… for the sake of Allah.
This might be the most noble expression and feeling of love towards another person and can be as such an act of worship itself.
To love someone, not out of worldly or personal interest, not out of hormonal influence or temporary attraction, but simply for the sake of Allah, might be the most respectful kind of love in general.
Love for the sake of Allah can manifest itself in lots of different ways and many scholars have already written about it: such as the believer who loves prophet Mohammed (sas) and all the other prophets before him, or as the mother who loves her child, or as a child who loves her parents, or as a neighbour who loves his neighbours – because it is granted or ordered by Allah to show mercy and respect towards all of them.
There is a lot to say about it but what I want to point out today is the love towards someone we are not familiarly related to, for example a sister or a brother in faith – a kind of love which I didn’t knew until I came to Islam, alhamdulillah.
To love another person because we love her for Allah’s will and because the person shows devoted religious commitment is a love that comes deep from the heart and it is a love that witnesses a persons longings to gain only Allah’s pleasure. This love excuses faults and shortcomings; it neglects worldly differences and focuses only on the essence of our being: on our pure soul and the good intentions behind what we do.
It is a pure, sincere and innocent kind of love. It is a love that makes us wishing the best for the other person, a love that makes us pray for that person and makes us in the same time wanting to better ourselves.
Often this kind of love reaches people we are not close to or do not even know:
How often have I been walking on the street, glancing at a woman who is properly dressed, wearing modest clothing and hijab or acting in a lovely way through which she reminded me of Allah and of Islam, subhanallah, so she attracted my attention and made me send a silent dua’ of love and protection (a little prayer) towards her.
How often do I feel this kind of love for someone, I do not even see, but who recites the qur’an in such a beautiful way that it makes me crying.
How often do I feel this love for someone who makes me strive to better myself in the deen (faith), simply by passing that person, by recognizing a modest gesture, by hearing the saying of a noble word or by other acts that show sincere piety and the obvious striving to follow Allah’s commands and the sunnah of our beloved prophet (peace be upon him).
And how often do I feel this deep and strong kind of love when I meet a dear friend and sister in Islam who shares some knowledge or reminds me of Allah, of our dear prophet (sas) and about sincerity in faith.
How deep is this love when felt towards someone with whom I was lucky to spend meaningful hours in serious conversation, feeling refreshed and religiously motivated afterwards, knowing that Allah was with us, subhanallah.
Then this person is in my heart for a long time, constantly named in my prayers, when I supplicate to Allah that He may be merciful towards her, grant her His pleasure and accept her and my good intentions.
Sometimes I feel this love also for people who are not Muslims themselves, people I know very well, like friends or family.
Then I feel a deep human love and a sincere wish that that person would become a sister or brother in faith, to deepen our relation and to put it onto higher levels, to share the same values also in faith and in this most important aspect of life.
Then I pray and wish that that person would eventually taste the sweetness of real sisterhood, that she would be able to feel the deep confidence and sincerity between friends who are also sisters in faith, and see the beauty of Islam and all the blessings within it…
Ya rabbi, I pray that the Muslim ummah may be united in peace and always taste that sweetness and the blessings of real brotherhood and sincere love for His sake. And I pray that all the people we love and respect would share the same beliefs and the same intentions for His will, so that we all could be united in His name and with the aim to gain only His pleasure.
“If any of you loves his bother then he should inform him” (Tirmidhi)
Ana uhebbuki fi Allah – I love you for the sake of Allah! May He guide us all, accept our good deeds and shower us with His mercy here and in the hereafter. Ameen.