In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
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]
2. Loving Someone Only for Allah’s Sake
When people love one another there are always reasons behind that love. A mother loves her child because he/she is a part of her. A friend loves his friend because he is always there for him in times of happiness and sadness. In this case however, the only reason for loving somebody is because of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. What does this mean?
This means you love someone only for their obedience to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and love for Him, their commitment to Allah’s Deen and such that sitting with them reminds you of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and uplifts your emaan and boosts you in your obedience to Allah Almighty as well. For example, you hear the Athan [call to prayer] and the friend whom you love for Allah’s sake reminds you to pray. Isn’t this admirable? You love someone for Allah’s sake and in return you get to be of those who get to taste the sweetness of faith and earn Allah’s pleasure. And also shade under His Throne’s shade on the Day of Judgment when there will be no shade except His, as we have been informed by Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in another hadeeth.
It is also of utmost importance that this love can very well be for someone who does not know you at all, for example, in the case of scholars of our Deen whom we know of through social media, etc. This is because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala knows your loving them for His sake. i.e. their spreading and preaching of Allah’s Deen.
Food for Thought
One should bear in mind and always be alert that “love for Allah” should not become like “love with Allah”. For example: A sister initially loves a sheikh for Allah’s sake due to his commitment to Allah’s Message but gradually, intentionally or unintentionally, the sheikh becomes everything for the sister so much so that she starts falling low in her obedience to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Her concern then becomes the sheikh and she forgets the real reason she liked the sheikh for, which was Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and his religious commitment. Remember this is one of the most common traps of Shaytan when you’re trying to love someone for Allah’s sake but he distracts you and tries to ruin your intentions. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that your love for someone for Allah’s sake should not become an obsession so much so that they become dearer to you than Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala Himself. Your love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala should always be more than others even if it is for His sake. Even in the case of Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is of a completely higher and a different level because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the Lord of everything.
- Purify your intentions whenever you like someone that you like him/her for Allah’s sake. And that by this you seek Allah’s pleasure and nothing else.
- Loving somebody for Allah’s sake is such a big deed do not waste it by making that love an obsession in which you prioritize that person above Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (God forbid). Constantly check yourself.
- Your love for someone for Allah’s sake should not fall short if the person you love does not give you importance. Remember, you’re loving them not to get reward from them but from the Lord of all the worlds.
3. To Dislike Reverting to Disbelief
This can take the form of:
- A person who was a disbeliever and then embraced Islam and now hates to return to disbelief after having embraced Islam.
- A person who was a Muslim but used to do many sins and then repented from them and became a good Muslim. And so hates to return doing those sins again.
This hadeeth therefore talks about a person who is righteous and hates actions of disbelief and whatsoever Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala dislikes. For him it is similar to be thrown in fire. Who would like that? It is the sign of true faith and sincere repentance that one hates reverting to their past life. Such a person abstains from falling into sins again and stays away from the wrong company. When a person hates disbelief and displeasing Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to such an extent, he tastes the sweetness of faith.
If we are not striving against our nafs and still staying in the wrong company, then we need to work on our emaan. The stronger one grows in emaan the more reflective he becomes. He puts the end in mind before starting anything. He does not blindly follow the crowd but also thinks about the rewards and punishments.
All three of these qualities: loving Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, loving someone only for the sake of Allah, and hating to revert to disbelief, are interrelated. When a person truly loves Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His beloved Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he automatically starts loving people who love Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger.
Likewise, when a person loves someone for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, they hate to be in the company of anyone or anything that will take him away from Allah’s love and obedience to Him.
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala join us with the righteous, and make us a source of khair for others and not a Fitnah, aameen.