Abid (worshiper) – Who Qualifies?

Allah-azwj Says a believer becomes ‘Abid’ (worshiper), when seven characteristics are gathered in him –  cutting-off from the Prohibitions, silence restraining him from what does not concern him, and fear increasing his crying every day, and modesty embarrassing him from Me-azwj during the isolation, and he eats what there is no escape from, and he hates the world due to My-azwj Hatred for it, and he loves the good people due to My-azwj Love for them.

يَا أَحْمَدُ هَلْ تَدْرِي مَتَى تَكُونُ الْعَبْدُ عَابِداً

O Ahmad-saww! Do you-saww know when the servant becomes a worshipper?’

قَالَ لَا يَا رَبِّ

He-saww said: ‘No, O Lord-azwj!’

قَالَ إِذَا اجْتَمَعَ فِيهِ سَبْعُ خِصَالٍ وَرَعٌ يَحْجُزُهُ عَنِ الْمَحَارِمِ وَ صَمْتٌ يَكُفُّهُ عَمَّا لَا يَعْنِيهِ وَ خَوْفٌ يَزْدَادُ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ مِنْ بُكَائِهِ وَ حَيَاءٌ يَسْتَحْيِي مِنِّي فِي الْخَلَاءِ وَ أَكْلُ مَا لَا بُدَّ مِنْهُ وَ يُبْغِضُ الدُّنْيَا لِبُغْضِي لَهَا وَ يُحِبُّ الْأَخْيَارَ لِحُبِّي إِيَّاهُمْ-

He-azwj Said: “When seven characteristics are gathered in him – devoutness cutting him off from the Prohibitions, and silence restraining him from what does not concern him, and fear increasing his crying every day, and modesty embarrassing him from Me-azwj during the isolation, and he eats what there is no escape from, and he hates the world due to My-azwj Hatred for it, and he loves the good people due to My-azwj Love for them.[1] (An extract)

 [1] Bihar Al-Anwaar, vol. 74