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10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah – Imam Ibn Ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullah)

IMG_20180813_054019From Madarij-us-Saalikeen (The State of Repentance)

Shaykh says: the reasons which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:

First: Reciting the Qur’an, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to Allaah, the Most High, through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.

Sixth: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allaah both manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’an, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.

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What must have been the feeling…

What must have been the feeling of Muadh bin Jabal (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him, “O Muadh, I swear by Allah that I love you.” (Source: Sunan Abi Dawud)

What must have been the feeling of Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ embraced him and said, “O Allah! Teach him (the knowledge of) the Book (Quran).” (Source: Al-Bukhari and Muslim in Sahih)

What must have been the feeling of Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Tomorrow I will give this flag to a man through whose hands Allah will give us victory. He loves Allah and His Apostle, and he is loved by Allah and His Apostle.” and Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahuanhu) was the recipient! (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas (radiyallahuanhu) on the day of Uhud when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ took out a quiver (of arrows) and said to him, “Shoot, let my father and mother be sacrificed for you.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Uthman ibn Affan (radiyallahuanhu) at the time of preparing the army for Tabuk expedition when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him, “Whatever Uthman does after today will not affect him” (Source: Musnad Ahmad)

What must have been the feeling of Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him in the morning, “Had you seen me listening to your recitation last night! (i.e. you would have felt good). You have been blessed with a voice like that of Dawood alayhissalaam” Abu Musa (radiyallahuanhu) said “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew you were listening, I would have recited even better”. (Source: Sahih Muslim)

What must have been the feeling of the Ansaar when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to them: “If the people took their way through a valley or mountain pass, I would select the valley or mountain pass of the Ansaar. The Ansaar are Shiar (i.e. those clothes which are in direct contact with the body and worn inside the other garments), and the people are Dithar (i.e. those clothes which are not in direct contact with the body and are worn over other garments)” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of the Ansaar when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said about them: “Love for the Ansaar is a sign of faith and hatred for the Ansaar is a sign of hypocrisy.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Abu Bakr As Siddique (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “If I were to choose a bosom friend I would have definitely chosen Abu Bakr as my bosom friend.” (Source: Sahih Muslim)

Note: The word ‘Khalil’ in Arabic means the one whose love is mixed with one’s soul, it is superior than a friend’s or a beloved’s love. This love, of the highest order, is reserved for Almighty Allah and nobody can take His place. That is why Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said that “if” it were possible to give a human this rank, then he would have given it to Abu Bakr. Thus, among the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and human friendship, Abu Bakr’s ranks the highest.

What must have been the feeling of Aaishah (radiyallahuanha) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ replied with her name when asked: “Which of the people is most beloved to you?” (Source: Sahih Muslim)

What must have been the feeling of Bilal ibn Rabah (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him: “Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

Note: Bilal (radiyallahuanhu) would stay in a state of purity, and whenever he did wudhu, he would pray nafl rakaat with that wudhu. This enabled him to attain this glad tiding from Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.

What must have been the feeling of Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiyallahuanhu) when he sought permission to enter and Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to the doorkeeper: “Allow him to enter and give him glad tidings of Paradise.” (Source: Al-Bukhari and Muslim in Sahih)

How amazing will the feeling be when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ will say to us when we meet Him: “You are my brothers, those who had faith in me although they never saw me.”

Note: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “I wish I could meet my brothers.” The companions said, “Are we not your brothers?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “You are my companions, but my brothers are those who have faith in me although they never saw me.” (Source: Musnad Aḥmad)

Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah. Peace be upon you, O beloved of Allah. Peace be upon you, O our master Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah. Peace be upon you and your pure family. Peace be upon you and your wives, the Mothers of the Believers. Peace be upon you and all your Companions. Peace be upon us and on the righteous slaves of Allah.

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An incident of Mawlana Thanwi (rahimahullah) – Not putting any creature in difficulty

unnamed (12)Always stay clear of causing distress to the heart of another being as this will lead to loss of blessings in your life.

Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) writes about an incident where his wife needed to attend a gathering at her relatives. His wife requested from him to feed the fowls that she had in her care, to throw grain for them and provide fresh water as was her daily habit. Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) agreed to see to it that the birds will get their daily feed. On the appointed day, his wife left. Now, work that a person is not used to doing as a part of his daily schedule easily slips his mind. Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) therefore started his days’ work, making Wudu (ablution) and then sitting to write Tafsir-Bayanul-Quran. While sitting, Hazrat says: “My thoughts would just not flow!” After sitting like this for a while, Hazrat thought to himself that perhaps he had committed a sin which is blocking him from continuing his work and therefore he should make Istighfar (seek forgiveness). So Hazrat sat and made Istighfar for some time, sincerely asking Allah to forgive this sin which was driving away his knowledge. Hazrat says: “After making Istighfar for half an hour, I suddenly got the realisation that my wife had asked me to feed grain to the fowls and supply them with fresh water and I had slipped up in doing this. I stopped my writing and went home, only to find the fowls hungry and thirsty. Almost an hour had passed since their usual feeding time. I placed the grain and water and the fowls ate to their satisfaction. I then returned to my place of writing and immediately Almighty Allah put the details of the Tafsir in my mind.”

Subhanallah! By causing discomfort to a fowl which is such a small creature, Allah withheld the details of the Tafsir from his mind, yet we cause discomfort to the servants of Allah and expect to be blessed with divine help and guidance. A (true) Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the next Muslim is safe. We must always be on guard that through our actions the heart of another is not being distressed. May Almighty Allah grant us the understanding.

From a lecture titled: Dil-Azari by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (may Allah elevate him). Download from tasawwuf.org