Sunday, 11 September 2011

Follow Sunnah of our Master Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam If you want Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to Love you,


Warmer type of love: (hub) that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) gives

Warmer type of love: (hub) that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) gives to some but not to others.
That Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is selective in giving this) warmest love is necessary idea found in every religion.
It really amounts to a distinction between good and evil.

Some "SAY" that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves everyone and everything unconditionally and that is a major misunderstanding. 
In fact it is illogical. Why would Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) love those who are spreading corruption on earth, killing the innocent, torturing the weak, robbing people of their belongings, polluting our environment, raping women and abusing children? If Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loved us all unconditionally, regardless of what we DO, we would all have a license to commit the worst of evils while...

There is a strange interpretation of the relationship between Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and mankind in Islam.
 People of other religions say that: Muslims do not genuinely love Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) does not genuinely love mankind.
 They got this assumption from the concept that Muslims are Slaves and servants of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and not His children.

Unfortunately, some Muslims were never raised with a feeling that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) really loves us.
 Some Muslim parents still raise in their kids the fear of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) more than Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s love. 
"If you do something wrong Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will punish you... if you do not do that thing Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will burn you in Hell.

They keep emphasizing on Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s judgment and punishment - as if Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is waiting for the believer to fall so He can strike him down with His Rod of Might and Justice.

We reached a point where if you say Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves you, some say this is a Christian thing!
 Well, actually it is not, Christians "advertise" that God loves everyone and everything unconditionally and that is a major misunderstanding. 
In fact it is illogical. Why would Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) love those who are spreading corruption on earth, killing the innocent, torturing the weak, robbing people of their belongings, polluting our environment, raping women and abusing children? If Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loved us all unconditionally, regardless of what we DO, we would all have a license to commit the worst of evils while assured that we will end up in Heaven.  This will create people who "SAY" they are religious, though they commit the worst of sins.

All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And all blessings and peace to our Master Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam, his family, and companions
If Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) treated everybody in a completely identical manner, regardless of his character and conduct, then the distinction between good and evil,
Which is essential to all religions, would become meaningless. Consequently there is no basis for the criticism by some people that the Quranic conception of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s love is defective because the Qur'an says that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) does not love people with certain bad qualities such as unjustness, boastfulness, lawlessness. The true nature: of the relationship between Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and mankind?  Does he love man?
Does he love Muslims? I mean really passionately LOVE Muslims?

Allah First we all know about Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s universal love which is Rahma / mercy...
That is obvious in his abundant giving in the creation of the environment in which we live in,
i.e.; every one on earth, a believer or not, a Muslim or not, even criminals, can enjoy Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s Sun, air, food, water, fire, sons, daughters, health, money...
But our focus is Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s special love for certain groups of people...who are these people?
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) lists in the Quran those who he loves:
ALLAH loves: the charitable (2:195)
AND.... the righteous (3:76)
AND.... the steadfast (3:146)
AND.... those who trust him (3:159)
AND.... those who purify themselves (9:108)
AND.... the just and equitable (5:42)
AND.... those who fight in his cause (61:4)

AND those who follow Sunnah of our Master Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam
If you want Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to Love you, then follow my guidance...

So if you are one of the above, you earn Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s love, and he will fill your heart with his love not only that, he will even announce that in the heavens...

Another hadith that shows how loving Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is:
Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam said, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)" Said:
        Tabarakta Rabee wataqadas, you go one step towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)", He comes two steps towards you...
You go walking towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD); He comes rushing towards you...
Do we fathom what is going on here?
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)... The Greatest... Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) The Creator of the Universe will come two steps towards me if I go one step towards Him....

Towards us: His helpless, tiny, small, and sinful creatures? Allah, the possessor of might and glory... will come rushing to me if I go walking to him?

