Questions: How do we know somebody is close to Allah so that i can take him as a mentor, a guidance?
A: They are absolutely detached from this world, the gaze of their hearts is upon Allah subhanahuwata’ala and they are ready for death. The sign is that they live life without fear and without sorrow. Their fear of Allah is not being able to perceive the fear of Allah. The people who are close to Allah subhanahuwata’ala are those who when you see them, they remind you of Allah subhanahuwata’ala and of the Prophet salAllahualayhiwassalam, not only in their words but also in their character.
When Allah loves you, Allah will guide you to the people who will bring you close to Allah.
1) Emptying the heart from anyone and anything other than Him. That is why Allah sometimes puts you away from everything in order to bring you to intimacy with Him.
2) The perfection of your Ma’rifat, knowledge of Allah through Allah. Knowledge of Allah that comes from what He created is going to be limited. Ma’rifat, that is knowledge that comes from Allah, is unlimited. The closest we can get to Ma’rifat is reading what is in the Quran and studying what it means
Answer by Shaykh Muhammad Mendes
From To Love God is to know Him, organized by Sout Ilaahi Groups