The Prophet’s Teachings on Love for the sake of Allah

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of true faith: To love Allah and His Messenger (PBUH) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) (all humans are Allah’s slaves) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Thrown on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade (On the day of Judgement when the sun will be a few feet away from the earth): A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): `I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up in tears”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: `Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine”.
[Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter believe until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do it, you will love each other. Promote greeting of peace amongst you (by saying As-salamu `alaikum to one another– peace be upon you)
[Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”.
[At-Tirmidhi]

I once entered the mosque in Damascus. I happened to catch sight of a young man who had bright teeth (i.e., he was always seen smiling). A number of people had gathered around him. When they differed over anything they would refer it to him (he was a companion of the Prophet) and act upon his advice. I asked who he was and I was told that he was Mu`adh bin Jabal (A companion of the Prophet) The next day I hastened to the mosque, but found that he had arrived before me and was busy in performing prayers. I waited until he finished, and then went to him from the front, greeted him with Salam and said to him,By Allah I love you.” He asked, “For the sake of Allah?” I replied, “Yes, for the sake of Allah”. He again asked me, “Is it for Allah’s sake?” I replied, “Yes, it is for Allah’s sake.” Then he took hold of my cloak, drew me to himself and said, “Rejoice,! I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, `Allah, the Exalted, says: My love is due to those who love one another for My sake, meet one another for My sake, visit one another for My sake and spend in charity for My sake”.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When a man loves his brother (for Allah sake) let him tell him that he loves him”.[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) held my hand and said, “O Mu`adh, By Allah, I love you and advise you not to miss supplicating after every Salat (prayer) saying: `Allahumma a`inni `ala dhikrika wa shukrika, wa husni `ibadatika,’ (O Allah, help me remember You, expressing gratitude to You and worship You in the best manner)”.
[Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i]

A man was with the Prophet (PBUH) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’s sake)”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) then said, “Tell him (that you love him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I love you for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sake you love me, love you.”
[Abu Dawud]


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