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Foundations of True Faith

Foundations of True Faith

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Foundations of True Faith : Love for Allah
Al-Ibaanah Magazine , Issue No.1By Shaykh ¶Abdur-Rahmân ibn Hasan Âlush-Shaykh [1] ,
(d.1285H) -
rahimahullâh 
 Source: Fathul-Majîd Sharh Kitâbit-Tawhîd (pp.470-473). ___________ 
Love for Allâh
 Shaykh ¶Abdur-Rahmân ibn Hasan said: [1]³Allâh ± 
the Most High
- says:
³S
ay: If you truly love Allâh, then follow me, and Allâh will love you.´
[2]This
âya
h
is also known as
 A
 ya
tul-Muh
abba
h
(the
âya
h
about love). Some of the
a
af  
havesaid, ³The people claimed that they loved Allâh, so Allâh the Most High revealedthe
âya
h
about
muh
abba
h
(love),
³S
ay: If you truly love Allâh, then follow me, and Allâhwill love you.´
[3] So this
âya
h
indicates the proofs and evidences for 
muh
abba
h
and itsfruits and benefits. So from the proofs of 
muh
abba
h
and its clear signs is: to follow theMessenger 
 s
a
ll 
a
ll 
â
hu ¶ 
a
ay
hi w
a
s
a
ll 
a
m
; and from its fruits and its benefits is: that Allâh willlove you. So whosoever does not seek to follow the Prophet
 s
a
ll 
a
ll 
â
hu ¶ 
a
ay
hi w
a
s
a
ll 
a
m
, thensuch a person will not attain the love of Allâh.
C
haracteristics of True Love
 Allâh ± the Most High ± also says:
³O
you who believe! If any of you turns back from his religion (then wait) Allâh willcreate a people who will love Him and He will love them, who will be soft and gentlewith the Believers and harsh with the disbelievers, who will fight in the path of Allâh,and will not be afraid of the blame from the blamers.´
[4]Here, Allâh has mentioned four characteristics of those who love Him:
 F 
irstl 
 y
 
and 
Seco
nd 
 y
: they are gentle and soft towards the Believers. It is said that this means:to be merciful, compassionate and kind. ¶Atâµ (d.114H) ± 
a
him
a
hull 
â
h
± said, ³A Believer¶sgentleness for another Believer is like that of a child towards his father, or a slave towards his beloved master; and against the disbeliever, it is like that of a lion towards its prey:
³S
trongagainst the disbelievers, and merciful towards each other.´
[5] ´Thirdly,
 J 
ih
âd 
in the Path of Allâh with the soul, the hand, the tongue, and with wealth and property. This is the characteristic by which the true
muh
abba
h
is ascertained.Fourthly, they are not afraid of the blame and reproach of the blamers. This being the truestcharacteristic of 
muh
abba
h
.
 
