I go to him at speed
I am as My servant thinks I am.
I am with him when he makes mention of Me.
If he makes mention of Me to himself,
I make mention of him to Myself;
and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly,
I make mention of him in an assembly better than it.
And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length,
I draw near to him a fathom’s length.
And if he comes to Me walking,
I go to him at speed.
~ The Prophet Muhammad (Hadith Qudsi)
The first time I ever heard this verse was when I was in my mother’s bedroom back home in Malaysia three years ago. There is a mosque just down the hill from my family home and I grew up listening to the Azan, the Islamic call to prayer recited by the muezzin five times a day. I listened as the familiar, melodious lilting prayer chanted in Arabic over the loudspeaker echoed to the skies at twilight.
The Imam then taught from the Quran. He had a kind, elderly voice which reverberated over the quiet town the age old message from Allah to man. That if I take one step towards God, He runs towards me! And right there where I was, those words reached out and embraced me.
Spoken since time immemorial, the message of the Universe, the Great Spirit, the Source and Life has remained unchanged. Sometimes it just takes a literal voice from the sky to remind us of such a gift.
God waits in eager anticipation of me.
*This photo was taken by my husband one evening in late summer when we lived in Afghanistan (2007-2009). This shot is of our son who was two at that time playing at the feet of one of his favourite companions, our house guard Sardar.
What a truly beautiful message and photo. Love to you and your little man ♥
A mother will always understand what it means to run towards her child. Much love to you and yours, my dear Meg.
I also deeply love and believe in these words.Thanx for such a beautiful uplifting reminder, that God is everywhere, and we just need to reach out a finger and he will embrace us with divine love.Thanx Dear Sharon, Blessings….
I have since learnt so much more about the compassion of God from the Quran and it amazes me, renews me and strengthens me. Since becoming a mother, it has helped me understand the depth of what we call love and how much more Divine love. Thank you for being a blessing to me too.
Very uplifting words about a universal Presence, and you are right that we need the literal voices of those around us to hear it.
Dear Mark, a warm welcome here and thank you for stopping by. Sometimes God speaks to us through mysterious, wondrous, most unexpected ways. We just need to open our eyes to see and our ears to hear. I most appreciate your feedback. Sharon
Once again, my friend, you fill my heart beyond capacity with your gracious, loving wisdom. If i walk towards God, he runs towards me. All we ever need to feel the presence of Source is to ask for it. That wisdom comes in many forms, many paths, one truth. Hugs and blessings, dear one.
As always my dear Angela, your message means so much to me. One truth. Always has been that one divine truth. May we all rest in that loving presence every passing minute. I wish you such a restful, renewing weekend. Can you give an extra tight hug to Sydney for me! And one for you too 😀 Shaz
Thanks for this amazing uplifting post !
My dear Mehmudah, my life has been enriched a thousand times over from the many Muslim friends I’ve had since I was a child. I cannot tell you how much these kind folks have been such a big part of my life and have poured so much into my life asking nothing in return. The lives they lead is a sure testament of a living faith fueled by a love for the Divine. Heartfelt greetings to you, Sharon.
Sharon I admire the humility and the unbias with which you say this. Alhamdulillah! (ie: all praise is for Allah). Hugs.
Sharon-This post touched me deeply. The photo is absolutely beautiful. Many blessings to you and your family.-Julie
I am deeply touch reading this. Thank you.
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Beautiful and true, but so easy to forget in difficult times.