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23 May 2019 CE | 19 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Show Love through Obligatory Deeds

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah ta’Ala has said, ‘My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved by Me than what I have made Fard for him.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

The best love, the most exalted and elevated love, the most sincere love and the most beneficial kind of love is most certainly the love of the One Whom hearts were created to love, and for whom creation was brought into existence to adore.

Hearts, as they mature, come to love whomever is merciful and kind towards them. So how much greater is their love for Him from Whom all kindness springs.

Every good thing enjoyed by Allah’s creation is one of His limitless blessings, and He is One, with no associates and no partners. “And whatever good you have – it is from Allah; and then, when misfortune comes to you, you cry to Him for help.” [Quran: Surah An-Nahl, Ayat 53]

How can a servant not love, with all his heart and body, the One Who is constantly Merciful and Generous towards him in spite of all his wrong actions? Allah’s Mercy descends upon His servant from the heavens, while the servant’s wrong actions rise up to him from the earth.

He, Glorious is He, created us for Himself and He created everything for us, both in this world and in the next. Who else, then, deserves to be loved and pleased more than Allah ta’Ala? Allah ta’Ala tells us that the deeds through which we best show our love for Him are the deeds He has made obligatory (Fard) for us. These deeds please Him more than all others.

Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak recited:
You disobey Allah,
and yet you still claim to love Him.
By Allah, such behaviour is disgusting,
by any standard!
You would have obeyed Him had your love been true,
For the lover is always obedient to the Beloved!

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