Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
We often hear that Islam is not a religion of love. Is this true? Is there no place for love in Islam? Here we investigate the relationship between love and Islam, and we try to understand the reasons behind the creation of this world and why we are in it.
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and I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And then Mohammed Salah Allahu alayhi wa sallam as a slave and messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah. And the rest of guidance is that of Mohammed salallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the worst of religious matters are those that are innovated, and every religious innovation is a bit and every bit dies. misguidance and every misguidance will be in hellfire.
Today's topic by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala is not one that we hear often about or is not discussed sufficiently. And this is one of the reasons that we should talk about it.
Today's question is,
is there a place for love in Islam?
Or what is the relationship between love, and Islam.
And it is common these days to hear some people believing and suggesting that there is no connection between the two, that there is no place for loving Islam, that Islam is, in fact, a religion of hate.
And the sad part about that phenomenon is that when some of us listen to it, we start believing it.
We listen to all these attacks about Islam, and then we notice some of these global events taking place. And we actually start believing that maybe and perhaps, Islam is devoid of love and compassion.
It's about law. It's about strictness, austerity, but it's not about love and compassion. So some of us, especially the young, gravitate away from Islam lose interest in Islam, and gravitate towards ideologies or beliefs or paths and spiritualities that advocate, love and compassion and mercy. So a question that we want to ask, Is there a connection between loving Islam but this is not only about an apology or defensive Islam
it's really about understanding our religion itself better
Think about it.
If love is one of the strongest human emotions, in fact, it is the strongest human emotion.
And the question is the natural question that follows is, What place does this emotion have in Islam?
Does it or does it have any relationship?
And we'll try inshallah, to answer this question based on the book of Allah and based on the center of His Prophet sallallahu wasallam. And also based on what the great scholars past scholars of Islam have said, especially primarily I will be depending on the work of nucleon Rahim Allah, and I'm saying this so that if you want to expand, to verify, to consult, you can go back to what he has written and read for yourself.
If nothing, Rahim, Allah says
something very interesting,
which not we may not come to you or K may come to you as a surprise.
He says that Allah subhanho wa Taala created this universe for love.
That Allah subhanho wa Taala sent His messengers because of love.
And he revealed the messages that he revealed because of love.
And that love is the thing that will make you a Muslim.
And it is the last thing that if you are or will take you to heaven.
And there are all the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he had revealed from A to Z, all of them are in the service of love.
That love is the secret he calls it of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah it is the secret of Islam. And it is what Allah wants from you.
And it is what Allah subhana wa Taala will reward you for so on the day of judgment when Allah will have a heaven and hell, people will be divided in both of these places based on love, based on their love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So all of this is happening because of love. He says, in fact, that every single movement that takes place in this lower realm, on this earth, and in the heavenly realm, in the skies, every single movement happens because of love. Because we always are moving. And every movement has a has an intent behind it has a desire behind it. And that desire is love.
Ask yourself what motivates you to do something.
So one of these one of three things, either because you love something or you're afraid or you hope for something. So one of these three. And these, by the way are the pillars of worship in Islam. But one of these three,
and the primary among these three emotions, love, fear and hope. The primary one among them is love. The two other two are secondary that feeds the primary. I'll give you an example so that we can understand this person is afraid of death. That's the emotion of fear. A person desires to live longer and to be healthy. Why does he have that hope and that fear because he loves life.
A person is afraid of losing his money and has hope have a better job and better investment so that he can increase his wealth. Why does he have that hoping that fear because he loves money? You follow me?
If we were to imagine that drug club is no longer present, a person loves his life no longer a person loves money no more than he will have no fear and no hope of a person doesn't love money anymore. He will not be afraid of anyone takes it from him and he would not want to add anything to it. So it all comes back to love.
And he's saying that whatever Allah subhanho wa Taala commands and allows in this world he either loves directly he wants it to happen or he loves indirectly that is the consequence of that thing is beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala so whatever Allah He allows either he loves directly or he loves the consequence. Example, Allah subhana wa tada loves, that you will believe in him. Allah Subhana Allah Allah loves that you will love him back. Allah subhanho wa Taala does not love that to make you sick.
Allah subhana wa tada does not want your illness. But Allah subhanaw taala wants the consequence of that illness, not illness itself a lot derives no pleasure from making anybody sick. He does not need to make anybody sick. But Allah loves what the consequence of what happens. And what is that consequence that you will remember Allah subhanho wa Taala that he will purify you from sin, that you will increase compassion in your heart for people who are around you. All of these things are beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah subhanho wa Taala
one of his names that you will find in the Quran is Allah dude.
