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وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَهِ


Walladheena Aamanoo Ashaddu Hubbal Lillah

And those who believe are strongest in love of Allah

(Surah Baqarah  - part of verse 165)



What is Love?

Imâm-i Ghazâlî states:

Love is the heart’s inclination toward what it derives pleasure from. If this inclination is intense, it is termed ‘ashq (ecstatic love).




Love of Allah is the basis of worship that should be directed to Him alone. Any other love should be for his sake too.


The real love of Allah is to do whatever He ordained and to abandon whatever He forbade, in addition to following Rasulullah ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ)’s Sunnah.


Whoever obeys someone or something other than Allah and His Messenger ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ), or follows any saying other than theirs, or fears other than Allah or seeks the pleasure of other than Allah, or puts his trust in other than Him, does not love Allah, nor does he love His Messenger ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ)



Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak recited:


You disobey Allah,

and yet you still claim to love Him.

By Allah, such behaviour is disgusting, by any standard!

You would have obeyed Him had your love been true.

For the lover is always obedient to the Beloved!

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The Nature & Causes of Love


Allah Ta’ala says:

"He (Allah Ta'ala) loves them and they love Him"
"Those who have Eimaan are strongest in love for Allah."

Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

"He who loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him. And, he who detests the meeting with Allah, Allah detests meeting him."

The Nature Of Muhabbat

The inclining of the heart towards something which gives it pleasure is called Muhabbat (love). Muhabbat consists of two kinds:


Muhabbat-e-Tab'ee (physical love) and Muhabbat-e-Aqlee (intellectual love).


Muhabbat-e-Tab'ee is not a voluntary or volitional condition. Its occurrence and endurance are non-volitional. Sometimes non-volitional acts are not lasting and are merely transitory. It is for this reason that Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee is not commanded. On the contrary, the origination and endurance of Muhabbat-e-Aqlee are volitional. It is, therefore a state which can endure. Muhabbat -e-Aqlee is thus commanded. It is this kind of Love which is superior and preferable. Since the source of physical love is emotion, it is a passing state.

The Causes Of Muhabbat

There are three factors giving rise to Muhabbat;

Ihsaan (Kindness and favour). Ihsaan shown gives rise to muhabbat.

2.  Jamaal (Beauty). Beauty brings about attraction which gives rise to Muhabbat.

3.  Kamaal (Perfection). Perfection in a thing also induces muhabbat.

These three attributes par excellence exist in only Allah Ta'aalaa. The Muhabbat endures as long as these attributes endure. In so far as the Object of True Love (Allah Ta'aalaa) is concerned, these attributes are eternal. They will endure forever, hence love for Him is perpetual. Since, the existence of attributes in the state of perfection is not found independently (biz-zaat) in any being other than Allah Ta'aalaa, the Kaamileen (the Saints who have attained spiritual perfection) cannot have Muhabbat-e-Aqlee (Intellectual Love for anyone besides Allah Ta'aalaa. Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee (physical love) is possible with others, but the love which has been commanded for Allah Ta'aalaa is Muhabbat-e-Aqlee. The terminology of the Qur’aan and Hadith describes this form of love as Hubb. This should not be understood to mean that the Kaamileen are devoid of Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee. However, in them (the Kaamileen), Muhabbat-e-Aqlee is dominant. At times Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee in the Kaamileen exceeds the love in those in whom Muhabbat Tab’ee is dominant, but Muhabbat-e-Aqlee remains dominant Inspite of this comparative higher degree of Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee. At times, Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee becomes dominant in even the Kaamileen, but this is not frequent.

In short, the Kaamileen are perfect in both Muhabbat-e-Aqlee and Muhabbat-e-Tab’e, the former being dominant while in others, Muhabbat-e-Tab’ee (physical love) is dominant. Although this attribute of excellence (in the kaamileen) is not a goal in itself, it nevertheless is praiseworthy. Those devoid of both these aspects of love are in danger. Muhabbat is thus essential. Obedience without muhabbat is not sufficient since there is no resolution and firmness in such acts of obedience devoid of love.

