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Topic: The Love of God
Posted By: stan
Subject: The Love of God
Date 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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 March 2010 at 12:57am

Islam & Love

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

http://www.tubeislam.com/video/5805/Beauties-of-Islam-Love--Islam-Sheikh-Yusuf-Estes - http://www.tubeislam.com/video/5805/Beauties-of-Islam-Love--Islam-Sheikh-Yusuf-Estes

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 March 2010 at 1:27am

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 March 2010 at 1:36am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 March 2010 at 1:08am
 

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 March 2010 at 1:00am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 March 2010 at 1:21am

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

http://www.iaw.org.uk/islam-in-britain/islam-and-spirituality-1/the-purpose-of-life#loving - http://www.iaw.org.uk/islam-in-britain/islam-and-spirituality-1/the-purpose-of-life#loving



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 March 2010 at 1:26am
 

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 March 2010 at 4:10am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 March 2010 at 1:41am

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.” [Sűrah 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.” [Sűrah 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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 March 2010 at 4:03am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 March 2010 at 1:59am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 March 2010 at 3:09am

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." [Sűrah 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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 March 2010 at 12:56am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 March 2010 at 1:26am

Love of Allah

How then, can our hearts not love Him, the One who - and no other than Him - grants rewards, answers prayers, pardons mistakes, forgives sins, veils wrong actions, dispels grief and drives away sorrow?

He alone, is worthy of remembrance, worship and praise. He is the most generous to be asked, the most liberal to give, the most merciful to pardon, the mightiest to assist and the most dependable to rely on.

He is more merciful to His servant, than a mother is to her baby. He is more pleased by the repentance of the penitent sinner than a man who is overjoyed to find his riding beast, with all his provisions still on its back after he had lost it in a barren land and had given up all hope of survival.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 March 2010 at 1:22am
Specific acts that nourish ALLAH’S love 
  1. Have Taqwa
  2. Constantly repent to ALLAH
  3. Engage in self purification
  4. Do good
  5. Place Trust in ALLAH
  6. Be steadfast
  7. Act with justice

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 April 2010 at 12:47am

A believer who loves God accepts His Pre-Ordainment

You will never completely feel at ease until you firmly believe that Allah has already pre-ordained all matters

The pen has dried and with it has been written everything that will happen to you. Therefore do not feel remorse over that which is not in your hands. Do not think that you could have prevented the fence from falling, the water from flowing, the wind from blowing, or the glass from breaking. You could not have prevented these things, whether you wanted to or not. ALL that has been preordained shall come to pass.

*Then whosoever wills let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve.* (Qur'an 18: 29)

Surrender yourself: believe in preordainment, before pangs of anger and regret overwhelm you. If you have done all that was in your power, and afterwards what you had been striving against still takes place, have firm faith that it was meant to be. Do not say, "Had I done such-and-such, such-and-such would have happened"; rather say, "This is the decree of Allah, and what He wishes, He does."

A believer who loves God accepts His Pre-Ordainment



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 April 2010 at 1:02am
O' Allah

When there is a viloent storm and the seas are turbulent, the occupants of the boat call out, "O' Allah!"

When disaster and calamity occur, the afflicted call out, "O' Allah!"

When doors are shut before those who seek to enter through them and barriers are placed before those who are in need - they all cry out, "O' Allah!"

When the earth, vast and wide though it is, is straitened for you, causing your soul to feel constricted, call out, "O' Allah!"

To Allah ascend all good words, the sincere supplication, the tears of the innocent, and the invocations of the afflicted. Hands and eyes are extended to Him in times of hardship and misfortune. The tongue chants, cries out, and mentions His name. The heart finds peace, the soul finds rest, the nerves are relaxed, and the intellect is awakened - these are all achieved when we remember Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'alaa - "How Perfect He is, the Exalted."

*Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves.* (Qur'an 42: 19)

Allah: the most beautiful of names, the truest combination of letters, and the most precious of words.

*Do you know of any that is similar to Him?* [There is nothing like unto Him and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer] (Qur'an 19: 65)

Allah: He is thought of when absolute richness, strength, glory and wisdom come to mind.

*Whose is the kingdom this Day?* [Allah Himself will reply to His question]: *It is Allah's - the One, the Irresistible.* (Qur'an 40: 16)

Allah: He is thought of when kindness, care, relief, affection and mercy come to mind.

*And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah* (Qur'an 16: 53)

O' Allah, Possessor of Majesty, Magnificence, and Might, let comfort take the place of sorrow, make happiness come after sadness, and let safety take the place of fear.

O' our Lord: Give peaceful slumber to the restless and serenity to disturbed souls.

(Source: Book titled "Don't be Sad")



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 April 2010 at 1:25am

Worship & The Love of Allah

The truth is that worship  is an expression of love for Allah, and it also expresses complete humility to Allah.

For worship does not only mean prayer but prayer is merely a sign of worship but worship is indeed love for Allah.



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 April 2010 at 3:55pm

All Muslims are agreed that the love of Allah is a duty. Allah says concerning the believers, "He loves them and they love Him," and the Prophet said, the right "Till a man loves Allah and His Prophet more than anything else he has not faith." When the angel of death came to take the soul of Abraham the latter said, "Have you ever seen a friend take his friend's life?" Allah answered him, "Have you ever seen a friend unwilling to see his friend?" Then Abraham said, "O Azrael! take my soul!"

The following prayer was taught by the Prophet to his companions, "O Allah, grant me to love Thee and to love those who love Thee, and whatsoever brings me nearer to Thy love, and make Thy love more precious to me than cold water to the thirsty." Hassan Basri used to say, "He who knows Allah loves Him, and he who knows the world hates it."

We come now to treat of love in its essential nature. Love may be defined as an inclination to that which is pleasant. This is apparent in the case of the five senses, each of which may be said to love that which gives it delight; thus the eye loves beautiful forms, the ear music, etc. This is a kind of love we share with the animals. But there is a sixth sense, or faculty of perception, implanted in the heart, which animals do not possess, through which we become aware of spiritual beauty and excellence. Thus, a man who only acquainted with sensuous delights cannot understand what the Prophet meant when he said he loved prayer more than perfumes or women, though the last two were also pleasant to him. But he whose inner eye is opened to behold the beauty and perfection of Allah will despise all outward sights in comparison, however fair they may be.

The former kind of man will say that beauty resides in red-and-white complexions, well proportioned limbs, and so forth, but he will be blind to moral beauty, such as men refer to when they speak of such and such a man as possessing a "beautiful" character. But those possessed of inner perception find it quite possible to love the departed great, such as the Caliphs Omar and Abu Bakr, on account of their noble qualities, though their bodies have long been mingled with the dust. Such love is directed not towards any outward form, but towards the inner character. Even when we wish to excite love in a child towards anyone, we do not describe their outward beauty or form, etc., but their inner excellences.

When we apply this principle to the love of Allah we shall find that He alone is worthy of our love, and that, if anyone loves Him not, it is because he does not know Him. Whatever we love in anyone we love because it is a reflection of Him. It is for this reason that we love Muhammad, because he is the Prophet and the Beloved of Allah, and the love of learned and pious men is really the love of Allah.
 
The Alchemy of Happiness-Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 April 2010 at 6:18pm

Ridha or Joyous Submission to His Will -Imam Ghazali (ra)

 
Ridhaa is the quintessence of love and is one of the highest stages of the favoured few. But some doubt its existence, saying, How can man be joyous for what is against his own will. He may submit to God’s will, but it does not follow that he also shares the feeling of joy. We shall discuss the nature of Ridha and prove its existence.

Let us first turn to the Quran and the Hadis. “Allah has promised to the believing man and the believing women gardens, beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them, and goodly dwellings in gardens of perpetual abode and best of all is Allah’s goodly pleasure-that is the grand achievement”. In this passage God’s pleasure (Rizwan) is described as best of all blessings. In another passage this blessing is also bestowed on those who joyfully submit to his will. “Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with him; that is for him who fears his Lord.”Who fear the beneficent God in secret and come with a penitent heart, enter it in peace that is the day of abiding. They have therein what they wish and with us is more yet.”
 
Some commentators say that three gifts will be given in paradise: (i) a rare gift of which “no soul knows (in this world) what is hidden for them of that which will refresh the eyes”.(ii) The salutation as mentioned in the Quran: “Peace (Salam) a word from the merciful Lord”.(iii) His goodly grace and pleasure as mentioned in “wa Rizwanumminallahi akbar” (and best of all is Allah’s goodly pleasure).
The Prophet once asked some of his companions to point out the signs of the faith which they professed. “O apostle of God,” said the companions, “we are patient in tribulations, grateful in felicity and pleased with what is ordained”. “Ye are Muslims” said the Prophet. Again the Prophet said: “Ye who are poor be pleased with what God has put you in and then you shall have your reward”.

Those who deny the existence of Ridha saying that man can be patient in sufferings but joyous submission to His will is not possible, really deny the existence of love and its all-absorbing nature. A lover always loves his beloved’s actions.
 
Some people went to see Shibli at Maristan, where he was imprisoned. “Who are you?” asked the saint. “Friends”, they all replied with one voice. Hearing this Shibli fetched some stones and began to throw them at them, and they all fled calling him a madman. “What’s this”, exclaimed Shibli, “You call yourselves my friends but if you are sincere, bear patiently what ye receive from me."A true friend wants only good fortune and to run from good fortune is stupidity.
 
Ridha joyous submission to God’s will is possible and is one of the highest stages to which the souls of true devotees could aspire.
 
People believe in eccentricities of Cupid’s votaries but give no ear to the ecstasies of the true lovers of God. Perhaps they have no eyes to look at the manifestation of His beauty; no ears to listen to the music of His love, no heart to gaze at and enjoy His sweet presence. Perhaps they are proud of their learning and think too much of their good deeds but they have no idea of humble and broken hearts.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 April 2010 at 3:25am

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

"Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do.

And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory deeds so that I shall love him.

When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk.
 
And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it.'"

(Hadith in Al-Bukhari)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2010 at 1:36am
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
 
"The servants God loves most are those most sincere with God’s servants.”
 
(Hadith in Musnad Ahmad)


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 April 2010 at 8:37am

Love of Allah

It is a stage that all of those who are striving and competing are competing for it and it is a kind of life that if you are missing it you are one of the dead.
 
It is a light that if you are without it you are in and ocean of darkness. It is a medicine or cure that if you are without it, your heart becomes a place of sicknesses.
 
It is a sweetness or pleasure that if you are without it, life becomes a thing of worries and of pain.
 
 
- Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah(ra)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 April 2010 at 1:33am

To develop this love for Allah does not require us to retire to or seclude ourselves in a monastery.

This love makes us do our duty to Allah while we are out in the street, at home or in the office. With this love, we live as servants of Allah everywhere, willingly making every sacrifice required of us. In fact, it propels us to share actively in the service of Allah's other creatures. True love of Allah makes us care for people and their needs.

Whether or not you have that love is something for you to examine closely. If you love someone, one of your most intense desires will be to get closer to that person. In Islam, you have a way in which you can get closer to Allah and talk to Him and that way is through Salat (Prayers). The Prophet said that when a person performs Salat, he actually comes nearer to Allah and talks to Him. If you look at how you pray five times a day, you will have a barometer in your hand to find out how much you love Allah.

Once you are praying to Him, you are in front of Him, you are near to Him, you are talking to Him, you are responding to Him in gratitude and you are asking for His forgiveness. Prayer is not just a ritual in which you go through certain postures. The soul has to surrender itself exclusively to Allah and love Him. This love is like a seed which, as it grows, envelops the entire personality.



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 April 2010 at 4:03pm

Love(Muhabbah) is to know that one’s abundant qualities are actually minute, whereas the Beloved’s insignificant qualities are actually abundant.

For example, Allah loves His creation, He showers them with countless blessings and mercies daily, yet Allah Himself stated in His Book that these blessings are few.

Say: Short is the enjoyment of this world (4:77)

On the other hand, the believers perform an insufficient amount of dhikr (remembrance of Allah) but Allah refers to this as abundant.

Men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise (33:35)

 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 April 2010 at 12:36am
Allah loves The Just (Al-Muqsiteen)

So if they come to you, [O Muhammad], judge between them or turn away from them. And if you turn away from them - never will they harm you at all.

And if you judge, judge between them with justice. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.

