Attain Allah’s love
Allah Almighty says ;
There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Beneficent as a slave. Maryam 19:93
And each one of them will come unto Him on the Day of Resurrection, alone. Maryam:95
No matter what position, wealth, bodyguards, throne or shield anyone has in this world, no one will come but as a slave, alone, on the Day of Judgement.
The only thing we will all have are our deeds. Everything else will vanish.
Allah gives comfort to believers. He says:
Lo! those who believe and do good works, the Beneficent will appoint for them love. Maryam:96
Deep love is wudd in Arabic, from which we have Mawaddah which is like Mahabbah (love).
In order to have Allah’s love you need to have imaan as well as good deeds, as Allah mentions both of them in combination in 50 verses in the Quran.
‘Those who believe and do good deeds’.
You need to have imaan and then activate it with good deeds. Then you attain Allah’s love. As we know from the Hadith, we need to do our obligations and then our nawafil (voluntary) actions. As Allah stated:
My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with optional extra works so that I shall love him. (Bukhari).
Therefore do your fard salah and then add nawafil, give zakat then add sadaqa. Do your actions full heartedly – they will bring you close to Him.
The test of love permeates all our obligations and our life.
The salah is a test of love. Who do you put first? Your worldly concerns or Allah?
If they contradict each other, which one takes priority. Similarly in fasting, can we put our desires aside for Allah’s love? Again, with zakat, do we prefer the love of Allah or the love of money?
The test of love is across the board but it requires training to pass.
Allah says ;
Whom He loves and who they love Him. Al-Ma’idah:54
We ask Allah to make us from those whom He loves. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim
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