In a dream Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal rahimahullāh asked Allah Ta’ala to inform him of a way in which he could gain the Proximity of Allah. Allah Ta’ala replied: “By Tilawat of the Qur’an.”

Imaam Hambal then asked: “With or without understanding?”

Allah Ta’ala replied: “With or without understanding.”

 

[Malfoothaat - by Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahimahullāh]