A friend of mine sent me a text message which, inspired me to design cards with expression of love that some of us might not find easy to say but a card could tell it for us. She went on and ended it with “I love you”. Ma sha Allah! That is a very deep expression that I don’t use easily but it comes so natural and easily to my friend. That got me thinking, we are all different in the way we express our love for each other, just as there is variation in the depth of our Love and the reasons for which we love. I love my friend and I don’t feel the need to say it in words, rather my actions express it better than I could in words. At the same time I know that there may be a day when my action changes and she may also stop being expressive of her love, which could be an indication that the love is reaching it limit. A love that reaches it limits means the reason for the love is limited. A long lasting love is that which is connected to a reason that has no limit. Unlimited love is that which is bestowed for the sake of the one that is not limited, who is everlasting, with no beginning and no end. Who most fit this description other than Allah (swt), The Ever-living, the Most-loving, our Lord and Creator?
Loving for the sake of Allah is the most rewarding form of love, this way we earn the love of man and that of Allah. Even if the love of man reaches its limit, the love of Allah is endless. Even if we lose the love of man, the Most-Loving for whose sake we love will replace it with a better one for us and the Ever-Loving is always there loving us endlessly. What we get in return for loving for the sake of Allah does not end in this world, it even extend to the hereafter under the shade of the Most-High, as indicated in the following hadith:
Abu Hurairah reported Allah’s Messenger (saw) as saying: Verily. Allah would say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory’s sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shadow when there is no other shadow but the shadow of Mine. (Hadith Muslim 032:6225)
A beautiful hadith tells a story of a man who went on a long journey visiting a friend just for the sake of Allah (swt) not expecting anything in return.
Abu Hurairah reported Allah’s Messenger (saw) as saying: A person visited his brother in another town and Allah deputed an Angel to wait for him on his way and when he came to him he said: Where do you intend to go? He said: I intend to go to my brother in this town. He said: Have you done any favour to him (the repayment of which you intend to get)? He said: No, excepting this that I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious. Thereupon he said: I am a messenger to you from Allah: (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake). (Hadith Muslim 032: 6226)
Even though some of us find it much easier expressing our love in other ways instead of words, verbal expression of our love for the sake of Allah is a highly recommended Sunnah as indicated in the following hadith.
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: A man was with the Prophet (saw) and a man passed by him and said: Messenger of Allah! I love this man. The Messenger of Allah (saw) then asked: Have you informed him? He replied: No. He said: Inform him. He then went to him and said: I love you for Allah’s sake. He replied: May He for Whose sake you love me love you! (Hadith Abu Dawood 41: 5106).
It is so heartening to see that in our religion Islam, even something as simple and mundane as loving and expressing our love for each other becomes and act of worship, if it is for the sake of Allah(swt) and we are rewarded for it both in this world and in the hereafter.
- Our Love for the sake of Allah comes along with sincere belief in Allah and acts of righteousness, doing what is pleasing to Allah and staying away from what is displeasing to Allah.
- We love for the sake of Allah by simply loving in others what Allah Loves in them while over-looking our own personal aversion.
- We love others freely for the sake of Allah (swt) not expecting anything in return.
- Our love for the sake of Allah is in the Islamic manner, not any other way.
- Our Love for the sake of Allah comes along with encouraging each other in goodness and admonishing each other from doing evil.
- We love each other for the sake of Allah both in good and bad times.
Any better ways to love…?
A good reminder for me and whoever cares, more on this subject can be found from Sunnahfollowers delivered by Sister Laila Nasheebah. I have benefited a lot from listening to this sister’s Lectures, May Allah reward her efforts both in this world and the next.