Love one another for the sake of Allah (SWT)

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This particular topic was discussed in one of the weekly ‘Halaqas’ for the teachers and as always I was very much impressed by the knowledge of Shaikh Abdullah, our Imam and founder of Al-Hijra School. Inspired by the discussion, I have compiled a few additional topics here for the sake of our readers. Hope everyone will be benefitted by it.

(Br.) Zafar M. Momin

There are three things, that whoever attains, will find the sweetness of faith: If Allah and his messenger are dearer to him than anyone else; if he loves a person solely for the sake of Allah; and if he would hate to return to disbelief (kufr) after Allah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into fire.” [Bukhari & Muslim]Our love for each other for the sake of Allah implies a willingness to sacrifice our needs for the sake of our fellow Muslims’ needs in a manner that far outweighs normal sacrifice for the sake of friendship. This pure love is crucial to maintaining Muslims’ faith, if Muslims don’t have strong relations with each other, their faith will automatically decrease.

Loving for the sake of Allah means to love Allah and to show loyalty to Him by following His Shariah. It means to love all that is good and permissible in the Quran and Sunnah. This type of love requires one to defend Allah’s deen and to preserve it. It is to love those who are obedient to Allah and to defend and assist them. These are the party of Allah.

Support one another
“The relationship between believers is like a wall, parts of which support other parts.”[Muslim]

A Muslim should not forsake or abandon his brother, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “There should be no breaking off of ties, no turning away from one another, no hating one another. Be brothers, as Allah has commanded you.” [Muslim]

Loved by Allah (SWT)
It is mentioned in a hadith Qudsi “My love is incumbent upon those who love one another for my sake, those who exchange visits for my sake, those who sit with one another for my sake, and those who put themselves in the service of one another for my sake”. It is the loyalty of those who love one another not for worldly benefits but only in the cause of Allah. Those are the ones for whom Allah’s love is incumbent.

Shaded by Allah (SWT)
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Throne on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): `I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: `Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine”[Muslim]

Seated on pulpits of light
Mu`adh (bin Jabal) (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”. [Tirmidhi]

On one occasion the Prophet (SAW) finished the prayer and turned toward the people and said, “O people, listen and understand. Allah has slaves who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but both the prophets and martyrs envy them for their closeness to Allah.” A bedouin stepped forward, pointed to the Messenger of Allah and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell us about these people.” The Prophet was pleased with the bedouin’s request and said, “They are from various peoples and tribes who have no ties of relationship between them. They love each other purely for the sake of Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will present them pulpits of light for them to sit on. Their faces will be light and their clothes will be light. The people will be scared on the Day of Resurrection, but they will not be scared. They are the friends of Allah who will not have any fear upon them nor will they grieve. [Ahmad and Abu Ya’la with a hassan chain]

Acts of love for one another
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “A man set out to visit a brother (in Faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “I intend to visit my brother in this town”. The angel said, “Have you done any favour to him?” He said, “No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious.” Thereupon the angel said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)”. [Muslim]

“If a man loves his brother in faith, he should tell him that he loves him.”[Abu Dawud]

Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: A man was with the Prophet (SAW) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’s sake)”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. Messenger of Allah (SAW) then said, “Tell him (that you love him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I love you for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sake you love me, love you.” [Abu Dawud].

“Two men who love each other for the sake of Allah, meeting for that reason, and parting with this love (still cherished by both of them) will enjoy Allah’s shade.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

So let’s all show affection towards our family, friends and muslim brothers and sisters for ALlah’s sake….Indeed every good act is a good deed and it will surely be rewarded.

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