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) gives us Love in the Qur'an:

"... Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves the doers of justice." {Holy Qur'an 60:8}

"... Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves those who are fair (and just). “{Holy Qur'an 49.009}

“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah) Most

Gracious bestow love. “{Holy Qur'an 19:96}

"... Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loveth those who make themselves pure.” {Holy Qur'an 9:108}

"... For Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves those who put their trust (in Him). “{Holy Qur'an 3:159}

“And among His Signs is this that He created for you mates from among
Yourselves that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love
And mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. "
{Holy Qur'an 30:21}

“And He is the Forgiving, the Loving, “{Holy Qur'an 85:14}

The Qur'an reveals this false assertion that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) only loves the Jews or the Christians:
"And the Jews and the Christians say: We are the sons of God and His beloved ones.
Say: Why does He then chastise you for your faults?
 Nay, you are mortals from among those whom He has created, He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He pleases; and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and to Him is the eventual coming." {Holy Qur'an 5:18}

Who am I in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Kingdom?
Have you ever compared yourself to any of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s creations?
Just compare yourself to planet earth, or compare planet earth to the solar system, or compare our solar system to our Galaxy, the Milky Way. 
Maybe you know that light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun to earth.
 But do you know that if you travel at the speed of light, you need 100,000 years to cross the Milky Way galaxy! 
And the Milky Way galaxy is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe... 
Our galaxy is like a tiny light bulb in a huge city compared to the universe.  We now know this because of NASA and the Hubble telescope...

Can you imagine how small and insignificant we are compared to the known universe which is only the first heaven, Al Samad Al-dunya? 
Almost 1400 years before NASA and before the Hubble telescope Rasool Allah "pbuh" said:

             The entire universe: as a grain in the desert, comparing the 7 heavens to the throne, and throne as a grain in the desert, comparing it to the seat, and the seat as a grain in the desert, in the Palm of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) the most merciful. 

Who are we in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) s kingdom? We are pretty small, aren't we?

Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam said that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said:

Talking to both the humans and the jinn His Majesty said: I create and you worship others!
  I provide for you, and you thank others

 My abundant good is going down to you, and your evil deeds are coming up to me

 I show you kindness to attract you, and I don't even need you and you turn your backs on me with bad deeds, though you need no one the way you need me if you want to be in my Company? Remember me Obey ME and you earn my love

 You refuse to worship me, I keep the gates of my mercy open to you, if you repent I accept you and fill your heart with my Love
  The Hasanaat is rewarded 10 times and I multiply the bad dead is written only one, or I forgive

All you need to do is just ask for forgiveness...
If you repent I welcome you from far, and if you turn your back on me I say to you: Where do you go, do you have another Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) but me

We are small in this vast universe, but we are capable of profoundly big things, we have been given the gift of free-will, and if  we use it right we will be able to earn Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s special love and make him happy, and you can do that right now.

Another hadith about this that is explained:

Imagine a man traveling on his Camel in the middle of the desert.  At the end of day, he is tired, hungry thirsty and sleepy. Then, he loses his camel along with all his provisions and food.

When you repent from a sin, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is happier than that man finding his lost camel..

   Yes, you can earn Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s love and make him happy right this minute; each and every one of us has his own sins, think of yours now, and repent.

The Qur'an does not say that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) hates these people, only that He does not love them with a warm love (hub); the question of the availability of the universal type of divine love (rahmah) is left in the Qur'an open for all people in the world.

Let us note some further points about the Quranic concept of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s hub.

     It is clear from the Quranic verses referred to above that the distinguishing marks of those who received Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s hub are certain qualities or traits -- trust in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), justness, patience etc. Adherence to a code of law given by Islam is not stressed in this connection.

     The Qur'an says that those who follow the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam receive Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s hub (3:31) but it stops at this positive statement and does not say anywhere that those who do not follow the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam will not receive Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s hub, thus leaving the possibility in principle that followers of other religions may acquire the qualities and conduct that earn man the love of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD). But the Qur'an does say that those righteous believers in other faiths who accept Islam will have their portion of divine love doubled (57:28). This is because Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has a special love for the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam and his mission represents the primary means in our age for the realization of divine purpose in history, so that to follow him is more than to acquire faith and good qualities.

    Although a man with good qualities of heart and conduct receives divine love, he does not do so because of his qualities. For like every other good thing that happens to a man (4:79), good qualities of heart and conduct are themselves ultimately a gift from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and are not acquired by man on his own. When in numerous places the Qur'an says that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) guides or admits into His own rahmah whom He Wills, the meaning is that the act that puts man on the path of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His love is initiated by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD). This idea comes out especially clearly in the following passage:

     This (Qur'an) is a reminder. So let everyone who wills, take a way to the Lord. But you will not will, unless wills God. Surely, God is full of knowledge and wisdom. He admits to His rahmah who He wills; but for the wrongdoers He has prepared a grievous penalty." (76:29-31; see also 81:27-29, 42:8)

     To the extent that the Qur'an relates the reception of divine love with acquisition of certain qualities of heart and conduct (even if that relation is not of simple cause and effect), we can say that according to the Qur'an divine love is purposive, for qualities can become relevant only for serving a purpose. Thus Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s love should not be thought of as simply a sentimental person-to-person relationship, but a creative force which operates to realize an End.