(5:42)
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 April 2010 at 3:14pm

Hadith Qudsi says,

"Neither [the vastness of] My earth, nor [that of] My heaven can contain Me. Indeed it is the heart of the man of faith which can contain Me."
 

Junayd said, “I heard Al-Hârith Al-Muhâsibî say: “Love (mahabbah) is your inclination to something with all of your being. Then, your preference to that thing over your own self, your soul and your possessions and wealth. Then, your being in accordance with that thing inwardly and outwardly, privately and publicly. Then, realizing your shortcomings with regards to your love of it.”

It was said, “Love (mahabbah) is a fire that burns in the heart. It burns everything other than what the beloved wants from the lover.” It was also said, “Nay, it is exerting all efforts in pleasing the beloved. And that could never be so until one no longer sees the ‘love’ anymore, but only witnesses the beloved.” It is mentioned in some of the Hadith Qudsi, “My servant, I am, by your right, a lover of you. So, be you, by my right upon you, a lover of Me.”

‘Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak said, “Whomsoever is given something of love and is not given its equivalent of awe and veneration (khashyah), then he is deceived.”

Yahyâ ibn Mu’âdh said, “A muster seed’s amount of love is more beloved to me than seventy years of worship without love!”

Yahyâ ibn Mu’âdh said, “The one who knows Allah leaves this world (at the time of death) and he has not had his fill of two things: crying over his self and yearning for his Lord.” Others have said, “One who knows Allah will not really know Allah until if he is given a dominion like the kingdom of Solomon it would not distract him from Allah for even the blink of an eye.” It has also been said, “The one who knows Allah has found intimacy with Allah and has an aversion for other than Him. He has realized his poverty in front of Allah, so Allah has enriched him from His creation. And he has humbled himself in front of Allah, so He has ennobled him amongst His creation.”

Excerpt from the book “The Garden of the Lovers and the Excursion of Those Who Yearn”
by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 April 2010 at 2:48am

Fear, Respect and Love of Allah Must be Together

Some people assume that love of Allah is enough for those who seek to live according to religious morals and earn Allah’s good pleasure. However, Allah informs us that His servants who possess superior morals and love Him also have a genuine fear and respect for Him.

Every person who acknowledges Allah with all of His attributes and appreciates His greatness, as well as those who have intelligence and a conscience, will fear and respect Allah to the utmost degree. Allah enables such servants, who also abide by His will, to distinguish good from evil and to observe the limits that He has set for humanity.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 April 2010 at 3:42pm

Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything. It is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God and the generosity of God in everything. It is to be thankful for all God's bounties.

This is the first step on the road to the love of God. This is just a seed of love. In time, the seed will grow and become a tree and bear fruit. Then, whoever tastes that fruit will know what real love is. It will be difficult for those who have tasted to tell of it to those who have not.

~Sh. Muzaffar Ozak~




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 April 2010 at 2:12am

Those who Love Allah Also Love Believers

Those who are loved by Allah are also loved by believers; those who befriend Allah also befriend the believers; those who earn His good pleasure also earn that of the believers; and whoever loves Allah should also love His servants.

Those pious believers who follow His path are among those people most loved by Allah. For this reason, believers love one another and are very concerned about each other. Many verses relate the believers’ love for one another, their closeness to each other, their mercy to each other and their attachment to each other.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2010 at 12:33am

One of the greatest causes that bring about one's love for Allah is increasing one's remembrance of Allah.

Whenever a person loves someone, he remembers them 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



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 April 2010 at 10:35am

Morality and good works are not ends in themselves, but the fruits of a faith, of a soul that perpetually remembers its Creator with love and awe.

It is such perpetual remembrance that is the goal of Islam, not a mechanical following of its laws.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 April 2010 at 12:23am

Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

"The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many."

(Hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari)



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 April 2010 at 3:33pm

Allah loves Muhsineen [2:195, 3:134, 3:148, 5:13, 5:93] [Those who do good (to others); who spend (benevolently) in the cause of Allah (2:195) in favorable as well as in adverse circumstances; who divert and sublimate their anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people;

who quickly correct any wrong or indecency that has occurred from them, remember Allah,  protect themselves from trailing behind in dignity and refrain from willfully persisting in error. [3:134-135];
 
 who pardon and forbear [5:13];
 
who do not spread corruption on earth  [7:56]; 
 
who strive hard for Him [29:69]; 
 
who establish As-Salaat [remembering Him (20:14, 62:9) all the time (70:23) and at appointed times (4:103, 62:9),
 
and follow His Guidance in all the affairs] and keep the resources, that He has bestowed upon them, open [for the welfare of humanity]. (2:177, 9:44, 39:33, 92:17-20) [31:3-4];
 
 who are the believing servants of Allah [37:110-111, 37:121-122, 37:131-132];
 
 who sleep but little at night (reflecting on His Commands and on ways to implement His Commands) and heartily seek to be guarded against imperfections (51:16-18)].


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 April 2010 at 12:55am

Love: A Blessing Bestowed by Allah for Believers

Allah creates opportunities for people to gain His good pleasure. Our Lord gives believers faith, an understanding to live their lives with consciousness, a mind to understand the Qur’an and power of love. These traits are ways to deepen one’s love of Allah, to appreciate Allah’s superior morality clearly and scrupulously.

Love of Allah is a love that includes all loves and the basis of all types of love. It is a love, which gives the biggest pleasure and happiness to the soul. The only way to love Muslims, beautiful creatures and all other beauties, created by Allah, is the unrequited love felt for Allah

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 April 2010 at 3:07am

Ten Causes Leading to Allah's Love

Ibn al-Qaiyim mentioned ten causes that result in Allah's love for His slave and the slave's love for his Lord.

These ten causes are detailed in this article and include:

Continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances
, with one's tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one's love of Allah is determined by this. ...
 
Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires. ...
 
Observing Allah's kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 April 2010 at 12:57am

Pondering over the creation of the heavens and the earth

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.
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 April 2010 at 12:26pm

Allah is The Most Loving (Al-Wadoud)

The word wadoud is derived from waddahu which means to love a person.
 
Allah says, On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will God Most Gracious bestow Love. (MARYAM, 96), where the love mentioned in this verse is His Love to them and their love to Him.
 
He also says, Thou will not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day, loving those who resist God and His Apostle even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers or their kindred. (MUJADILA, 22), And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Full of loving-kindness.” (BURUJ, 14).

The Love of Allah to His creatures is great; He bestows His Love on His creatures by making them know Him, His love to the sinners is mantled in forgiveness, and His Love to all the creatures is by the donation of their sustenance; He loves the believers who love Him and He is pleased with those who work deeds of righteousness so He praises them for their deeds.

The name AL-WADOUD, The Most LOVING, is near in meaning to Al-Raheem, the Most Merciful, yet mercy is the bestowing of goodness and blessings to the one Allah has mercy on. The Divine Acts of the Most Merciful are directed and granted to the feeble and the necessitous; on the other hand, the Divine Acts of the Most LOVING do not suggest that; what Allah, Glory be to Him, bestows and donates is the result of His Love. He says, ..soon will God produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him. (MA’IDA, 57).

Allah, the Most LOVING, loves them first, then He grants them the ability to love Him. “When Allah loves one of His creatures, He calls Gabriel and says, “O Gabriel! I do love this person, so love him!” so Gabriel loves that person, then he says to the Exalted Assembly, “Behold! Allah, Praise and Glory be to Him, loves this person, so do love that person!” So the Exalted Assembly loves him, then his love will enter the heart of everybody on earth” (HADITH). Allah, Glory be to Him, says, ..for my Lord is indeed full of mercy and loving-kindness. (HUD, 90).

Glory be to the Most LOVING, Whose grants are lavish and great, Praise and Glory be to Him, He is Allah.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 April 2010 at 12:24am

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

"Allah loves that if one does a job he perfects it."



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 19 April 2010 at 3:13pm


Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:

 
"Aisha, verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers for kindness what he does not confer for severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it (kindness)."
 
 
(Sahih Muslim)


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 April 2010 at 1:56am

Allah loves a believer who is patient, and who puts his/her trust in Him:

"Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)."

(The Qur'an, 3:159)



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 April 2010 at 6:52am

"And yet there are some people, who replace Allah with rivals,loving them as Allah is loved.

 
But the believers love Allah more intensely." 
 
(The Qur'an ,2:165)  


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 April 2010 at 9:20am
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." [Sűrah 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. There are other verses that add to this understanding
 
For instance, Allah says, confirming that our love for Him is the essence of our faith: “O you who believe, if any from among you turn back from his faith, soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as who will love Him." [Sűrah al-Mâ'idah: 54]

In one hadith, 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.

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.

Allah says: “Now there has come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that you should suffer, ardently anxious is he over you: to the believers is he most kind and merciful.” [Sűrah al-Tawbah: 128]

 

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.

Our love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) comes as a consequence of our love for Allah. In other words, we love the Prophet (peace be upon him) because he is the Messenger of Allah, and the kindest, most gentle, and ethical human being there ever was. He was kinder and more merciful to people than their own parents are to them. It is obvious that the right of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to be loved, respected and honored, is more than that of parents.

This is a weighty love indeed, since we know that Allah holds in honor the rights of the parents and mentions being kind to them along with His own rights upon us.

Allah emphasizes just how important their rights are by making mention of their rights at the same time that He orders us to worship Him. Allah says: “Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good to parents.” [Sűrah al-Nisâ': 36]

He says: “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents.” [Sűrah al-Isrâ': 23]

May peace and blessing be upon the Prophet Muhammad and upon all the other Prophets.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 April 2010 at 2:27pm
 
Love the creation for the love of the One who created it.
 
[Imam Birgivi]
 
 
Allah swt will say on the Day of Resurrection:
 
Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.
 
 
 (Related by Al-Bukhari and by Malik)


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 April 2010 at 7:09pm

"After all, it was a matter of love;and love is composed of many things;of our desires and our loneliness,of our high aims and our shortcomings, of our strengths and our weaknesses.So it was in my case.Islam came over to me like a robber who enters a house by night;but unlike a robber , it entered to remain for good..."

Islam at Crossroads -Muhammad Asad aka Leopold Weiss

Until you seek you cannot find-
That's true, save of the Lover:
 You cannot see Him, being blind,
Until you shall discover.

~Rumi (ra)



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 May 2010 at 2:56pm

"The heart, in its journey to Allah, Majestic is He, is like that of a bird: love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the head and two wings are sound, the bird flies gracefully; if the head is severed, the bird dies; if the bird loses one of its wings, it then becomes a target for every hunter or predator"

~Ibn Al Qayyim (ra)



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 May 2010 at 12:02pm

Love of Allah (Poem)

The love of the Beloved
must be unconditionally returned.

If you claim love
yet oppose the Beloved,
then your love is but a pretence.
You love the enemies of your Beloved
and still seek love in return.

You fight the beloved of your Beloved.

Is this Love or the following of shaytaan?

True devotion is nothing
but total submission
of body and soul
to One Love.

We have seen humans claim to submit,
yet their loyalties are many.

They put their trust here, and their hope there,
and their love is without consequence.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 May 2010 at 7:11pm
Patience and Loving Allah
 
Patience is one of the most important qualities demanded of those who claim to love Allah, as the degree of patience determines those who are sincere in their claim and those who are not. The degree of patience needed to endure hardship and difficulties in order to please the Beloved proves the sincerity of one’s love. Many claim to love Allah, but when Allah tests them with hardship, they forget the true essence of love. No-one can adhere to the love of Allah except those who are patient and persevering (as-sâbirűn). If it were not for the test of hardship and sincerity, there would be no proof of the sincerity of a person’s love of Allah. The one whose love of Allah is greater, has a greater degree of patience.

Therefore, Allah has attributed the quality of patience to His close friends (awliyâ) and most beloved. He said about His beloved slave Ayyub (AS): “…Truly We found him full of patience and constancy. How excellent in Our service! Ever did he turn (to Us)!” (Sâd 38:44) Allah instructed the most beloved to Him of everything He created to have patience in accepting His decree and told him that patience comes only by the help of Allah. He praised those who have patience and promised them the best of rewards: the rewards of others are defined and limited, but the reward of as-sâbirűn is without measure. Patience is vital at all levels of Islâm, îmân and ihsân, as well as being a major element in îmân (faith) and tawakkul (putting one’s trust in Allah).
 
