1. Company of the People of Allah.
2. Perpetual remembrance of Allah.
3. Protecting onesâ€™ self from sin.
4. Distancing oneâ€™s self from the impetus of sin.
5. Persistence in following the Sunnah.
By the blessing of practicing these five principles, Insha Allah, one will acquire, retain, and advance their connection with Allah.
The Bounty of Becoming a Friend of Allah Taâ€™ala
Hazrat Mawlana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (Damat Barakatuhum) commenced his discourse by relating a recent incident of a scholar who came from Rangoon which is located in Burma. Hazrat Wala (DB) said: â€œHe came from Burma, Rangoon, from a lengthy distance. This is the real thirst. All of you people live in Karachi and deem it difficult to come here. Where is Rangoon and where is Karachi? Rangoon is in Burma.â€ In other words, look at the distance between Rangoon and Karachi.
â€œIs attaining the friendship of Allah an ordinary gift? If one has a connection with an ordinary police inspector as compared to a senior officer, then people proudly boast about the connection they share with such and such person. Then what would one say about a person who has a connection with Allah Taâ€™ala? Who is greater than Allah? No one is greater than Allah, He is the Greatest. In turn, a connection with Allah Taâ€™ala is the greatest gift, but to attain a connection with Allah Taâ€™ala one must have Taqwa.â€
Allah Taâ€™ala has said, â€œNone is My friend except those who are muttaqi (God-fearing),â€ those who are fearful of Allah Taâ€™ala and protect themselves from all sins. This is why it is very important to leave sin. Leaving sin is the base of attaining the friendship of Allah. If one does not leave sin, then one will be stuck in a state of sinning until one dies, and will face Allah Taâ€™ala in that state, as a sinner.
Therefore my friends fear Allah. While fearing Allah do not displease Allah regardless of how much struggle one may have to endure. Do not displease Allah Taâ€™ala even for a single moment whether the nature of the sin is minor or major. Allah Taâ€™ala is the Greatest, a minor sin is also considered a grave sin to the One that is the Greatest