Aquiring The Muhabbat Of Allah

Constant remembrance and contemplation of the Attributes and Bounties of Allah Ta'aalaa will induce the desired Muhabbat for Him. Compliance with the Laws of the Shari'at and much Zikr of Allah expel the love of others from the heart, making way for the exclusive Love of Allah Ta'aalaa.


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The Ranks of Love

The scholars have mentioned that love has ten ranks:

(1) Connection ('alaaqa). This rank was named as such because of the heart attaching itself to the Beloved.

(2) Desire (iraada). This is the inclination of the heart to its Beloved and its pursuit of Him.

(3) Ardent love (sabaaba). This is due to the flowing (insibaab) of the heart's love with the Beloved in a manner of which its owner has no control, just as water flows down a slope.

(4) Infatuation (gharaam). This is the love that is fixed within the heart and inseparable from it - it's attachment to the heart is like a creditor's (ghareem) attachment to the one in debt (also called ghareem).

(5) Affectionate love (widaad). This is the pure unadulterated love and its core.

(6) Enamoured love (shaghaf). This is when love reaches the inner fortifications of the heart. Imaam al-Junayd رحمه الله said: "Enamoured love is when the lover sees no sterness (from his Beloved); rather, he sees it all as justice and loyalty":

Your punishment ('adhaab) is sweetness ('adhb) for me
And Your sternness against me on account of my desires is justice from You

(7) Passionate love ('ishq). Passionate love is the extreme love that would cause one to fear for its possessor.

(8) Subservient love (tatayyum). This is worship and humility. It is said "Love made him subservient (tayyamahu)", meaning that it lowered him in humility and caused him to worship.

(9) Worship (ta'abbud). This rank is above subservient love, for this is when the servant possesses nothing for his self.

(10) Intimate friendship (khulla). This is a rank held only by the two intimate friends of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى: Ibraaheem and Muhammad - may Allaah's peace and blessings be upon them both. This rank is that of love which permeates the heart and soul of the lover, so much so that there remains no place for other than the Beloved.

[imaam Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله: Madaarij as-Saalikeen]


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The Natural Inclination Of The Heart Is To Love Allah


The Natural Inclination Of The Heart Is To Love Allah

The heart has only been created for the worship of Allah, and this is the natural disposition (fitrah) upon which Allah created His servants as the Prophet said,
Every new-born child is born upon the natural disposition and it is his parents that make him a Jew, Christian or a Magian, as an animal produces a perfect young animal, do you see any part of its body amputated?
Then Abu Hurairah, said, recite if you wish the saying of Allah,
The Fitrah of Allah with which He has created mankind. No change is there in the creation of Allah. [Surah Rum (30) : 30], [Bukhari and Muslim]
So Allah has made the natural disposition of His servants to love Him and worship Him Alone, so if the natural disposition was to be left as it is without corrupting it, then it would be cognizant of Allah, loving Him Alone; but the natural disposition does become corrupted due to the sickness of the heart - such as the parents making it a Jew or a Christian - even though this be by the Will and Pre-decree of Allah, just like the body is altered by amputation. But, even after this, it is possible for the heart to return to the natural disposition if Allah makes this easy for the one who does his utmost to return it to the natural disposition.
The Messengers were sent to affirm and re-establish the natural disposition and to perfect it, not to alter it. So when the heart loves Allah Alone, making the religion sincerely for Him, it will not be tried by the love of anyone else, not to mention be tried with passionate love because were it to be afflicted with passionate love then this would diminish its loving Allah alone. This is why when Yusuf was tried with this passionate love (directed to him) his love of Allah Alone, making the religion sincerely for him, did not allow him to be overcome by this, rather Allah said,
Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely he was one of Our chosen, guided slaves. [Surah Yusuf (12) : 24]
As for the wife of al-Aziz, it was because she and her nation were polytheists that she was afflicted with passionate love. No one, is afflicted with passionate love except that this diminishes his singling out Allah Alone for worship and his faith. 
The heart that repents to Allah, fearing Him, has two routes by which it can remove this passionate love:
  1. Repenting to Allah and loving Him, for indeed this is more satisfying and purer than anything else, and nothing will be left to love alongside Allah.
  2. Fearing Allah, for indeed fear is the opposite of passionate love and removes it.
This love can also be removed by fearing the occurrence of a harm that is more hateful to one than leaving this love. So when Allah is more beloved to the servant than anything else, and more feared by him than anything else; then he will not fall into passionate love or find any love that would compete with his love of Allah, except in the case of negligence or at a time when this love and fear has become weak by his leaving some of the obligatory duties and by performing some of the prohibited actions. For indeed faith increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience, so each time a servant obeys Allah out of love and fear, and leaves a prohibited action out of love and fear, his love and fear becomes stronger, and any love or fear of anything else besides Allah will disappear from his heart.
Extracted from the book- 'Diseases of The Heart and Their Cures' based on Fatawa of Ibn Taymiyyah
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How True are our Claims of Love for Allah


