Category Archives: Loving for Allah’s sake
Narrated by Abu Dharr (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu): “My Khalil (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) commanded me with seven matters: He commanded me with loving the Maasakin and drawing close to them,…” (Reported by Ahmed and authenticated by Al-Albaani in Sahîh al-Targhib wat-Tarhib No. 811)
Loving the Maasakin requires sincerity to Allah.
Loving the Maasakin (poor) means to benefit them in their worldly and religious affairs – If it happened that you benefitted them out of love for them and being good to them, then this deed becomes purely for the sake of Allaah.
Ibn Rajab (Rahimahullaah) said: “Loving the Maasakin confirms the sincerity to Allah, because doing good to the poor out of love for them will not be except for Allah’s sake. There is usually no hope for any benefit from them in this world (they cannot benefit you in return in this world).”
The poor people have no worldly properties that make the people love them for its sake. Therefore, loving them for the sake of Allaah is the strongest handhold of faith. It is one of the signs of tasting the sweetness of faith and this is the clear faith.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) advised more than one companion to love the Maasakin. (Ikhtiyar al-Awlaa fee sharh Hadith Ikhlis al-Mula’ al-Alaa)
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] Read the rest of this entry
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? Read the rest of this entry