Ibn-Al Qayyim (ra)
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 May 2010 at 12:59pm

The Secret of Love

Muhammad's (peace be upon him) life journey offered at every stage an existence devoted to the worship of God. The heart cannot but commune with such a being as he follows the path to freedom: freedom not only to think or act, for which Muhammad fought with dignity, but also the freedom of a being who had liberated himself from his attachments to superficial emotions, destructive passions, or alienating dependence. Everybody loved, cherished, and respected his ego, to give himself, and, in turn, to love without bondage. Divine love was free from human dependence. He submitted, and he was free: he submitted in the peace of the divine, and he was free from the illusions of the human. He had once told one of his Companions the secret of love: "Keep away from [do not envy] what men love, and men will love you." [Ibn Majah]

God had inspired him to follow the path to the Love that continues this love: "My servant keeps getting close to Me through freely chosen devotions until I love him; and when I love him, I am the hearing through which he hears, the sight through which he sees, the hand through which he holds, and the foot through which he walks." [Bukhari] God's love offers the gift of proximity to the divine and transcendence of the self. God's Love is a Love without dependence, a Love that liberates and elevates. In the experience of this closeness one perceives the presence of the Being, of the divine.

"In The Footsteps of The Prophet" - Tariq Ramadan



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 May 2010 at 3:17pm
Does Allah Love You?
 
Allah’s Love
Much is said about the first two of the three components in our relationship with Allah: fear, hope and love. But less is said about Allah’s Love. And this is important to know, because by realizing Allah’s Love, those of us whose hearts are hard are softened; those of us who feel deep inside that we can never be forgiven will be awoken with hope; and those of us whose relationship with Allah is mechanical will be enriched.
 

When Allah loves a servant

“When Allah loves someone he calls to Jibreel (as) saying, ‘O Jibreel, I love such and such a person, so love him.’ Then Jibreel will call to the (angels) of the heavens, ‘Allah loves such and such a person so love him.’ And the angels will love [that person]. And then Allah will place acceptance on earth for that believer.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

It would have been enough for Allah to say that He loves a person, for what more could someone want? But because Allah is Al-Wadood (the Loving) and Al-Kareem (the Most-Generous), He declares this love to the Angels, which does not stay in the heavens but descends to the earth because Allah puts acceptance of this person in the hearts of people.

So who is eligible for this love?
“…God loves those who do good” (Surat Al Baqara, 2:195) ”
“…God loves those who repent to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean” (Surat Al-Baqara, 2:222) ”
“…God loves those are mindful of Him” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:76)

“…God loves those who are steadfast” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:146)
“…God loves those who put their trust in Him” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:159)
“…God loves the just” (Surat Al-Maida, 5:42)

So not only does Allah love the Prophets (as), the Companions (ra) and the scholars, but all the people listed above as well. And though those who repent are those who committed sins, maybe even grave sins, Allah loves them because they return to Him. By being one of those people above we are eligible to be loved by Allah.

Look at another manifestation of Allah’s love. He says in a hadith qudsi: “Whosoever acts with enmity towards a closer servant of Mine (wali), I will indeed declare war against him.” (Bukhari)

And who are the awliya? ”Now surely the friends (awliya) of Allah – they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve – those who believe and are conscious of God.” (Surat Yunus, 10:62-63)

Allah continues in the same hadith qudsi, showing us how we can be of the awliya: ”Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with the supererogatory (nawafil) so that I shall love him.”

That’s it? Start with the obligatory and then add the things that are sunnah? Then what happens?

“When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it.” (Bukhari)

Our problem is that we invest so much in people’s love, yet forget that the everlasting love is that of Allah. Some of us are taught to believe that because of our sins, we can never be eligible for this love, yet nothing could be further from the truth. The examples above are only a tiny glimpse of Allah’s dealings with us. May we always be of those who have hope in Allah’s Love and Mercy and seek to get closer to Him. Ameen.

The above was adapted from a lecture by Amr Khaled.
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 May 2010 at 2:00pm
Du’a of hubb (Love)
 
Du’a of Habibullaah-Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسألُكَ حُبَّكَ

ِو حُبَّ مَنْ يَنفَعُنِي حُبُّهُ عِنْدَكَ

اللَّهُمَّ ما رَزَقْتَنِي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي قُوةً في ما تُحِب

اللَّهُمَّ ما زَوَيتَ عَنِّي مِمَّا أُحِبُ فاجعَلهُ لِي فَرَاغَاً فِي ما تُحِب

O Allah, I implore You for Your Love

And the love of the one: whose love benefits me with You

O Allah, whatever You have bestowed upon me of what I love: let it be strength for me in what You Love

O Allah, whatever You withhold from me of what I love: let it be free.

 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 May 2010 at 10:39am
 
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
 
“If Allah Loves a people, He tests them.”
(Al-Tirmidhi)
 
 
 
How is it that Allah can test those who are beloved to Him?
 
“…because this forces the servant to repent.

Allah tests the servants with the punishments of this world in order that they repent from their sins, as He Said: {“…that He may make them taste a bit of that which they have done, in order that they may return.”} [ar-Rum; 41] So, for whoever is granted the chance to repent by Allah as the result of an act of disobedience, this is from the greatest of blessings of Allah upon him, because this will result in his invoking and supplicating to Allah with submission and humility. Because of this, Allah has condemned those who do not lean on their Lord, and do not invoke Him when crisis occurs: {“And indeed, We seized them with punishment. But, they did not humble themselves to their Lord, nor did they invoke Him with submission.”} [al-Mu'minun; 76] And supplicating and invoking Allah with humility is from the greatest of blessings, and this blessing is from the greatest paths by which one can rectify his religious practice, as the rectification of one’s religious practice is in his worshipping Allah, alone, depending on Him, and not calling upon any deity besides Him – not a du’a’ of worship, nor a du’a’ of request.


So, if you are granted the chance to perform repentance, which entails worshipping Allah, alone, and you obey His Messengers by doing that which you are commanded, and abandoning that from which you are forbidden, you are from those who worship Allah. And if you are granted the chance to supplicate to Allah – which is to ask Allah for whatever you need, and you ask Him for what will benefit you, and you seek refuge with Him from anything that would harm you – this is from the greatest of Allah’s blessings upon you.


This is usually what happens when a disaster strikes, and if such blessings emerge when crisis strikes, it would only make sense that the people most deserving of this are those who are beloved to Him, and it is upon such people to thank Allah.”

['Taysir al-'Aziz al-Hamid'; p. 353-355]


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:55pm

Junayd said, “I heard Al-Hârith Al-Muhâsibî say: “Love (mahabbah) is your inclination to something with all of your being. Then, your preference to that thing over your own self, your soul and your possessions and wealth. Then, your being in accordance with that thing inwardly and outwardly, privately and publicly. Then, realizing your shortcomings with regards to your love of it.”



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 3:19pm
God's Love in Islam

The Qur'an uses several words for the term "love" with different shades of meaning. If all these words -- rafah, rahmah, wudda, hub, etc. -- are translated as "love", then this word is of very frequent occurrence in the Qur'an, appearing on average about once in every 15 aya'h (communications; verses). Even the word hub, which is most commonly translated as love, occurs in application to God so frequently in the Qur'an that it is hardly justified to say that Islam knows only greatness of God, not His love.

God's Universal Love (rafah, rahmah, rabubiyyah)

The various words used in the Qur'an for God's love can be divided into two categories: those that relate to universal manifestation of divine love and those that refer to a special love reserved for the righteous.

God's love in its universal manifestation is generally referred to in the Qur'an under the terms rafah and rahmah. Rafah can be translated as compassion, kindness or pity, while rahmah is usually rendered as grace, love, blessing or mercy. About God's rahmah the Qur'an says that it encompasses all things:

My punishment I inflict upon whom I will but My rahmah embraces all things... (7:156).

O our Sustainer! You embrace all things within (Your) rahmah and knowledge (40:7).

These verses reveal that while divine punishment is an act of God's will directed towards some purpose, love or rahmah is, as it were, His nature, His normal attitude towards men and other creatures. So it is said in 6:12, 15 that God "has enjoined upon Himself (the rule) of rahmah". It is possible to include in "all things" that are under the embrace of God's rahmah even those people who are punished, so that even divine punishment can be said to proceed in some way from rahmah. [It's through punishments and afflictions do we realize that we have crossed the natural boundaries of our existence. This, in turn, brings about a sense of awareness and self-knowledge, which in turn enables one to return to the middle and the balanced path where there is contentment and peace.]

For humans, God's rahmah and rafah are manifested, for example, in His abundant forgiveness and in the creation of the environment in which humans live, an environment that they can use to their great benefit (22:65; 30:50 etc.). They are also manifested in the revelations sent by God through His messengers (2:154; 11:17; 11:53), [as through this Divine guidance, we come to know God and the natural boundaries He has created within which there is a maximum chance for our spiritual growth].

The coming of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is especially a manifestation of God's rahmah and rafah (57:9; 6:155). He came as rahmat-al-lil-alamin (grace to all nations) and the revelation he brought is rahmah for all those who believe (10:57; 17:82 etc.).

Concrete manifestations of rahmah and rafah gives rise to two oft-repeated "names" or attributes of God: Rahman and Rahim. Both names are intensive forms derived from rahmah, signifying "Most Gracious or Compassionate", but there seems to be a difference in the shade of meaning. Rahim emphasizes divine love as it responds to man's deeds when they have occurred or his needs when they have arisen; for example, God's patience, long suffering and forgiveness given to man after he has been sinning or His responding to the prayer of a man who has been suffering. The name Rahman, on the other hand, stresses love and grace that flows from God independently of what man does, such as God's love and grace which is manifested in His creating man or sending the Prophet for humankind or in His putting some of humankind on the right path, in any of which acts human beings played absolutely no part. 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 May 2010 at 12:03am

Allah loves His worshippers who love and obey Him; who adhere to His commandments and His Law. They love Him.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us that the love of Allah is the highest level of faith a believer can attain. He said: “If anyone possesses three qualities, he will experience the sweetness of faith: The first is that Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anything else. The second is to love another person only for Allah's sake. The third is to hate falling into unbelief as much as one would hate being thrown into the fire." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (16) and Sahîh Muslim (43)]

We see that the prophet made the sweetness of faith depend upon three things all of which relate to love: to love Allah and to love for His sake, and to hate unbelief which is none other than the rejection of Allah and His blessings.

Love is an emotion. As such, it is something that must genuinely be experienced in the heart. A believer loves the Lord and desires that the Lord returns that love. Whosever Allah loves has no reason to fear, and the world will be an abode of contentment and virtue. Death and what comes after it will be better by far. When Allah loves a believer, He raises that person's status in Paradise and brings that person near to Him.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 June 2010 at 3:30pm

God's Special Love in Islam (hub, mahabbah, wudda)

In addition to rafah, rahmah,the Qur`an also uses hub, mahabbah, and wuddu to refer to God's love. In general, these words signify a more personal and warmer manifestation of divine love than do the other words we have considered above. Mahabbah of God was operative, for example in the safe upbringing of Moses among his enemies, and in His raising him to great spiritual and moral heights:

I cast over you (O Moses) the garment of love (mahabbah) from Me and (this) in order that you may be reared under My care (literally "eye") (20:39)

Hub and Wudda are available to the faithful:

On those who have faith and do good will the Most Gracious One (Rahman) bestow love (wudda)." (19:96)

Say, (O My Prophet to the people), "if you love God, follow me, (and) God will love you (hub) and forgive you your sins; for God is oft-forgiving, most merciful." (3:31)

Wudda gives rise to God's name Al-Wadud (Loving One) (11:90; 85:14).

Hub is available to those:

  • who repent (2:222)

  • who do good (2:195; 5:13)

  • who are just (5:42; 49:9)

  • who persevere in patience (3:145)

  • who fight for His cause (61:4)

  • who love cleanliness (61:4)

  • who put their trust in Him (3:158)

    and so on. But it is not available to the:

  • the conceited, boastful man (2:190)

  • the mischievous disturbers of peace (28:77)

  • the unjust (42:40)

  • the extravagant (6:142)

  • the supercilious (16:23)

  • the transgressors (2:190)

    and so on.

    Thus while there is a divine love (rafah, rahmah) which embraces everything there is another, warmer, type of love (hub) that God gives to some but not to others. That God is selective in giving this warmest love is necessary idea found in every religion. It really amounts to a distinction between good and evil. If God treated everybody in a completely identical manner, regardless of his character and conduct, then the distinction between good and evil, which is essential to all religions, would become meaningless. Consequently there is no basis for the criticism by some people that the Qur`anic conception of God's love is defective because the Qur`an says that God does not love people with certain bad qualities such as unjustness, boastfulness, lawlessness.

