Islamic Date06 Shawwal
English Date28 May
Whom Do You Love
Narrated Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) that Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "A person (set out to) visit his brother in another town. Allah deputed an angel to wait for him on his way. When he came across the man he asked: 'Where do you intend to go?' The man replied: 'I intend to go to my brother in this town.' The angel asked: 'Have you done any favour to him (the repayment of which you intend to get)?' The man replied: 'No, excepting this that 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 your brother (for His sake).'" [Sahih Muslim]
To love someone for the sake of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is to invite Allah’s love upon oneself! Unfortunately, most of our friendships these days are based on love of material things and not love of Allah (subhana wa ta'ala). Our socialization is based on desire to move up the ladder, or the desire to know people who we might be able to extract favours from.
How many friends do you have whom you love only because they love Allah (subhana wa ta'ala)?
A friendship that is for the sake of Allah has love of Allah as the common interest, Allah’s pleasure as the common goal, and love and obedience of Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as the common profession.
How can you judge your love of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)? Actions speak louder than words. When a person is in love, don't they try more than anything else to please their beloved?