LOVING ALLAH & THE HOLY PROPHET Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam


Say, “If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers, and your wives, and your tribe, and your acquired wealth, and the trade in which you fear a loss, and the houses of your liking – if all these are dearer to you than Allah and His Noble Messenger and fighting in His way, then wait until Allah brings about His command; and Allah does not guide the sinful.” [Taubah 9:24]

ق لۡ إِن كَانَ ءَابَآ ؤ كمۡ وَأَبۡنَآ ؤ ڪمۡ وَإِخۡوَٳ ن كمۡ وَأَزۡوَٳ ج كمۡ
وَعَشِيرَ ت كمۡ وَأَمۡوَٳ ل ٱقۡتَرَفۡ ت موهَا وَتِجَٰرَةً۬ تَخۡشَوۡنَ
كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَٰكِ ن تَرۡضَوۡنَهَآ أَحَبَّ إِلَيۡڪ م مّنَ ٱلِّلَِّ
وَرَ سولِهِ وَجِهَا د فِى سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّ صو ا حَتَّىٰ يَأۡتِىَ
ٱلِّلَّ بِأَمۡرِهِ وَٱلِّلَّ يَ دِۡۡى ٱلۡقَوۡمَ ٱلۡفَٰسِقِينَ

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness of faith: (1). The one to whom Allah and His Apostle become dearer than anything else. (2). Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake. (3). Who hates to revert to disbelief as he hates to be thrown into the fire.” 6

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” 7

The above verse from the Holy Qur’an and 2 narrations testify that just the proclamation of faith is not useful, unless a person truly loves Allah, and His beloved Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam.

LOVE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH, HATE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH

O People who Believe! Whoever among you reneges from his religion, so Allah will soon bring a people who are His beloved ones and Allah is their beloved, lenient with the Muslims and stern towards disbelievers – they will strive in Allah’s cause, and not fear the criticism of any accuser; this is Allah’s munificence, He may give to whomever He wills; and Allah is the Most Capable, the All Knowing. [Maidah 5:54]

يَٰٓأَ ي اَۡ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَ نو ا مَن يَرۡتَدَّ مِن كمۡ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوۡفَ
يَأۡتِى ٱلِّلَّ بِقَوۡ م يحِ ب مۡ وَ يحِ بونَ ه أَذِلَّ ة عَلَى ٱلۡ مؤۡمِنِينَ
أَعِزَّ ة عَلَى ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ يجَٰهِ دونَ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱلِّلَِّ وَ يَخَاف ونَ لَوۡمَةَ ٮ م ذَٳلِكَ فَضۡ ل ٱلِّلَِّ يؤۡتِيهِ مَن يَشَآ ء وَٱلِّلَّ وَٳسِ ع عَلِي م

See O dear Muslims! Whom does Allah the Supreme love? It is those Muslims who are soft-hearted towards their Muslim brothers, and stern with the disbelievers. And who do you think knows more than Allah? Read the following 2 Hadith to understand that the best of deeds in Allah’s sight are to have love for His sake, and to hate for His sake!

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “ The best of the actions is to love for the sake of Allah and to hate for the sake of Allah.” 8

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “ The most beloved of deeds in the sight of Allah is to love for the sake of Allah and to hate for the sake of Allah.” 9

And reflect on this Hadith, that defines the requirement of having perfect faith!

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “If anyone loves for Allah’s sake, hates for Allah’s sake, gives for Allah’s sake and withholds for Allah’s sake, he will have perfect faith.10

And the following 2 Hadith teach you how to maintain your faith (have the strongest link):-

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “The strongest link in faith is to have good relations only for the sake of Allah, and to have love only for the sake of Allah and hatred only for the sake of Allah.11

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “The strongest link in faith is to love only for the sake of Allah and hate only for the sake of Allah.” 12

Observe that loving for the sake of Allah, and hating for the sake of Allah is classified as the best of deeds – superior to prayers, pilgrimage, charity, fasting and even jihad – for all these cannot be properly achieved without firm faith, that depends on the above rules.

ALLAH IS PLEASED WITH THOSE WHO LOVE FOR HIS SAKE, AND HATE FOR HIS SAKE.

