08:24:17 am on October 1, 2006 |
By Khalid Dhorat, Jamiatul Ulama
What is love and how does one achieve it? Love is something so complex that no words can define it. There are many meanings and forms and types of ‘love.’ Does the love for others mean kindness and affection, having moral nobility, and human respect, not a means of satisfying carnal desires and material whims?
In Islam, love is first for Allah, occupying the heart and conscience in such a way that it overwhelms everything else. It was reported from a sage: “I never saw a thing but I saw Allah before it, after it, and along with it.” The Glorious Qur’an says: “The believers are stauncher in (their) love for Allah.” (2:165)
Second, the faithful harbour an intense love for Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam). This love in manifested by an desire to follow and imitate his example. The Glorious Qur’an says: “Say (O’ Our Nabi) If ye do love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; Verily, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (3:31)
Third, Islam advocates brotherly love in faith. Human beings can live in blessing and kindness so long as they love each other, show trust-worthiness, and behave according to truth and fairness. This brotherly love in faith also establishes good relations in society when it is done with sincerity and affection. In short, heartfelt love is simply sharing Islam.
It is reported that a person was sitting beside Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam) when his friend happened to passed by. This man told Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wasallam): “I love that man for the sake of Allah.” Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam) asked him if he had told his friend that, and the man answered in the negative. The man stood up, stopped his friend, and told him, “I love you for the sake of Allah.” His friend replied: “I love you the way you love for His sake.” It is reported that Allah loves that His servant salute one another clearly and openly. –ALIF Newsletter