Loving for the Sake of Allah (Part 1) – 8th April 2012
Did you know that even loving someone is an act of worship which requires sincerity?
Many people claim to love others for the sake of Allah, but do you know what this means? What are the conditions required for love for the sake of Allah? Do we really love each other for the sake of Allah like we claim?
Abu Hurairah narrated in a Hadith that the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever would like to taste the sweetness of faith, let him love a person for the sake of Allah..” [Reported by al-Haakim and authenticated by al-Albani in sahih at- Targheeb wat- Tarheeb no 3012]
This Hadith indicates that if you want to taste the sweetness of faith, you should love a person for the sake of Allah. Not everyone can taste the sweetness of faith. Your love for a person should be purely for Allah’s sake, sincerely for him with no worldly interest between you and him.
So, how can we love sincerely for Allah?
You have to know that loving the believers is an act of worship which requires sincerity. Bear in mind that loving for the sake of Allah is one of the most difficult matters. It is not easy. This is the first fact you should accept. Nowadays, most of the people love each other for worldly interest. If you were frank, you would find there is a reason that makes you love that person. You will not be rewarded for loving a person for any worldly reason on the Day of Judgment; rather it will lead you to hypocrisy.
Allah said in Surah Zukhruf, Verse 67:
“Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other except for the righteous.”
Allah’s Messenger (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, “Where are those who loved each other for my Glorious sake? Such that I will shade them with a shade which there is no shade except mine.”” [Muslim]
In this life, there are those who glorify Allah (love Him,) and because of their love for Him, they love whomever He loves. They are the Muttaqeen – the pious, good people.
The pious people maintain the limit of Allah, and they don’t love those who transgress this limit; they don’t like them because Allah doesn’t like them. To love someone, you have to know whether that person is abiding to the law of Allah, if he is acting upon the commands of Allah.
This is why ‘loving for the sake of Allah’ is not easy. Among the reasons to love someone for Allah’s sake includes saying, “I love her because she is calling to good, teaching good, and doing good. I love her for that reason; not because she is nice or she is good to me, but because she implements what Allah says.”
One kind of ‘loving for Allah’s sake’ is loving the Awliyaah of Allah. Who are the Awliyaah of Allah? The Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said that the Awliyaah of Allah are the ones who, whenever you see them, will cause you to remember Allah. This means that they encourage you to remember Allah.
If you really want to be rewarded, to be on pulpits of lights, and to taste sweetness of faith on the Day of Judgement, you should love a believer, whose religion is sound. There shouldn’t be any worldly interest in this love. Not because she is nice and funny, and always makes you happy. This is not a good reason; this is a worldly gain. As soon as this interest has been fulfilled, nothing else will bond you together.
A good friend is a believer, who you should love for the sake of Allah.
If you love someone for Allah’s sake, Allah will love you. And Allah’s love is affirmed for those who sit together for the sake of Allah. Nothing made them sit together except the love of Allah.
His love is also affirmed for those who spend for the sake of Allah, and those who visit each other for the sake of Allah.
The Complete Love for Allah
Do you love Allah?
Many people claim they love Allah. If you really love Allah, you should love for His sake. You should love whatever Allah loves, and whomever Allah loves.
For example: Allah loves Hijab, so you should love Hijab. Allah loves you to be covered properly; you love it because Allah loves it.
Allah loves good deeds; you should love them. Allah loves everything He has enjoined upon us, thus we should love it.
Abu Dhardaa narrated that the Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “When two men love each other for the sake of Allaah in ones absence (its in their heart they love each other), then most beloved one to Allah is the person who loves his friend more than the other one.”
If someone says, “I love you for the sake of Allah,” your answer should be: “May the one for whose sake you love me love you.”
When Will Your Love be for the Sake of Allah?
1) When one loves someone because he or she is a righteous person.
2) When this love makes the two beloved ones encourage each other to do good.
3) When this love causes them to advise each other.
4) When this love causes them to help each other to do good.
In conclusion, love for the sake of Allah is not just words that we say to each other, but it is love that is established in the heart, and it should have impact on our action.
The Impacts of Your Love for Someone:
1) To be an adviser for her.
2) To be a supporter for her; preventing her from committing the sin or from oppression or doing wrong. This indicates that you love her.
3) To help her in worshipping Allah and obeying Him.
4) To defend her honour. If someone defames her in her absence, you defend her because you know she is righteous and good.
5) To invoke the good for her in her absence. Do you invoke good for your sisters in their absence? To keep her firm, enlighten her in knowledge.
6) To visit her if she becomes sick.
7) To help her in her worldly affairs – even if she is in need, you support her and give her help.
8) To love for her what you love for yourself. See what you love for yourself; you should love the same thing for her.
9) To hate for her the evil as you hate the evil for yourself.
Many friendships are based on interest. Loving for the sake of Allah is an act of worship which requires sincerity. And if you love someone for the sake of Allah, you will be rewarded abundantly.