Gods Love Defined
Channel: Abdul Rahman Chao
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All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa taala. We seek His help we seek his assistance, and we seek his forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah subhanahu wa taala from the evil of within our souls and from the evil that is results from our sins, whomsoever Allah is trying to hold to Allah guide, non shell misguide them and whomsoever Allah subhanaw taala allows to be led astray, none shall guide them back to the straight path. I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship except Allah Subhana Allah Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his messenger. Allah tells us in the Quran, Oh you who believe be God conscious feel as proud to Allah
deserves and do not die except as Muslims. Allah also tells us no Quran Oh mankind God conscious fear Allah subhanho wa Taala Who has created you from one soul and from it, it's made and from it many men and many women, if you're less talented Allah whom you ask of one another, and by the wounds that gave birth to you, Verily Allah subhanho wa Taala is ever watchful over you, Oh you who believe be God conscious fearless, count out and speak the truth, you will render your deeds righteous, and he will forgive you your sins.
And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed achieved a great victory barely the rest of speech is a speech of Allah. And the best guidance is guidance from Homicide. So love, and the worst affairs are those that are religious innovations for all of that is misguidance. And all of it leads to hellfire.
Of the 1000s of verses that we find in the Quran, most of the verses where you could even say the majority of these verses were sent down to an event regarding an event that occurred either in the past or is occurring during the time of the prophets otherwise.
But some of these verses a small portion of them were revealed about a future event that would occur.
They were revealed about a future occur, event that would occur
and during the time of the Prophet SAW Salem,
as you know, when the people embraced Islam and they came in yet Hulu Nephi de la who have larger they came in large groups and masses entering Islam. After the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had passed away, a large group or section from the OMA Muhammad wa sallam actually left Islam. They actually quit Islam. And their alumni said that this was due to two reasons either because they thought they negated and rejected the entire institution of alms giving a Zika or and they said that that was for the pastor seven when he was alive and now he's gone we don't have to give it or it was because they just out right just quit everything about it so they just rejected it.
And so let's turn to Allah sent down a verse in which he says yeah, you have Latina Armano main your third Damian come and Dini for Sofia Attila who will be combing your hair boo Whom are you Rick Bona as in Latin, meaning or is that in a little caffeine
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Then Allah subhanaw taala will bring about a different group of people. And what are these characteristics? They you hit boom, Allah loves them. Well, you hit buena and they love Allah subhanahu wa taala and they let in alignment meaning they are merciful to the believers. And it's not a Zilla here doesn't mean humiliation. It means merciful like Allah says in the Quran, when you show your parents mercy, walk fit Lahoma wokefield Lahoma Jana has duly Irana the same word
as if you not to Kathleen, having dignity, being strong in the face of those
who are against you and Islam. Right.
And that you struggle in your way and you do not fear the blame of those who are just blaming you for whatever reason it is you stand firm on the truth.
And while it is important to talk about this phenomena about people leaving Islam, you hear about it in our communities, that that is not our topic for today, because that would require a much longer session. But I want to focus on the part where Allah says
for sofa Yeti, Allahu be calm in, you hit boom or you hit border, Allah will bring about a new group of people. Those who love Allah subhanahu wata Allah
and they are also the recipients of Allah subhanho wa Taala has loved love.
Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the Quran, that one of his names is the loving will who will look a fool What dude, Allah subhanaw taala is forgiving and he is also loving.
And we as Muslims we believe that a person cannot have cannot be considered a Muslim if they don't love Allah subhanho wa Taala right. It's pretty logical
If you don't love Allah subhanaw taala well you cannot be a Muslim you have to love Allah subhanho wa taala.
And more often than not,
we confuse this term and it's going around in our society very often, where people define Allah subhanaw taala as love itself, they will say God is love.
And I think the what? That concept is nice, you know, from the outside, but it's actually a little misleading. Because Allah is trying to hold to Allah is not simply an emotion, emotions come and go. And number two, Allah is trying to hold to Allah, in his love for the creation, yes, he does. But at the same time this characteristic is better characterized as,
as mercy. In fact, I was one time in a debate
with with a Christian missionary. And he was saying that you know, Allah Subhana Allah, you hit bliss, Allah loves the bliss. I said, No, let's turn to Allah Allah you happy bliss in the Mahara? You know, he's, he has Rama, He has mercy for a bliss, right? And we have to be very careful about this term. Allah loves. But Allah says love is conditional. Allah's Mercy is unconditional, it's to those who believe as well as to those who reject Him. As for Allah subhanho wa Taala is love. It is specific to certain conditions, and we want to talk about that to be in the lighter Allah.
Unfortunately, as humans, we tend to love things that give us a certain benefit. Same thing with animals, if I get a benefit from you, I would like you as a person. But if you're if your benefit doesn't extend to me, I'm not going to pay attention to you. And if you don't give me what I want, you will be the victim of my scorn. Right? But Subhanallah this kind of relationship is not how we have with Allah subhanho wa Taala we should not have this selfish relationship with Allah subhanaw taala where, if Allah gives us what we want, at a drop of a hat, then we love Allah Subhana Allah and when Allah doesn't give us what we want, then we don't love him. And that is not the way how our
love is with Allah subhanho wa Taala
you will look at the civilizations of the past.
For example, the ancient Greeks, you will notice that they believed that if a person if people prayed to these, you know Gods that the pantheon of gods, the gods that they had Zeus, and whatever it is Poseidon. They believe that those gods derived their legitimacy and their power through the prayer of the believers. And that's why they say that Zeus and Poseidon and all of these gods they were able to overthrow the previous generation Cronus because the people stopped worshipping them and loving them. So they started devoting to Zeus etc. And as a result, they were able to overthrow their parents.
Allah subhanahu wa Allah's love is not dependent on us. Allah is trying to hold on to ours might and there is
is not predicated on whether or not we obey Him or not or disobey Him.
Because to say that Allah subhanaw taala benefits from this would mean
that Allah subhanaw taala is in shortage of something. Allah subhanaw taala doesn't benefit from any of our own actions.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us in a time
that he used to say regarding the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala regarding how we should love God, he said, What Luca hooked back and Oh Allah, I asked you for your love will help them in your head book and the love of those who love you will help but I believe
you can reboot in a heartbreak and the love of actions that bring you
closer that brings us closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala
to the love of Allah subhanahu wa taala so let's go through this dua very quickly.
What does it mean to say that you love Allah contact you're asking for Allah's love.
It means that it is not freely given.
Unlike mercy, Allah gives it to everyone.
He even gave it to frown he gave it to the police
When he believes I'd be under the law Yomi Wrathion Oh Allah give me a respite give me some time until the danger Allah gave it to him Allah was merciful.
But here, when you say you're asking for Allah's love, and I believe we as Muslims should teach our kids this, and we should make sure that we do this every day that we ask for Allah's love.
So what does this mean to love Allah as our Creator, as our Sustainer as the one who deserves to be worshipped, that we do it freely? That we do it not because we were told to do so. But that because we actually believe in what we say, to believe and love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to love everything that Islam has come with.
That, that by Thamel Eman, Monrovia Billa he rob Dan, or Bill Islami Deena or B Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, rasool Allah, the Prophet SAW Selim says, that person will taste faith Danny the sweetness of EMA for those who are pleased and happy and accept accepting that Allah is their Lord, that Islam is a religion, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his messenger. And this extends to all the rulings that Allah subhanaw taala has prescribed to us, for us in the Quran, as well as in the Sunnah and the life of the of the Prophet salallahu Salam.
And so that means even if you are struggling with an act of formula, or you're struggling with an addiction, or you're struggling with getting rid of a sin, a bad habit that you are doing, you have to first accept
that this is what Allah subhanaw taala likes, and you put your whims and desires
at a second level under that,
as the process Selim says, no one has truly believed,
until they put their whims and desires until they submit them to what I had brought forth.
