Assalam o alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu dear brothers and sisters 🙂
Word love itself holds sweetness in it.All of us are aware of this feeling.We know how to love in different perspective as our soul,our life,wealth and family.Some Muslims think that only pious and righteous people can reach the levels where a heart saturates with love for Allah,when Allah (SWA) declares love to be the sign of Imaan (faith),condition for faith and spirit of faith.
”The Believers’ love of Allah is very strong.” [Surat-ul-Baqara, 165]
Now ponder over this my dear bro and sis,doesn’t it mean that the heart devoid of love for Allah is devoid of imaan? love in different perspective
Allah Loves Us:
Those who believe,love Allah above all, practice his deen,work for His deen in return get His love back.As Allah says in Almaidah;
”yuhibuhum wa yuhiboon” meaning ”Allah loves them and they love Allah”.
Real imaan is that which resides in heart,which renders it with sweetness as our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said
“Whoever possesses the following three (qualities), will have the sweetness (delight) of Faith:
(1) The one to whom Allah (May Allah be pleased with him) and His Messenger Muhammad (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) ) are more beloved than anything else;
(2) The one who loves another only for Allah’s sake;
(3) The one who hates to convert to disbelief after Allah has rescued him from it, as he hates to be thrown into the fire.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Love and fear go hand in hand with each other.Those who love Allah fear His displeasure, His wrath and shape their lives in accordance to the sharia that His last messenger has brought for them.They hate distances,so they struggle to draw closer to Allah(SWA) by their acts by fulfilling the obligations first then when the sweetness settles in their hearts they run like crazies to fill even a vacuum of 0.1 mm and this they do by supererogatory acts.
In Light of Ahadeeth:
Beloved Prophet(PBUH) in a hadith:
“My servant does not come closer to Me with anything dear to Me than that which I made obligatory upon him.My servant keeps coming closer to Me with more volunteer deeds,until I love him.I become his ears by which he hears,his eyes by which he sees,his hands by which he holds and his feet by which he walks.If he asks me anything I shall give him.If he seeks my protection I shall grant him My protection.’’ (Bukhari)
Prophet Mohammad in another hadith said:
“love Allah because His blessings on you are numerous and me for His sake.’’(Tirmizi)
So it’s important to love His last messenger,the way his heart was filled with love for ummah and he (PBUH) was sent as rehmatulillil alameen (blessing for all of mankind).Following his sunnah means obeying and this is love in different perspective.As Allah says Ateeullaha wa ateur rasool.
There is yet another hadith that speaks about Love for Allah and his beloved Prophet Mohammad(PBUH):
“A man asked about the hour i.e day of judgment saying,’’when will the hour be?’’Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) said, ‘’what have you prepared for it?’’ the man said’ ‘’nothing except that I love Allah and His apostle. the Prophet said;’ You will be with those whom you love’’.
Love for Allah and His Prophet Muhammad(PBUH):
It was 1400 years ago,the distance of so many years and our deeds are not comparable to theirs but it is love for them that can grant us their company. InshaAllah. All we need is to melt away the fats covering our hearts turning it gafil by insulating and restraining the light of Allah from penetrating it.We need to cure our diseased hearts.
The more we love Allah and His messenger (SAW) and His people for His sake,the more we will be able to establish Islam and peace on this Earth.In the present age we lack this love and we are surrounded by countless problems and are oppressed everywhere.
Even if we take the task of dawah,and try and struggle hard in every possible way we might never be able to find success unless we accompany this love in our hearts and saturate our hearts with it.A fire of love for Allah must be there in a heart which makes a soul remember Allah most,fear Allah most,thank Allah for His blessings, an effective daee and stimulates it to do jihad in the way of Allah in order to defend the weak because Allah loves those who defend the weak.
Love is a Binding Force:
In the same way people in the same caravan,united under Islamic movement must love each other for the sake of Allah for this innocent,chaste love becomes a factor for strong adhesion among them and fortifies their movement.It was love ‘a binding force’ that took us from the fields of Badar and hunain to Spain and from Spain to Indian subcontinent.Through love we can conquer lands and hearts.
There is a beautiful dua:
‘’Allahuma ini asaloka hubaka,wa hubbaman yahibuka wa amal al laze bil leghune hubbaka,Allahuma ja al hubbaka ahaba alaiya min nafse wa ahlee wa minal barrid.’’
‘’Oh Allah I ask you for your love and the love of those whom you love and the actions that will cause me to attain your love,oh Allah make your love more beloved to me than myself,my family and even from cold water.” (Tirmizi)
Allah will open our hearts to His love InshaALLAH. Ameen.