Many people claim to love Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger عليه الصلاة و السلام, and how easy it is to make claims. No one should be deluded by the trickeries of the ego. One must know that love has signs pointing to it and fruits that manifest themselves upon the heart, tongue, and body. If one wants to see to it that they do not deceive themselves, let him place himself in the scales of true love and test his soul with its signs. Among these many signs are the following:

(1) That one loves to meet the Beloved by way of unveiling and witnessing in the abode of peace (Paradise). It is inconceivable that the heart loves something, except that it also loves to meet and see it. If someone knows that there is no way for him to reach his beloved save by departing from the world and separating from it by death, then that person must see to it that he loves death and does not seek to flee from it. Death is the key to the meeting. The Prophet عليه الصلاة و السلام said: "Whoever loves to meet Allaah, Allaah loves to meet them." [1]

For this reason, the noble Companions - may Allaah be pleased with them all - loved martyrdom in the path of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, and when the battle cry was called, they would be heard saying: "Welcome to the meeting with Allaah!"

(2) That one prefers what Allaah سبحانه و تعالى loves over what he loves - both internally and externally. Such a persona adheres to His obedience and steers clear from laziness and following his caprice. He who loves Allaah سبحانه و تعالى will not disobey Him. For this reason, Shaykh Ibn al-Mubaarak رحمه الله said:


You disobey the Deity yet you manifest love for Him?

By my life, that is an utterly unique scale

If your love for Him were true you would have obeyed Him

The lover is obedient to the one whom he loves

Driving home a similar point, it was said:

I abandon that which I desire for that which you desire

Therefore, I am pleased with that with which you are pleased

Even if it displeases my ego

Obedience to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and love for Him necessitates following His Messenger عليه الصلاة و السلام in statements, actions, and character. The Exalted said:


"Say, [O Muhammad عليه الصلاة و السلام], if you (really) love Allaah then follow me. Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Soorah Aali 'Imraan, 3:31)

(3) That one engage in frequent remembrance of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى; not letting his tongue or heart desist from it. He who loves something will remember it frequently:

Your vision is in my heart and your remembrance is upon my tongue
Your abode is in my heart so how could you be absent?

(4) That one's intimacy is through solitary retreat and intimate conversations with Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, and reading His Book. Such a person is constant in his night prayers and he seizes the opportunity found in the stillness and quietness of the night. The lowest level of love is to taste the sweetness of being alone with the Beloved and to take delight in intimate conversations with Him.

(5) That one does not feel regret over what has passed him by of things besides Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, whereas at the same time, he feels immense regret over the hours lost that were not filled with Allaah's remembrance and obedience. Such a person frequently returns to his senses after periods of heedlessness with feelings of remorse and repentance.

(6) That one tastes the sweetness and feels delight with acts of worship and that they do not weigh heavily upon him.