    The Qur`an does not say that God hates these people, only that He does not love them with a warm love (hub); the question of the availability of the universal type of divine love (rahmah) is left in the Qur`an open for all people in the world.

    Let us note some further points about the Qur`anic concept of God's hub.

    1. It is clear from the Qur`anic verses referred to above that the distinguishing marks of those who received God's hub are certain qualities or traits -- trust in God, justness, patience etc. Adherence to a code of law given by Islam is not stressed in this connection.

    2. The Qur`an says that those who follow the Prophet receive God's hub (3:31) but it stops at this positive statement and does not say anywhere that those who do not follow the Prophet will not receive God's hub, thus leaving the possibility in principle that followers of other religions may acquire the qualities and conduct that earn man the love of God. But the Qur`an does say that those righteous believers in other faiths who accept Islam will have their portion of divine love doubled (57:28). This is because God has a special love for the Prophet Muhammad and his mission represents the primary means in our age for the realization of divine purpose in history, so that to follow him is more than to acquire faith and good qualities.

    3. Although a man with good qualities of heart and conduct receives divine love, he does not do so because of his qualities. For like every other good thing that happens to a man (4:79), good qualities of heart and conduct are themselves ultimately a gift from God and are not acquired by man on his own.  

    4. To the extent that the Qur`an relates the reception of divine love with acquisition of certain qualities of heart and conduct (even if that relation is not of simple cause and effect), we can say that according to the Qur`an divine love is purposive, for qualities can become relevant only for serving a purpose. Thus God's love should not be thought of as simply a sentimental person-to-person relationship, but a creative force which operates to realize an End.



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 09 June 2010 at 12:01am

    The Love of the Beloved

    The love of the Beloved
    must be unconditionally returned.


    If you claim love
    yet oppose the Beloved,
    then your love is but a pretence.
    You love the enemies of your Beloved
    and still seek love in return.


    You fight the beloved of your Beloved.


    Is this Love or the following of Shaytaan?

     

    True devotion is nothing
    but total submission
    of body and soul
    to One Love.


    We have seen humans claim to submit,
    yet their loyalties are many.


    They put their trust here, and their hope there,
    and their love is without consequence.

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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 17 June 2010 at 12:50am

    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 ...


    http://islamic-beliefs.suite101.com/article.cfm/love_for_god_in_islam - http://islamic-beliefs.suite101.com/article.cfm/love_for_god_in_islam - http://islamic-beliefs.suite101.com/article.cfm/love_for_god_in_islam


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 27 June 2010 at 6:13am


    Of Love--may God exalt you!--the first part is jesting, and the last part is right earnestness. So majestic are its diverse aspects, they are too subtle to be described; their reality can only be apprehended by personal experience. Love is neither disapproved by Religion, nor prohibited by the Law; for every heart is in God's hands.

    Sometimes, it is true, Love comes as a result of a definite cause outside the soul, but then it passes away when the cause itself disappears: one who is fond of you because of a certain circumstance will turn his back on you when that motive no longer exists.
     
    Love is characterized by longing for the loved one, horror of separation, hope of having one’s love reciprocated. It has been suggested that the sentiment varies according to its object. But the object varies only according to the lover’s desires, according to whether they are on the increase, the decrease, or are vanishing altogether. Thus, love felt for God Almighty is perfect love; that which unites beings in the quest for the same ideal, the love of a father, a son, parents, a friend, a sovereign, a wife, a benefactor, a person in whom one has placed one’s hopes, a lover, all is generally the same, all is love, but there are different species as I have just listed, differing by the amount of love inspired by what the loved one is able to give of itself.-
     
    Ibn Hazm  [Al-Akhlâq wa’l-Siyar (Morals and Behaviour)]


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 03 July 2010 at 7:01am
     
     
    In the Quran it says,

    2:165 “ Among people there are those who take others as equal besides Allah. They love them as they would love Allah. But those who have faith love Allah more than anything else. ”

    The Prophet (puh) told a man who came to him, “ You are with those you love. ” The Prophet was not just being nice to this man, he was teaching him and us something very important. He was making clear that love is the ultimate test of our worthiness as human beings. And he was giving us a way to understand about our own love. To know what it is that we really love.

    We are with what we love. Whatever we love is what is closest to us. What is most often thought of and remembered by us, what is most sought by us, that ' s what we love. So, what is it that we remember the most? What occupies our attention the most? What do we wish for the most? Let us be honest with ourselves, do we think of Allah most of the time? Or are we thinking of other things most of the time. Where is our attention? Is it on God or is it on the countless other things that occupy us and distract us from our real purpose?

    If we can examine ourselves honestly and know what we love then we have taken a major step forward. If we find that what we love is Allah then we are blessed with a great gift for which all praise is due to Allah. But if what we love is other than Allah, then at least we know and we have the opportunity to seek to change what is in our hearts.

    A reliable test of how true our love is for Allah is to see how much we are able to serve others and to give of ourselves generously and openly for Allah ' s sake. This is one of the most important truths: The quality of our faith is reflected in our intention, attitudes, and behavior.

    Mahmoud Mostafa (Khutba on Love In Islam)


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 07 July 2010 at 12:05am
    Way of the Muslim: Love of Allah

    A talk by Sheikh Yusuf Estes on Huda TV on the Love of Allah

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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 11 July 2010 at 8:39am

    Once a pious man was asked, “Teach me how to love Allah” to which he said “loving Allah is not brought by  teaching”.

    There is a Qur`anic verse in which Allah says, “Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they wil love Him”, it is not a wonder that He says, “They will love Him”, but it is a wonder that He says “Whom He will love”.

    ~Ibn Al-Qayyim (ra)-Al-Fawaa'id



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 21 July 2010 at 12:07am
    We must love others to be loved by God

    "When we close our hearts to others, our eyes are closed to see the beauty of God in them. The message of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and all other religions is one of love and service to others.  If God decides to care and love and feed even those who deny his existence, then who are we to deprive someone else of our love just because he is of different color or speaks a different language or is born in a different country or prays to the same God but in a different direction, using different words?"

    Dr. Shahid Athar, October 21, 2001

    Man is not only a social animal but a spiritual one. This spirituality stems from the fact that he was created by God, who had blown his spirit into him. Thus, while our body is a container of the soul, which is attached to earthly matters, the soul, with its essence of the spirit, always longs to be united with the Creator.

    One of the meanings of the word Islam is surrender, and human life is nothing but surrender. We had no choice when our souls were created, nor did we have a choice when they were united with the flesh in our mother's womb. We had no choice living as a fetus and after birth were dependent on our parents and others around us...


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 24 July 2010 at 2:38pm
    Love of Allah

    Ibn al-Qaiyim mentioned ten causes that result in Allah's love:

    First, reciting the Qur'an while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

    Second, getting closer to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds...

    Third, continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances, with one's tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one's love of Allah is determined by this.

    Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

    Fifth, the heart being avid of Allah's Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

    Sixth, observing Allah's kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

    Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allah ...


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 12 August 2010 at 1:08am
    To Love Allah is to Get to Know Him and Try to Have Refined Manners

    There is a verse in the Qur'an on the purpose of our creation which is translated as follows:

    "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (51:56)

    "to worship Me" is the literal translation of the Arabic verb (li-ya'boudoun"

    There is however a second meaning which is to get to know God and to love Him.

    The step which follows this knowledge is to do one's best to acquire the manners which God has praised in the Qur'an, like generosity and patience, ... etc, and to spread these virtues on earth among people, dealing with them in the best way possible, with mercy, kindness and love

    Allah is The Most-Generous (Al-Kareem)

    Do you want to love Allah and that He loves you?

    Be generous with people in all matters, including time

    Allah is The Patient (Al-Saboor)

    Be patient with people and don't get angry

    These are some important issues to consider for those who seek Allah's love ...





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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 13 August 2010 at 1:20am
    Are you a Friend of God?

    Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, was Allah's close friend (Khalilul-Rahman). In all the trials and hardships he went through in life, he trusted God and put his faith in Him. The more prophet Abraham did that, the closer he became of God

    The love of God brings a believer closer to Him, like in this world sincere friends are close to each other

    When you are need of God's help to get you out of a difficult situation, do you ask for His help?

    Try it, and see what happens

    Allah says in the Qur'an:

    "And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided" (2:186)

    God is very near, and He responds to a believer's prayers




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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 14 August 2010 at 6:16pm
    There is no doubt that perfect servitude to Allah is part of perfect love, and perfect love is connected to the perfection of the Beloved in and of Himself, for Allah, may He be glorified, is completely and absolutely perfect in all aspects, and could not possibly have any imperfections whatsoever.
     
    For one who is like this, nothing can be dearer to people’s hearts than Him; so long as their basic nature and reason are sound, it is inevitable that He will be the dearest of all things to their hearts. Undoubtedly love of Him leads to submission and obedience to Him, seeking His pleasure, doing one’s utmost in worship of Him and turning to Him. This is the best and strongest motive to do acts of worship. Even if there were no commands and prohibitions, no reward and punishment, one would do one’s best and devote one’s heart to the true God.
     
    Therefore one of the Salaf said: Loving Him motivates me in such a way that is even stronger than His commands. And ‘Umar said concerning Suhayb: Even if he did not fear Allah, he would not disobey Him…

    Miftaah Daar al-Sa‘aadah, Ibn Al-Qayyim (ra)




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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 15 August 2010 at 12:27am
    Allah's Love and Mercy

    He is The Most-Merciful, and He loves that believers deal with people with kindness and mercy

    Allah informs us in the Qur'an that His Mercy has no limits, as He says:

    "Say: O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful". (39:53)

    And He said:

    "And My Mercy embraces all things". (7:156)

    In an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:

    "When Allah created the creatures, He wrote in the Book, which is with Him over His Throne: `Verily, My Mercy prevailed over My Wrath" (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

    In another hadith, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

    "Allah has divided mercy into one hundred parts; and He retained with Him ninety-nine parts, and sent down to earth one part. Through this one part creatures deal with one another with compassion, so much so that an animal lifts its hoof over its young lest it should hurt it". (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

    God loves that mercy, kindness and love prevail between people, especially among: parents and sons, husbands and wives, neighbors, friends, relatives, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, ... etc.

    A guaranteed path towards God's love is through dealing with others with kindness and mercy, and this leads to His Mercy on the Day of Judgment

    Have mercy on those on earth, and you will find Mercy in Heaven



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 18 August 2010 at 12:32am
    God's Love and a Believer's Care and Support to Others

    God has given us many blessings, including wealth to some people

    He is The All-Wealthy (Al-Ghany) and He loves that the wealthy use their wealth in the right way. He dislikes that we waste our money and spend it on unnecessary luxury items when our relatives, neighbors, friends, co-citizens ... are in need

    He is a Merciful God, and He loves that we treat others with kindness and mercy. Kindness to orphans who have no parents to take care of them is highly praised in Islam and a deed which brings a believer very close to Allah

    Spending charity on those in need by the wealthy over and above the minimum zakah (2.5% of yearly savings) is a sign of faith, and the stronger the faith the more percentage of wealth is spent for the sake of Allah

    One of the companions of the prophet, peace be upon him, was a multi-millionaire. His name was Abdel Rahman ibn 'Aouf, and one day his trade caravan arrived in Madinah with a huge amount of merchandise. On hearing of this massive caravan, Lady 'Aishah said that she heard the prophet say that Abdel Rahman ibn 'Aouf will enter Paradise on his knees (as he will be asked about his wealth how he spent it). On hearing this hadith, he donated the whole caravan for the sake of Allah to the poor people of Madinah.

    Another companion of the Prophet, Omar ibn Al-Khatab, donated half his wealth to the poor, while Abu Bakr donated all his wealth several times for the sake of Allah

    They did that seeking God's Love, as they knew that caring for those in need brings them closer to Allah.
     



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 18 August 2010 at 7:45pm

    Being with God necessitates changing one's behavior and deciding to be part of a community inviting to all that is good. Islam, like other monotheistic traditions, insists on the return to God, on His judgement, on heaven and hell,and numerous verses associate the meaning of life with the hereafter.In the spiritual experience that determines the meaning of life and links it to the requirement to behave ethically, this initiatory phase is essential, even though this is not the ultimate teaching of relationship with God.

