Hadeeth # 16: Three Qualities to Taste the Sweetness of Emaan (Part 1)

1

February 4, 2016 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle

bismilla_BW

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Hadeeth 16

Narrated Anas radhiAllahu ‘anhu that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:

1.The one to whom Allah and His Messenger becomes dearer than anything else.

2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake.

3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”

[Volume 1, Book 2, Hadeeth 16]
Commentary:
Sweetness of Faith and Joy

Sweetness of faith is one of the benefits or perks of faith. It is not the literal sweetness but rather the spiritual sweetness one feels in his heart. In other words, one joy is what you feel when you see something good or hear something nice or taste something delicious. On the other hand, there is another joy which you feel in your heart, it is happiness or delight that does not come easy but rather you have to take a journey to reach that level of joy. And indeed emaan [faith] it is. Its joy is felt in the heart. How is it experienced? This is what the hadeeth teaches and explains.

1.Making Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Beloved Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam the Dearest of All

This is attained when a believer obeys Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam with utmost obedience and devotion. When all his time, energy and resources are used only to seek Allah’s pleasure and used in a way prescribed by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He finds no excuses in obeying Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Prophet, even if it be a command that goes against his desires. For e.g., sacrificing sleep early in the morning to pray Fajr, detoxifying one’s self from food and drink while fasting, using siwaak, etc.

It is important to know that there are two levels of loving Allah Almighty:

  • One that is obligatory: It is a level of love that enables a believer to fulfill Allah’s obligations on him for example, the obligation of five daily prayers, fasting in Ramadan, zakah, etc. Absence of this love results in disobedience of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
  • One that is preferred love: It is a higher level of love – that enables a believer to not only fulfill his obligations but also inspires and motivates him to do voluntary good deeds for Allah’s sake and delight. For e.g., praying Qiyam al-Layl [Tahajjud prayer], voluntary fasts, being happy with Allah’s decree, etc.

 

[Believer’s Love Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala the Most]

Likewise there are two levels of loving Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

  • One that is obligatory: Loving him is obligatory because he delivered the message of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in the best possible way. A believer loves him by following his Sunnah and whatever he commanded explicitly, such as the way of performing ablution, the way of performing Hajj, etc.
  • One that is preferred: It is that the believer enjoys following the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in the most tedious of matters and does not feel lazy about it, for example, using siwaak, smiling, reciting the du’a of traveling when sitting in a vehicle because He salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam did so, starting everything with right all the time, etc.

[Standing Steadfast in the Way of Allah Even After Ramadan]

Loving Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam brings joy to one’s heart because the person is following what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam instructed him to do. He remembers Allah and the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in all matters of life and does not pick-and-choose instructions. He prays not only because it is an obligation but rather because he yearns to connect with Allahsubhanahu wa ta’ala, talk to him, to humble himself before His majesty and seek His pleasure in all his deeds.

Note that: Love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam go together. We can’t only claim to love Allah and ignore the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam (God Forbid). This is because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala Himself says in the Qur’an:

“Say (O Muhammad), ‘If you should love Allah, then follow me (so) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.’” [Aal-Imran 3: 33]

The fruit of following the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is that Allah will love us; not only will He love us but also forgive our sins.

[No Faith without Loving the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam]

Implementation of the Hadeeth

In order to develop this kind of love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, we need to purify our intentions, learn Arabic – the language of the Qur’an and the language of Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. When we know the language of the Book and of Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam we will start enjoying every bit of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. We will not have to depend on translations and lose the beauty of the words.

Another mean of developing the love for Allah and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is to sit in the company of the righteous. Their company will help us to get rid of useless thoughts and false attachments and fall in love with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

[The Signs of those who Repent]

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala open up our hearts to His love and the love of His Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, aameen.

 [Adapted from the talks of Sister Taimiyyah Zubair]

To read the commentary on the 2nd and 3rd qualities, please check the next post. 

One thought on “Hadeeth # 16: Three Qualities to Taste the Sweetness of Emaan (Part 1)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 719 other followers

%d bloggers like this: