Ibn Abu Al-Hawari, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

Abu Sulaiman Ad-Daraani, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked while I was present: What is it that brings [a person] closest to Allah?

So he cried and said:

Who am I to be asked this?

[Then he said:]

That which brings [a person] closest to Allah is that He looks into your heart and [sees that] you do not want from the life and the hereafter except Him. [1]


[1] Rawdat al-Muhibbeen by ibn al-Qayyim; Hilyat al-Awliyaa by Abu Nu’aiym al-Asbahaani

قال ابن أبي الحواري رحمه الله تعالى: سئل أبو سليمان الداراني رحمه الله وأنا حاضر: ما أقرب ما يتقرب به إلى الله عز و جل؟ فبكى ثم قال: مثلي يسأل عن هذا. أقرب ما يتقرب به إليه أن يطلع على قلبك وأنت لا تريد من الدنيا والآخرة إلا هو.ـ