And the meaning of Allah dude
is the one who loves and is loved and the one who puts love in the hearts of his creation.
The one who loves that's the first meeting.
There is one of the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala and one of his attributes is that he loves and is loved back. And when we know and when we investigate the meanings of the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala we understand that there is perfection behind them. That it's not just simply that Allah loves Allah subhana wa tada loves perfectly without any deficiencies and shortcomings in his love. That is, Allah's love is perfect. That is a love loves you more than you can ever love him. Allah loves you, more than any other human being can love any other human being.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in another Hadith,
that all the mercy all the Rama that you find on this earth.
All the mercy that you will find in the hearts of mothers, and parents, and children, and animals, etc, etc, all of that if you take it and you combine it, all of that will be less than the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It's the same thing with love.
If you're to take all the love that you encounter in your life that you will have received from your parents, from your spouse, from your children. And add to that the love that your neighbor has enjoyed and your other neighbor has enjoyed and all of humanity from the time of Adam, to the last person who will exist on this earth and put it all together. All of that combined will be less than the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala has for you. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala loves in ways and in magnitudes that escaped our comprehension.
escape our realization
and the other Hadith that shows you the compassion of a last panel what Allah what Allah says, what the prophet sallallahu wasallam describes how happy Allah subhana wa Taala is with your repentance
that he is happier with it than a person who has lost his camel and was certain of death in a desert and then wakes up from his sleep after he has has given up hope that he is going to live any longer. And he finds that camel right besides Him and His life has come back to him. He says that Allah has happiness with your repentance is greater than that man's happiness with finding his camel.
In other words, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling you imagine
the more or the happiest that you can be.
Imagine the highest point of happiness that any person any human being can reach. Just imagine how happy Can you be, the happiest you will be is when you think that you're going to die. And then you find out that no, you're going to live well you are desperate of living anymore. And you will find no that Allah subhanho wa Taala is allow you is going to allow you to live your life is the dearest thing to you.
That's the maximum happiness that we can imagine.
And yet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says Allah is even happier than that. When you come back to him,
Allah is happier than your greatest happiness when you come back to him. So we cannot imagine the happiness of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we can only approximate it and we cannot imagine the love of Allah subhana wa tada we can only approximate it. So the love that Allah subhana wa Taala has for us and how he loves is greater than any love that we have received from anyone around us.
And how much Allah subhana wa tada is loved also
is greater than any love that we can give to any other human being.
Just notice the prophets of Allah.
Yes, we love our parents, we love our children, we love people who are around us. But when we decide to actually fill our hearts with the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala
it will be like the hungry person finding food and the thirsty person finding water. Our hearts are ultimately seeking the love of Allah, seeking that love that will secure us from any pain, seeking the club that will protect us from any harm seeking that love that will never leave us seeking
That unselfish love, that doesn't want anything back from us, only wants us. That's what we are looking for that unconditional love that they talk about. And any human love is conditional love.
Every single human love that you will encounter is a conditional love. And that's not necessarily a negative, that is a reflection of our own weakness and poverty, because we need something from other people. Allah subhana wa Taala planted love in our hearts why so that we can come together. Without that love, the mother will not take care of her children, without that love that children will not take care of their parents. Without that club, there will be no union and people will not procreate and take care of their children. A lot brought us together in love because we need each other and that love brings us closer. So when a person when a human being loves another human beings, they
always want something back from them.
That is our need our Hajj our deficiency.
And he says, Rahim Allah kulu nasiri dukane enough say in Allah who read who can enough sick. He says everyone wants you because he can gain something from you.
They want love back, they want money, they want protection, they want always something back from you. except Allah subhanho wa Taala he does not want anything from you. He wants you for your sake. He wants you to save you. He's the one who panela He's the one who gives you money. And he says, give something back to me.
Not all of it, but give something back to me and not even to me to the people who are around you. But for my sake. And if you do that I will compensate you and give you many faults and put you in heaven. Everything comes from him. And he requests just a little in return.
And that is the generosity of Allah subhanho wa Taala and his love for you.
That he gives you a lot and as to the war a little in return and he says I will compensate you immensely for an eternity in heaven. If you just love me and turn back to me.
So the love that Allah subhanho wa Taala has for his creation is unmeasurable
and the love that people will have for Allah subhanho wa Taala is greater than any love that they can have. Once they decide to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala is greater than the love that they will have for their parents and their children and any other living human being.
That's why the prophets of Allah Allah you it was sitting them was called a de la
prophet Mohammed's on the low alley you earlier was sitting them was called Holly Rola and the hula why that station is greater than the station of love. Only two people in the history of humanity till the Day of Judgment have attained it which is the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam Ebrahim and he saw that there was only to people and that means that the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala had penetrated the heart so deeply, every groove with a groove in it every inch in it is saturated with a love of Allah subhanaw taala that there is no place in it for anybody else.
