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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Travel to Visit Friends of Allah

A person visited his brother (Muslim) in another town and Allah deputed an angel to wait for him on his way. When he came to him he asked him, ‘Where do you intend to go?’ He said, ‘I intend to go to my brother in this town.’ He asked, ‘Have you any right over him (for the recompense of which you go there)?’ He said, ‘No, (the purpose of the visit is) nothing but I love him for the sake of Allah, the Glorious, the Majestic.’ The angel then disclosed to him, ‘I am a Messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake).’” [Sahih Muslim]

A believer loves for the sake of Allah and hates for the sake of Allah. This hadith teaches us to love those who love Allah. If anyone is unselfish and sincere in his love for a friend of Allah’s then he becomes the beloved of his Lord. If we love Allah’s friends sincerely, without any selfish motives, then we become the object of Allah’s love. Such people will find themselves on pulpits of light on the Day of Resurrection. The prophets (alaihimus salam) and the Shuhada (martyrs) will envy them for the exceptional reception accorded to them and for their nearness to Allah.

Do you know anybody personally who loves Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)?

Has anybody’s love of Allah inspired you to love them?

This hadith affirms that in order to demonstrate one’s love for the sake of Allah, it is proper and rewarding to travel to meet and visit such friends and companions.

This hadith also informs us that angels may appear in human form. The angel had come to the central character in this hadith in human, not angelic, form.

What is the worth of sincerity in the sight of Allah? This can be gauged from the fact that man gets through the blessings of sincerity what he cannot earn through years of effort. This man earned the honour of the love of Allah because he was sincere in loving those who love Him.

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