Al-Ma­hab­bah (love of God)

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It is a com­pul­sory as­pect of wor­ship in Is­lam to love Al­lah and His Prophet, Muham­mad (peace and bless­ing be upon him). A Mus­lim who does not love Al­lah and His Prophet above all things in the world has a big ques­tion mark on his faith.

But when a Mus­lim loves Al­lah sin­cerely in his heart, Al­lah loves him in re­turn.

Al­lah says: Say: “If ye do love Al­lah, fol­low me: Al­lah will love you and for­give you your sins; for Al­lah is Oft-For­giv­ing, Most Mer­ci­ful.”

[32] Say: “Obey Al­lah and His Mes­sen­ger”: but if they turn back, Al­lah loveth not those who re­ject Faith. Qu­ran 3.31 (Su­rat Al Im­ran , verse 31,32)

Say: “If ye do love Al­lah, fol­low me: Al­lah will love you and for­give you your sins; for Al­lah is Oft-For­giv­ing, Most Mer­ci­ful.”

[32] Say: “Obey Al­lah and His Mes­sen­ger”: but if they turn back, Al­lah loveth not those who re­ject Faith. Qu­ran 3.31 (Su­rat Al Im­ran, verse 31,32)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: One has not re­ally have faith un­til he loves him more than ev­ery­thing (Bukhaary).

Ac­cord­ing to Shaykh Ibn alQayyim (rahimahuLLAHU), the rea­sons which cause ma­hab­bah (love) of Al­lah Ta’ala to de­velop, are ten:

First: Recit­ing the Qur’an, re­flect­ing and un­der­stand­ing its mean­ing and its in­tent.

Se­cond: Draw­ing closer to Al­lah - the Most High - through op­tional deeds, af­ter ful­fill­ing the oblig­a­tory du­ties.

Third: Be­ing con­tin­u­ous in the dhikr (re­mem­brance) of Al­lah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs - un­der all cir­cum­stances. The more con­tin­u­ant the dhikr, the more muhab­bah de­vel­ops and in­ten­si­fies.

Fourth: Giv­ing prece­dence to what Al­lah loves over per­sonal loves, when be­ing over­come by de­sires.

Fifth: Con­tem­plat­ing and de­lib­er­at­ing over the Names and At­tributes of Al­lah.

Sixth: Rec­og­niz­ing and re­mem­ber­ing the fa­vors and boun­ties of Al­lah - both man­i­fest and hid­den.

Seventh: To be hum­ble and sub­mis­sive be­fore Al­lah - and this is the great­est mat­ter.

Eighth: To be in seclu­sion recit­ing the Qur’an, dur­ing that time in which Al­lah de­scends to the low­est heaven (which is the last third of ev­ery night), fin­ish­ing this recita­tion with seek­ing Al­lah’s for­give­ness and re­pent­ing to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gath­er­ings of the true and sin­cere lovers of Al­lah, reap­ing the fruits of their speech, and not to speak ex­cept if there is ben­e­fit in it and that you know that such talk will in­crease you in good­ness and that it will ben­e­fit oth­ers as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which dis­tances the heart from Al­lah - the Mighty and Ma­jes­tic.

So these are the ten rea­sons which cause the per­son to de­velop true love for Al­lah and to reach the rank of al­muhab­bah, by which he reaches his Beloved.

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