    Beyond the hope for His paradise and the fear of hell, the pinnacle of the relationship with the Most  Near is primarily to love Him and to aspire to contemplating His face (wajh) for eternity as the Prophet (pbuh) was later to teach His Companions with this invocation: "O God,offer us the grace and pleasure of looking upon Your infinitely bounteous face (wajhika)." The moral demand constitutes the necessary path toward the intimate and loving presence of God.

    In The Footsteps Of The Prophet-Dr.Tariq Ramadan



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 25 August 2010 at 12:28am

    Seeking God's Love by Doing Good to Others

    Does God need us?

    The answer is no. He is The King, the real Owner of all wealth

    He is the All-Merciful, and He loves that we deal with other people kindly, with mercy, love and compassion. He loves that the wealthy take care of the poor, that the strong help the weak and that the young care for the elderly (especially sons and daughters with their parents)

    Doing good to others and making them happy with this intention, of it being purely for the sake of pleasing Allah, is a guaranteed path for a believer to finding Allah's love.

    The more dedicated one is, the closer he/she will be to Allah



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 29 August 2010 at 6:59pm

    Meeting Allah

    Narrated by Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: "The one who fasts has two satisfactions. One is when he breaks his fast at the end of the day. The other is when he meets his Lord." [Muslim]

    The first satisfaction of the one who fasts is the pleasure of eating after a day of fasting. There are those whose fast continues even after they have eaten. These are the ones who keep their senses and their thoughts free of evil and their hands and their tongues from hurting others. It is for them the second and more rewarding satisfaction of meeting the Lord. There is nothing worthy to wish for, there is no other goal, no other beloved in this world and in the hereafter, except God. If an atom of anything other than the love of God enters the heart, the fast of truth, the true fast, is broken. Then one has to make it up, to revive that wish and intention, to return back to His love, here and in the hereafter, for God says, "Prescribed fasting is only for Me, and only I give its reward." [Bukhari, Muslim]

    Spiritual Fasting - Abdul Qadir Gilani (ra)


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 02 September 2010 at 5:19pm

    The Love of Allah and His Messenger

    A scholar was asked about the one who loves Allah. He said, “It is one who spends little time with people and much time alone; who is always in thought and outwardly silent; who is in a spiritual state that overtakes his sight, hearing and speech…who does not become sad if inflicted with a calamity, and if inflicted with hunger he is not aware…who looks to Allah in times of solace, who is happy with His company and speaks to Him intimately, and does not contend with the people of this world over their world.

    Whoever claims three, but does not purify himself of three is arrogant: claiming to seek the sweetness of remembrance of Allah but loving this world; claiming to love sincerity in one’s actions yet reveling in people’s adorations; and claiming to love one’s Creator without purifying one’s nafs (self).

    http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/the-love-of-allah-and-his-messenger/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/the-love-of-allah-and-his-messenger/



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 06 September 2010 at 12:39am

    The Love of God in Ramadan and After Ramadan

    The month of Ramadan is a month when Muslims come very close to Allah

    Fasting increases spirituality and reading the Qur'an more often makes us remember Him, and if He is pleased with us, He makes us feel His Love

    The night of peace is a special night, may Allah make us witness it

    Ameen

    God's Love is not only in Ramadan, but each day and each night of the year.

    Stay close to Him like you did in Ramadan

    Don't forget Him after Ramadan

    He loves you so don't turn away from Him

    Allah is always near, and His doors are always wide open, all what we need to do is to knock on the door any time of day or night, any day of the year

     



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 07 September 2010 at 1:22am

    Good Manners a Path to God's Love

    When Allah praised Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the Qur'an, He praised him for having excellent manners, not because he prayed most of the night

    Allah loves good manners and He wants believers to deal with people in the best way

    He is The Most Merciful, and He loves that people deal with others with kindness, mercy, generosity and good manners



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 08 September 2010 at 2:10am

    Justice: A Path to God's Love

    Allah loves those who are just

    He is a Just and Fair God, and He wants us to deal with others in a just and fair way.
     
    Injustice is unacceptable in Islam, whether it is towards fellow Muslims or towards non-Muslims
     
    In fact, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said that he would be an opponent on the Day of Judgment to those who harm or treat non-Muslims with injustice
     
    He commands us to establish justice in all fields of life: social justice, economical justice and political justice

    Being just is a fundamental value in Islam, and those who are unjust will see darkness on the Day of Judgment



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 09 September 2010 at 1:49am

    Ramadan and God’s love

    We must all realize that God loves us…period. Because He loves us, then it is only right, proper, and honorable that we love God back. But, loving God is not simply an act of the tongue. Love is manifested in action. One cannot tell his spouse, “I love you,” but abuse her both mentally and physically. What sort of love is that? How can someone claim she loves her spouse, but cheat on him at the same time? Love is not in words... love is in action.

    That is why fasting is all about love.


    If we love God because He loved us first, then we should show God that love. And few things can embody that love for God than depriving ourselves of the things we love the most – food, drink, and sex – for sake of the Lord. Unlike all of the other acts of worship – prayer, alms, the pilgrimage – fasting is the only thing you cannot fake ...

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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 22 September 2010 at 3:23am
    Rumi and the Ocean of God's Love
     
    Everyone recognizes that Rumi was a poet of love. This means that most people see him as an oddity in Islamic history. When we situate him in his own historical context, however, we see that he spoke for the mainstream. What made him stand out was that he got to the heart of the matter more quickly and much more enticingly than most authors. He makes his agenda explicit in the introduction to the Mathnawi: He is explaining "the roots of the roots of the roots of the religion," that is, the Islamic religion founded by the Koran and Muhammad.

    Like any great scripture, the Koran presents its teachings in mythic and symbolic language susceptible to a great range of interpretation. Although the Koran does not mention love that often (about 100 times), it is easy to see that these few mentions provide the germs for an extensive literature on the intimate links between God and the human soul. In these discussions, authors sometimes cite what are said to be words of God addressed to David the Psalmist. In a typical snippet, God says, "O David, anyone who claims to love Me is a liar if night comes and he goes to sleep on Me. Does not every lover love to be secluded with his beloved?" One of these purported conversations eventually became prominent in Sufi teachings. David asked God why he created the universe. God replied, "I was a hidden treasure and I loved to be recognized, so I created the creatures that I might be recognized."

    This saying puts centuries of reflection on love into a nutshell. It means that God in his absolute unity is infinitely rich, boundlessly overflowing, merciful, compassionate, loving. Moreover, "God is beautiful," as the Prophet said, "and he loves beauty." When he loves, it is always beauty that he loves. In his eternal selfhood, that beauty is precisely the Hidden Treasure, for there is no other beauty. His infinite love for beauty then gave rise to the universe, which is defined most briefly as "everything other than God." He filled that universe with beauty so that others might share in the joy of love.

    But mountains and oceans, lions and eagles, no matter how beautiful they may be, have little or no capacity to recognize beauty in others. What is needed is a boundless receptivity to the infinite beauty of the Hidden Treasure, and that is what God gave to human beings when he created them "in His form," as Muhammad said, echoing Genesis. The Koran says, "He formed you, and He made your forms beautiful" (40:64). God loves human beings because of the fullness of the divine beauty that they display and their resultant ability to recognize God's beauty. God then asks, as any lover would, that they love him in return.

    The human role in the universe is to recognize God, to love him as he should be loved, and to bring his love and beauty into the world. This anthropology underlies much of Islamic thought and is made explicit by Rumi's poetry. Its ongoing relevance becomes a little more obvious when we recall that in Islamic theology, God did not create the universe way back when, only to tinker with it once in a while (the notion of Deism). On the contrary, he is always creating the universe, which is nothing but the ongoing, ever-changing sparkle of the Hidden Treasure. God's love to be recognized is never absent from the world and our lives, and it constantly instills energy into all things.

    Rumi gave a great variety of names to the human participation in God's love -- hunger, thirst, need, desire, craving, passion, fire, burning. Like many others, he identified love with the "poverty" mentioned in the Koranic verse, "O people, you are the poor toward God, and God is the rich, the praiseworthy" (35:15). Love is that empty spot in our hearts that we can never fill, because it craves the infinite riches of the Hidden Treasure.

    Once upon a time, Rumi says, we were fish swimming in the ocean, unaware of the water and ourselves. The ocean wanted to be recognized, so it threw us up on dry land. We flip after this, we flop after that, pursuing an ever more elusive happiness. Is the ocean tormenting us? Well, yes. It put us here. But, the more we burn, the more intensely we will love the ocean's beauty when it calls us back.

    William.C.Chittick,Ph.D.

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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 25 September 2010 at 1:10am

    One of God's Attributes is that He is a Loving God

    AL-WADUD

    The Loving

    "He is the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Loving." (Surat al-Buruj, 85:14)

    Those people who understand that Allah created humanity to serve Him remain sincere to Him until they die, while others deny His existence. Allah is very close to His loyal servants. He hears and answers their prayers, is with them whenever they encounter a difficulty, and supports them at every stage of their lives.

    One of the greatest blessings that people may attain in this life is Allah's love and friendship. Allah's beloved servants lead honorable and distinguished lives, and their moral perfection always earns great admiration and appreciation. He admits His beloved servants into His mercy and lets them enter Paradise . Prophets and sincere believers are very valuable people who have earned Allah's love, love Allah, and lead their lives only to earn His good pleasure.

    "Ask your Lord for forgiveness, and then repent to Him. My Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving." (Surah Hud, 11:90)



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 09 October 2010 at 3:28pm

    Prophet Muhammad said in a Hadith Qudsi:

    Allah, the Exalted, says:

    "Indeed, My Love shall be bestowed upon the ones who visit each other for My Sake.

    Indeed, My Love shall be bestowed upon the ones who love one another for My Sake.

    Indeed, My Love shall be bestowed upon the ones who approach one another in humility for My Sake.

    And, indeed, My Love shall be bestowed upon the ones that rush to help one another for My Sake."

    (Hadith in Musnad Ahmad)



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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 15 October 2010 at 1:55am

    http://islamicsunrays.com/how-to-earn-allahs-love/ - How to earn Allah’s love, and the love of the people

    A man came to the Prophet and said, “O Messenger of Allah, direct me to an act which, if I do it, will cause Allah to love me and people to love me.”

    He (the Prophet peace be upon him) said,

    “Renounce the world and Allah will love you; renounce what people possess and people will love you.”

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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 16 October 2010 at 1:36am

    Hadith Qudsi on Allah's Love

    On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

    "Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said:

    'Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him.

    My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him.

    When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks.

    Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it.

    I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.'"

    (Hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari)



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 18 October 2010 at 4:00pm
     
     
    Many Muslims believe that the idea, “God loves everyone,” is simply wrong and incongruous with Islamic teachings. Verses abound in the Qur’an decrying those God does not love: liars, hypocrites, oppressors, the arrogant, boastful braggarts, and those who love praise for that which they have not done, among others. Reading these verses, it is easy to begin to resent such people and to believe that God does not love everyone. However, if we look closely at these people, we see elements of ourselves in them.

    What is true of any man is true of all men; the only difference is in the degree to which it is true. Prophets and sanctified saints are the only exceptions to this universal truth. Jesus, peace be upon him, states, as recorded in al-Muwatta’ of Imam Malik (d. 179/795):

    Do not, like lords, look upon the faults of others. Rather, like servants, look after your own faults. In truth, humanity is comprised of only two types of people: the afflicted and the sound. So show mercy to the afflicted, and praise God for well-being.

    It is never the sinner that one should hate, but only the sin; for the essence of all humanity is a soul created in submission to its Creator. Whether that soul acknowledges this on a conscious level or not is a matter of grace, and this understanding enables us to look at others with compassion. All people, everywhere and throughout time, suffer great tribulation at various points in their lives. At this very moment, hearts are breaking and lives are being shattered, women abused, children violated, and people dying while their loved ones are crying. Also at this very moment, other hearts are rejoicing, babies are being born, mothers are nurturing, smiles are given freely, charity is being distributed, and lovers are uniting. The airport is one of the great metaphors of our time: sad, happy, and indifferent faces are all to be seen there, as people part with loved ones, greet their beloveds, or simply wait to pick up or let off people they barely know. Sad, happy, and indifferent are the states that sum up our collective body of souls. In the next life, however, there is only bliss or wretchedness, joy or sorrow—no indifference.