O People who Believe! Whoever among you reneges from his religion, so Allah will soon bring a people who are His beloved ones and Allah is their beloved, lenient with the Muslims and stern towards disbelievers – they will strive in Allah’s cause, and not fear the criticism of any accuser; this is Allah’s munificence, He may give to whomever He wills; and Allah is the Most Capable, the All Knowing. [Maidah 5:54]

يَٰٓأَ ي اَۡ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَ نو ا مَن يَرۡتَدَّ مِن كمۡ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوۡفَ
يَأۡتِى ٱلِّلَّ بِقَوۡ م يحِ ب مۡ وَ يحِ بونَ ه أَذِلَّ ة عَلَى ٱلۡ مؤۡمِنِينَ
أَعِزَّ ة عَلَى ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ يجَٰهِ دونَ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱلِّلَِّ وَ يَخَاف ونَ لَوۡمَةَ ٮ م ذَٳلِكَ فَضۡ ل ٱلِّلَِّ يؤۡتِيهِ مَن يَشَآ ء وَٱلِّلَّ وَٳسِ ع عَلِي م

Mohammed is the Noble Apostle of Allah; and his companions are stern with the disbelievers and merciful among themselves – you will see them bowing and falling in prostration, seeking Allah’s munificence and His pleasure; their signs are on their faces, from the effects of their prostration; this trait of theirs is mentioned in the Taurat; and their trait is mentioned in the Injeel; like a cultivation that sprouted its shoot, then strengthened it, then thickened and then stood firm upon its stem, pleasing the farmer – in order to enrage the disbelievers with them; Allah has promised forgiveness and a great reward to those among them who have faith and do good deeds. [Fath 48:29]

محَمَّ د رَّ سو ل ٱلِّلَِّ وَٱلَّذِينَ مَعَ ه أَشِدَّآ ء عَلَى ٱلۡ كفَّارِ
رحَمَآ ء بَيۡنَ مۡۡ تَرَٮٰ همۡ ركَّ عا سجَّ دا يَبۡتَ غونَ فَضۡلاً۬ مّنَ
ٱلِّلَِّ وَرِضۡوَٳ نا سِيمَا همۡ فِى و جوهِهِم مّنۡ أَثَرِ
ٱل س جودِ ذَٳلِكَ مَثَل همۡ فِى ٱلتَّوۡرَٮٰةِ وَمَثَل همۡ فِى
نِجِيلِ
ٱلۡۡ كَزَرۡ ع رَجَ أَخۡ ه شَطۡ فَ ازَرَه فَٲسۡتَغۡلَظَ
فَٲسۡتَوَىٰ عَلَىٰ سوقِهِ يعۡجِ ب ٱل زرَّاعَ لِيَغِيظَ بِ م
ٱلۡ كفَّارَ وَعَدَ ٱلِّلَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَ نو ا وَعَمِل و ا ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ
مِنۡ م مَّغۡفِرَ ة وَأَجۡ را عَظِي مَا

You will not find the people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, befriending those who oppose Allah and His Noble Messenger, even if they are their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their tribesmen; it is these upon whose hearts Allah has ingrained faith, and has aided them with a Spirit from Himself; and He will admit them into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding in them forever; Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is Allah’s group; pay heed! Indeed it is Allah’s group who are the successful. [Mujadilah 58:22].

تَجِ د قَوۡ ما يؤۡمِ نونَ بِٲلِّلَِّ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلَۡۡخِرِ يوَآ دونَ مَنۡ
حَآدَّ ٱلِّلَّ وَرَ سولَ ه وَلَوۡ ڪَا نوٓ ا ءَابَآءَ همۡ أَوۡ أَبۡنَآءَ همۡ أَوۡ
إِخۡوَٳنَ همۡ أَوۡ عَشِيرَتَ مۡ أ ولَٰٓٮِ كَ ڪَتَبَ فِى ق ل وبِ م
يِمَٰنَ
ٱلۡۡ وَأَيَّدَ هم بِ رو ح ه مّنۡ وَ يدۡخِل همۡ جَنَّٰ ت ىتَجۡرِ
مِن تَحۡتِ اَۡ ٱلَۡۡنۡهَٰ ر خَٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا رَضِىَ ٱلِّلَّ عَنۡ مۡ
وَرَ ضو ا عَنۡ ه أ ولَٰٓ ٮكَ حِزۡ ب ٱلِّلَِّ أَ إِنَّ حِزۡبَ ٱلِّلَِّ
ه م ٱلۡ مفۡلِ حونَ

Subhan-Allah! The above 3 verses clearly explain with whom Allah is surely pleased. It with those whose actions of love and hate, and of keeping relations with anyone are solely based on the others’ relationship with Allah! They are His beloved ones, they are the group of Allah!

It is clearly explained in the last verse, that a Muslim will not befriend someone who disrespects Allah or His Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam; conversely, one who befriends them is not a Muslim. And apart from the generic and absolute nature of the command, there is a further clarification when ‘fathers, sons, relatives,’ are mentioned specifically, and that one cannot befriend or love any blasphemer, even if it is a natural instinct to do so; or else, one does not remain a believer.13

The verse in [Mujadilah 58:22] was revealed after the battle of Badr, in which some of the noble companions fought against their own fathers, brothers and uncles – and some of them actually killed their own relatives, not sparing them due to blood relations. Most notable among them are Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (one of the 10 companions who were promised Paradise) – he fought against and killed his own father. Syedna Abu Bakr al-Siddik fought against his own son, but did not get the chance to kill him.

