I feel fortunate and blessed to have experienced the company of pious people since my childhood. Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Pholpori Sb RA who was a learned alim and a devoted dicsiple of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi Sb RA used to say that the greatest gift from Allah SWT after Imaan is the company of His pious people.
May Allah guide us all towards His love and help us find the company of the pious souls, whom Allah swt loves.
As soon as a person turns towards Allah taala and commits himself/herself to His wishes, Allah taala takes his/her hand and steers him/ her through the thick and thin of their lives. It is that Divine Pull which saves the person from all the evil attractions of the world.
The creator of the gravitational pull knows very well when His servants and lovers are in need of His help. And does not leave him/her alone. The feelings are overwhelming yet discrete.
My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb RA used to stress that a person, trying to practice deen, faces opposition from three quarters; his own self (nafs), Satan, and the society. Together, they employ every possible means to drag a person off-track.
The pull force of this private connection with Allah swt is so strong that it gives the person strength to turn down the demands of Satan, our own nafs, and all evils of the society together. It is a connection similar to the one mentioned about AshaabKahf وربطنا على قلوبهم.
He is very near and ready to pull. Let’s grab the chance!
Allah Taala has bestowed His blessings and gifts to each one of us. These worldly gifts are, no doubt, a source of temporary pleasure and joy. But we can turn this into real happiness and success only if He is with us and only if He is on our side. This companionship with Allah Taala is something which we can find in the gatherings of His pious people, the people who have already become His companion.
Quran has also explained this companionship and how to attain it in the following verse
The God-fearing people are the pious people who do not displease their Lord in the fear of loosing their real Love.
In order to attain this companionship, a person should regularly visit pious people and take their suggestions on how to get cured of a particular spiritual condition and start performing following tasks:
First, start making duas. A lot of duas! 10 mins, 15 mins, 20 mins, 30 mins, whatever one can afford everyday. Don’t shy discussing anything with Allah taala and then request His guidance and intervention. My shaikh Hazrat Hakim Akhtar sb RA used to say that worldly affluent people become frustrated when a needy comes to them repeatedly, but Allah Taala is so loving and caring that He becomes displeased when a person does not supplicate Him. ادْعُوْنِیْۤ اَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ
Second, make strongest intention and promise with Allah taala that I will avoid sins, come-what-may! This will help us in offering prayers even at our workplaces, observing hijab, return of inheritance to sisters and other siblings, wearing a beard, abstaining evil glances, avoiding back-biting, throwing away illicit relationships, offering obligatory hajj, avoiding drugs and alcohol, etc. The strongest intention is what results in Devine intervention.( وَیَہۡدِیۡۤ اِلَیۡہِ مَنۡ یُّنِیۡبُ )
Third, despite all efforts, in case of indulgence in a sin (due to human weakness), upon realization, start repenting and start doing Istaghfaar without wasting a moment. اِنَّ اللہَ یُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِیۡنَ. After repentance the person will not only be forgiven, rather Allah swt will start loving him/her. And his misdeeds will be washed away as a hadith of Rasoolullah ﷺ is reported that التَّائِبُ مِنْ الذَّنْبِ كَمَنْ لَا ذَنْبَ لَهُ which means that a persons who repents is just like the one who has not committed the sin.
Fourth, start doing zikr, remembering Allah swt every day, which includes zikr, duas for every occasion, Quran recitation,
Inshallah, the person following above will start feeling Allah taala’s companionship and soon will start a new life where it will become difficult for him/her to displease Him.