Channel: Yusuf Estes
Series: Yusuf Estes - Beauties Of Islam
Second episode in Beauties of Islam series by Yusuf Estes.
Episode Title : Love & Islam.
Bismillah Alhamdulillah and welcome to this episode of beauties of Islam. I'm your host use of Festus. And in today's episode I want to talk about one of the beauties. That is seldom really discussed. Often people that don't know anything about Islam, they will scratch their head and say, I didn't know you had that in Islam. But I wanted to talk about this one, particularly because it means so much to me personally. You know,
when I think about this word, love,
and I think about Islam, I see how it perfectly fits together. It is so absolute, so beautiful. When you think about how love and Islam work together.
Many times people hear things about Islam and hear about Muslims, and they think that there's nothing in Islam about love.
But actually one of the names of all mighty a VA is our dude.
Now, what does our dude mean?
It doesn't just mean love, you know, the Christians. I was a Christian preacher for some time, you know. And there's this idea of God is love. God is love. You've heard that probably.
But our dude is ongoing. Let me explain. It means that Allah is the loving, it's continual.
And it's perpetual. It's always, and it's everywhere. Allows love is everywhere. And this is a word, dude.
When I first ran across this in the Quran, I said, Oh, this is nice. And then when I began to study the Word, and how, how does it fit? And what does it mean?
I was astonished because all of the names and attributes and characteristics of Allah subhanho wa Taala, of God Almighty, they are the imperative they are the
continuing, always have a law. He is the epitome of each one of his characteristics. And when we say love, that's nice. But when you say love, in all loving, always loving. And this is a law.
The characteristics of a law are not limited and separated by themselves. Actually, they all work together. And you can see them all at the same time. In the way that allow manifests so many things in the creation.
You might be surprised to find that when we talk about our loves love that it extends into his other characteristics like his mercy, his Rockman. And then his Rahim, and this is specifically merciful. We're going to talk about this one in some of our other programs.
But when we talk about this aspect of our dude, it also goes into another area called hedaya, or houda. And Allah is our howdy how he is meaning the guide. And he guides with his love, as he guides with his Rockman His mercy as he guides with his patients, his seven, you might call it, but so pauwela It's so amazing how a lot does all these things at the same time. It's not just like somebody would take your hand and guide you down the street, maybe just kind of pull you along. And that would be somebody guiding you. But Allah is guiding with
his love guiding with his mercy. So you can twist it the other way and say he's also loving with his guidance. So all of these are interacting and going together. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this could only be from a law, because you and I would can't even think in terms like this. This goes beyond our depths of imagination. When we talk about love in Islam, often we hear about things that a lot doesn't love. Allah doesn't love. That's the expression from Arabic.
But there are many things that a lot does love. He loves, for instance, the believers. He even loves the one who sins if the person will come back to him repenting him and ask him for forgiveness.
In fact, when the Lord created all of us, he knew from the beginning that we would sin.
And he didn't create us to be angels.
He created us to be human beings. Angels never sin, human beings sin all the time.
So what makes us good, the fact that we come back to a law to repent
When we stop the singing and we go to him and we're sincere, we ask Him to forgive us, and we beg for his mercy. And then he forgives, he forgives and extends again this love our dude.
Did you know that when Muslims greet each other, they greet each other with a term salam, aleikum. digenova, which means peace be unto you. And then when they leave, they also say again the same thing. Solomonic.
But in between that, sometimes you hear a Muslim say to another Muslim, something like unable for that. What is that?
What is that
means this love, but the love for the sake of a law is an amazing thing.
And Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him,
was talking to one of his companions, the companion said to him that he loves so and so. I love so and so for the sake of Allah.
The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said Go and tell him, you need to go and tell him.