The second thing that this guy teaches us is the importance of loving your fellow believers, loving your fellow Muslims. As the Prophet SAW, Selim says, Allah, you know, I had to come hotter, you humbly I think he might be big enough. See, none of you have truly believed until you love for your brother, what you love for yourself. In other words, ridding yourself of jealousy ridding yourself of these diseases of the heart, by surrounding yourselves with believers. And sometimes you will find people saying things like, I just don't like hanging around Muslims. Usually people say that I don't like hanging around Muslims because of XYZ reason. And it's like, well, maybe because you
don't like a certain habit, or a certain behavior that they're exhibiting. But for you to dislike in general, being around a Muslim.
You got to check yourself.
Right. And the Prophet SAW Salem even said, that on the Day of Judgment, you will be among those whom you love.
And in the last part of this, he says,
Oh Allah, we ask you, to give us the love to make us love the actions that get close to your love. But I'm telling you can't reboot your public.
And that is very important in our time and age.
You know, the word worship brothers and sisters, a bad worship.
Now, if you ask someone what is worship, they're going to say a worship is solo. Worship is not just solid, that's just a bad word to say.
But there's also a bad word to HERSA which is like salah.
All these ferrata that free Allah that Allah subhanaw taala has made these obligatory acts, all these acts of worship. What is your view on them? Do you do them? Willingly, lovingly? Or is it because
you're doing it because you have to do it.
And that's why in Arabic the word I badda, the meaning of it, and this is shared will shed some light for all of you. It is a combination of love, and
of hope and a combination of love and submission to Allah subhanho wa taala. In other words, a person cannot be truly enjoying the act of worship until they love it and they are submitting to it. And that's why when the process Selim says that the best of actions to him was summer, he didn't do it because he had to do it. He did it
because you wanted to do it and there was this act of submitting to Allah subhanho wa taala.
So I don't want to go over all the verses in the Quran where Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he loves this where he loves this where he doesn't love this because that will take forever but I want to give you a reflection that I that I have that I thought about. When you think about all these verses, for example, Allah says, Well I see you know, in Allah you have martini, strive for excellence because Allah loves the martini and the people who strive for excellence. And Allah says, well Allah who you had wasabi Nene,
Allah loves those who are patient. Allah loves those who are Mottola killing those who rely on Allah subhanho wa taala. Allah loves those who you hit with to wellbeing. We Hebron Mata Hari, and Allah loves those who repent to Him and who purify themselves physically and spiritually.
So I started thinking, what is the common thread that undergirds all of these verses or Hadith that says, Allah loves this and Allah loves that. And I came to the simple conclusion. Allah subhanahu wa taala likes for you to be patient, to strive for excellent, have strive for excellence and all of these things, because it makes you undergo a certain change.
Let's try to hold on to Allah is constant.
In other words, Allah's talent, Allah is merciful and he is always merciful. He doesn't stop being merciful one day, Allah subhanho wa Taala
the greatest and he will always be, he is constant.
But we as humans, we are not constant. And so many times people strive for perfection or what they perceive is perfection because they think if they reach that level, that's it.
But Allah subhanaw taala doesn't want us to be in a stationary stagnant position. So when you are going through patience when you are undergoing a trial or tribulation, it is not the pain that Allah subhanaw taala likes to see because almost punked out is not sadistic. Allah likes to see how you react to that test.
When you are worried about something and you place your trust in Allah subhanaw taala coming out stronger. That is what Allah likes to see that change inside of you. When you return to Allah strong tat and you will repent to Him. There is great effort for a person Yanni to humiliate themselves and humble themselves. So let's move on to Allah and submit to acknowledge I have done something wrong I need to turn back to Allah has found out that takes a great deal of effort.
And so this is Allah Allah and Allah knows mas what Allah subhanaw taala wants to see in us to become a better person to change for the better Aquila Kali herself
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in an authentic narration. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us that when Allah subhanho wa Taala loves someone
that when he loves someone,
he informs Gibreel
nada Gibreel in your head, both of Milan,
I love so and so. So you should love him. And then Gibreel will announce to the Alice summit the people of the heavens and the angels.
Allah subhana, Allah loves so and so and I love so and so. So you should love them. And all the angels in the heavens will love that person.
And then Allah subhanaw taala will put the acceptance of that person I need the people will who are righteous they will recognize the people of righteousness and He will gain wide acceptance.
