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4. Nourishing and nurturing Love for the Lord of the Worlds Allah

Series on Ramadan Preparation, ‘A Month of Barakah’

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Contents

1. Wisdom and benefits behind Fasting                     --- Al‐Hafidh Imaam ibn Qayyim al‐Jawziyyah
2. Ramadhaan, the Month of Barakah                       --- Ustadh Abu Talha
3. Understanding the Qur’an                                    ---  Imam Anwar al‐Awlaki
4. Nurturing Love for the Lord, Allah                         ---  Imaam ibn Rajab al‐Hanbali
5. From the Gates of ar‐Rayyan                               ---  Shaykh Saleh al‐Munajid
6. A practical Ramadhaan checklist                          --- Ustadh Abu Talha
7. Concerning Itikaaf                                              --- Shaykh Muhammed Nasri ud deen al‐Albani
9. Ramadhaan in Captivity                                      --- Al‐Aseer Akh Babar Ahmad
10. Protecting our Deeds                                        --- Ustadh Wasim Kempson

Disclaimer: The views and thoughts expressed by respective authors do not necessarily reflect that held by the Tayyibun Institute UK.

4. Nourishing and nurturing Love for the Lord of the Worlds Allah

The statement ‘To know him is to love him’ holds not truer than when stated in respect to the Creator and Sustainer of all things, he who has tasted the sweetness of eemaan worshipping Allah shall testify willingly that pleasing his Rabb in accordance to the Sunnah of our the Messenger was a pleasure beyond expression of words.

Without doubt Allah is truly deserving of all reliance, praise, prostration, and struggle for his deen‐ with this holding true the question may arise as to what means a slave of Allah can foster this innate muhabah and devotion towards his Sustainer, some of these include:

a. To recognise the bounties (and favours) Allah has bestowed upon His slaves

These bounties [are so many that they] cannot be counted or enumerated. [Allah says:] ʺIf you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them.ʺ [Surah Ibrahim, 34]

Hearts naturally have love for those who do good to them. Love for a blessing is from the general aspects of thanking the one who has bestowed a bounty. It is said that thanks is with the heart, tongue and limbs.

b. Another cause is to have knowledge of Allah by His Names, Attributes and Actions.

The one who knows Allahʹazza wa jall, loves Him. Whoever loves Him, obeys Him. Whoever obeys Allah is honoured by Him. Whoever Allah honours, He will have him live close to Him. Whoever lives close to Him, has attained the glad tidings.

c. One of the great causes [that leads to having love of Allah] is the specific knowledge that comes about through pondering over the creation of the heavens and the earth and what Allah has created

In the Qur’an, there are many mentionings of the signs of Allah that indicate His Greatness, Power, Majesty, Perfection, Eminence, Compassion, Mercy, Strength, Subjugation and other of His beautiful Names and exalted Attributes. Whenever oneʹs knowledge of Allah is strengthened, oneʹs love for Him is also strengthened and oneʹs love for obeying Him is also strengthened. He will then experience the pleasure of worship, whether it be in prayer, remembrance or other forms of worship.

d. Another cause that will bring about love for Allah is to act towards Allah with sincerity and purity while going against oneʹs desires

This is a cause for Allah ʹazza wa jall to bless a slave and when He blesses the slave, the slave loves Him.

e. One of the greatest causes that bring about oneʹs love for Allah is increasing oneʹs remembrance of Allah

Whenever a person loves something, he remembers it more often. And it is through the remembrance of Allah that the hearts find tranquillity. In fact, one of the signs of having love for Allah is the constant remembrance of Allah ʹazza wa jall by oneʹs heart and tongue.

f. One of the causes that brings about Allahʹs love for His slave is reciting the Qur’an often and pondering over its meaning

In particular reciting and reflecting over verses that contain Allahʹs Names, Attributes and Actions, having fondness for that action will lead the slave to love Allah and Allah to love Him.

g. Another of the causes of love for Allah is thoughts as to the meeting with Allah

Remembering what has been mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah concerning the believers seeing their Lord in the Hereafter and visiting them and gathering together on the Day of Abundance. That will definitely bring about in a person love for Allah.

Imaam Zain ad‐Din Abu al‐Faraj ʹAbd ar‐Rahman ibn Rajab al‐Hanbali (Rahimahullah)
Compiled from ‘Instinshaq Naseem ul‐Uns min Nafahaati Riyaadil‐Qudus’
Transalated by: Shaykh Jamaal al‐Din Zarabozo
Adapted and edited by: Tayyibun Institute UK www.tayyibun.com

Author's note: Tayyibun Institute UK for the teachings of Qur’an & Sunnah (www.tayyibun.com), http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/Ramadhaan.pdf
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