LOVE - WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN? PART II

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PART II

 

In the first part of this article, we explored the meaning of the word Love from various aspects and how it translates into our lives. In this second and final part of the article, we will let you see how Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW used and explained this word.

 

LOVE—IN THE LIGHT OF QUR’AN AND SUNNAH

 

Allah SWT has repeatedly told us in the Qur’an of the characteristics of those He loves and those He does not love.  First you need to decide for yourself who deserves your Love…a human being or the Lord of all Creation!  After reading these verses and saying s of the Prophet SAW, you will hold the key of the Love of Allah in your hands.

 

All you have to do in order to earn the love of Allah SWT is develop the qualities that He SWT loves and stay away from the characteristics that He SWT does not love.

 

HOW LOVE IS MENTIONED IN THE QUR’AN

 

Love is a Bounty When It is for Allah, Otherwise a Warning

 

But Allah has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided.(Al-Hujurat 49:7)

 

Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.(Al-Qasas 28:56)

 

But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.(Al-Baqara 2:216)

 

Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.  (Al-Imran 3:92)

 

And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah , and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.  (Nur 24:22)

 

No! But you love the immediate.  (Al-Qiyamah 75:20)

 

O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him… (Al Maidah 5:54)

 

 

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. (Al Baqara 2:165)

 

 

O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among you – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.  (At Tauba 9:23)

 

Meaning obedience to parents is not recommended if it is against the teachings of Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW.

 

That is because they preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter and that Allah does not guide the disbelieving people. (An Nahl 16:107)

 

 

The ones who prefer the worldly life over the Hereafter and avert [people] from the way of Allah, seeking to make it (seem) deviant. Those are in extreme error. (Ibrahim 14:3)

 

Qualities that Allah SWT Loves:

 

And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.  (Al-Baqara 2:195)            

                                           

Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” (Al-Baqara 2:222)

 

 

But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him. (Al-Imran 3:76)

 

 

Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.  (Al-Imran 3:134)

 

 

And Allah loves the steadfast.  (Al-Imran 3:146)

 

 

And Allah loves the doers of good. (Al-Imran 3:148)

 

 

So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Al-Imran 3:159)

 

 

Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. (Al-Maidah 5:42)

 

 

and then fear Allah and believe, and then fear Allah and do good; and Allah loves the doers of good. (Al Maidah 5:93)

 

 

And Allah loves those who purify themselves. (At Tauba 9:108)

 

 

Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. (Al Hujurat 49:9)

 

When we read these verses, we should try to be vigilant and do the maximum to develop these qualities in us until we gain the love and pleasure of Allah.

 

CharacteristicsThat Allah SWT Does Not Love:

 

When we read about the characteristics that Allah SWT does not love, we should be very alert and get away from them.  We should avoid them and in fact do the opposite of  these hated characteristics until this opposite becomes part of our personalities.

 

Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors. (Al Baqara 2:190)

 

 

Allah destroys interest and gives increase for charities. And Allah does not like every sinning disbeliever. (Al Baqara 2:276)

 

 

Say, “Obey Allah and the Messenger.” But if they turn away – then indeed, Allah does not like the disbelievers. (Al Imran 3:32)

 

 

Allah does not like the wrongdoers. (Al Imran 3:57)

 

 

Allah does not like the wrongdoers. (Al Imran 3:140)

 

 

Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful. (An Nisa 4:36)

 

 

Indeed, Allah loves not one who is a habitually sinful deceiver. (An Nisa 4:107)

 

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing. (An Nisa 4:148)

 

 

Allah does not like corrupters. (Al Maida 5:64)

 

Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors. (Al Maida 5:87)

 

 

Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess. (Al An’am 6:141)

 

 

Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors. (Al A’raf 7:55)

 

 

Indeed, Allah does not like traitors. (Al Anfal 8:58)

 

 

Indeed, He does not like the arrogant.  (An Nahl 16:23)

 

 

Indeed, Allah does not like the exultant.  (Al Qasas 28:76)

 

 

Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters. (Al Qasas 28:77)

 

 

Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful.  (Luqman 31:18)

 

LOVE IN THE WORDS OF THE MOST BELOVED PROPHET (SAW)

 

Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There are threequalities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman: To loveAllah and His Messenger (PBUH) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”.  [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 375]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give protection with His Shade* on the Day when there will be no shade except His Shade (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection), and they are: A just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosque; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom a beautiful and high ranking woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): ‘I fear Allah’; a person who gives a charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand might not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 376]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: ‘Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in MyShade when there will be no shade except Mine.”  [Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 377]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do, you loveeachother.  Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu ‘alaikum to one another).”  [Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 378]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A man set out to visit a brother (in Faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “I intend to visit mybrother in this town.” The angel said, “Have you done any favor to him?” He said, “No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious.” Thereupon the angel said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)”[Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 379]

 

Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said about the Ansar: “Only a believerlovesthem, and only a hypocrite hates them. Allah loves him who lovesthem and Allah hates him who hates them.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 380]

 

Mu’adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘For thosewholoveoneanother for the sake of MyGlory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs.”[At- Tirmidhi Hasan Sahih] [Riyad us Saliheen # 381]

 

Abu Idris Al-Khaulani (May Allah had mercy upon him) reported: I once entered the mosque in Damascus. I happened to catch sight of a young man who had bright teeth (i.e., he was always seen smiling). A number of people had gathered around him. When they differed over anything they would refer it to him and act upon his advice. I asked who he was and I was told that he was Mu’adh bin Jabal (May Allah be pleased with him) The next day I hastened to the mosque, but found that he had arrived before me and was busy in performing Salah. I waited until he finished, and then went to him from the front, greeted him with Salam and said to him, “By Allah I love you.” He asked, “For the sake of Allah?” I replied, “Yes, for the sake of Allah”. He again asked me, “Is it for Allah’s sake?” I replied, “Yes, it is for Allah’s sake.” Then he took hold of my cloak, drew me to himself and said, “Rejoice,! I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, ‘Allah, the Exalted, says: Mylove is due to thosewholove one another for My sake, meet one another for My sake, visit one another for My sake and spend in charity for My sake.” [Malik Sahih] [Riyad us Saliheen # 382]

 

Abu Karimah Al-Miqdad bin Ma’dikarib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When a man loves his brother (for Allah sake) lethimtellhim that heloveshim.”[At- Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud Hasan] [Riyad us Saliheen # 383]

 

Mu’adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) held my hand and said, “O Mu’adh, By Allah, I love you and advise you not to misssupplicatingafter every Salah (prayer) saying: ‘Allahumma a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika, wa husni ‘ibadatika,’ (O Allah, help me remember You, expressing gratitude to You and worship You in the best manner).”[Abu Dawud and An- Nasa’i Sahih] [Riyad us Saliheen # 384]

 

Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man was with the Prophet (PBUH) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’ssake)”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) then said, “Tell him (that youlove him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I loveyou for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sakeyoulove me, loveyou.”[Abu Dawud Sahih] [Riyad us Saliheen # 385]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘I will declarewar against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him. When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks (something) from Me, I give him, and if he asks My Protection (refuge), I protect him.” [Al- Bukhari] [Riyad us Saliheen # 386]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “WhenAllahloves a slave, calls out Jibreel and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibreel loves him. After that he (Jibreel) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allahloves so- and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him.”[Al- Bukhari and Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 387]

 

‘Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: Messenger of Allah, (PBUH) appointed a man in charge of an army unit who led them in Salah (prayer); he always concluded his recitation with Surat Al-Ikhlas: “Say (O Muhammad (PBUH)): ‘He is Allah, (the) One. Allah-us-Samad (Allah – the Self-Sufficient). He begets not, nor was He begotten. And there is none equal or comparable to Him.”‘ (112:1-4) Upon their return to Al-Madinah, they mentioned this to Messenger of Allah (PBUH), who said, “Ask him why he does so?” He was asked and he said, “This Surah contains the Attributes of Allah, the Gracious, and I love to recite it. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) then told them, “Tellhim that Allahloveshim.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] [Riyad us Saliheen # 388]

 

This relationship of ultimate love is culminated in this world with the following promise by Allah SWT to His slaves at the time of their departure:

 

[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him], And enter among My [righteous] servants And enter My Paradise.”  (Al-Fajr 89:27—30)

 

This love with the Almighty Creator will be a source of honor, dignity, happiness, and elevation in this life and the hereafter.  It will not only satisfy the person’s deep desire to love and be loved, it will allow him to leave a legacy of love that will never end.

 

The choice is in our hands!

 

May Allah SWT make this reading a source of guidance, wisdom, light, happiness, inspiration and elevation for us in this life and the hereafter.  Ameen Ya Rabbal ‘Alameen.

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