Some Simple ways to Earn Allah’s Love

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Some Simple ways to Earn Allah’s Love

The Things Allah Loves

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Love is an affirmed attribute of Allah the same way hate is, and these two attributes of Allah don’t resemble our love and hatred. Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned that complete love is included in the  worship of Allah and obedience to Him. Since Allah mentioned He loves certain acts of worship, then we should strive to attain His Love ;which will eventually lead us to remain under His Mercy, Protection, and Forgiveness, all which open our gate for entrance to Jannah.

In this article I’ve mentioned verses from the Quran and Hadith that highlight the belief, deeds and speech we must do in order to attain Al-Wadud’s Love. The Quranic verses were collected by Imam Al-Bulqeeni and I collected the hadith and then relied on the verification of Imam Al-Albani.

Shaykhul Islam Umar ibn Rslan Al-Bulqeeni[805H] mentioned there are 16 acts to do to attain Allah’s love. 8 of them are clearly stated in the Quran and the other half is understood by their opposite since Allah mentioned the things He didn’t love.[1]

Allah loves the repentant

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ

Verily Allah loves the repentant [Al-Baqarah 222]

Allah loves those who cleanse themselves. i.e [ Wudu, Ghusl, Tayammu, using Siwak, etc]

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who cleanse themselves. [At-Tawbah :108]

 Allah loves those who are patient

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ

Allah loves the patient [ Al-Imran :146]

Allah loves the God-fearing pious servant

Allah said:

فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

Verily, Allah loves the God-fearing.[Al-Imran: 76]

 

Allah loves those who do all good kinds of deeds.

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Allah loves those who do good deeds. [Al-Imran:134]

 

Allah loves those who rely on Him for their needs

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who rely on Him [Al-Imran:159]

Allah loves those who are just

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who are just [Al-Hujjarat:9}

 

Allah loves those who follow the Prophet

Allah said:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ

Say if you truly love Allah then follow me and He will love you.[Al-Imran:31]

In these following verses the opposite of what Allah doesn’t love can be understood.

Allah loves those who judge fairly.

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ

Allah doesn’t loves those who are oppressive.[ Al-Imran:140]

 Allah loves those who carry out their trusts.

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الخَائِنِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who are deceptive [Al-Anfal:58]

 

Allah loves those who are humble

Allah said:

إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who behave arrogantly [Al-Nahl:23]

 

Allah loves those who give others their rights

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ

Allah doesn’t loves those who are transgress against others.[Al-Baqarah:190]

Allah loves those who spread justice on the Earth. i.e call to fairness, call to unity under Tawheed.

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who spread corruption [ Al-Ma’idah:64]

 

Allah loves those who avoid acting extravagant

Allah said:

إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who are extravagant[Al-Anam:141]

 

Allah loves those  who worship Allah sincerely.

Allah said:

فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who disbelieve in Him [ Al-Imran:32]

 

Allah loves those who avoid the dunya

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ

Verily! Allah likes not those who are glad.[Al-Qasas:76]  

Along with  Allah’s Speech defining the acts He loves the Prophet [(ﷺ)] mentioned some acts Allah loves.

The most beloved religion to Allah

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ : قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَيُّ الأَدْيَانِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : الْحَنِيفِيَّةُ السَّمْحَةُ.

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was asked, “Which religion is the most beloved to Allah?” The Prophet said, “Simple belief in one God.”[2]

 

The most beloved names to Allah

عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى الله عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ قَالَ : أَحَبُّ الأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ : عَبْدُ اللهِ ، وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ.

The most beloved names to Allah are Abdullah and Abdur Rahman[3]

Regularly practiced acts of worship

وَإِنَّ أَحَبَّ الأَعْمَالِ إِلَى اللهِ مَا دَامَ وَإِنْ قَلَّ.

The most beloved deeds to Allah are those regularly practiced even if they are few. [4]

Prayer when it first comes in, then maintaining ties of kinship, struggling in Allah’s path.

عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ ، رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، أَنَّ رَجُلاً سَأَلَ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَيُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ الصَّلاَةُ لِوَقْتِهَا وَبِرُّ الْوَالِدَيْنِ ثُمَّ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ الله.

Ibn Mas’ud said a man asked the prophet about the most beloved actions to Allah? He replied by saying: “Offering prayer when it first comes in, then maintaining ties of kinship, followed by struggling for Allah’s Cause.[5]

Remembering Allah while you are dying.

عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَيُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ قَالَ أَنْ تَمُوتَ وَلِسَانُكَ رَطْبٌ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

Mu’adh ibn Jabal asked the Prophet about the most beloved deeds to Allah and he replied to die while your tongue is moist with Allah’s remembrance.[6]

Visiting the Masjid for worship, prayer and classes

عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ –صلى الله عليه وسلم- قَالَ « أَحَبُّ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا

Abu Hurayrah [radi Allahu anhu] narrated the Prophet [(ﷺ)] said the most beloved places on Earth are its masjids.[7]

 

Faith in Allah and in His Messenger.

عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِىَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ –صلى الله عليه وسلم- أَىُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ؟ قَالَ :« إِيمَانٌ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ »

Abu Hurayrah narrated the prophet was asked about the most beloved actions to Allah and he said : To have faith in Allah in His messenger. [8]

The man who takes care of his dependents

  أحب العباد إلى الله تعالى أنفعهم لعياله

The Most beloved servant to Allah is the one who takes care of his dependents the best.[9]

Food which is shared

قَالَ جَابِرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ: قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ” أَحَبُّ الطَّعَامِ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَا كَثُرَتْ عَلَيْهِ الْأَيْدِي

“The most beloved meal to Allah is that in which many hands partake from the plate”.[10]

Good Character

قَالُوا : فَمَنْ أَحَبُّ عِبَادِ اللَّهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ ؟ ، قَالَ : أَحْسَنُهُمْ خُلُقًا .

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The most beloved servant to Allah is he who has the best character and manners”.[11]

 

The words Allah choose for the Angels and His servants.

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : قُلْتُ : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِأُمِّي وَأَبِي أَيُّ الْكَلاَمِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : مَا اصْطَفَاهُ اللَّهُ لِمَلاَئِكَتِهِ : سُبْحَانَ رَبِّي وَبِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ رَبِّي وَبِحَمْدِهِ

O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)! Which speech is most beloved to Allah [the Mighty and Sublime]?” So he said: “That which Allah selected for His angels (to say): ‘Glory to my Lord, and with His praise. Glory to my Lord, and with His praise (Subḥāna rabbī wa biḥamdihi, subḥāna rabbī wa biḥamdihi).’”[12]

Walking to close the ranks in Salah

وَقَالَ   إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلاَئِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَلُونَ الصُّفُوفَ الأُوَلَ وَمَا مِنْ خَطْوَةٍ أَحَبَّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ خَطْوَةٍ يَمْشِيهَا يَصِلُ بِهَا صَفًّا  

The Angels offer salutations on those who join the first row in prayer. The best steps loved by Allah are those take to join the congregational prayer. [13]

Doing righteous actions during the 1st 10 days of Thul Hijjah

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم-  مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهَا أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الأَيَّامِ

The best days of year in which rightgoues deeds are beloved to Allah is the 1st ten days of Thul Hijjah.[14]

 

Having good thoughts of Allah and in His Qadr

 المؤمن القوي أحب الى الله

A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer…[15]

 

Allah the most high knows best

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[1] 40 hadeeth about the virtues of Knowledge, by  Shakul islam Umar ibn Rslan Al-Bulqeeni,

[2] Source: Musnad Aḥmad 2108

[3] At-Tirmith 2843, dawud 4951

[4] Sahih al-Bukhari 5861

[5] Muslim 262

[6] [ At-Tabarani in Dua 1852]

[7] Muslim 1560

[8] Al Bayhaqi kubara 9;157

[9] Al-Bayhaqi –Shu’bul Iman 7045

[10] Musnad Abu Ya’la:2045

[11] At-Tabarani in Al-Kabir/473

[12] Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3593

[13] Abu Dawud 543

[14] Abu Dawud : 2440

[15] Muslim 2664

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2 thoughts on “Some Simple ways to Earn Allah’s Love

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
    Concerning:
    إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ
    Verily! Allah likes not those who are glad.[Al-Qasas:76].
    The translation of الفارحين as ‘glad’ as in its definitions of ‘happy’, ‘feeling joy’, ‘cheerful’, et. al. directly brings displesure of Allah?
    Could الفارحبن be more close in English to ‘those who “rejoice exceedingly”, “exult” or “gloat”‘?

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