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    Posted: 07 December 2008 at 11:36pm

Taken from Imam Ghazali’s (rahimullahu ta’ala) “The Alchemy of Happiness”.

The signs of the love of God

Many claim to love God, but each should examine himself as to the genuineness of the love which he professes. The first test is this: he should not dislike the thought of death, for no friend shrinks from going to see a friend. The Prophet SAW said, “Whoever wishes to see God, God wishes to see him.”

It is true that a sincere lover of God may shrink from the thought of death coming before he has finished his preparation for the Next World, but if he is sincere, he will be diligent in making such preparation.

The second test of sincerity is that a man should be willing to sacrifice his will to God’s, should cleave to what brings him nearer to God, and should shun what places him at a distance from God. The fact of a man’s sinning is no proof that he does not love God at all, but it proves that he does not love Him with his whole heart. The saint Fudhayl said to a certain man, “If any one asks you whether you love God, keep silent; for if you say , “I do not love Him”, you are an infidel; and if you say “I do”, your deeds contradict you.”

The third test is that the remembrance of God should always remain fresh in a man’s heart without effort, for what a man loves he constantly remembers, and if his love is perfect he never forgets it. It is possible, however, that while the love of God does not take the first place in a man’s heart, the love of the love of God may, for love is one thing and love of love another.

The fourth test is that he will love the Qur’an, which is the Word of God, and Sayyidina Muhammad SAW, who is the Prophet of God; if his love is really strong, he will love all men, for all are God’s servants, nay, his love will embrace the whole creation, for he who loves any one loves the works he composes and his handwriting.

The fifth test is, he will be covetous of retirement and privacy for purposes of devotion; he will long for the approach of night, so that he may hold intercourse with his Friend without let or hindrance. If he prefers conversation by day and sleep at night to such retirement, then his love is imperfect. God said to Prophet David AS, “Be not too intimate with men; for two kinds of persons are excluded from My presence: those who are earnest in seeking reward and slack when they obtain it, and those who prefer their own thoughts to the remembrance of Me. The sign of My displeasure is that I leave such to themselves.”

In truth, if the love of God really take possession of the heart all other love is excluded. One of the Children of Israel was in the habit of praying at night, but observing that a bird sang in a certain tree very sweetly, he began to pray under that tree, in order to have the pleasure of listening to the bird. God told Prophet David AS to go and say to him, “Thou hast mingled the love of a melodious bird with the love of Me; thy rank among the saints is lowered.” On the other hand, some have loved God with such intensity that, while they were engaged in devotion, their houses have caught fire and they have not noticed it.

A sixth test is that worship becomes easy. A certain saint said, “During one space of thirty years I performed my night devotions with great difficulty, but during a second space of thirty years they became a delight.” When love to God is complete no joy is equal to the joy of worship.

The Prophet SAW once asked God and said “O Lord! Who are Thy lovers?” And the answer came, “Those who cleave to Me as a child to its mother, take refuge in the remembrance of Me as a bird seeks the shelter of its nest, and are as angry at the sight of sin as an angry lion who fears nothing.”

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Islam & Love

In this episode of the Huda TV program (The Beauties of Islam), Sheikh Yusuf Estes explains the concept of love in Islam

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Love of Allah - In The Shade of Ramadan - Episode 12 - Season 2

Sister Nancy Khalil, Director-MAS Youth Boston, talks about the Love of Allah

YouTube - ISR Season 2 - Love of Allah - Episode 12

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Love for God in Islam - The Highest Attribute of Spiritual Attainment

There are many reasons people become Muslim. Among those reasons are feelings of the need to be a part of something better than what they have, believing that Islam holds more truth than other beliefs, or rejecting something once believed. Attributes that are obtained by the Muslim are fear of God, and love for God. The last being the highest reason to worship. Yet obtaining Love for God is a process. It is something to be achieved. One does not simply wake up loving God. But once love of God is had it is like no other type of love that has been experienced.