So he did. And then the response comes back. And may Allah love you. May Allah love you. May the one you love me, love you for the same reason. What a beautiful thing. What a nice teaching in a smile. Imagine that, if you will. If somebody is coming to you with this love, and they love you for a lot. Now you might say, well, as a lot of people, I love my mother, I love my father, I love my job I love, you know, driving around in the countryside, many things that we love, this is not the same. This is the love for Allah. I love this for the sake of a law. If a man tells a woman I love you, it doesn't say I love you for a law. Observe for that reason. It is why he wants to, you know, have his
wife with him be with her everything. Sure, and that's an emotion. But this kind of love goes way beyond and transcends the love that a human has for another human. This is way beyond that. Because when the companions of Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, when they love each other for the sake of Allah, it meant that was going to be over and above any other feelings they might have had. Obviously, there are a lot of people out there today that you could look at and say, Well, I have to work with this guy, but I don't have to love him. I have to put up with this lady over here. But I don't have to love her. And I don't know. But wait a minute. When you say you love for a lot. This
means that in spite of your other feelings, you'll put those out of the way. Oh, this guy gets on your nerves, he talks too much duct up top. And this one over here. He bothers me because you know what he's always late. And this one over here. You know, he always eats garlic and garlic you're not supposed to be, you know, but still, when you really love somebody for the sake of Allah, those things don't matter to you anymore. What matters to you is that you want to love them for the sake of Allah. So Allah will love you.
And how important is that? Let me give you an example of that. The Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him, he told us something amazing. He said,
there is going to be shade. On a day, when there's no shade at all, there will be shade for some people. And who are these seven people that are promised shade? One of them is somebody who loves for the sake of a law. Now, what day is that going to be? Well, that's Judgment Day, of course, on the day of judgment, the sun is going to be brought down close, how close it says in their deep, that is so close, that you will be standing in your own perspiration standing in your own sweat, it will be so hot, you'll be blood burning up, and no relief for anybody.
Except for him, except for those that are in the shade of Allah. And one of those is somebody he loved, for the sake of Allah. So that's
an important consideration immediately. And then another thing is that when a person loves for the sake of a law, it's easier in this life, to deal with some of the problems that come up.
For instance, I give an example. Suppose that you're going to the store in the car, and you're going to pull into a parking space. And you stop because some lady or somebody passing in front of you, you know, you wait patiently and you're going to turn into your space but somebody comes racing up and jumps into that space and takes your parking space. What do you do?
Now, you said
I have to love this person. How am I gonna love this person, just the parking space alone.
I have to park all the way over there. I've got to walk all the way across this. And but then you see the person get out of the car. Oh, it's somebody you know them and you think.
But you know what, I love them for the sake of law. So I'm not going to get upset, I'm not going to get angry. I'm just going to go to the other place. I'll Park and a walk in. And I'll say Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Praise to Allah, because of this love that I have for the person even though they took my pocket space, even though they did something that upset me, but still what hamdulillah It's okay.
I love that person for the sake of a lot. I don't love what they did
a lot and ask you to love everything people do. But you love the person for the sake of Allah. And so what? So when you love them, you'll forgive them, won't you? And this works again, with the MacGuffin of Allah allows forgiveness, any he is not just a forgiver ALLAH is forgiving, just as we said, loving, he's forgiving. And you put that together and you think about it. You love somebody for the sake of Allah so you do what you forgive them. So then Allah, He forgives you, Allah is loving us forgiving. He's forgiving you forgiving us. Because when you forgive somebody else, then Allah He forgives you. This is a very important consideration. In the Old Testament of the Bible, we
find this eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. And Vengeance is mine. And I take my pound of flesh. And I want to get back what you know was taken from me. Islam offers the same consideration. It's not something new. As a matter of fact, this is well known, well known. But look what happens in Islam. You can take your rights,
or you can forgive. And if you forgive, that's better for you. Because when you forgive, Allah loves it, because he's the loving, and he forgives you. And this is something all of us are looking for. We're all looking to be forgiven. I want to be forgiving. You want to be forgiving. Everybody who's working on this project with us right now all of us working hard right this minute. All of us want to be forgiven. We want a law to love us. So we love for the sake of the law.
This is a very beautiful thing. And remember to that one day you'll die. Allah says Gulu knifes and that ecotone not all of us would die. And when we do, who are the people that will take us to the grave? Who are the people who will bury us and who are the people who will pray for us and encourage us to say the words La la la la. It'll be the same people that are right here with us right now that we do love for the sake of Allah. This is one of the beauties of Islam. Be sure and check our website beauties of Islam for more programs like this and until next time, Sam peace