Assalamualaykum wr wbt,
The bright moon which led the ways of the dark path slowly turn dimmer. In the accompany of greying clouds. Sakeenah looked up at the 3AM view in clenching coldness. Aishah was smiling non stop. She loved the moon, one of the creations of Allah azza wa jalla which she inspires to know more of. The witness of the great days of Prophet Sulayman a.s., Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and Khalifah Umar ibn Aziz, all her inspiring heroes. They picked a spot near the sloping edge of the hill and looked up. The twinkling stars blanketing the grey skies. “SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahuakbar.” Words which came out of their mouths looking in awe. The moments of beauty, which captured their hearts non stop. Sakeenah smiled more. Never did her heart felt that warm. Away from the hustle of city life. From mind tangling human problems. From hearts being disappointed with the imperfect her. And from the chase of world’s expectations. She just sat there, thinking, “Ya Allah, what do You expect from me?” She took out the huge water bottle from her bag, and made wudhu’ whilst Aishah watched her silently.
“Yes, I brought plastic coverings and a compass. For the qiblah.”
Aishah chuckled and followed her, making wudhu and absorbing all the endless tranquility, they made the longest sujoods on the ground of Fort Hill. Their brothers were busy in the forest somewhere close to them trying to drop clues for the early morning Quran Hunt. So, they took the chance to steal that moments of security to chill on one of the slopes they found last morning.
“Ya hayaty, I’ve a question for you.” Sakeenah smiled more. It’s from that moments she just feel like smiling non stop.
“No questions, just silence please. I tolerate no noisiness from anyone. Pleaseee.” Aishah imitated Ruqayyah one of their best sahabats too, which left them laughing in the midst of the forest symphony of crickets.
“Remember those times when the young ones remained completely silent when Ruqayyah was there?”
“Yesss! Haha, they thought she was proper serious, until a girl came to me asking, “Does Islam teaches us to be like that?”
They laughed again thinking of Ruqayyah, one of the most intellectual girls in her mech engineering class. Witty yet charming. Most of the brothers dislike her for her seriousness which was mistaken as rudeness, but all the girls she meet, loved her for who she was. She was honest, frank and straight to the point. And she seriously had no time for jokes or mess around. She said, every second, Allah Is recording, and do you expect jokes to be recorded? Indeed a very interesting character, and that suited Sakeenah chatterbox nature and Aishah’s humour. When the three gather, it seems to be World War Number 4, the Kind version.
They say, you can’t own happiness, but you can own valuable sahabats who consistently remind you of the temporariness of the dunya, and tell you to be patient in times of mind boggling dunya issues. Alhamdulillah.
They looked at the skies. Talked about life, about love and about how hard have they worked, or have they worked at all.
For each of them, had a beautifully carver momento to be told to others, so many heart breaking stories, yet they found the borderless happiness in meeting one another for the sake of Allah.
“So, please present your questions dear. “
“Is the love relationship with Allah azza wa jalla, reciprocal?”
They looked at the skies, immersed in the question, untangling every twist of life- reciprocity. Does that exist, and is still existing…
Many of us would say without hesitation that we love Allah (swt). But there are different levels of love. Some of us may love our parents more than our siblings. We love all of them, but our love for our parents is over and above the love for our siblings. Yet the love that will give us true tranquility in our hearts is the love that prefers Allah (swt) over all else. Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an:
“Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad [struggle] in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”
[Al Qurah, Surah Tawbah :24]
Allah in this verse is not telling us we should not love. On the contrary, Allah (swt) tells us in another verse that He has made between spouses “love and mercy”. We are encouraged to love each other.
The Prophet ﷺ told us,
“When one of you has love for his brother, he should inform him that he loves him,”
But we should not love them more than Allah (swt), because love tends to mean preference. We do things for our loved ones because we know that they will like it or appreciate it. And when we prefer others over Allah (swt), or make them equal to Allah (swt), that is when we find difficulty because we are putting our hope in something finite and fallible. Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah […]”
[Al Baqarah :165]
This doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes. We will, because the children of Adam constantly make mistakes. And sometimes we will choose things over Allah (swt). The key is to seek forgiveness. The key is to realize and work on improving. It is that act that is so beloved to Allah (swt).
There are some ways for us to know if we truly love Allah (swt). We are told 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.”
[Ali Imran : 31]
We know that the Prophet ﷺ is the best example and he is the beloved of Allah (swt). How far do we follow the Prophet ﷺ? And we shouldn’t only think of the outward things, such as the way he dressed or growing a beard. Rather we should look at who the Prophet ﷺ was, what was the essence of his character and how he treated people. Once the love for Allah (swt) and His Messenger grows, we will want to follow everything.
Another way to test ourselves is to look at all of the different types of people that Allah (swt) loves in the Qur’an—for example, Allah (swt) says that He loves the patient. Then we should ask ourselves—Do we strive to be that person to receive the love of Allah (swt)?
Moreover, if we find that Islam is difficult, know that loving Allah (swt) is the key to tasting the sweetness of faith.
The Prophet ﷺ told us, “There are three things which if a person finds them, he has found the sweetness of faith: when Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than all else; when he loves a person for no other reason than for the sake of Allah; and when he hates to return to kufr after Allah has saved him from it as he would hate to be thrown into fire,”
Quick Tips on How can I make my heart love Allah (swt)?
- Read the Quran with reflection;
- Perform more nawaafil (voluntary acts of worship): “Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with the supererogatory [nawaafil] so that I shall love him.” [Bukhari]
- Always remember Allah (katheer dzikr 🙂 ) The righteous used to say that if you awake and sleep remembering Allah (swt), then you awake and sleep without a sin. Not that we will not make mistakes, but sins are erased by constant dhikr;(remembrance of Allah, swt) and good deeds, insha’Allah.
- Choose what Allah (swt) prefers over what you prefer.
Narated By Anas r.a.:
A man asked the Prophet about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle.”
The Prophet said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
Reminder for ana first and foremost.
I ask Allah to Give you the best in everything you are doing. Jazakum Allahukhayran wa ahsanul jaza’, terima kasih kecilku ini penuh kasih sayang hehe for dropping by,
And reading my jots and dots. Hopefully of some benefit biidhnillah.
— Shaykh Saleh As-Suhaymee (May Allaah preserve him)
One of my favourite recitors below 🙂