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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
7 December 2012 / 23 Muharram 1434
Instilling the Quality of Al-Hubb –
Love and its relation to Faith
On this day filled with blessings, let us be determined to always be observant in following Allah’s commandments and leaving behind what has been prohibited. May our good efforts help us attain Allah’s love, which is the goal of every Mukmin in this world. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.
My dear brothers,
there is a very special and unique feeling that is found in our hearts. It is somethingextremely beautiful and meaningful. anyone who experiences this feeling will remain contentedthroughout his lifetime.
The feeling that I am referring to is love that exists in ourhearts. When love blossoms, it becomes easier for us to manage the challenges we face no matter how hard it gets. Love brings forth admirable qualities such as the willingness to sacrifice, patience, generosity, being pleased with what one has and many other noble characteristics.
Among the many forms of love that exists in a person, the ultimate form of love is the love of a servant toward Allah s.w.t., God who has created him and given bountiful blessings to him. And this is the kind of love that I will be sharing in today’s sermon.
Dear beloved jemaah,
In the Holy Quran, Muslims are portrayed as servants who are not only obedient towards Allah, but also have a deep sense of love for Him. Their love for Allah is beyond that of their love for their spouse, children, parents, wealth and status. This love stems from believing and having faith in Allah’s attributes that are the Most Noble and Most Beautiful, and the feeling is further strengthened by being grateful toward Allah’s grace and the rewards He has showered upon them. Allah s.w.t said in surah Al-Baqarah ayat 165:
Which means: “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.”
Let it be known that loving Allah is not by mere utterances. it has to be proven by every Muslim who professes his or her love for Allah. And what are the indications that one truly loves Allah? Here, I will try to share several signs that proof our love for Allah:
Firstly, by abiding and obeying all of Allah’s commands. our actions and speech reflect the deep love that is embedded in our hearts.
Zun Nun Al-Misri, a scholar in Egypt, as mentioned in the book ‘Syu’abul Iman’ written by Imam Bayhaqi, was once asked about the signs of someone who loves Allah.
He replied: “The proof of one’s love towards Allah is to love what He loves, to hate what He hates, to perform good deeds only for the sake of Allah, to leave behind whatever that will cause one to turn away from Him, does not fear criticisms from others when one does good deeds, is always caring and loving towards other Muslims, is firm towards those who disobey Allah, and emulates the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w.”
Secondly, the biggest proof of a servant’s love for Allah is that he loves all creations and servants of Allah. The deeper his love for Allah is, the more aware and concerned he is of the well being of his brothers and all of Allah’s creations.
As the ummah of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w., we have to emulate the characteristics of Rasullah s.a.w. We are asked to extend our love and affection to all humankind, regardless of race, religion, age, status, and whether or not they are our family members. We must care for them as a proof of our love for Allah, who has created them all.
There are numerous verses in the Holy Quran which shows Rasullah’s concern towards his people, his ummah. This is clearly shown in surah At-Taubah verse 128, Allah said:
Which means: “There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.”
However, in spreading love and care for others,we need to be aware of our priorities . Our parents, children, spouse and other family members are the first and most important people whom we should love and care for. They arethe first people whom we should be showering with affection and treat with the bestmanners. In fact, Rasulullah s.a.w. has reminded us, in a hadith
Which means: “The best among you are those who are kind to his family, and I am the best to my family”. Hadith narrated by Imam Tirmidzi and Ibnu Majah.
The scholars have interpreted “kindness” in this hadith to include every aspect including our relations with them, the way we treat them, our manners, and even how we think about them.
There is thus a need for a link between our faith and feelings of love and affection. We love, care and respect our family members because of our love for the Creator, Allah s.w.t. The existence of such feelings will help to ensure that our love and care for others will not cause us to forget and neglect Allah s.w.t.
My brothers, the sweetness of faith will not exist unless we combine our love for Allah and Rasulullah s.a.w. with our love for other human beings. How can we be a beloved servant of Allah, when our relationship with others such as our children, spouse, parents and siblings are cold and distant? Remember the advice of Rasulullah s.a.w.:
Which means:“Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness of faith: First: The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else. Second: Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake. Third: Who hates to revert to disbelief (kufur) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.” Hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim.
My dear brothers,
Let us take advantage of this holiday period to get to know our children, our spouses and even our parents better. If we are often busy with work, now is an opportunity to strengthen our ties, and get to know their developments as best as we can.
In fact, for the family bonds to strengthen, it is not only parents who need to play an active role but also the children. To each and every one of us here, including my younger brothers who are present today, you also need to play your part and put in effort to improve your relationship with your parents. Do not just occupy yourselves with games, gadgets and smart phones. Take some time to talk to your parents and ask them of their well being. Invite them to take part in school holiday activities together with you. And never forget to pray for them always, especially after every solat.
May Allah reward us with His love toward us. May Allah open our hearts to taste the sweetness of our belief in Him. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.