The female questioner asks: Who are the people of Allaah and those closest to Him, and how can a person be from them as occurs in the hadeeth of the Messenger ( sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)?
The hadeeth was transmitted from Anas Ibn Maalik (radiyallaahu-anhu) by Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) and Imaam Ibn Maajah (rahimahullaah) and it is an authentic hadeeth. The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: Allaah has His own people among mankind.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Who are they? He said: The people of the Qur’aan, the people of Allaah and those are closest to Him. [Sunan Ibn Maajah Hadeeth Number 215 and Musnad Ahmad hadeeth number 11870. And declared Saheeh by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah)]
The people of the Qur’aan are those who recite the Book of Allaah (i.e. the Qur’aan); act upon it and implement it in their lives. They fulfill what Allaah has commanded in it (i.e. the Qur’aan) and keep away from what it He has forbidden. These are Allaah’s people and His Awliyaa (close friends). They are the pious believers who fear Allaah, just as Allaah (The Most High) stated: 10:63
أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ
No doubt! Verily, the Auliya’ of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve, -Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds). [10:62-63]
We ask Allaah to include us amongst the people of the Qur’aan and those closest to Him.
[Source: Fadaa’il Al-A’maal’ page 11…by Shaikh Muhammad Bin Abdillaah As-Subayyil (rahimahullaah)]