Loving for the sake of Allah (Part 2) – 15th April 2012
Just like purity and sincerity is required in every act of worship, loving should also be for the sake of Allah. Therefore, loving should be done with a sincere intention.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Allah 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.” – [Hadith Qudsi, Al Bukhari]
There are certain conditions that have to be fulfilled in order to love someone for Allah’s sake:
- He should be a believer
- They should encourage each other to have a better faith
- They should advise each other for the good
- They should help each other for the sake of Allah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala)
- Allah loves the person who loves his/her brother/sister more [Related by At-Tabarani]
On the Day of Judgment when some people will enter paradise, they will miss some of their brothers as they won’t be with them. They will tell Allah about this and Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) will give them permission to intercede on their behalf. He will let them bring out from the Hell-Fire, their friends (even those with a drop of faith in their hearts.) It is important for us to have good friends so that on the Day of Judgement so that you will gain their intercession.
Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said, “sitting with those who are truthful is a way of attaining salvation from The Hell-Fire and the Anger of Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala).” Whenever you sit together, bring the intention that you are seeking the pleasure of Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) so that you may gain the reward. The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “When people gather in a group talking about Allah, the Angels will circle them and their names will be mentioned to Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) and He will say to forgive all their sins. The angels will say that there were some whose intentions were for worldly things. Allah says that even their attendance will not go to waste; even they will be benefited” [Muslim]
Attending a lecture is also a kind of Dthikr. Allah loves these gatherings.
Visiting for the Sake of Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala)
A man set out to visit a brother in faith in another town and Allah sent down an Angel to sit in his way. The Angel in the form of a man asked him where he was going and he said, “I’m going to visit my brother in another town”, so the angel asked him, “did he do you a favour,” and the man said, ” no, but I’m going to visit him because I love him for Allah’s sake.” The Angel said, “I am the messenger of Allah coming to inform you that Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) is pleased with you.” [ Muslim]
You will not be rewarded if you go for ‘repayment of visits’. Let your visits be purely for the sake of Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala). Visiting for the sake of Allah is one of the best means of gaining nearness to Allah. Therefore always have the intention to visit each other for the sake of Allah.
Spending For the Sake of Allah
Spending money is in 3 ranks
- To prefer your brother over yourself though you are in need of that money/matter but you prefer him for that. Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) praised the Ansars because they preferred the Muhajireen over themselves.
- Spending money for the sake of consolation (someone in distress)
- Spending money in participation, like everybody else (Lowest rank of spending)
‘Omar (RadhiAllaahu ‘Anhu) narrated: “A time had come upon us when our Muslim brothers had more rights to be given than the dinar/dirham, but now the Dinar/dirham is more preferred to us. He said he heard the Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying, “how many neighbors on the Day of Judgment will be holding the neck of the neighbor saying this neighbor closed the door on my face stopping his goodness from me.” [ Al-Bukhari in Al Adab al Mafrood and authenticated by al-Albani]