Motivational Moments #10
by Mufti Ismail Menk
Islam is the religion of love.
Our Beloved Prophet ﷺ was sent to guide us to love and to make clear that love is the cornerstone of our religion.
No religion urges its followers to adopt mutual love and affection like the religion of Islam. Islam encourages showing affection and love towards each other at all times.
Love in Islam is all-encompassing; it is not restricted to one form only, which is love between a man and a woman. At the centre of it all is love for the Almighty and His Messenger (pbuh), the Companions, may He be pleased with them and the love of good and righteous people.
Islam enjoins the general concept of love between mankind as well. This is first and foremost done by promoting the love of the Almighty amongst us.
Learn to love that which the Almighty loves and do not stop remembering Him. Serve and worship Him alone and don’t associate with Him any other and be ever conscious of Him.
Many of us find it easy to express love for the Almighty verbally but unfortunately our actions don’t reflect that love for Him. How can we claim to love Him when we take what He has revealed lightly, don’t follow His commands, and fail to behave in a way that pleases Him? Many times we find that love missing from our hearts because our hearts are filled instead with doubts, vain desires, and temptations of this temporary life.
To counter these, we need to firm up our beliefs. We need a better overall spiritual perspective in order to counter desires and temptations. We also need to clear those doubts that hinder the instilling of the love for the Almighty by learning more about our Deen (religion) and seeking knowledge from reliable and approved sources.
Many of us spend a lot of time and effort to gain the love and pleasure of others and sometimes we may do it at the expense of disobeying the Almighty’s commands. We should realize that such things are futile and don’t last. They will earn us nothing but His wrath and displeasure. On the other hand, if we focus on cultivating His love in our hearts, we will not only get His love but He will instill our love in the hearts of others as well.
Love is so central to Islam that without it there can be no real faith. The relationship of love between us and our Creator, between us and others, and between us and all of creation is essential to reaching our full potential as human beings. When we nourish our hearts with love, when we manifest His love in our lives; with our families, with our friends, in our work, in our prayers, in everything that we do, the entire meaning of life changes.
May the Almighty bless us with His love and the love of those who love Him. May He fill our hearts with love. Amen.