The Coming of the Prophet as the Supreme Act of Divine Love

One objection against the Islamic conception of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s love is that it does not present us with some great expression in history of divine love which can in turn evoke the response of love in man towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD). For example, one writer (John Gilchrist) states: "Indeed the Qur'an often appeals to that which is visible in nature as a proof of God's existence and character... But apart from this the Qur'an tells really nothing of the depth of God's love towards men outside of that which can be discovered in nature. It does not disclose any great act of love in the history of God's dealings with men which should cause the response of heartfelt love towards him in return. To put it in a nutshell, there is no definite expression of love in the heart of God towards men in the Qur'an. No proof of deep affection towards mankind is given at all".

 The Christian belief that God manifested His love by coming as a man and being sacrificed for the sins of man, and is noticing a lack in Islam of the idea of a similarly dramatic manifestation of divine love. Now while it is true that there is no place in Islam for anything like the idea of the necessity of God becoming man and being slaughtered to show His love, the idea of a great act of divine love in history, for the whole of humankind is present in Islam. In one significant verse the Qur'an presents the coming of the Prophet of Islam as just such an act:

    "And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as an act of love (rahmah) to all the worlds." (21:107)

The love of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alluded to here -rahmah- is, as we saw above, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s universal love, one that is said in the Qur'an to embrace everything (40:7). Out of this love for His creation (or all the worlds) and in particular all humankind Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) sent the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam. This act is the greatest initiative of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s universal love: the Qur'an does not describe any other single divine act as "rahmah to all the worlds". The act is a perpetual one: it continues through the words of the Qur'an and the example of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam. People can respond to this divine initiative by opening their hearts to the words of the Qur'an and by following the revelatory example of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam.

If they do so, greater blessings will follow; in particular Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will receive them in His more special, warmer love - hub or wudda (see Qur'an 3:31; 11:90 which have already been quoted above.)

This act of divine love works to reconcile all humanity with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and bind them together in a close relationship of love through the educative and inculcate effect of miraculously chosen words that are still accessible to everybody; and often a relationship built on the basis of proper education is far more secure than one based on a totally incomprehensible mystical belief founded on a myth.

According to Islam, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s love and mercy have always been available to him, from the creation of Adam A.S. through his rise to consciousness until the Last Day for humanity in this temporary, yet purposive, existence. But man can fall out in sin and when he does so he is like a person in a ditch who needs a rope to hold on to and get out. Often people are not aware that they are in a ditch of sin. But Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) shows His mercy and sends down His revelation, which not only makes people aware of their situation, but also provides a rope to hold on to and get out of that situation. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has been so merciful that He has been sending such revelations in all ages and among ALL nations. Our age is the final age in which He has sent the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam as grace to all the worlds. In its nature the coming of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam is not different from the expressions of divine love through earlier revelations but in its scope it is the greatest such expression.

Suffering does come into the Islamic picture of prophetic work but in the following way: the primary function of the prophets is to point to "the signs of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) " which enable man to turn to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD); educate him and incline him towards good actions and turn him away from bad ones; and enable him to receive Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s forgiveness and grace. This is a work that meets resistance from the very people whom the prophets want to lead to their Lord and to their salvation, and as a result the prophets have to struggle and suffer; some of them even had to die for their mission. Their suffering or death is for the sake of others, but it does not by itself lift the burden of people's sins. It is their whole work - teaching and example, of which patient suffering for others is a part - that has the effect of leading people to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and to salvation.

As for the life hereafter, or the next life, the matter is different. The Christian concept of God is a merciless God. He punishes the sinless, Jesus, for the wrong done by others. The Christian God is powerless to forgive sins and accept repentance. He makes the entire mankind sinners for the sin of one couple, Adam and Eve. The Christian God is incapable of forgiving the sin of one couple but makes their entire progeny sinners. For forgiving their sins he has to concoct a charade of bringing "his son" who is sinless and kills him for no fault of his own. This is a cruel god and a pagan-assumed god, not the One True God.