If the one claiming
muh
abba
h
, whilst loving his beloved, fears the blames and reproaches or others, then this is in reality, not considered to be true
muh
abba
h
. Allâh the Most High says:
³
Those whom they call upon, themselves desire the wasîlah (means of approach) to theirLord to which of them should be nearest. They hope for His mercy and fear Hispunishment.´
[6]Here, three levels which are linked to
muh
abba
h
have been mentioned, [i] Love, which isdesiring to seek nearness to Him; [ii]
a
t-T 
a
w
a
 ssul 
(seeking the means of approach) to Him,through righteous and correct actions; [iii] Hope and fear, a proof of desiring the means of approach to Him through righteous and correct actions is that such actions are done hoping inHis mercy and also fearing His punishment.And it is known with necessity that seeking nearness (to Allâh) can only be achieved whenthere is a desire and love for this, and the desire and love for seeking nearness (to Him) stemsfrom love of Him. Indeed, true love for Him necessitates desiring to draw near to Him.However, the
 J 
a
hmi
 yya
h
and the
 Mu¶ 
a
ttil 
a
h
, none of this has any value. Since, in their (false)view, Allâh does not draw near to anyone, nor does anyone draw near to Him, nor does Helove anyone. So they deny life for the hearts, bliss for the souls, coolness for the eyes andhighlights the delights of this world and the Hereafter. And due to this denial, their hearts became hardened, and between them and Allâh there came barriers and obstacles fromknowing Him and loving Him. They do not know Him, nor do they seek to love Him, nor dothey mention Him, except by negating and denying His Names and Attributes. They criticizeand condemn those who make mention of the perfect and majestic Names and the Attributesof Allâh, accusing them of that which is more befitting to be attributed to themselves! Andsufficient is it for one possessing knowledge and possessing a heart with life, that they viewthe sayings of such people with harshness, contempt and hatred; knowing that such peoplehave disassociated themselves from the love of Allâh the Most High and from knowing andunderstanding His Uniqueness and Oneness (with respect to His Names, Attributes andActions).
A
C
omprehensive Definition
 Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) -
a
him
a
hull 
â
h
- says:³There cannot be clearer recognition of 
m
a
h
abba
h
than this, and this recognition in itself increases love for Allâh. And people have discussed (at lengths) about
m
a
h
abba
h
- its causes,its signs, its fruits, its supports and its rulings. The most comprehensive of what has been saidabout this is what Abû Bakr al-Katânî relates from al-Junayd (d.297H):Abû Bakr al-Katânî said:A discussion about mahabbah took place in Makkah, during pilgrimage season. The Shaykhswho were present spoke about this topic, and al-Junayd being the youngest of them. Theysaid to him: What do you say, O ¶Irâqî? So al-Junayd lowered his head and tears weregushing from his eyes, then he said:
³A serv
an
t shoul 
overcome his soul, A
nd 
 
b
e co
n
ti
n
uous i
n
the remem
b
an
ce o
 f  
his Lor 
 , Est 
ab
lishi
n
 g the rights o
 f  
his Lor 
 ,
 F 
ocusi
n
 g upo
n
Him with his he
a
rt,The light o
 f  
 
 f  
e
a
r setti
n
 g 
ab
az
e his he
a
rt,
 
hilst 
ri
nk 
i
n
 g 
 f  
rom the vessel o
 f  
pure love, A
nd 
cert 
a
i
n
hi
dd 
e
n
re
a
lities
b
ei
n
 g u
n
veile
 
 f  
or him.So whe
n
he t 
a
 s, it is
ue to All 
â
h,
he
n
he spe
ak 
 s, it is
 f  
rom All 
â
h,
he
n
he moves, it is
by
the Comm
and 
o
 f  
All 
â
h, A
nd 
whe
n
he is sere
n
e, the
n
it is
 f  
rom All 
â
h, He
b
elo
n
 gs to All 
â
h, is
 f  
or All 
â
h
and 
is with All 
â
h.´
 Upon hearing, the Shaykhs all started weeping, and they said: There is nothing left to add tothat, may Allâh reward you O Crown of the Knowledgeable Ones.´
Developing Love for Allâh
 Ibn al-Qayyim -
a
him
a
hull 
â
h
- says:³The reasons which cause mahabbah of Allâh to develop, are ten:
 F 
irstl 
 y
: Reciting the Qurµân, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.
Seco
nd 
 y
: Drawing closer to Allâh - the Most High - through optional deeds, after fulfillingthe obligatory duties.
Thir 
 y
: Being continuous in the
hi
(remembrance) of Allâh, with the tongue, the heartand the limbs - under all circumstances. The more constant the
hi
, themore
m
a
h
abba
h
develops and intensifies.
 F 
ourthl 
 y
: Giving precedence to what Allâh loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
 F 
i
 f  
thl 
 y
: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allâh.
Sixthl 
 y
: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allâh - both the manifestand hidden.
Seve
n
thl 
 y
: To be humble and submissive before Allâh - and this is the greatest matter.
 Eightl 
 y
: To be in seclusion reciting the Qurµân, during that time in which Allâh descends tothe lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation withseeking Allâh¶s forgiveness and repenting to Him.
 N 
i
n
thl 
 y
: To sit in the gatherings of true and sincere lovers of Allâh, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk willincrease you in goodness and that it will benefits others as well.Tenthly: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allâh -
the Might 
 y
 
and 
aj
estic
.So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allâh and toreach the rank of 
a
l-muh
abba
h
, by which he reaches his Beloved.´ [7]

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