The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily the greater reward is with the greater trial . Verily when Allaah the Most High loves a people He tests them. Therefore, whoever is pleased, then he will have the pleasure (of Allaah), and whoever is angry, then for him is the anger (of Allaah).“ [Graded Hasan (good) by At-Tirmidhî]
Let us first find what causes the displeasure with Allah.
1- Hawaa (Desire)
You like certain situations, matters, etc you wish for something, and you will plan for it, then when the Qadar of Allah comes contrary to what you wished, either you will be pleased or not pleased. When you are pleased this is a good indication. But most of the time we are angry. This anger is and indication of displeasure.
Allah the All-Wise, the All-Knower of what is good for you, when you planned for yourself, He planned something else for you telling you that this is better for you. Then why are you angry and unhappy and not pleased? Read the rest of this entry
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