That's how much they loved the last panel with the island. Otherwise asked yourself, why would person risk everything and sacrifice everything, comfort, wealth, family,
country, all of that, for Allah subhana wa tada if not for the sake of His love
and to be loved back by him
to be loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala, as I said, can only be approximated
once at the time of the Prophet Sall Allahu Allah you it was send them there was a woman
and her boy who a young boy wandered into the street, and she was afraid that he will be trampled on by the animals by the camels. She so she ran after him. She held him close to her chest and she said my son, my son, and she took him
and the Sahaba witnessed that and they said prophet of Allah, Mecca and attach it to
this woman would never throw that child in hellfire. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, Well, he now you know Habiba houfy. Now, it says By Allah, Allah never throws his beloved in the fire.
It is just like that woman.
how eager she is to save that child because she loves him so much. He sings sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, just imagine, Allah, his love for you is greater when you turn to Him. And if he loves you, He will never allow any harm to come your way especially on the Day of Judgment. So if we want security from Allah as punishment, if we want that
Less protection. And more than that, if we want to enjoy that beauty, that sweetness of being close to Allah subhanho wa Taala the path to it is to be a Beloved of Allah subhanho wa Taala to love Allah and for love to love us back. And I want to share with you something interesting.
Before you love Allah azza wa jal before you've decided to love Allah, Allah has already decided to love you.
And after you love Allah, and you draw closer to Him, Allah subhanho wa Taala increases his love for you. So even before you were conscious
of the love of Allah, Allah was already loving you.
Allah said to musante He said,
Well, thanks to Allah can have better Mineola to me in infancy when Pharaoh and Pharaoh and his household took mooster in he said to him, and I put on you
love from me. You know how you put on someone close, you close them with something, you cover them with something. Allah subhana wa Taala saying to him, I clothed you with my love,
so that you will be taken care of under my eye and under my watch. So they said that everyone who saw Musashi Salaam loved him immediately.
Moosa didn't do anything yet to deserve Allah's love. And so and so far as praying, fasting, he was an infant didn't do anything yet. Yet, love of Allah proceeded everything. And it is the love of Allah for you that makes you love him. And it is Allah subhana wa tada and was after your love, that is the greatest reward that you can receive.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one the third meaning of the name of Allah Allah
is the one who puts love in the hearts of his creation.
Every love that I and you have enjoyed in our life was because of Allah subhanho wa Taala and want you to think about it.
Every smile every good word right every good gesture everyone taking care of you who made them.
able to feel that for you. It is Allah subhanho wa Taala
he's the one who made people love you and to take care of you.
And if you're close to Allah subhanho wa Taala he will increase that love in the hearts of his creation, so that more and more people will love you as a result of Allah's love for you.
And that is the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala that should make us love him more. That everything good that had happened to me happened to me because of Allah, every love that I've received, every good moment that I had I had because of Allah subhanho wa Taala and His love is even greater. He's truly the one that should be loved In fact, because of it more than any other human being. He's the one that should be thanked for that.
So Allah loves you before you start loving Him and He loves you afterwards.
And in the famous Hadith
that is in Buhari
see what you get when you love Allah.
Allah said man I that he when he and then to who will have it says the one who
combats and fights
What do you have mine on who is very close to me the one that I love and he loves me. If you try to harass him, if you try to fight him, then I am declaring war on you.
It's like someone saying in our common language if you mess with this person, you are messing with me.
If you do something to harm him you're doing it to me and ally saying that my love for this person and his love for me is so dear and so close and so strong, that if you do something to him,
you have to deal with me.
And Allah says that had he thought is he
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fader about to come to Somalia snobby obasa hula hoops Ruby where the hula to put up our regular hola TMC, Bihar, it says My servant is not going to be closer or draw nearer to me by doing more than what I've obligated on him. This is the thing that I love the most. So if you want Allah subhana wa attallah, to love you The path to Allah's love is to do his obligations and to commit to them. He says you're not going to be closer to me by doing something else other than that, and my servant will continue to draw nearer to me
be closer to me by doing these voluntary ads consistently than a wireframe until I love him
and learn until he reaches that stage where I love him. And if I love him,
I become his eye that sees and his ear that hears and his hand and his leg.
What does that mean? It means that the love of Allah subhana wa Taala had overwhelmed that person completely, that Allah had protected his sight and his senses. When he sees, he sees by Allah protection on Allah's guidance, when he hears he hears only what Allah wants him to hear and by Allah His guidance, what he wants to do something allies with him, when he wants to go somewhere, Allah is with him all the time.
