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. Read the rest of this entry »