And the love of Allah has put in their hearts as well.
So how do we, after talking about what are the things that we should focus on?
How do we know as believers and this is a big question, how do we know as believers that Allah indeed loves us?
At times of difficulty at times of tragedy, tribulation and trials we sometimes question where's Allah in the equation? Where's Allah? Why is he doing this to me?
And I think the first thing that we have to remember as Muslims is that if you look in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala talks about some of the people of the past the Jews and the Christians, they would say, look, Allah thelia Who would want nasaga? Nah, no, Abner, Allah, he had bow that we they some of the Jews and Christians, they would say, we are the children of God. And it's a metaphor of saying we are as
Beloved to God as a father is loving his children.
And Allah says, Fatima, you know, become Belle and timber Sherman man Haluk you as the man Yeah, shall we absolutely man Yeshua.
So if you're saying that Allah subhanaw taala loves you unconditionally, like a father loves a child, then tell me why does Allah subhanaw taala punish some of you?
In other words, this teaches us that love from Allah subhanaw taala is not something that basically whatever we want all the time
so as a result, what does this teach us? It teaches us the concept of we as Muslims would never I should never assert that we are forgiven guaranteed Jana, no Muslim would ever say that I am guaranteed and I'm automatically going to gender you don't know that.
And it is that kind of humility that makes you strive to do what Allah tells you to do, to do those things that Allah loves, because you're never sure.
And that is why Allah subhanaw taala tells us to pray five times a day to get us into that habit.
Sometimes people will say, you know, Allah loves Allah loves me for whoever the person is. Allah accepts me for whoever whoever I am or whoever she is, or whoever he is.
And yes, we say that Allah subhanahu wa Allah is merciful.
But if you look at the verse in the Quran, Allah describes himself as forgiving before he loves well, who will never fool wouldwould will Archie Majeed for Adelina you read he is the most forgiving and the most loving. In other words, in order to get to the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala you have to submit yourself and ask Allah for forgiveness and he is the loving.
Additionally, brothers and sisters, the Prophet SAW Selim tells us that when Allah Subhan, Allah loves a servant, He will put them through tests and trials and tribulations until they keep passing these tests, through their patience until they are walking on earth like as if they have no sins and another generation. It's like as if the leaves are falling off a tree, their sins are automatically wiped.
And we have to understand that when Allah subhanahu wa taala puts you through some difficulty
that this difficulty is of two scenarios. Either it is to remove something that you like, or to give you something that you don't like, and to see how you respond. So depending on your response, you will purify yourself and you will be a better person. Finally, brothers and sisters, sometimes Allah subhanahu wa taala shows his love to you by putting you in specific situations where he wants to use you for something good.
Allah the Prophet Selim says, either Arad, Allah either Arad Allah who be Abdeen Hiren is Tamela. If Allah subhanaw taala wants good for something, he loves some someone he will use them. In other words, what? I'll give you a story.
I have a friend of mine. He
many, many years ago, he used to visit the jails, the local state jails. He was not Muslim.
And the Muslims in the jail were denied getting Quran translations.
Whereas the Bibles and other books are all coming in nice and fast. So out of His love, for freedom to read what they want to read, he started contacting different embassies of Saudi embassy, for example, and getting Quran translations to bring to the jail because he thought that that was their constitutional right. And over these many years, he's passed out 1000s of Quran
until I met him, and I started talking to him and I talked to him about the beauty of Islam and why he's doing it. And you can tell he was a very sincere Christian gentleman, the older gentleman in fact.
And then I started talking to him, I said, So do you accept the idea, Son, do you like he says, Yeah, but I've just never taken the step. Right there that evening. He said the testimony of faith and he became Muslim. Allah subhanho wa Taala puts him in these situations to make him a tool an instrument of change in hola Hamid, I can tell you saloon Allah NaVi Yeah, you already in Amman or sallallahu alayhi salatu Allah He was selling motors Lima Allahumma Salli ala Muhammad Ali Muhammad Kamal Selita and Abraham or Ali Ibrahim in the camera magic
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