16 Feb The Love of Allah swt
Allah is Al Ghafoor, Ar-Raheem
The entire universe from the planets, the heavens, earth, human, jinn, and all the creatures. All of these have one thing in common, and that is that all were created by Allah.
The creation of Allah is so vast, each one of us is looked after, protected, and provided sustenance by Him Alone. He is الرزاق.
Allah swt mentions in the Quran:
وَإِنْ تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا
If you were to count the bounties of Allah you cannot count them all. (Quran 14:34)
Allah has given us so many bounties and blessings that it is not even possible to count them. We have been given food, shelter, family, health and so much more.
Allah is الغفار The most Forgiving, that regardless of how much we sin, how many times we turn away. Allah is always there to accept our repentance. He is waiting for us so that he can forgive us.
It is narrated in a hadith qudsi that Allah says:
Whoever comes with a good deed will have the reward of ten like it and even more. Whoever comes with an evil deed will be recompensed for one evil deed like it or he will be forgiven.
How merciful is Allah, the most Merciful الرحيم, that he multiplies our reward for a minimum of 10 times. But when we sin, we disobey our Lord; he only writes it as one or he forgives it, SubhanAllah!
Knowing what we have learnt so far about Allah, loving Allah should be something that comes naturally within us.
When we love someone, we want to always be in their company, we always want to speak to them, speak about them, and we want to do whatever it takes to make them happy. So if we claim to love Allah we should always want to be in his worship not because we have to but because we want to. And we should want to stay away from sins out of love for Him.
When we see something beautiful or aesthetically pleasing, it is human nature to grow a natural inclination towards that thing in our hearts. Similarly, when we read regarding the Majesty of our Lord and then follow the principles of Islam we develop an inclination towards Allah.
How do we develop a close relationship with Allah?
We recognize that our very existence and your continued sustenance are dependent on Allah. Whatever praise is due, therefore, it is due to Him alone, for nobody has the power or the resources to give you anything except by His will. His bounties and blessings are countless. Allah says:
If you are truly thankful, then certainly, most definitely I shall increase many times for you.
This shows that Allah doesn’t need our gratitude but to be thankful to Him benefits us we will be blessed with much more.
Allah the Almighty governs and sustains all in the Universe. Not even a leaf can fall without His knowledge, His permission and His command. Everything is from Him including personal afflictions and disasters. So even in times distress, there will be some good for us if we respond appropriately. The Prophet said:
“How wonderful is the case of a believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this [blessing.] If he receives some bounty, he is grateful to Allah and this bounty brings good to him. And if some adversity befalls him, he is patient, and this affliction, too, brings good to him.” (Muslim)
If we are blessed with ease and good, we are grateful and if we experience hardship and misfortune, then we are patient. We are rewarded for showing gratitude and patience.
So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me (Al-Baqarah 2:152)
So we must thank Allah for His favours, acknowledge their significance on a regular basis. He, the Lord of the Worlds, comes to us when we seek Him, despite His greatness and supremacy.
May Allah swt make us of those who are thankful to Him. Ameen