Outcomes of the Spiritual Journey
It is clear that the ultimate aim of the spiritual journey is to get as close to Allah (SWT) as much as possible. However, the notion of closeness (qurb) to God may appear to some as abstract, especially for those who are not trained in philosophy. This paper attempts to shed light on the notion of closeness to Allah (SWT) by describing what happens to those who are undergoing the spiritual journey towards Him. All the ideas mentioned henceforth are derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah and therefore are hoped to be welcomed by all Muslims from different schools of Islam. Reflection on these outcomes can encourage everyone to embark on this journey and, if they have already done so, to continue following this luminous path. It can also serve as a test for the wayfarers to assess how much progress they have made. Insha-Allah, in an upcoming issue, we will study the notion of closeness to God as a subject on its own and explain what it means to become close to God (qarib) and who the muqarrabin (the people that are brought even closer) are.