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24 July 2017 CE | 01 Dhul-Qadah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Pulpits of Pearl


Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Some people shall be raised from their graves on the Day of Judgement in a state that their faces will be glowing with radiant light. They shall be seated on pulpits made of pearls. Other people shall envy their elevated state. These dignified people, however, will neither include Prophets nor Shuhada (martyrs).” The Companions submitted: “O Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)! Who are these people? Tell us their distinguishing qualities.” Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) observed: “These are the people who love each other for the sake of Allah only.” [Tabrani]

When there is no benefit you wish to obtain from someone, and you love them only because of their devotion to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), and because they are devoted to safeguarding Allah’s Deen, then your love of them is “for the sake of Allah.”

Those who love others for the sake of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) are actually loving Allah. A saying in Urdu goes, “When you love Layla, even her dog becomes dear to you.” So how is it possible that a person be true in their love of Allah, yet not love others who love Allah and are striving in His cause?
 
The greatest sign of love is obedience. When you love someone you want to do whatever pleases him/her. You hate to do what you know your beloved dislikes out of fear of displeasing him/her. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says about the Momineen: “But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah.” [Quran 2:165] Thus, the Momineen are most careful about sticking to Allah’s Shariah – minding His likes and dislikes.

Loving for the sake of Allah is to love those Muslims who ardently strive to please Allah with His obedience. Pulpits of pearl, faces radiant with light, and honour with Allah; these are the rewards for being true in your love of Allah.

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