Those Who Love God

Love of God causes one to enjoy life more fully. It causes the Muslim to realize that God is the only non-changing reality. He is the Sure Reality and Truth (al-haqq).

"Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah." (Quran 2:165)

Hence, faith is first mentioned as a necessary component of achieving Love for God. It is misplaced when feelings for created things, or beings, causes a diversion from focusing on the Conscious Reality that created all. The Conscious Reality that sustains all. Faith is the decision of the believer to worship that which is unseen and unseeable in this life.

Developing Love for God

Developing love for God begins with the study of the divine. Science now tells us that there is a component in the brain that creates within humans the desire to believe in a higher power. When we intentionally work to develop that part of our being, new paths are created and opened within the person. The Muslim begins to feel the need to worship (Ibadda), pray (salat), and remember (Dhikr - a form of meditation) God. God begins to take precedence over the Muslim's life. She/He begins to look on God with reverence and becomes a seeker on the path after God's Greatness

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Steps to Gaining Allah's Love

The Qur'an details seven qualities that Almighty Allah loves and seven qualities that Almighty Allah does not love. Then, we-Muslims-have a way to explore the steps to gaining His Love.

Seven Qualities that Allah Loves

 

1. Tawbah (Repentance)

(Truly Allah loves those who turn to Him in repentance) (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

Repentance is a form of detoxification – Sincere repentance cleanses and beautifies the Iman (faith).

We all commit sins but Allah loves those who after committing sins, seek forgiveness with deep sorrow and regret. ....

2. Taharah (Purification)

(...Allah loves those who purify themselves) (Al-Baqarah 2: 222).

This is the external purification. The secret to this is performing the acts with the intention of following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

The removal of filth from the body by performing wudu’ (ablution) and ghusl (ritual bath) and removal of filth from the garment, body and place of prayer.  They are acts that purify the body and radiate the Iman. It is a means by which Almighty Allah will wipe out our sins and raise our ranks

3. Taqwa (Piety)

(Surely, Allah loves Al-Muttaqun (the pious)) (At-Tawbah 9: 4)

The fear of Allah is the source of a pure soul – it is borne out of love and obedience. Thus, a pious person is constantly driven to do good only.

4. Ihsan (Goodness & Perfection)

(Verily Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good doers)) (Aal `Imran 3: 34).

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says,

"Ihsan is to worship Allah (SWT) as if you see Him and if you cannot achieve this devotion, then you must know that He sees you" (Al-Bukhari).

Ihsan goes beyond a noble trait; it is an integral part of Islam. It is the secret to an attentive heart – knowing that Allah is watching everything. This fills the heart with respect and veneration and one becomes too embarrassed to go against Allah's commands. It promotes performance of good deeds for the sake of Allah and not for show-off or to gain praise or fame.

5. Tawakkul (Trust in Allah)

(Allah loves those who put their trust in Him) (Aal `Imran 3:159).

The secret and reality of trust in Allah is the reliance of the heart on Allah alone. Therefore trusting in Allah by wordof mouth is different from trusting in Him by the heart. ...

6. Qist (Justice)

(Verily, Allah loves those who act justly) (Al-Ma’idah 5:42).

Justice is a prerequisite to peace which is missing in our contemporary society. It involves giving other people the right we give ourselves, treating people the way we would like to be treated. ...

7. Sabr (Patience)

(And Allah loves As-Sabirin (the patient)) (Aal `Imran 3:146). 

Patience is one of the most noble of virtues and traits. It is to endure what one dislikes with a sense of acceptance and submission and anticipating Allah's reward

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The Greatest Love of All

Within our heart remains a void, one that can truly be filled only with love for the One who gave us life.

The purest, most elevated, and most exalted type of love that exists is love for The One whom hearts were created to love. Hence, true satisfaction, true comfort, and true love can only come only from our Creator, Allah, Exalted be He.  