(7) That one shows concern and pity for all of Allaah's servants, showing mercy towards them, while at the same time, showing severity and harshness towards all of Allaah's enemies. The Exalted said:


"Muhammad (عليه الصلاة و السلام) is the Messenger of Allaah, and those who are with him are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful among themselves." (Soorah al-Fath, ?:29)

(8) In addition to his loves, he is both fearful and optimistic, under the force of Divine awe and exaltation. It might be imagined that fear contradicts love, but this is not the case. Truly realising (Allaah's) exaltation, by necessity, obligates awe, just as truly realising the Divine Beauty obligates love. The lovers possess fear commensurate with their level, such as the fear of turning away, the fear of being veiled (from the Divine), and fear of being made distant. For this reason, some of the lovers said:

The beloved; I knew him, and from him I fear
And none love you save he who knows you

(9) That one conceals his love, abstains from pretentious claims, and that out of exaltation, awe, honour towards the Divine and jealous guarding of His secret, one takes caution from outwardly manifesting ecstasy and love. Some of the lovers were unable to conceal their love, causing them to say:

It conceals itself, yet the tears expose his secret
And his very breaths make manifest his ecstasy

Some of them said:

How is the condition of one whose heart is with another
And how can he conceal the secret in his breast

(10) That one finds intimacy with Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and has good pleasure with Him. The sign of intimacy with Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is that one delights in Allaah's remembrance and finds no intimacy with the creation. When he intermingles with people, he is like a lone man in a crowd, and when he is all alone, he is like a society unto himself. Sayyiduna 'Ali - may Allaah enoble his face - described the lovers of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى who find their intimacy with him: "They are a people who were taken by knowledge to the reality of the command, so they directly experienced the spirit of certitude. They found softness in that which the people of extravagance found rugged. They found intimacy with that in which the ignorant found loneliness. They kept the company of the world with their physical bodies, while their spirits were attached to the higher assembly. They are the vice-regents of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى upon His earth and the callers to His religion." [2] [3]


[1] Agreed upon

[2] Imam al-Ghazzali رحمه الله: Ihya' 'Uloomud-Deen, The Book of Love

[3] Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir 'Isa رحمه الله: Realities of Sufism, pp. 256-258



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What Brings About the Love for Allah


[instinshaq Naseemul-Uns min Nafahaati Riyaadil-Qudus, pp. 22-30]


1: Recognizing the bounties Allah has bestowed upon His slaves. These bounties [are so many that they] cannot be counted or enumerated. [Allah says:] “If you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them.” [Quran 14:34]


Hearts naturally have love for those who do good to them. Love for a blessing is from the general aspects of thanking the one who has bestowed a bounty. It is said that thanks is with the heart, tongue and limbs.


2: Another cause is to have knowledge of Allah by His Names, Attributes and Actions. The one who knows Allah, loves Him. Whoever loves Him, obeys Him. Whoever obeys Allah is honored by Him. Whoever Allah honors, He will have him live close to Him. Whoever lives close to Him, has attained the glad tidings.


3: One of the great causes [that leads to having love of Allah] is the specific knowledge that comes about through pondering over the creation of the heavens and the earth and what Allah has created. In the Quran, there is much mention of the signs of Allah that indicate His Greatness, Power, Majesty, Perfection, Eminence, Compassion, Mercy, Strength, Subjugation and other of His beautiful Names and exalted Attributes. Whenever one’s knowledge of Allah is strengthened, one’s love for Him is also strengthened and one’s love for obeying Him is also strengthened. He will then experience the pleasure of worship, whether it be in prayer, remembrance or other forms of worship.


4: Another cause that will bring about love for Allah is to act towards Allah with sincerity and purity while going against one’s desires. This is a cause for Allah to bless a slave and when He blesses the slave, the slave loves Him.


5: One of the greatest causes that bring about one’s love for Allah is increasing one’s remembrance of Allah. Whenever a person loves something, he remembers it more often. And it is through the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find tranquility. In fact, one of the signs of having love for Allah is the constant remembrance of Allah by one’s heart and tongue.


6: One of the causes that brings about Allah’s love for His slave is reciting the Quran often and pondering over its meaning, in particular those verses that contain Allah’s Names, Attributes and Actions. Having fondness for that action will lead the slave to love Allah and Allah to love Him.


7: Another of the causes of love for Allah is remembering what has been mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah concerning the believers seeing their Lord in the Hereafter and visiting them and gathering together on the Day of Abundance. That will definitely bring about in a person love for Allah.