    According to a beautiful hadith, the Prophet, God bless and grant him peace, said that on the Last Day, when the last two souls are brought forth before God, they are both condemned to hell. As the angels escort them to their final fiery abode, one of them wistfully looks back. Thereupon, God commands the angels to bring him back and asks the man why he turned back. The man replies, “I was expecting something else from you.” God responds, commanding the angels, “Take him to My Garden.”

    It is our expectation of God that determines where we are. This points up the need for thinking well not only of God but also of God’s creation, despite the fact that we are all messy, imperfect works in progress, struggling along in this journey.

    We either surrender to God or to the substitutes for God, which are invariably hollow. But true love, which is the love of God, is the single most powerful force in the world. It is a love that “alters not when it alteration finds.” It grows and never diminishes. If someone claims to have lost it, it can only be said that such a person did not have it to begin with. “It is the star to every wandering bark.” And in loving God, one must paradoxically love all of God’s creation, merely for the incontrovertible fact that everything is God’s creation. God does love everything in that He brought everything into existence from an act of divine love, and those who love God purely, and with the penetrating inner eye of reality, can only be a mercy while in the world. This does not mean that we love the evil that emanates from moral agents. In fact, it is an act of faith to loathe what is loathsome to God. So when God says He does not love oppressors, it is their oppression that we must loathe. In denying the humanity that is inherent in the oppressor, we miss the point and disallow the possibility that the door of God’s mercy and love is open to everyone. If we truly believe that we love for everyone what we love for ourselves, then we should want everyone, no matter their state of being or their station in life, to enter that door of God’s mercy and love, through repentance and contrition. Allowing for this possibility enables us to be a mercy, as the Prophet, God bless and grant him peace, was.

     
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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 21 October 2010 at 1:28am

    How do you know Allah loves you?

    - Allah will make it very difficult for you to commit sins. If you find something bad on TV, you will immediately change the channel. If you hear bad language, you will turn and walk away. If a friend invites you to do something bad, you will find it too difficult to go for your love to Allah (SWT).

    - When we pray the five obligatory prayers.

    - When we pray the voluntary prayers, God's love to us increases

    - Allah will bless you with good religious friends, and you will find yourself moving away from your bad friends until they no longer influence you to do bad things again. You will find that all your friends are pious Muslims.

    - As soon as people remember Allah (SWT) and talk of Him, Allah sends the Angels to surround us. This is how much He loves us, for we are in the company of the Angels!



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 06 November 2010 at 4:42pm

    Until you seek you cannot find-

    That's true, save of the Lover:
     
    You cannot see Him, being blind
     
    Until you shall discover.
     

    In a human being is such a love, a pain, an itch, a desire that, even if he were to possess a hundred thousand worlds he would not rest or find peace. People work variously at all sorts of callings, crafts, and professions, and they learn astrology and medicine, and so forth, but they are not at peace because what they are seeking cannot be found. The beloved is called dilaram (meaning that which gives the heart repose) because the heart finds peace through the beloved. How then can it find peace through anything else? All these other joys and objects of search are like a ladder. The rungs on the ladder are not places to stay but to pass through. The sooner one wakes up and becomes aware, the shorter the long road becomes, and the less one's life is wasted on these "ladder rungs".
     
    - Jalaluddin Rumi in Fihi ma fihi
     
     
    God created every creature in keeping with the demand of power, but He created Adam and his children in keeping with the demand of love. He created other things in respect of being the Strong, but He created you in respect of being the Friend.
     
    Love is a divine quality that correlates with God Himself, who is both beautiful and and majestic, merciful and wrathful, gentle and severe, near and distant. The angels are cut off from God's love because they cannot taste true distance, while the beasts are far from Love because they cannot experience true nearness. Human beings are woven from nearness and distance. All conflicting attributes are brought together within them. Only they can truly love God, within whom all opposites coincide.
    Human beings are the crown of God's creation, since they manifest the full range of the divine attributes.

    Although the manifestation of Adam's greatness depends upon the outer dimension of his self known as 'clay' (gil), the true locus of his glory lies in the innermost dimension of his self known as 'heart' (dil), for the heart is where God looks and love for Him is born.

    ...The traces of the lights of the beauty of unqualified Love appear in the mirrors of pious hearts. Human love subsists through God's Love.
     
    - W. Chittick quoting and explaining a partial of Ahmad Samani's writing in Rawh al-arwah
     


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 10 November 2010 at 4:03pm

    To Love

     
    Why, deep down, do we love? What is the source of love, its meaning, its object? Why do we experience the birth of love one day, and its death another? Why, deep inside us, does our love for our parents and our children endure? How do we love? Why, deep down, do we love?
     
     
    Life teaches us to learn, to suffer injury, to get to our feet again, to mature. Life is revelation; and when our hearts and our intelligence turn toward His revelation, we can grasp something of the meaning, the mystery, and the meaning of this mystery. There are many ways to love: The Most Caring One offers us love through the very essence of our nature, and invites us to continue our search for the love of our fellow creatures, for Creation, for His love.
     
     
    There are several ways to love: we can love ourselves out of egocentrism or egotism; out of self-obsession to the point of self-importance and arrogance. How natural a love...and how dangerous. To see the world through ourselves alone: to love ourselves as if we alone existed, and, at the core of this mysterious paradox, to love ourselves to the point of oblivion.
     
     
    To love our mothers, our fathers, our husbands, our wives, our daughters, our sons and, our senses dulled by habit, learn nothing from our love for them except when accident or absence strike. To become indifferent in the face of familiar presences. Isn’t it a curious paradox? To be blinded by too much seeing. To lose meaning because we are overwhelmed, drowned, carried away by the endless repetition of daily life.
     
     
    To observe our friends, our fellow human beings, our world, and to ask of our heart: why you? Why should you be loved? For your appearance? For your qualities? For your tastes? To love as we feel, because we so “genuinely” feel. The fire at first, the ashes when all is done... destroyed by betrayal, by flaws, by wounds inflicted. Love that blinds; separation in the glare of hindsight. Another paradox: the glowing coals that are the warmth of our loves, and the infinite burn of our suffering.
     
     
    To learn to love. Such is the message of all spiritual disciplines. We may love to love ourselves, our neighbours, the universe; we may love to move beyond the self, our own and that of our neighbours; our own and that of the universe. In nearness to the Divine we learn that we must seek, initiate ourselves, tear asunder, give new form, break off and renew. To seek out the meaning of our loves; to initiate ourselves into the secrets of hope and not stop when proof of our qualities lies before us; to break down ego and appearance; to give form to the gazing eyes and all they ask for; to make new the light in the heart and in the eyes and, as when we fast, to learn to break the fast the better to begin again. To be two, with ourselves, with God, with you... a gift, a time of testing, a period of hardship, of hoping.
     
     
    Near to you or without you. Why do we love? Why do we break apart? Why, indeed? On our journey, we must learn that His love like ours, that our encounters like our separations, are acts of initiation: we can love a parent, a being, his beauty, his qualities; we can love what is and, in the end, know only hurt and suffering. Over and above what exists, we can learn to love the horizon that unites us. To move beyond ourselves for His sake, to seek together the pathway that leads to His light... to love the meaning, the road travelled as much as we love the destination, and our fate. It is constant effort, this jihad of love. To lift up our eyes before us and learn to love, and with that love, find freedom. To move beyond ourselves, to free ourselves from the loves that bind and imprison us: those “ended” loves, sometimes idolatrous, sometimes misleading, and so near to our animal nature. An infinite task, one never to be completed; a task filled with sorrow, with hurt and tears. Here, on this earth, lies one truth: he who truly loves must learn to weep. Life. Love, and life.
     
     
    Why, deep down, do we love? Some like to bind themselves in chains, others to set themselves free. A mystery. The Unique One calls out to us, summons us, tells us: “Go on! Love! Move forward, seek out, and pursue your quest. The love that will come to you is not at all what you are seeking. It is an illusion, a prison. The love you seek, the love that you must learn, opens wide to you the door of freedom: alone, by twos, by thousands, it teaches you to say: “It is Him I love” and, in the depths of your heart, feel yourself loved. And then, at that moment, we must lift up our eyes before us, nurture the freedom we have found, and bestow all the love we possess upon those close to us, to the universe, to humanity. As we move on beyond this life, or as we remain. Love and true Life.
     
     
    To love, and learn to leave...
     
     
     
     ~Dr Tariq Ramadan

     


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 24 November 2010 at 2:33pm

    Love: An Islamic Perspective

    Love is one of the most central attributes of God.

    God is described in the Quran as “Wadood”, a superlative term for love which has been translated as “The Affectionate” or “One who is full of loving kindness”...

    The centrality of God’s love is not only measured by the frequency of occurrence in the Quran, but also in the manifestations of His love by creating the human in the best mould, commanding the angels to bow down to Adam, ennobling the human and appointing him/her as trustee on earth, creating all that is on earth and in heavens for human benefit, granting humans the freedom to believe in God and obey Him or to reject belief and defy God’s commands. Even for the sinful, the door of repentance is wide-open at any time prior to the time of death.

    Love, however is a two-way street. The Quran speaks also about the human duty to reciprocate God’s love by loving God as well and to manifest the seriousness of that love in the form of willing and trusting submission to His will. Such submission is an act of gratefulness; “Shukr”: {And verily We gave Luqman wisdom: ‘Give thanks to God. Whoever gives thanks only for his own sake and whoever is ungrateful, then surely God is Independent, Praised’.} (Luqman 31:12)

    There are two elements of God’s love for humanity. The first element is all-embracive and unrestricted even for those who defy God and commit sins. Such love and care is seen in how God still provides them with all their needs and in His acceptance of them with even greater affection when they repent to Him and re-connect with Him. The second element of God’s love is the bliss of greater love resulting from pursuing a virtuous life...

    http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/ethics-and-values/heart-a-soul/449840-love-an-islamic-perspective.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/ethics-and-values/heart-a-soul/449840-love-an-islamic-perspective.html


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 04 December 2010 at 12:34am

    God Loves those who do Good to others

    Helping those in need, caring for those who are on their own, visiting those who are ill and praying for them, ... are deeds which God loves

    He is The Most Merciful, and He loves to see believers being kind and caring towards each other

    He forgave a woman for giving water to drink to a thirsty dog, so how would He reward those who feed the hungry and give shelter to those on the street who have no shelter?

    He is a Merciful and Kind God, and He loves that we be merciful and kind to each other

    A guaranteed path towards God's love



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 15 December 2010 at 7:09am
    The Islamic Notion of Mercy

    Acquaintances of mine who have participated in recent dialogues between Christian and Muslim theologians, such as those organized by http://www.acommonword.com/ - A Common Word , report that one of the biggest misunderstandings shown by Christian theologians is the notion that Islam has little or nothing to say about love.

    One of the several reasons for this mistaken view is that the early Orientalists -- those who first studied Islamic thought in the modern West -- imagined that a school of thought known as "Kalam" played the same role in Islam as "theology" does in Christianity. In fact, Kalam has been one of several approaches to knowledge of God, and certainly not the most influential.

    Kalam was closely allied with Islamic jurisprudence and typically depicted God as the supreme law-giver. When it mentioned love, it claimed that God loves human beings by issuing commandments, and human beings love God by obeying him. Those who obey go to heaven, and those who disobey go to hell. God deals with human beings strictly in terms of carrots and sticks -- forget about love in any normal meaning of the word.

    Despite the fact that more recent scholarship has done a much better job of describing the diverse theological approaches of Islamic thought, this has had relatively little effect on the prejudices that Christian theologians picked up years ago in seminary. Pope John Paul II, with all his remarkable accomplishments, provides a good example. In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, he wrote, "The God of the Koran ... is ultimately a God outside of the world, a God who is only Majesty, never Emmanuel, God-with-us." (his emphasis)

    Even a cursory glance at the Quran should lead a reader to wonder why, if God is so majestic, does practically every chapter begin with the formula of consecration: "In the name of God, the All-merciful, the Ever-merciful." In the text itself, divine names and attributes associated with mercy and kindness are far more common than those associated with magnificence and majesty. Many verses say things like, "He is with you wherever you are" (57:4) -- whether before your creation, during your brief stay in this world, or after death. This divine "withness" is tightly bound up with the notion of love and mercy.

