Tag: love

Which of Us Truly Loves Allah & His Messenger – Shaykh al-Uthaymeen

Al-Allaamah al-Faqeeh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) in explanation of aayatul imtihaan:

 

‎قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad) if you (truly) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Aali Imraan: 31)

This verse is named the aayatul mihna, meaning the verse of examination, because a people claimed that they loved Allah, so Allah said to the Messenger,

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ

Say (O Muhammad) if you (truly) love Allah

This is the sign of a persons love for his Lord, that they follow the Messenger (peace and blessings upon him) and everyone who is more ardent in following the Messenger then he is more beloved to Allah, however lets ponder and look at the result of loving Allah; Allah did not command the Messenger to say “If you love Allah, follow me and be truthful in that” rather He said

يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ

Allah will love you

and this is the tremendous fruit and result which every person seeks. Hence the reality is that you loving Allah is not the same as you being loved by Allah. Due to this He said,

فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ

then follow me, Allah will love you

Therefore if you were to seek after the Love of Allah and you love Him, then it is upon you to follow the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah upon him).

Is it possible to understand from this verse that the actions of the people of innovation belies their claim of loving the messenger (peace and blessings upon him)?

The answer to this, is yes, because we say, if you truly loved the messenger, you would indeed follow him, and if you truly loved Allah, you would definitely follow the Messenger, and if you truly took him (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) as a leader you would not precede him (i.e. utter statements or perform actions which he did not legislate), and how can he be your leader in reality whilst you oppose him, so where is the following of this leadership?

And due to this blatant opposition, how easy it is to destroy their claims; those who say, you don’t celebrate the birthday of the Prophet, and you don’t perform long extended poetic salaat and salaam and praise upon him,  therefore you don’t love him. So we say in reply to them, Glory be to Allah! Which of us has more right to loving the Messenger?! Those who follow his Sunnah and do not leave it, or those who perform that which he (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) warned against of innovations?! There is no doubt that those who truly love Allah is the first type, and destroying their claims does not require a strong axe, rather it is very easy to destroy.


Paraphrased from Sharh Iqtida as-Siratul Mustaqeem pg 723-724

Does Allah Love You? – Shaykh ‘Abdul Mohsin al-‘Abbaad

Does Allah Love You?

Shaykh ‘Abdul Mohsin al-‘Abbaad mentioned in explanation of the verse:

‎قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad) if you (truly) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Aali Imraan: 31)

“Meaning, you have received more than you desired by loving Him, i.e. Allah loves YOU, and this is greater than you loving Him.

Some wise scholars said:

The issue isn’t that you love (Allah), indeed it is only that you are loved (by Allah).

Al-Hasan Al-Basri and other than him from the Salaf said:

A people claimed to love Allah so he tested them with this verse:

‎قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad) if you (truly) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Aali Imraan: 31)

This is why some of the Salaf named this verse: aayatul imtihaan and ikhtibaar (Verse of Examination).


Min Kunooz al-Quraan al-Kareem, Tafseer Aayaat min al-Kitaab al-Azeez ( Kutub wa Rasaa’il ‘Abdul Mohsin vol.1 pg. 196)

Reflect deeply upon these tremendous words and contemplate upon your inner belief or possibly outward claims to love Allah and His Messenger.

Are you worshipping Allah sincerely?

Are you following the prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa salam) in all possible ways (statements, actions and manners)?

Or are you opposing the commands of Allah and the guidance of His final messenger (alayhis salaatu was salaam)?

‎قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad) if you (truly) love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Aali Imraan: 31)

 

Those Who Claim to Love the Companions but Defend those who Speak ill of them – Shaykh Zaid Al-Madkhalee

Shaykh Zaid Al-Madkhali’s on the one who claims love for the companions – May Allah be pleased with them – but then at the same time defends those who speak badly of them.

Question: What is your advice to one who claims love for the companions – May Allah be pleased with them – and at the same time defends those who speak ill of them?

You will not Love Allah until… – al-Hasan al-Basree

On the authority of al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah):

“Oh son of Aadam (alayhis salaam), Love Allah! Allah will love you, and know that you will not love Allah until you love obeying Him.”

