The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam narrated this duaa:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ
Allahumma Innī As’aluka Ladhdhata an-Naẓari ilā Wajhika wash Shawqa ilā Liqā’ik
O Allah, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Countenance and the eagerness of meeting You.
Recorded by Nasa’i authenticated by sheikh albani.
Points of Benefit
By asking Allah azza wa jal for the opportunity to see Him, we are indirectly also asking for Jannah. The scholars state that one of the worst punishments of the people of Hell-Fire is being abandoned by Allah ta’ala and not being able to see Him.Many times when we think of Jannah, we think of the mansions, the rivers, the hoor, the fruits, golden goblets and cups, but we forget that having the opportunity to see Allah azza wa jal is greater than all of these bounties. Allah azza wa jal praises the believers for worshipping Him “bil ghayb”, in the unseen, and in the aakhirah Allah will reward them for this with seeing Him.The believers will enjoy seeing Allah azza wa jal and it will be the most beloved thing they will receive in Jannah. May Allah make you and I among them.The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam told us in many narrations that the Believers will see Allah ta’ala with their own eyes as clearly as they can see the sun and moon.
Abu Hurayrah mentioned that some people said, “O Messenger of Allah! Will we see our Lord on the Day of Judgment?” The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Are you harmed by seeing the sun and the moon when there are no clouds beneath them?” They replied, “No.” The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam then said, “Then you will surely see your Lord like that.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
In another hadeeth, Jabir radi Allahu anhu narrated, “The Messenger of Allah looked at the moon on a night when it was full, and he said, Verily, you will see your Lord just as you see this moon! So if you are able to avoid missing a prayer before the rising of the sun (Fajr prayer) or before its setting (Asr prayer) then do so. [Bukhari and Muslim]
Wanting to meet Allah does not mean you don’t fear death. The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him and whoever hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him”. ‘Aisha, or some of the wives of the Prophet said, “But we dislike death.” He said: It is not like this, but it is meant that when the time of the death of a believer approaches, he receives the good news of Allah’s pleasure with him and His blessings upon him, and so at that time nothing is dearer to him than what is in front of him. He therefore loves the meeting with Allah, and Allah loves the meeting with him. But when the time of the death of a disbeliever approaches, he receives the evil news of Allah’s torment and His Requital, whereupon nothing is more hateful to him than what is before him. Therefore, he hates the meeting with Allah, and Allah too, hates the meeting with him.” [Saheeh Bukhari]