    The formula of consecration contains the two names "All-merciful" (rahmān) and "Ever-merciful" (rahīm). Both are derived from the word rahma, which is variously translated as mercy, compassion, and benevolence. Rahma is an abstract noun derived from the concrete noun rahim, "womb." Mercy is the mother's attitude toward the fruit of her womb. When God says in the Quran, "My mercy embraces everything" (7:156), this means that God has mercy on the entire universe. Basing themselves on this sort of verse and on the very notion of mercy, some theologians referred to the realm of nature -- that is, the universe in its entirety -- as the divine womb.

    The close connection between mercy and motherhood is obvious in many sayings of the Prophet. For example, he said that when God created mercy, he created it in one hundred parts. He kept ninety-nine parts with himself and sent one part into the world. Mothers are devoted to their children and wild animals nurture their young because of this one part. On the day of resurrection, the Prophet added, God will rejoin this one part with the ninety-nine parts -- all for the benefit of those who dwell in the posthumous realms, whether paradise or hell. Among the several points embedded in this saying is the typical stress on tawhīd, the assertion of the uniqueness of the divine reality that is the foundation of Islamic thought: What we experience as mercy, compassion, and love can only be a pale reflection of a tiny fraction of the real thing.

    Another account tells us that the Prophet had stopped to rest at a bedouin camp, where a woman with an infant was baking bread over an open fire. The child slipped away and approached the fire, and the mother quickly pulled him back. She turned to the Prophet and said, "Do you not say that God is 'the most merciful of the merciful'?" He replied that he did. She said, "No mother would throw her child into the fire." For a moment the Prophet turned away and wept. Then he said that God puts into hellfire only those who refuse to go anywhere else.

    As a divine attribute, mercy is not identical with love, because love demands mutuality: "He loves them, and they love Him" (5:54). In contrast, mercy is one-sided, which is to say that God has mercy on creation, but not the other way around. People must certainly try to be merciful and compassionate, but that means they must love their neighbors as themselves. Failure to do so is a sure recipe for bad karma. As the Quran says repeatedly about those who do not act appropriately, "They are wronging only themselves."

    Classical theologians spent a good deal of time explaining the subtle differences between the meanings of "All-merciful" and "Ever-merciful." Commonly they said that the All-merciful mercy is universal and the Ever-merciful mercy is particular.

    Universal mercy begins with the bestowal of existence. Nothing has a claim on its own being or its own positive qualities. All are the gifts from the Creator. Everything other than God derives its reality -- however insubstantial that may be -- from the only reality that truly is. Life and livelihood do not come to us by chance, but because of the activity of the All-merciful.

    Particular mercy is responsive. Some good things come to us because we seek them out. If you want to become a football player or a physicist, the ambition itself is a gift, and any aptitude you may have is also a gift. But achieving the goal has something to do with your own effort. Every mother will tell you that. If you do not strive for the goal, most likely you will not reach it.

    God's particular mercy is his response to human effort. He bestows it on the basis of your engagement, commitment and love. When the Quran says, "God is the friend of those who have faith" (2:257), this means that he has special mercy and love toward those who search him out. Universal mercy reaches people in any case, just as a mother will never stop loving her children. Particular mercy is not guaranteed, because children may refuse to take advantage of their human status.

    The goal of love is to overcome separation, to escape from the darkness and pain that define our existential plight, and to enter into the light. Or, it is to take advantage of the universal mercy that embraces everything and to seek out the particular mercy, the path to which is set down in prophetic guidance.

    ~William C. Chittick, Ph.D.
     
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-c-chittick-phd/the-islamic-notion-of-mer_b_795275.html - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-c-chittick-phd/the-islamic-notion-of-mer_b_795275.html


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 26 December 2010 at 12:02pm

    Why Do I Love Allah?

    I love Him because if I draw near to Him a hand span, He draws near to me an arm’s length, and if I draw near to Him an arm’s length, He draws near to me a fathom’s length. By contrast, I ought to consider my steps carefully before drawing close to humankind. If I love a human being overly, he or she may humiliate me and even grow more averse to me, rather than reciprocate my sincere love.

    I do love Him because He is the Eternal, the Everlasting. No matter how deeply my heart becomes attached to Him, there is no fear whatsoever that one day I will be distressed by His death, Glorified be He.

    I do love Him Who shows affection to us while He is self-sufficient, rich beyond need, and we stand in need of Him. His door is constantly wide open, whereas the doors of kings are closed, and even if opened, we will be met by so many chamberlains before we can meet a king, if we ever do. As for the Almighty Creator, we can meet Him whenever we like, day and night, through Prayer and supplication. He never gets bored with our frequent invocations. He grants our requests and even rewards us for asking.

    My Love Grew When…

    My love for the King of kings grew when I read the hadith quoting Him as saying,

    “O My servants! Indeed, I have prohibited injustice for Myself and (also) prohibited it amongst you. So, be not unjust to one another” (Muslim).

    How far different is the attitude of the earthly kings who make lawful for themselves what they forbid their subjects from...

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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 29 December 2010 at 3:06pm

    The Centrality of Love in Islam

     
    http://www.tariqramadan.com/The-Centrality-of-Love-in-Islam.html - http://www.tariqramadan.com/The-Centrality-of-Love-in-Islam.html
     
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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 07 January 2011 at 2:52pm
    Islam, God and the Shining Light of Love

    "God is love," the New Testament teaches, and Muslim theologians would respond, "But of course." The problem is that we are not God. As Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God " (Mark 10:18). There is no authentic love but one, that is, God. This is tawhid, the assertion of divine unity that is the foundation of Islamic thought.

    Religious discussions of love sometimes address how it descends from its divine status and intermingles with human affairs. In any case, everyone recognizes its attractive power, even if they disagree as to what it is and where it comes from. Rumi mentions the two extremes of disagreement in the verse,

    For the elect, love is a tremendous eternal light,
    for the common people, love is form and appetite.

    (Divan 18197)

    "The elect and the common people" is an expression used in all branches of Islamic learning to distinguish between the experts and the uninformed. For Rumi, the experts are the prophets and saints.

    To think that love is "form and appetite" is to imagine that it derives from the realm of sense perception and biological processes. Rumi has nothing against form and appetite, but he sees the distinctiveness of human nature to lie in its openness to the tremendous eternal light.

    "Eternal" (qadim) means unchanging. The word is contrasted with "newly arrived" (muhdath), which means dwelling under the sway of time and alteration. God is eternal, and everything other than God -- the universe and all it contains -- fades away. We change, the eternal light stays the same. We have the appearance of reality, but every appearance disappears.

    The Quran says that God is "the light of the heavens and the earth" (24:35). The heavens are the high realms of spiritual beings (such as angels and souls), and the earth is the low realm of bodily things. Nothing appears without light. The more intense the light, however, the more difficult it is to see, which explains why the spiritual realm is invisible. No one can imagine the upper limit of physical light, much less that of nonphysical light, which is the consciousness that animates the heavens and the earth.

    Spiritual traditions speak of ascending levels of nonphysical illumination, beginning with the obscure sparkles that typify everyday awareness and culminating in the infinite light of the eternal Self. In the Quran's retelling of the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, the light said, "I indeed am God; there is no god but I" (20:14): There is no god but God's very Self, the light of the heavens and the earth.

    Rumi's verse, in short, refers to the axiom of tawhid, the fact that there is no true light but the divine light and no true love but the divine love. Everything in heaven and earth is the reverberation of the loving light. Each thing arrives newly and departs just as quickly. In relation to the universe, God is like the moon in relation to flowing water. As Rumi puts it,

    The creatures are like water, limpid and pure,
    shining therein the attributes of the majestic God...

    Ages have passed, and this is a new age.
    The moon is the same, but the water is not.
    (Mathnawi 6: 3172, 3175)

    Our scientific worldview is rooted in the measurable, but love and God are immeasurable. Scientific theories that speak of love naturally tend to agree with Rumi's common people: Love is form and appetite, feeling and emotion, impulses in the brain -- all these can be measured. The Quranic and Biblical worldviews see love as none other than the only reality that truly is. The word "reality," of course, fails to stir the heart, and "love" calls for commitment. Those who answer the call can transform themselves and the world.

    Among the many mentions of love in the Quran, the favorite verse of love-theorists is this: "He loves them, and they love Him" (5:54). This verse puts the Islamic worldview in a nutshell: God brought the universe into existence because of his love for human beings. Human beings fulfill their calling by loving God.

    The radiance of love's eternal light gives rise to the universe. The goal of love is to overcome separation, to bridge gaps, to bring the two lovers together as one. If love is to do its work, people must recognize the light and love it in return.

    "He loves them" brought them into existence. Their recognition of the light feeds "They love Him." Once love intervenes, form and appetite lose their luster.

    The final goal of lovers is to join the shining light at its source. The power that works this transformation is love. One of the many Quranic names of God is "friend" (wali), an Arabic word that combines the senses of "lover" and "helper." Both meanings can be seen in the verse, "God is the friend of those who have faith. He brings them out of the darkness into the light" (2:257).


    ~William C. Chittick, Ph.D.


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 08 January 2011 at 9:00am
    The Islamic Notion of Beauty

    Anyone with the vaguest knowledge of Islamic culture knows that it has produced extraordinary works of art and architecture -- Persian miniatures, the Taj Mahal, the Alhambra. Few are aware, however, that this rich artistic heritage is firmly rooted in a worldview that highlights love and beauty.

    The link between love and beauty is clear. We love what we find beautiful. Beauty attracts, ugliness repels. Nor are beauty and ugliness simply physical characteristics. We all know people who are outwardly attractive but personally repellent, and vice versa.

    Beauty makes a massive appearance in love poetry like that of Ibn al-Farid, Rumi, Yunus Emre, and countless others. Their verses stir up wonder and delight by evoking the beautiful characteristics of the beloved.

    In explaining the relationship between love and its object, philosophers like Avicenna analyzed the universe in terms of a Necessary Being that combined the attributes of Plato's Good with those of Aristotle's Unmoved Mover. All contingent things, animate or inanimate, are in love with the absolute beauty of the Good and strive to reach it, hence the ceaseless activity that fills the universe.

    Those with a more theological bent preferred to cite the saying of the Prophet, "God is beautiful, and He loves beauty." They understood both beauty and love in terms of the axiom of tawhid, "There is no god but God." If God is beautiful, then there is nothing truly beautiful but God. And if God is loving, then no one truly loves but He.

    A bit of reflection on God's love for beauty leads to the conclusion that he loves himself before all else. God as the one true lover perceives his own true beauty and loves it eternally. As for the universe, God loves it because, by loving himself, he loves everything demanded by his beauty and mercy, and that includes an infinity of creaturely possibilities. This view was encapsulated in the oft-quoted divine saying, "I was a Hidden Treasure, and I loved to be recognized, so I created the creatures to recognize Me."

    In discussions of God's love for the universe, theologians and scholars agreed that God loves both the way things are and the way things ought to be. The discrepancy between these two loves has given rise to the never-ending debate over determinism and free will, nature and nurture, science and values.

    God loves the way things are because "He made beautiful everything He created" (Quran 32:7). All things are lovable because they make his beauty manifest. Each thing plays its own harmonious role in the infinite web of relationships that the Quran calls God's "signs." The signs in turn display the characteristics of what it calls God's "most beautiful names."

    God loves the way things ought to be because he created human beings with freedom to change themselves. Unique among all things in the universe -- so far as we know -- human beings have the capacity to recognize themselves as works in progress and to intervene in the manner in which they develop. Ghazali and other theologians pointed out that people are "compelled to be free." The expression points precisely to the creative tension between what is and what ought to be.

    God's love for all things is often discussed in terms of the universal, all-encompassing mercy designated by the name "All-merciful." His love for the way people ought to be is then tightly bound up with the particular, responsive mercy designated by the name "Ever-merciful." The formula of consecration -- "In the name of God, the All-merciful, the Ever-merciful" -- acknowledges both sorts of love.

    To say that God loves all things reiterates the principle of with-ness voiced in the verse, "He is with you wherever you are" (57:4). By means of his all-embracing love and mercy, God tends to the welfare of the universe, including the posthumous realms.

    To say that God loves things as they ought to be points to the human capacity to recognize God's with-ness. In order to live their lives in a manner appropriate to the divine presence within themselves, people must be merciful and compassionate. The fact that God is with them does not mean that they are also with him -- that is precisely what needs to be achieved, what "ought to be."