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10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah


Adapted from Shaykh Ibn Qayyim's (rah) Madarij-us-Saalikeen


Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) says: 'The reason which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:



Reciting the Qur'aan, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.



Drawing closer to Allaah 'the Most High' through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.



Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs' under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.



Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.



Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.



Recognizing and remembering the favors and bounties of Allaah  both manifest and hidden.



To be humble and submissive before Allaah  and this is the greatest matter.



To be in seclusion reciting the Qur'aan, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allaah's forgiveness and repenting to Him.



To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.



To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah  the Mighty and Majestic.

So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allaah and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.

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Acquiring the Love of Allah

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)


"The key to acquiring the love of Allāh ta'ala is:

1. Adopting the company of the pious (especially one's shaykh).

2. Abstaining from sins.

3. Being punctual with one's ma'mūlāt (prescribed practices).

When someone enters the company of his shaykh, his heart is kindled with the Love of Allāh . However, when he leaves that blessed company, the flame of love is threatened by the gusting winds of the environment around him. If, affected by these winds, a person were to commit a sin, the love of Allāh ta'ala would be extinguished. It is therefore necessary to safeguard yourself from sins.

Another necessity for keeping the flame of love kindled is fuel, which in this case is the remembrance of Allāh ta'ala prescribed by one's shaykh in the form of ma'mūlāt. Thus, punctuality in attending the company of one's shaykh, abstinence from sins and completing one's ma'mūlāt are necessary steps towards securing the Love of Allāh."


Posted on www.shaykh.org

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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وعن أبي الدرداء، رضي الله عنه ،قال‏:‏ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏: :‏ ‏'‏كان من دعاء داود عليه السلام ،‏‏"‏اللهم إني أسألك حبك، وحب من يحبك، والعمل الذي يبلغني حبك 'اللهم اجعل حبك أحب إليّ من نفسي، وأهلي، ومن الماء البارد".‏‏ ‏ رواه الترمذي وقال حديث حسن.


The prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, 'One of Prophet Dawud's supplications was: Allahumma inni as'aluka Hubbaka, wa Hubba man yuHibbuka, wal-'amalalladhi yuballighuni Hubbaka. Allahumm-aj'al Hubbaka ahabba ilayya min nafsi, wa ahli, wa minal-ma'il-baridi.


' O Allah! I ask You [to grant me] Your Love, the love of those who love You, and deeds which will cause me to earn Your Love. O Allah! Make Your Love dearer to me than [the love of] myself, my family and the cold water [winter]. - At-Tirmidhi.

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اللَّهُمَ ارْزُقْنِىْ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يَّنْفَعَنِىْ حُبُّهُ عِنْدَكَ

Allahummar-zuqnee hubbaka wa hubba mayyan-fa'anee hubbuhu 'indaka

O Allah! Grant me Your Love, and the love of that person whose love would benefit me in Your presence.

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The Greatest Means of Attaining Allah's Love for us



Following the Sunnah of the beloved of Allah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam




"Say, [O Muhammad عليه الصلاة و السلام], if you (really) love Allaah then follow me.

Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

(Soorah Aali 'Imraan, 3:31)


Ibn-Kathir (r.a) said in his Tafsir: “Allah’s (s.w.t) love is attained by following the Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. This honourable Ayah judges against those who claim to love Allah yet do not follow the way of Mohammad sallallaahu 'alayhiw asallam and his religion in all his statements, actions and conditions.”

Tafsir 2/145




Optional Worship


Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that Allah said:


“I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My worshipper keeps on coming close to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, then I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hands with which he grips, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (refuge), I will protect him.” [Al-Bukhari]. 






"The greatest reward comes from the greatest trial. When Allaah loves people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it gains the pleasure of Allaah and whoever complains earns His wrath. 





Loving, Visiting & Helping one another for His sake


"My love is guaranteed for two who love one another for My sake; My love is guaranteed for two who visit one another for My sake; My love is guaranteed for two who help one another for My sake; My love is guaranteed to for two who uphold ties with one another for My sake."