All except Almighty Allah are loved for the love that they give in return. But He is loved for His own sake, in every respect. As a result, all goodness that occurs is one of its fruits and a branch from its roots. The love for Allah is a love so great, it never ceases to be acknowledged, never exists without appreciation, and brings about true blessings for the one that harbors it. 

When you deeply love someone, you are willing to do anything to gain his or her pleasure. So what about our Lord? Is He not worthy of having us please Him in all that we do?

If the question of love was put to any Muslim, none would deny the love they have for Almighty Allah. However, the truth of the matter is, the love that is claimed does not truly exist in the heart, for if it did, the actions of the body would not be contrary to the claim. Thus, for persons to truly be lovers of Allah, their lives should show evidence of this love.  

The true love that believers feel for Allah renders them completely at His service, and though they are fully aware that their Beloved is in no need of their actions, they continue to strive, nevertheless, so as to prove to their Lord the weight of their love.

When believers reach the ultimate station of love (in Arabic: mahabbah), the heart becomes attached to Almighty Allah to such an extent that it realizes its complete need for and utter dependence upon its Lord.

As a result, such believers are constantly on guard to ensure that they hasten toward what is beloved to Him and leave that which might bring about His displeasure.

When they speak, it is purely for Allah. When silence is observed, it is for Allah. They give for Allah and withhold for Allah. Never would their feet move, except for their Beloved; likewise, they remaining still occurs only for His sake .

Such believers are so overwhelmed by the love of their Beloved that even difficulties and tribulations become a source of delight for them, as they remind themselves that these are from their Lord, thus should be accepted for Him. 

Some may wonder why it is that they have never felt such overwhelming love for their Lord before, or why is it that their actions do not affirm their love for Almighty Allah. Let us remind ourselves that Allah (Exalted be He) has not created anything that is sought after without providing the causes and means that can lead to it. Thus, the question is, Have we taken the time to discover what the causes and means are? If so, did we then take the appropriate steps to achieve the desired goals?  

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Befriending and Loving God

Having attained the state of true love for God, each stage that follows it is one of its fruits and a branch from its roots - such as longing, intimacy and contentment. Each stage that precedes it - such as repentance, perseverance and doing without.

The most beautiful, the most sincere, the most elevated and the most exalted kind of love is most certainly the love of the One Whom hearts were created to love, and for Whom creation was brought into existence to adore. God is the One to Whom hearts turn in love, exhalation and glorification, humility, submission and worship. Such worship cannot be directed towards other than Him. It is the perfection of love accompanied by complete submission and humility.

God is loved for His own sake in every respect. All except Him are loved for the love they give in return. All the revealed Books, and the message of all the Prophets, bear witness to the love that is due towards Him, as does the natural impulse He has created in all His servants, the intellect He has given them, and the blessings He has poured on them.

Hearts, as they mature, come to love whomever is merciful and kind towards them. So how much greater is their love for Him from Whom all kindness springs! Every good thing enjoyed by His creation is one of His limitless blessings, and He is One with no associates and no partners

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Lost Spiritual Pleasure

Love is one of the deepest, most intense emotions that a person can experience. It is also one of the most wonderful blessings that Almighty Allah has created for human beings in this world. People take great pleasure in the material and spiritual gifts that Allah has bestowed upon them; they take pleasure in beautiful views, comfortable houses, and fine cooking. But none of these satisfactions can compare with the happiness that love gives. .......

The basic source of the love that believers feel for others is their love of Allah. The knowledge that Almighty Allah creates the joy that comes from their heart-felt love for others, as a manifestation of Himself, gives that love its depth. .....

Believers can express true love toward others with sincere, moving, and meaningful words, because the joy of love is alive in their hearts. Indeed, believers who sincerely honor and love their beloved ones will never do or say anything to harm them. Above all, this type of love does not depend upon circumstances or any expected reward. It is Almighty Allah alone Who will reward true love, for its sole purpose is to win His favor

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The Love of Allah

Those who have made much progress fly in the heaven of love toward the highest point.

