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LOVE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH Q3.104

As-salaam alaykum, people. I wanted to write a post about loving for the sake of Allah but I’ve realised how hard that is.
love for the sake of Allah
You see, it’s much easier to love people you don’t know or barely know than people you know very well. Does that make sense to you?
In case you do not, allow me to expatiate.

Abu Hurairah was reported to have narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: Allah will 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. – Sahih Muslim 2566

Loving for the sake of Allah involves loving and helping people without expectations; wishing for them what one wishes for himself; encouraging each other to good and discouraging evil; excusing each other’s behaviours; hiding each other’s faults; rejoicing with them in moments of joy, grieving with them in moments of sorrow and agreeing to disagree when your views differ.

Muadh ibn Jabal narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Allah (SWT) said, ‘Those who love each other for the sake of My Majesty shall be upon the podiums of light, and they will be admired by the Prophets and the martyrs. – Jami’at Tirmidhi 2390

Unfortunately, while we tend to love our dear ones anyway, we do have expectations of them, you know? Even though we politely anticipate little or nothing from mere acquaintances or strangers, we expect our favours to be returned by loved ones. We expect our parents to bail us out of any trouble for all the love we’ve shown them over the years. We hope our children will take care of us in our old age following all the time and money we have invested in them. We demand that our friends stick out their necks for us because we have sacrificed for them too. Our spouses are expected to reciprocate our good actions or they face the axe.

He who expects nothing will not be disappointed. Man can only try but only Allah can exceed our expectations.

Sadly, it is exceedingly difficult for me to love loved ones unconditionally and have no expectations of them; and harder to forgive them when they let me down. #sigh!

Any one with a short cut around this?

May we be among those who will be placed on pedestals of light.

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4 thoughts on “LOVE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH Q3.104

  1. #sigh Ya Rabb, ya Allah, make it easier for us to be patient and compassionate, especially with our loved ones, as we need each other so greatly, and ya Allah give us constant reminder that we didn’t create ourselves, that our faults and characters are not something we inflict on others purposely, but we are all weak creatures in need of compassion and patience, ya Rabb, cover us all in compassion and patience, Ameen!

    Beautiful post, my dear sister, Allah bless you and your family ♥ ;^)

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  2. Ameen to the dua of Aishaoasis! and my dear sister Keidi, Allah bless you for this post. It is very insightful. Something I’ve bee confronted with for years and more so recently in more profound ways. I think – my humble opinion – is that when we grow and nurture and increase our love for Allah SWT and His messenger (sal) then all the other ‘loves’ fall into the right place. Then we don’t have unreasonable expectations of our loved ones, as we see them through the lens of being Allah’s creation. Then, whenever we love, we do it for Allah’s sake…so we are more forgiving of others and forgiving of ourselves too. If Allah loves us, who are we, to not love ourselves. Then we marry for the right reasons, have children for the right reasons and love our parents for the right reasons. This growing of the love for Allah SWT and His beloved – sallalahu alaihi wasallam- is a lifelong process, it requires time committed and effort, like any relationship. The hadith where rasul (sal) said ‘none of you truly believes until you love Allah and His messenger more than you love anyone else’ is very deep. Note ‘truly believes’… we all have faith, Alhamdulillah!, but that true deep faith is when we got that heart full of large love for Allah SWT and his messenger (sal). The sound kind…not the zealous kind. The sound kind that makes you a beautiful light that walks on the earth, not the self-righteous Muslim judging all and sundry. May Allah increase us in this love for Him, the Most Profoundly Beaufitul and Loving, and increase us in love towards His Beloved – what a creation he is, salllallahu alaihi wassalam! May we be in constant dhikr and salawat ala an-Nabi. Its the key to achieving this state.

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