If I asked you; have you ever felt true love, what would you say? Would you think about your spouse? Your children? Parents? Siblings? Or even friends? What would your answer be?
Although these examples are realities of life, the true love that I speak of is one that fills all hearts, without an atom’s weight left untouched.
For love of Allah (Swt) is a sentiment, a sincere feeling of the heart that fills the servant with benevolence and affection for their Creator. When such an immense love enters the heart, it takes over the servant’s soul to the extent that one becomes overwhelmed and completely in awe of their Lord. It creates a realisation so intense, that comprehension seems too inconceivable, an honour so great, it almost renders it beyond worldly belief and yet it remains, most certainly, an achievable goal, by many means.
‘There is a servant, who has left his own soul behind,
who is attached to his Lord’s remembrance,
who is steadfast in fulfilling His rights;
who looks to Him with his heart,
his heart burning with the lights of His Divine awe.
The Almighty has raised for him the veils of the Unseen.
When he talks, it is for the sake of Allah;
when he utters, it is about Allah;
when he moves, it is by the command of Allah;
when he rests, it is with Allah.
He is for Allah, by Allah, with Allah.’
(Abu Bakr al-Kattani, sited in ‘The Exquisite Pearl: The journey to Allah & The home of the Hereafter’ by Ibn al-Qayyim)
From The Greatest Love of All