All the time.
And Allah says Alain Salah Nila,
Nila or even if he asked me for something, I will give it to him. And if he wants my protection, I will protect him.
Then listen to the last the last part of the Hadith.
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ye krahula note werkraum massada it says I have not hesitated in doing something. This is Allah subhanho wa Taala I have not hesitated in doing something.
As when I want to take the soul of my believing servant.
He hates death. And I don't want to upset him.
Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this hesitation is not like our hesitation. I don't know what I'm doing. I'm confused. It's not like that is what the Hadith explains. Meaning there are two things that are lost upon what Allah is going to do one of them and one of them is something that Allah hates, which is what I don't want to upset him.
I have to take his soul, but I love him so much
that I'm taking it but I also hate the fact that he's being disturbed by it. And this is how much Allah subhana wa tada will care for your feelings.
will care for your feelings if you love him and he loves you back. As I showed the low unhappy set to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Mara Baca in the US Saudi ofI Howard, I see your Lord rushing to fulfill the things that you love.
And that's how Allah subhana wa tada will be with you. If you love him. Our holy holy had our little lady one of them for stuff
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Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to hear
that you would love him more than you love anything else.
And the basis of shirk, in fact associating partners with a loss of power know what the Allah is love. is when someone does not love Allah subhanho wa Taala sufficiently and takes partners in Allah as love
as Allah subhana wa tada says in the Quran woman an SME, meaning that he and Dad, you hate buena hunka Bella he will live in Russia and in LA. There are people who will take partners with Allah subhana wa Taala that they will love equal to the love that they have for Allah subhanho wa Taala. But those who have Eman love Allah more love Allah more than the polytheists love their objects of worship. So having partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala in his shifting Allah subhanho wa Taala because Allah subhana wa Taala wants that heart once our hearts
to be completely devoted to him.
And the basis of shift whether it's the shift of idols, or whether it's the shift of money, or any other love that we have, when it climbs up to the degree where it starts competing with the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala then we have to watch for that.
We have to watch for that and ask ourselves is Allah the greatest in our hearts or not?
And our love to Allah subhanho wa Taala I should conclude by saying that I would love to her Allah subhanho wa Taala
is based on two pillars.
One pillar and this is the definition of a betta is Cameron muhabba and the other pillar is command development.
That is when Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, I have only created you for my worship you ask yourself what is this worship
As it's simply strict commands to be given and to be compliant with and this is the only thing that Allah wants from us. They say the definition of worship the definition of a battle is outpost love, without most humility,
out most love and outmost humility, that you surrender yourself and humble yourself completely before Allah subhanho wa Taala more than you do with anything else, but with that, necessarily must come with it an obligation on us that we'd have our utmost love to Allah subhanho wa Taala
and only without most loving outmost humility before Allah do we actually be worshipers of Allah subhana wa.
So to say that
Islam is not related to love is to miss the whole point of Islam. The entire point of Islam are not just strict rules, the entire point of Islam are not the do's and don'ts. These are only means important means necessary means we can't leave them until we meet Allah subhana wa Taala and die necessary means but their only means towards our love for Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So Islam is in fact, built on love and our terrain is in fact built on love. And Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed all of this. So he can create that love in our hearts. Not only love for Allah subhanho wa Taala. But in following football, we'll talk about love for the profits, a lot of you it will send them as well. And not only that, a lot also wanted to create love between people and in humanity. And I wanted that to be established. So we'll talk about that in Sharla in the following. So all of this is for love. And if our Eman is built upon love How can anyone claim or think that there is no love in Islam? In fact, without love, there would be no Islam, but the love properly
understood and properly practice as Allah subhana wa tada and His Prophet sallallahu wasallam taught us so we ask Allah Subhana Allah Dianna he Allah make us of those whom you love. Allah make us of those who love you and those who you love, he Allah put in our hearts Your love, and the love of your profits of the law. He was in them, he Allah put in our hearts, your love and the love of your prophets of Allah while you were sitting on your lap put in our hearts Your love, and the love of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he Allah make us of those who love you more than they love themselves and more than they love their families and more than they love anything in this world. He
Allah protect us from all evil, protect us from all sins he Allah forgive us of our sins. He Allah grant us a sincere repentance. He Allah cleanse our heart from shallot and she will heart and grant us a sincere repentance. He Allah make us of those who are forgiven and those who have a high rank in the day on the day of judgment in paradise alone manana De Luca Haleakala when I was becoming a chef, when I saw Luke Elgin Natoma have a whole environment when becoming a Natty on a
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