They live in the bright climate of the Qur'an as embodiments and examples of the good morals of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings. While trying to represent his good morals, they expect no material or spiritual reward and demand no pleasure. Even at the summit of this holy representation, like fruit-bearing trees whose branches bend with the weight of their fruit, they lower their wings of humility and always mention the Beloved. If they are shaken with a fault or error, they severely criticize and fight with their selves.

And finally, those most advanced in the love of God are like rain clouds in the "heaven" of Islam. They feel existence by Him, live with Him, and see and breathe by Him .......

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Cultivating the Love of Allah

A heart filled with the love of Allah is a heart that finds peace and tranquility. Allah says: “Indeed, by the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find contentment.” [Sûrah al-Ra`d: 28]

Allah promises those who believe and work righteousness that he will give them a life of goodness. He says: “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to him we will give him a life that is good and pure.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 97]

This life which is good and pure is by way of the radiance of one’s spirit, the coolness of one’s eyes, and the happiness of one’s heart towards Allah. Religion faith provides solace to the soul’s pain. It is the physician that cures our tears and our emotional wounds.

From our love for Allah stems our love for His Messengers, His Prophets, and His angels, Our love for Allah makes us love His righteous servants among our fellows. We want to be with those who love Him, associate with them, and adopt their good ways and manners.

From our love for Allah stems a desire to exhibit goodness to all of Creation. This desire manifests itself in our good words, our good deeds, our supplications, and our help. This in itself is a reason for happiness and contentment. Those who go forth to help others and fulfill their needs are the people with the most happiness and fulfillment in their lives. .....
 

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The Love of God

The love of God is the essence of everything and is the purest and cleanest source of all love.

Compassion and love flow to our hearts from Him. Any kind of human relation will develop in accordance with our relation to Him. Love of God is our faith, our belief, and our spirits in the physical body. He made us live when we did. If we are to live today it is only through him. The essence of all existence is His love, and the end is an expansion of that divine love in the form of Paradise. Everything He created depends on love and He has bound His relationship with humankind to the holy pleasure of being loved.

The sphere of the manifestation of love is the soul. To whatever direction we may orient it, it always turns to God. The sufferings due to disorientation and getting lost in multiplicity, rather than in the Unity of God, are ours.

If we relate our love for everything to God, and thus, if we are able to take love in its real meaning, we will then be aloof from the various things that disperses love and we will avoid associating partners with God. Thus, we will remain like those who advance on the true path with our love and our relationship to all of existence.

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Q: Why should we love Allah more than anything else?

And how can we achieve this?

A: It is not difficult to love Allah more than anything else if we come to know what Allah means to us. For instance, our love for our own children is a gift from Allah, the One Who is the source of all love, as He gifted us with children. Let’s think of the One Who gave us those children—what a generous and bountiful Lord!

The most beautiful, the most sincere, the most elevated and the most exalted kind of love is most certainly the love of the One Whom hearts were created to love, and for Whom creation was brought into existence to adore. Allah is the One to Whom hearts turn in love, exaltation, glorification, humility, submission and worship. Such worship cannot be directed towards other than Him. It is the perfection of love accompanied by complete submission and humility. Allah is loved for His own sake in every respect.

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Understanding our Love for Allah & for His Messenger

Allah says: "Say (O Muhammad): If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." [Sûrah Al-Imrân: 31]

This verse affirms the believer's love for Allah as well as the relationship between that love and the believer's love that a believer has for the Messenger.

