Mufti Taqi Usmani
To have love for someone for the sake of Allah’s pleasure is also a grand act for which much merit and many rewards have been promised. ‘To love for the sake of Allah” means loving someone, not for any worldly gain, but because he is more religious and pious or he is very learned in din or is busy in serving the cause of din or because loving him or her is commanded by Allah, e.g. one’s parents.
Such a love has been called “love for Allah” in ahadith.
One hadith says:
Allah shall ask on the Day of Judgment, “Where are those who loved for the sake of My Greatness? Today when there is no shade save Mine, I shall have them in My Shade”
(Sahih Muslim: Kitab al Birr wa al Silah)
Another tells us that
‘On the Day of Judgment, hose who had mutual love for the sake of Allah’s Greatness shall be on pulpits of light and all shall envy them ‘
(Jami’ Tirmidhi, Kitab al Zuhd)
Abu Idris Khulani رحیم اللہ , one of the famous tabi’in says that once he visited Muadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه in the mosque of Damascus and told him that “By Allah I love you for the sake of Allah”. He repeatedly asked me to swear if it was so and when I answered in affirmative every time he pulled me by my shawl and said “Hear the good news! I have heard the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying that “My love shall certainly be for those who love each other for my sake, who sit in each other’s company for my sake, who go to meet each other for my sake and spend money on each other for my sake.”
(Muvatta Imam Malik, Kitab-al- Shi’r).
Having love for Allah’s pious and good bondsmen is actually an outcome of one’s love for Allah, so it earns the same rewards and merits as the latter, because of this love. Allah includes His lover in His beloved people. According to a hadith, someone asked our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم
“When shall come the Day of Judgment?” Our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم asked him “What preparation have you made for that Day?” The man said “Nothing, but I have love for Allah and for his Messenger”. The Prophet said “You shall be (on that Day) with whom you love.”
The above hadith has been quoted by Anas رضي الله عنه .
He says that these words of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم nothing pleased as much as those words uttered by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم He further said ” I have great love for the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم – and with Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنهما and because of this love I hope I shall be in their company, even though my deeds arc not equal to theirs.”
(Sahih Bukhari, kitabal-Adab, chapter’ Alamah al Hubb fi Allah).
There are many ahadith of the same import showing that having love for someone for the sake of Allah is an act of great merit, which grants one the opportunity of doing good in this world and being in exalted company in the Hereafter.
Hence one should love good people for the sake of Allah and with the intent of becoming good oneself and earning Allah’s pleasure, as the poet says:
A hadith tells us that when one someone loves his brother in faith, he must tell him of his love (Abu Daud: Kitab-al-Adab; Tirmidhi: kitab-al-Zuhd).
Anas رضي الله عنه has recounted that someone was sitting with our Holy Prophet when another one passed. The sitting one said “0 Messenger of Allah! صلى الله عليه وسلم I love this man”. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said “Have you told him?” The man said “No”. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said Tell him!” The man rose to his feet and went to the man who was passing and said “I love you for the sake of Allah”. He said “May Allah Whom you love, love you in return!”