Hadith on Protector: The Love of Allah for Those Who Draw Near

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 6502
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.”

  • This hadith, recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari, is a saying of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in which he relays a statement from Allah. The hadith highlights the virtues of performing voluntary good deeds (nawafil) and being kind to pious worshippers, and it warns against showing hostility towards them. The statement of Allah in this hadith states that Allah will declare war against anyone who shows hostility towards a pious worshipper. The term “war” in this context refers to divine punishment and retribution, which can take many forms, including spiritual, physical, or social. The hadith goes on to mention that the most beloved actions to Allah are those that He has enjoined upon us, such as performing the obligatory prayers, fasting, and giving charity. However, Allah also loves when we perform voluntary acts of worship, such as additional prayers, acts of kindness, and other good deeds. The hadith further explains that the closer a believer gets to Allah through voluntary good deeds, the more beloved they become to Him. This love and closeness can become so profound that Allah becomes their senses, guiding their actions, and protecting them from harm.

In conclusion, this hadith highlights the importance of being kind to pious worshippers and performing voluntary good deeds. It also emphasizes the reward and blessings that come from striving to please Allah through performing good deeds, and it warns against showing hostility towards those who are beloved to Allah.