LOVE OF ALLAH (Subhanahu Wa Taala) Significance Love to Allah Love of Allah for His servants Signs of love of Allah Love for the sake of Allah Levels of Allah’s love How to develop and enhance love of Allah Significance Al Baqarah 2:165 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. If only the unrighteous could see behold they would see the penalty that to Allah belongs all power and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty. Significance Al Tauba 9:24 9:24 Say: If it be that your fathers your sons your brothers your mates or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in which ye delight are dearer to you than Allah or His apostle or the striving in his cause; then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious. Tauba 9:24 Consequences of having more love for someone other than Allah One who has more love for his kin shall not preferentially obey Allah. He will not strive in Allah’s cause and will fear death. More love of wealth will bring more greed. It leads to miserliness and falling into forbidden dealings like riba. More love of land will bring prejudice, divisions, fights. Love of Allah Say: "If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft- Forgiving Most Merciful." Say: "Obey Allah and His Apostle"; but if they turn back Allah loves not those who reject Faith. Love of Allah On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow Love Manifestations of Love of Allah Iman Righteous deeds in accordance with Prophet’s Sunnah( Obligatory and optional) Tauba or repentance Constant Zikr of Allah Love of Allah for His servants Al Maida 5:54 O ye who believe! if any from among you turn back from his faith soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him lowly with the believers mighty against the rejecters fighting in the way of Allah and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the Grace of Allah which He will bestow on whom He pleases: and Allah encompasses all and He knows all things. Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah His Apostle and the (fellowship of) believers those who establish regular prayers and regular charity and they bow down humbly (in worship). Abu Hurairah reported,Prophet (SAW) said: Allah said: I will declare war against one who treats with hostility a pious servant of mine Most beloved way a servant of mine comes closer to me is through “Faraids.” My servant keeps getting closer to me through Nawafil till I love him so much I become his hearing, sight, hands and his legs. If he asks me something, I shall give it to him If he seeks my protection, I shall protect him. Aisha ® reported, Prophet (SAW) Appointed a man as imam and he used to conclude his recitation with Ikhlas. Prophet asked him why he did so. He replied that this Surah contains attributes of Allah and he loved to recite it. Prophet then told the people, “ Tell him that Allah loves him.” ( Bukhari and Muslim) Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet said When Allah loves a servant, He calls out Jibril and says: “ I love so and so; so love him.” Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so and so; so love him. Then the inhabitants of heaven ( angels) also love him and then make people of the earth love him. Bukhari and Muslim. Love for the sake of Allah Prophet said: “Allah shall ask on the Day of Judgment; ‘Where are those who loved for the sake of my greatness? Today, when there is no shade, I shall keep them in my shade.’ Muslim. Prophet was asked “ When shall come the Day of Judgment?” He asked him: “ What preparation have you made for the Day?” The man said,” Nothing but I love Allah and His messenger.” The Prophet replied: “ You shall be with whom you love.” Bukhari Prophet said If a man loves his brother, he should tell him that he loves him.” Abu Dawud There are three things, that whoever attains, shall find the sweetness of faith: 1. Allah and His messanger are dearer to him than anyone else. 2. He loves a person only for Allah 3. He hates to return to Kufr as much as he hates to be thrown in fire. Levels of Love of Allah (Imam Ibn Taymiyyah) 1. Extreme adoration (Tatayum). Love for Allah and Prophet over rides all other relations.( One who loves for Allah and dislikes for Allah, gives for Allah and withholds for Allah indeed perfected his Iman.) 2. Love with obedience 3. Affection 4. Interest Ways to Allah’s Love (Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah) 1. Recitation of Quran with Tadabbar 2. Voluntary deeds of righteousness. 3. Continuous Zikr of Allah. 4. Giving precedence to what Allah likes over one’s desires and whims. 5. Heart remains avid of Allah’s names and attributes. 6. Observing Allah’s kindness favors and bounties both hidden and menifest Ways to Allah’s Love 7- Heart being soft subdued and meek before Allah. 8-Being alone with Allah at the time when He descends in the last part of the night reading Quran and doing Istighfar. 9- Sitting with the sincere righteous and benefiting from their speech. 10 Staying away from all sins which become a curtain between you and Allah.
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