The Bible says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). The converse of this statement is that the rest of humanity will perish, that is, will go to hell without any other way of receiving His forgiveness for the sin they did not commit. What happens to the people who were born and died before God decide to concoct this charade only 2000 years ago? It seems that the Christian God is a poor planner and a late thinker because it took him thousands if not millions of years to find a way of forgiving "the sins" of mankind. What happens to those who never received the message of Jesus until it was thoroughly corrupted by the "Christians" and it became illogical and unacceptable?

In the Qur'an Allah says that He does not love those who reject Him (3:32), does not love those who are transgressors (2:57, 140, 5:87, 7:55), does not love those who are evil-livers (5:64), does not love evil talk (4:148) and others. In all these cases love is connected to the deeds of a person. At the same time Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) does not deprive them of anything in this life. You will not find that all good people are rich and all sinners are living in poverty and a wretched life. Allah gives a person life-long opportunity to turn away from the life of sin and disobedience and receive His forgiveness. Conversely, Allah says, "Say, if you love Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), obey me (Muhammad), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful" (3:31). If you love Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD show it in your conduct and obey Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His Messenger the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam, for obedience of His Messenger the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam is the obedience of Allah (4:80). It means our expression of love is in obedience.

See what Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) also says in the Qur'an, "Say: O My slaves (mankind) who have been prodigal to their own hurt! Despair not of the mercy of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful..." (39:53-58). Here the message is that those who commit evil are doing wrong and hurting themselves in this life and the next, however, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (God’s forgiveness has no limits and the only condition is asking for forgiveness and repentance (not committing wrongs again knowingly).

In Islam, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD does not and need not become what He is not - a man - to show His love. Just as a man who loves dogs, cats or horses need not become one of these animals to show his love for them but can in other ways effectively demonstrate to them any amount of his love, so also Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) Almighty can and does show His great love to man without becoming man. Indeed in true love, it is essential, as it is often observed, that both partners maintain their identities. For one partner in love to try to assume the identity of the other is the sign of extreme insecurity such as is not consistent with love and for him to want the other partner to become like himself is not love of the other person but of himself. In the Islamic conception of love between man and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD the two maintain their identities. Man remains fully man a created being, and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD remains what He is and the love between them is not worse for that.

In Hadith, where we often find Quranic ideas elaborated, the personal character of the relationship between man and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD is depicted forcefully in many traditions. For example:

     The Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said: "The love of God for His creatures is seventy times greater than that of a mother for her child".

     "If one goes one step towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) comes two steps towards such a one; if one goes walking towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD comes running to him." [So here we see that it's the 'self' that needs to use its free will to take the initiative. This is part of its development and ascends in this existence.]

     When a sinner repents Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is overjoyed. One tradition likens Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (God’s joy to that of a man who was traveling alone in a desert on a camel. He sleeps for the night and when he gets up he finds his camel missing. He searches for his beast for hours, during which time the sun warms up the desert and thirst and hunger bring the man close to extinction. Finally, he becomes exhausted and gives up the search; but just then he sees the camel walking towards him with all the water, food and other provisions. The happiness of God when a sinner returns to Him is like the happiness of this traveler at the moment when he sees his lost camel (Muslim Sahih).

     In another tradition Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is represented as saying:

          "Nothing brings men near to Me like the performance of that which I made obligatory upon them, and through supererogatory acts. My servant (i.e. man) comes even nearer to Me until I love him. When I have bestowed My love on him, I became (as if) his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his tongue with which he speaks, his hand with which he grasps, and his feet with which he walks" (al-Bukhari,).

The Quranic verses and prophetic traditions cited above show -- and there are many, many more such verses and traditions -- that there is no justification in the criticism that the Muslim Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) [and there's only one Reality, Muslims worship the same God that is the God of Adam A.S. and Abraham A.S...] is a very remote Being, incapable of showing a warm personal love to His creatures.

"I testify that there is no one worthy of worship besides Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
He is all by Himself and has no partner and I testify that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam is His servant and Rasul.
 I am pleased with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) as my Lord,
Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam as my Rasul and Islam as my Deen
 “For sure it is in the remembrance of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) that the heart finds rest,” (13:28)

                      May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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