In an authentic hadîth, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No one truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his son, his father and all other people.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (14) and Sahîh Muslim (63)]

In another hadîth, it reads: “If anyone possesses three qualities, he will experience the sweetness of faith: That Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anything else, to love someone only for Allah's sake, and to hate relapsing into unbelief as he would hate being thrown into the fire.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (15) and Sahîh Muslim (60)]

The meaning of love is clear. On a most obvious level, it is an emotion, the emotional opposite of hate. It is a function of the heart. Our love for Allah, moreover, is the essence of our worship, since pure and sincere worship means complete love together with the complete humility. The worshipper’s faith in his Lord and his knowledge of Him vary with the degree of the love and honor in which he holds his Lord. The worship which is prescribed by Allah depends on the true state of the heart.

Our love of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is quite different. It follows as a consequence of our love for Allah. We love the Prophet (peace be upon him) because he is the Messenger of Allah, because he is the best in character, because the most sincere and kindest person among all human beings. We love him for what he brought us: the guidance and the true religion. We must love him more than we love any other created being, but still it is from the type of love that we have for a created being, and not the love that we have for the Creator. It is as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No one truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his children, his parents, and all other people.”

Love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) is a sincere love inspired by knowledge of his great character and his kindness, and by an appreciation of his efforts and sacrifices in calling to Allah and advising the people. ...

Therefore, the love we must have for Allah and the Prophet (peace be upon him) must both be genuine.

The difference between the two is that the love we have for Allah is for His very being, His essence. It is enriched by our knowledge of Allah's most beautiful names and His supreme attributes that inspire reverence, awe, and feelings of glorification, humility and submission to His greatness. This is the love we have for Allah: a love of reverence, veneration, and awe. This is exclusively for Allah and must never be given to any created being.

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Loving Others for the Sake of Allah

Loving one another for the sake of Allah, and brotherhood in faith, are among the most excellent acts of worship, which lead to God's love 

This sublime love entails some conditions and duties that must be fulfilled so that the relationship remains pure and free of base undercurrents. Upholding these duties brings a servant nearer to Allah and to His pleasure and, over time, it can bring about a greater nobility of person.

These duties include the following:

  1. Both parties must truly love to extend support and assistance to each other and must love good for one another. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “None of you will attain (perfect) faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
  2. They must enjoin each another to truth and patience, and give each other sincere advice. They must enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and guide each other. They must help one another in carrying out works of righteousness. Allah Almighty says, [Surely, the human being is at loss. Except for those who have faith and do righteous deeds and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience.] (Al-`Asr 103:2-3) [The believing men and women are protecting friends of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.] (At-Tawbah 9:71)
  3. They must engage in the things that cultivate this love, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and facilitate the fulfilling of their duties to one another.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A Muslim has six rights over another Muslim.” They asked, “What are they, Messenger of Allah?” He said, “When you meet him, greet him with salam (Muslim's salutation meaning ‘peace’); when he invites you, accept his invitation; when he seeks your advice, advise him; when he sneezes and then praises Allah, invoke Allah’s mercy upon him; when he falls ill, visit him; when he dies, follow his funeral” (Muslim).

  4. A Muslim has the right to kind treatment from his fellow Muslim. He should be greeted with a smile and given a pleasant reception. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Do not view any good act as insignificant, even the act of meeting your brother with a cheerful face” (Muslim).
  5. They must guide each other to what is good, and help each other in acts of obedience. Likewise, they must prevent and discourage one another from falling into sin and iniquity.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “One should help his brother, whether he is an oppressor or the one being oppressed. If he is an oppressor, forbid him from his oppression. If he is being oppressed, then come to his aid” (Muslim).

  6. The love between them shines in a most wonderful and genuine manner when the two are away from each other and each of them is in secret prayers to Allah for the other. This continues for the living one even after the other has departed from the earth.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A Muslim’s supplication for his brother in secret is answered. At his head an angel is appointed, and whenever he supplicates for his brother with something good, the angel appointed to him says, Ameen, and likewise for you’” (Muslim).

  7. They must excuse each other’s mistakes and defend each other’s honor, never speaking ill of, or deriding each other. They should keep each other’s secrets, advise each other sincerely, and never abuse each other. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It is not permissible for one Muslim to distress another” (Abu Dawud).

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