أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
We muslims do recognize Allah Azzawajal without which we wont call ourselves as muslims. We know without doubt that that He SWT created us and He SWT is the one sustaining us and we do bear witness to all His SWT attributes He SWT describes about Himself in His SWT kalam. We bear witness to His SWT Messengers, His SWT Angels, His SWT Books, the Day of Judgement when we will be gathered to account for whatever we do on the face of earth be it good or bad and we also bear witness in His SWT destiny that all good and bad can come only by His SWT permission by His SWT wisdom and justice.
Same was witnessed by our pious predecessors, the first of them being the Prophets and Messengers of Allah SWT (Peace be on all of them), then their closed followers. We too call ourselves the followers of the beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, who excelled in every good quality a man can possess by the mercy of Allah SWT towards mankind to set him SAW as an example not just for those who were in his SAW presence but for the entire mankind till the world exists be it in the level of individual with excellent moral qualities, be it a family man, a friend, a leader, a commander of an army and in every single aspect of life which the mankind has to face and live. The difference is huge in every aspect of life in quality between those muslims who were present in times of Prophet SAW and muslims of today be it life as a individuals, family life, social life or economic or whatever.
One thing we know for sure is that the good can come only from Allah SWT be it anything. All those good qualities our pious predecessors possessed came only from Allah SWT. They were more sincere, more pious, more honest, more brave that they faced the armies of Rome and Persia which were like sea before them and gained victory over them, they were more content, more peaceful, more patient, more loving and kind to fellow muslims, more just to mankind that brought many to islam and above all very swift when it comes to obedience of Allah SWT that they threw even their lives in path of Allah SWT willingly and happily to fulfil His SWT command and to gain His SWT pleasure . All these qualities came from Allah SWT and its the same Allah SWT, the giver of victory who is present today for He SWT is the ever-living, the eternal. Then why is the difference between us and them? This was the question I have asked many times to myself whenever I read about the beloved companians RA or other pious muslims who came after them. The answer lies in this word ‘the talluq of Allah SWT‘, the relationship or contact with Allah SWT.
The Prophets and Messengers (peace be on all of them) possessed the best qualities that no ordinary man can take up their position and they were the best for they were the men of Allah SWT. In short, they had the strongest contact of Allah SWT and to them Allah SWT gave wisdom, knowledge and purified them from all the evil characteristics a man can possess and blessed them with all the excellent qualities that a man can possess so they can be set as an example for mankind. It is through the Prophets of Allah SWT that mankind can get closer to Allah SWT for they teach them the knowledge and wisdom they got from Allah SWT and purify them. So the companians possessed all the great qualities through the best of the Prophets, our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW who guided them, corrected them and purified their souls from the lowly desires and diseases of heart and thus they turned to be men and women of great qualities and they will remain so till the end of the world. The next best were those who followed the companians and the next best were those who came after them.
Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting unto them His verses and purifying them and instructing them the Book and Al-Hikmah, while before that they had been in manifest error. (Aal-e-Imran, Chapter 3, Verse 164, Al-Quran)
Thus we see that its through obtaining knowledge, wisdom and acting on it and purifying our souls will get us the firm talluq of Allah SWT which will help us excel in every aspects of our lives like our pious predecessors and ultimately achieve the greatest victory, the Jannah, the eternal bliss. So its not just the recognition of Allah SWT that we muslims have today but its the strong talluq of Allah SWT which will make us shine in both the worlds bringing us out of life of distress and misery and lead us to the path of victory. Yes, the difference between our pious predecessors and us is that they had strong talluq of Allah SWT and we have a very weak talluq with our Rabb.