The Love of Allah – Book Sample
Introduction – The Love of Allah
All praise is due to Allah, and we seek refuge with Him in the evil which lies within our ownselves.Whoever Allah guides, there is none to lead him astray and whoever He leads astray, there is none who can guide him and I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Prophet and Messenger.
After this, know dear brothers, that Allah has said in His Qur’an,
“And I have not created the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” ((Surah al-Dhariyat (51) : 56))
What is the meaning of worship?
- Is the meaning of worship to establish prayer only Or to give Zakah?
- Or to make Haj’ to the house of Allah?
- Or to fast?
- Are these things only worship?
- Or are these things mere signs of worship?
As explained by Shaykh ul-Jslam, Jbn Taymiyah,
“Worship is an expression of love for Allah and it also expresses complete humility to Allah.” ((Ibadah’ is a comprehensive term that encompasses everything that Allah loves and is pleased with, of both statements and actions, [both] the apparent and hidden.))
For worship does not merely mean prayer but prayer is just a sign of worship, worship is love for Allah.
Many people claim that they love Allah and say; ‘I have prayed, I have fasted, and I have performed the Hajj and I gave Zakah. After all of this, what does Allah want from me, I have done all these forms of worship? I have worshipped Allah.’ Has this person really worshipped Allah?
- Does Allah need our prayer?
- Does Allah need our fast?
- Does Allah need our Zakah and our Hajj?
Allah is High above all these things! In a hadith, the Prophet » said, in that which he conveyed from his Lord, the Blessed and Exalted;…
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