Istinshaaq Naseem al-Anas li ibn Rajab Page 31

 

Do you Love Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) – Ibn Masood

On the Authority of Abdullah ibn Masood who said:

“Whoever wants to know if he loves Allah and His Messenger then let him look! If he loves the Quraan (reciting it, acting upon it), then indeed he loves Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam).”

Shu’ab al-Eemaan lil Bayhaqee 1861

He Thinks Allah Dislikes Him – Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee

Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee (rahimahullah) said:
In the hadeeth of Anas (radiaAllaahu anhu):

“If Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and if He wills bad for His slave, He withholds from him (the punishment for) his sin, until He requites him for it on the Day of Resurrection.” [Tirmidhi, Authenticated by Al-Albaani]

This hadeeth informs [us] that a servant [of Allaah] is afflicted with adversities and continually [tested] with calamities, so he thinks this is [because] Allah dislikes him, whilst this is not the case; rather it maybe that Allah loves him and wants to test him with trials, so that he appears on the day of resurrection and [the trials he went through in the worldly life becomes a means of] reducing [his] sins.


“Ash-Sharh al-Moojaz al-Mumahhad li Tawheed al-Khāliq al-Mumajjad alladhi allafahu Shaikhul-Islam Muhammad” Page 154

Backing Up Your Claims In Three Important Affairs- Haatim Al-Asam

Haatim Al-Asam (rahimahullaah) said: Whoever claims three affairs without three other affairs is a liar: [a] The one who claims to love Allaah without fearing what He has forbidden is a liar; [b] the one who claims to love paradise without spending his wealth is a liar; [c] The one who claims to love the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) without loving the poor people is a liar.


[Source: Seerah As-Salaf As-Saaliheen of Imaam Ismaa’eel Ibn Muhammad Al-Asbahaanee: section: Those who followed the Taabi-een in goodness. Maktabah Shaamilah]

Shaikh Rabee’ on the incorrect form of love and hate

After mentioning the hadeeth of this Ummah splitting into 73 sects, Shaikh Rabee’ states concerning the saved sect:

“They are the people of truth, they are the people of Sunnah, they are the knowledgeable ones of The Book and The Sunnah, they are the enemies of innovation, misguidance, disbelief, polytheism and all forms of deviation. They love only the truth, basing their loyalty and their hatred upon it.

And you’ll find that many people [erroneously] think that animosity and hatred is only to be directed at the disbelievers! Whereas towards every person who has affiliated himself to Islaam, no hatred is to be directed at him! He deserves nothing but love! He deserves absolute allegiance even if he is from the most despicable people of innovation and the most misguided of them! Even if he has the innovation of Jahm, Bishr Al-Marisi, ‘Amr Ibn ‘Ubaid and others besides them from the Jahmiyyah, Khawaarij, Mu’tazilah, Murji’ah and people of misguidance!”

Source: Marhaba Ya Taalib Al-‘Ilm! [Welcome O Seeker of Knowledge!], Shaikh Rabee Ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali, p.22 – 23

Shaykh Fawzaan: Whoever worships Allah with…..

Shaykh Fawzaan was asked:

 

Question:

What is the ruling on those who say: We only worship Allah with love for him and we do not fear his punishment and we do not desire his reward?

 

This is a statement of the soofiyah; it is an error and refuge is sought with Allah. This is in opposition to the methodology of (all of) the Prophets (alayhimus Salaatu was Salaam).

 

Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call upon Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us. [Surah Al-Anbiya’ Verse 90]

 

Those whom they call upon [like Isa (Jesus) – son of Maryam (Mary), Uzair (Ezra), angel] desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord (Allah), as to which of them should be the nearest; and they [Isa (Jesus), Uzair (Ezra), angels and others] hope for His Mercy and fear His torment. Indeed the torment of your Lord is (something) to be afraid of. [Surah Al-Isra Verse 57]

 

Therefore, whoever worships Allah with fear only then he is a Khaarij; whoever worships Allah with hope only then he is from the murji’ah and whoever worships Allah with love only then he is a Soofi.

And (finally) whoever worships Allah with Love, Hope and Fear then he is a believer upon Tawheed.

 

http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/8309

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