacting for me,
And never have I resolved to leave your door
Except that I tripped over my own garments!

O you who desire to meet Him, the path has been made clear so why the tarrying and holding back?

“Can there be doubt concerning Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? He calls you that He may forgive you your sins.” (Surah Ibrahim 14:10) “O our people! Respond to Allah’s summoner…” (al-Ahqaf 46:31)

O soul, woe to You!
Guidance has come to you,
Answer it! Here is the caller of Allah summoning you,
Many-a-time are you called to guidance yet turn away do you,
But answer do you the caller to misguidance 
When he calls you!

The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 67-69