    Not being with God opens the door to the ugliness and evil that are apparent to everyone. To ask then how a beautiful God could create a world full of ugliness is to ask why each thing and each person is uniquely itself. From the standpoint of the role that beings and things play in the cosmic harmony, all are beautiful, but some are more beautiful than others, and the scale of beauty stretches not from "one to 10" but from one to infinity.

    Whatever the scale we use to judge the discrepancies among things and people, no two fit exactly into the same niche. There is gradation without limit in categories without limit. The lower a thing may be on the scale of beauty, the more it is apt to appear as ugly.

    More simply, the world is ugly inasmuch as we perceive it empty of God, the absolute good. It is beautiful inasmuch as we recognize the divine with-ness, the signs of the most beautiful names that fill the universe. Failure to recognize the signs goes back to ignorance -- the "root poison," as Buddhists call it.

    Islam has no notion of original sin, but the Quran does say that Adam "forgot" (20:115). Our inherited forgetfulness provides all we need to bungle the job of being what we ought to be.

    ~William C. Chittick, Ph.D.


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    Posted By: Al-Cordoby
    Date Posted: 20 January 2011 at 12:38pm
    Feeling the Infinite Love of God

    The remembrance of God calms and fortifies the soul. It cultivates fortitude and perseverance, moderates impatience, and repels depression and despair. Remembering God is also very easy. It is accessible to everyone.

    There are no prerequisites to fulfill or procedures to follow. There are no permissions to be sought. The doors to God’s remembrance are open at all times, whether we have recently been engaged in worship or have recently committed a sin. We have the opportunity to remember God upon waking, whenever something good happens, when misfortune strikes, when we make a mistake, and whenever else we are given cause to be reminded of our Lord.

    It has been my experience that remembering God is the first step in treating all maladies, both physical and spiritual. It is a prescription for every person afflicted with bodily illness or spiritual doubt. It is equally suitable for the young and old, rich and poor, the powerful and the weak, since everyone is equally dependent on God ...

    http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/living-islam/growing-in-faith/450688-feeling-the-infinite-love-of-god.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/living-islam/growing-in-faith/450688-feeling-the-infinite-love-of-god.html



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 20 January 2011 at 3:32pm
    Concepts of Love Used in Islamic Culture
     
    Because love is inclined towards the one loved by the heart, it was debated whether or not love should be used for Allah. Although some scholars, not accepting this, said that the purpose of love for Allah was to worship Him, most Islamic scholars brought forth clear evidence for the existence of love of Allah in the Quran and sunnah. It is possible to examine love from various aspects. The Quran painstakingly mentions those who Allah loves. Being a servant Allah loves is the highest and most honorable rank and the most valuable and worthy station and position. Knowing this shows every individual Muslim the path and direction to the qualities he needs to possess and who he needs to love. For this reason, I think it will be more appropriate to touch along general lines on the subject of those who Allah loves:

    Allah loves the benevolent (muhsin). Deriving from the ihsan infinitive, the word muhsin, along with its plural, is among the words that pass frequently in the Quran. Ihsan includes goodness and doing good, beauty and beautiful behavior. Also the Prophet defined ihsan as “Serving Allah as if you see Him” (Buhari, “Faith” 37; Muslim, “Faith” 1; Abu Davud, “Sunnah” 16; Tirmizi, “Faith” 4; Ibn Mace, “Preface” 9). Those who spend in Allah’s path in prosperity and poverty, those who swallow their anger, and those who forgive others’ mistakes are the benevolent ones that Allah loves.

    1. Allah loves those who repent and cleanse themselves (Al-Baqara 2/223). The word tawbah (repent) means to return, forego, abandon and separate from. As a religious term tawbah means abandoning sin and returning to right action, abandoning rebellion and returning to obedience, feeling regret for former sins and mistakes, and admitting sins and mistakes.
    2. Allah loves the pious (muttaqi). Taqwa means avoiding something, protecting oneself, and making the ego safe against something feared. In religious custom taqwa means embracing religious commands tightly, avoiding prohibitions, and protecting the nafs (ego, soul) from sin and evil and things leading to these. One who possesses these qualities is called pious. However, it should be mentioned that taqwa is used with many meanings in the Quran. Among these it is possible to see meanings like faith, repentance, abandonment of disobedience, and sincerity. For this reason, many verses of the Quran are related to piety. Taqwa is considered the highest spiritual station a servant can reach in this world.
    3. Allah loves the just (adl). Justice is fulfilling absolute commands and conditions that have been instilled in hearts and minds and been brought forth, without oppression; giving something because it is right, without reproach; and acting according to conscience, not the ego.
    4. Allah loves the patient (those with sabr). Sabr consists of qualities like controlling one’s ego at a moment of calamity; heroism shown in jihad; being able to keep peace in one’s heart during times of difficulty; and being able to control one’s words while speaking.
    5. Allah loves those who trust in Him.
    6. Allah loves those who fight in His path.

     

    LOVE / MEVEDDET

    Another word that is widely used for love is meveddet. The root of this word comes from the vud infinitive meaning friendship and affection, and loving something and wishing for it. One who loves and has a lot of love is called vud. The purest, most delicate and most refined love is called vud. This word is used with various derivatives in both the Quran and hadiths. The word meveddet has been used in the Quran with the meanings friendship, loyalty, and affection. Allah creates love in the hearts of those who believe and make righteousness; this love is called vud (Al-Maryam 19/96). The Prophet explained the contents of this verse in one of his hadiths: When Allah loves one of His servants, he says to Gabriel: ‘I love such and such a person; you love him/her, too.’ Gabriel loves that person and exclaims to the angels in the heavens: ‘Allah loved such and such a person; you love him/her, too.’ Then the angels love that person. Later, love for that person settles in the hearts of those on earth and spreads among people” (Bukhari, “Unity” 33; Muslim, “Righteousness” 137). The love Allah created between man and wife is also called vud (Rum 30/21).

    One of Allah’s beautiful names is Vedud. This name means, from Allah’s point of view, that He is very much loved by His “friends” and is the source of love.  From the servant’s point of view it expresses that Allah has wished goodness for His creatures and loves and gives approval to His pious servants.

    http://www.lastprophet.info/concepts-of-love-used-in-islamic-culture - http://www.lastprophet.info/concepts-of-love-used-in-islamic-culture


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 03 February 2011 at 4:56am
    The Innate Beauty of Human Nature
     
    Islamic texts typically begin talk of God's love by citing the Quranic verse, "He loves them" (5:54), which is to say that God loves human beings. God's love is enough to show that people are beautiful, for "God is beautiful and He loves beauty." Human beauty, however, is of two sorts: innate and recovered. It follows that God's love is also of two sorts, corresponding to the two sorts of mercy designated in the formula, "In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful."
     
    The most beautiful divine names designate positive qualities that appear in creation. Typically numbered at ninety-nine, they include alive, knowing, desiring, powerful, speaking, generous, just, forgiving, compassionate


    One of God's most beautiful names is "form-giver" (musawwir). The name means that all shapes, forms, images, ideas, figures, representations, paintings and sculptures are created by God, directly or indirectly.

    In speaking of the activity of God as form-giver, the Quran addresses human beings with the verse, "He formed you and made your forms beautiful" (40:64). All created beauty can be nothing but the signs, forms, shapes, and images bestowed by the Form-Giver. In the human case, God formed people "in the most beautiful stature" (95:4). All creatures were given beauty, but only human beings were given the superlative form of beauty. In other words, they alone were created in the form of God himself, who alone is rightly designated by the most beautiful names.

    The Quran says that God created Adam as his "vicegerent" (2:30), his representative on earth. In clarifying what this implies, it says, "He taught Adam the names, all of them" (2:31). The stress here -- "all of them" -- indicates that the issue is not simply the names of the natural realm, over which Adam was appointed vicegerent, but also the names of the Creator. Without knowing both sides, Adam could not act as God's intermediary.

    Adam was given knowledge and recognition of all that exists as his own actuality. As some of the Quran commentators say, he knew the names of all things in all the languages of all of his descendants. In contrast, his descendants possess comprehensive knowledge only as a potential. It is up to them to bring this knowledge into actuality. The quest to know is an inherent human attribute, and people undertake this quest precisely because of love and desire. They want to know.

    God, in his love to be known and recognized, created and continues to create the universe. Human beings, in their love to know, attempt to grasp the reality behind the appearances. In the last analysis, there is nothing truly real but the True Reality. Tawhīd, the assertion of divine unity, provides love with its ultimate focus. Love is then the quest to overcome separation between the knower of the names (us) and the named reality (the One God).


    The Islamic approach (not unlike the Christian and Hindu, among others) addresses human nature as a global totality made in the image of the Ultimate Reality. It builds on the primal unity of all things and observes unity's endless reverberations as it emerges from indistinction. Every attempt to determine a thing's coordinates within the infinite sphere of reality must then take into account the center point of the sphere. If that is ignored, people will be talking about some things in relation to other things -- useful, practical, and fascinating, no doubt, but short-sighted.

    In this way of looking at things, the One Reality -- the Good, the True, and the Beautiful -- is the source of a good, true, and beautiful universe, which has appeared and continues to appear because of God's love to be known. The quality that separates human beings from everything else is the innate quest to know the Center and rejoin it. This quest appears in the indefinite diversity of human wants and desires, which may or may not be correctly oriented. "Love" is then an appropriate name for the creative force that drives both the originating movement and the quest to return to the Beautiful.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-c-chittick-phd/the-innate-beauty-of-huma_b_814576.html - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-c-chittick-phd/the-innate-beauty-of-huma_b_814576.html




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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 12 March 2011 at 11:29am
    Path to Him-Knowledge and Love
     
    Dr Tariq Ramadan
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxYYAPvhUB4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxYYAPvhUB4
     
    (77 mins)
     

    "If you have no beloved,
    why do you not seek One.
    And if you have attained the Beloved,
    why do you not rejoice?"
     
    ~Maulana Rumi(ra)


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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 23 March 2011 at 3:51pm
    Prophetic Love and Its Social Reflections

    The term "muhabbah" (love) is used in hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad pbuh) to describe attributes like being charitable, tolerance, gentleness, making things easier for people, covering others' imperfections, chastity and taqwa (protecting one's faith and good intention to purify one's self and excel). One feels responsible towards whomever he loves and respects, which must be the reason why love comes before worship in a believer's submission to his Lord.

    He worships his Lord not because he is scared of Him, but because he loves and respects Him; moreover, he does not expect a reward for his worship nor does he find ultimate solace in the hope of entering Heaven. The one and only thing that he desires is to gain the favor of his Lord.
     
     
    Loving Allah comes first of all (Al-Baqarah, 2:165). As a matter of fact, the Prophet made it very clear that what is most desirable is His love, the love of people that He loves and the love of things that will take us closer to His love.The simplest and most direct sign of this is commitment to the Prophet (pbuh) and following his path. (Al-i Imran, 3:165) Our prophet is our foremost guide and teacher. If he presents to us as the prerequisite/condition of faith the will to want for others what is good and nice as much as one wants for himself, and if he proclaims that believers are mirrors of each other, this means that he wishes us to establish our interpersonal relationships on love and respect.

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, explains love with the symbol of a "mirror" very aptly and succinctly: "Love is an action of mine to guide you/lead you towards yourself." Love that is thus fostered and shared will let the selves of both people mature.  We need to stress the importance of the fact that love should guide "me towards myself". The first phase of love that will guide me will help me know myself. And knowing myself is knowing and loving my Lord.

    When we regard human beings as the nucleus of all worlds and the most cherished member of all creation, it becomes easier not to hurt anyone, for no one wants to be hurt in the first place. To put it in the words of Yunus Emre:

    I am not here for dispute, I am here for love

    The name of the Eternal Friend is in hearts, I am here to reach out to hearts.

    If we can do this,

    We do not hold grudges against anyone, even enemies are friends to us,

    We do not shelter bitterness, all worlds are friends to us.

    If we can materialize these words of Yunus Emre, love will be the most integral part of our social fabric and of the solidarity amongst us.

      http://www.lastprophet.info/prophetic-love-and-its-social-reflections - http://www.lastprophet.info/prophetic-love-and-its-social-reflections



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    Posted By: a well wisher
    Date Posted: 05 April 2011 at 4:41pm

    Real Love - Sh. Hamza Yusuf

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tB7b-WyW0c - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tB7b-WyW0c

    (6 mins)



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