Being Humble towards Believers & Stern towards Disbelievers


"O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islam), Allaah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the way of Allaah, and never fear of the blame of the blamers." [al-Maa'idah 5:54]

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Allah loves:


1. Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers):


“And spend in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad of all kinds) and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending your wealth in the Cause of Allah), and do good. Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” [2:195]


“Those who spend (in Allah’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity , who repress anger , and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” [3:134]


“So, because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their (right) places and have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them. And you will not cease to discover deceit in them, except a few of them. But forgive them and overlook (their misdeeds). Verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (good-doers).” [5:13]


“Those who believe and do righteous good deeds, there is no sin on them for what they ate (in the past), if they fear Allah (by keeping away from His forbidden things), and believe and do righteous good deeds, and again fear Allah and believe, and once again fear Allah and do good deeds with Ihsan (perfection). And Allah loves the good-doers.” [5:93]


2. Al-Muttaqun (the pious):


“Yes, whoever fulfils his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” [3:76]


“Except those of the Mushrikun (see V.2:105) with whom you have a treaty, and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor have supported anyone against you. So fulfil their treaty to them for the end of their term. Surely Allah loves Al-Mattaqun (the pious).” [9:4]


“How can there be a covenant with Allah and with His Messenger for the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) except those with whom you made a covenant near Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah)? So long as they are true to you, stand you true to them. Verily, Allah loves Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” [9:7]


3. As-Sabirun (the patient):


“And many a Prophet (i.e. many from amongst the Prophets) fought (in Allah’s Cause) and along with him (fought) large bands of religious learned men. But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allah’s Way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. And Allah loves As-Sabirun (the patient).” [3:146]


4. At-Tawabin (those who repent):


“They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they are purified (from menses and have taken a bath). And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah has ordained for you (go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina). Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers).” [2:222]


5. Al-Mutatahirin (those who purify themselves):


“They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they are purified (from menses and have taken a bath). And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah has ordained for you (go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina). Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers).” [2:222]


“Never stand you therein. Verily, the mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy that you stand therein (to pray). In it are men who love to clean and to purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure [i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (which has the properties of soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature].” [9:108]


6. Al-Mutawakilin (those who put their trust in Him):


“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah’s) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” [3:159]


7. Al-Muqsitin (those who act justly):


“(They like to) listen to falsehood, to devour anything forbidden. So if they come to you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), either judge between them, or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they cannot hurt you in the least. And if you judge, judge with justice between them. Verily, Allah loves those who act justly.” [5:42]


“And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both. But if one of them outrages against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which outrages till it complies with the Command of Allah. Then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are the equitable.” [49:9]


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The love of Allah




Give yourself a moment; think about the person who you love the most, the person that you are most attached and close to. Think about it for a moment. Now think about that person giving you something, some sort of a gift. Now think about another person; maybe a stranger, someone you do not know that well. Now I want you to imagine that person giving you a gift, maybe a bouquet of roses, something which is very special.


Now imagine that the person you love the most gives you just a simple gift, like a pen. But this is someone who you love dearly so even though it is something very small it still appears very precious to you because the person who gave it is very dear to you. Whereas the bouquet of roses looks more fancy and beautiful from the outside but because the giver is not much special to you the gift itself is not special.


When the giver is special to you and the giver is more beloved then whatever he gives, than the gift is loved and cherished no matter what it is. Now how does that apply to Allah? When Allah  is beloved to us, than anything that comes from Him is loved. Whatever Allah gives and whatever He takes we accept because it’s from Him. That should be the conscience even if it’s something that does not appear good on the outside. It is because I love the giver which is why I accept the gift no matter what it is. So you see how this is an example of the true love of Allah. The most exalted, the most beneficial kind of love is most certainly the love of the One who created the love.


Allah created the heart and the heart was created solely for one reason, and that is to love Allah with all our hearts. Our main purpose of existence is to worship our lord with love and obedience. It is when we accept the gift of our beloved, a simple prostration of His command becomes the center of our life. We are reminded of Him every time we make Sujood. And the gift is forever precious and rewarding even though we may not see it as such.


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