Islamic history is full of instances of the companions, leaving their homes and properties, abandoning their closest relatives – all out of love for Allah and His Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam.

LOVE FOR FELLOW MUSLIMS, ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH

The following verse & Hadith make amply clear that a Muslim must love another Muslim, have no enmity or personal grudge between themselves, love each other for Allah’s sake, and wish the best for each other.

The Muslims are brothers to each other, therefore make peace between your two brothers and fear Allah, so that you may gain mercy. [Hujurat 49:10]

إِنَّمَا ٱلۡ مؤۡمِ نونَ إِخۡوَةً۬ فَأَصۡلِ حو ا بَيۡنَ أَخَوَيۡ كمۡ وَٱتَّق و ا
ٱلِّلَّ لَعَلَّ كمۡ ترۡحَ مونَ

Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “No two Muslims meet and shake hands without being forgiven before they separate.”14

Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Do not hate one another, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert each other, and O Allah’s worshippers! Be brothers. Lo! It is not permissible for any Muslim to desert his brother (Muslim) for more than three days.” 15

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.” 16

Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “You shall not enter Paradise so long as you do not affirm belief (in all those things which are the articles of faith) and you will not believe as long as you do not love one another. Should I not direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love amongst you? Give currency to “as-salamu alaikum” (peace be upon you).” 17

REWARD FOR LOVE OF FELLOW MUSLIMS, ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH

O my brother Muslims – ponder on the following, and if you wish to gain the immense reward promised by Allah – سبحانه و تعالى -, act upon these! Gain Allah’s forgiveness, gain His shade on the day of resurrection, be seated on thrones in paradise! What better reward can one expect!

And We have removed any resentments which were in their breasts – they are brothers, sitting face to face on thrones (in Paradise). [Hijr 15:47]

وَنَزَعۡنَا مَا فِى ص دورِهِم مّنۡ غِ ل إِخۡوَٳ نا عَلَىٰ س ر ر
متَقَٰبِلِينَ

Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “A person visited his brother in another town and Allah deputed an Angel to wait for him on his way and when he came to him he said, “Where do you intend to go? He said, “I intend to go to my brother in this town. He said, “Have you done any favour to him (the repayment of which you intend to get)? He said, “No, excepting this that I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious. Thereupon he said, “I am a messenger to you from, Allah: (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake).”18

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Allah will give shade, to seven (types of persons), on the Day when there will be no shade but His: a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, a man whose heart is attached to the mosques, two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given, and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.” 19

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “There are people from the servants of Allah who are neither prophets nor martyrs; the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection due to their rank they get from Allah, the Most High.” They (the people) asked: Tell us, Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, who are they? He replied: They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah without having any mutual kinship and giving property to one. I swear by Allah, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the Day) when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve. He then recited the following Qur’anic verse: “Pay heed! Indeed upon the friends of Allah is neither any fear, nor any grief” [10:62]. 20

Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Indeed, Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory’s sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shade when there is no other shade but the shade of Mine.” 21

A MAN WILL BE WITH THOSE WHOM HE LOVES

The Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Everyone will be with those whom he loves.” 22

A man asked the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam.” The Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam (i.e., “You will be with those whom you love.”) Therefore, I (the narrator Anas bin Malek) love the Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr and `Umar radi allahu anhu, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.23

A man came to Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam What do you say about a man who loves some people but cannot catch up with their good deeds?” Allah’s Apostle Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam said, “Everyone will be with those whom he loves.”24

So O dear brothers! Be very careful whom you love! Chose the beloveds of Allah, so that you will be with them. Love only those whom Allah loves; the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the virtuous & all Muslims in general. For Allah is the friend of these.

REFFERENCE :-

6 Bukhari – multiple chains

7 Bukhari – multiple chains
8 Abu Dawood
9 Musnad Imam Ahmed
10 Abu Dawood
11 Tibraani in Kabeer
12 Musnad Imam Ahmed

13 Extract from Ala Hazrat’s “Tamheede Imaan, translated by Abu Hasan
14 Tirmidhi, Ahmed, Ibn e Majah
15 Bukhari
16 Bukhari, Muslim
17 Muslim

18 Muslim
19 Bukhari, Muslim
20 Abu Dawood, Ahmed, different chains
21 Muslim

22 Bukhari
23 Bukhari, multiple chains
24 Bukhari, multiple chains, Muslim

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