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Does Allah Love Us? – How to prove That?!

NOBODY on the surface has the same loving capacity as Allah Almighty love! Love doesn't exist and people

     The direct short answer to this question is that NOBODY on the surface of the earth from the beginning of time and until the end of time even remotely has the same loving capacity as Allah (only One True God) does! Nobody! Allah Almighty IS, in fact, the Creator of Love and the One who Bestows Love. Any love you’ve ever seen or experienced in life is merely a minute reflection of His love. Love doesn’t exist, people don’t exist, and Jesus (peace be upon him) doesn’t exist without Him. 

Learn Who Is Allah First?

When we talk about Allah, we’re talking about your God and my God; The One & Only Deity, Creator and Sustainer of all mankind and everything in the Heavens and the Earth. We talk about Allah the Almighty.

Does Allah Honor Human Beings?

One manifestation of love is to honor those you love. Allah the Almighty honored us and preferred us above all creations. Allah the Almighty says in the Quran (English interpretation of the meaning):

” وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ وَحَمَلْنَـٰهُمْ فِى ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَـٰهُم مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَفَضَّلْنَـٰهُمْ عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍۢ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلًۭا ٧٠”
And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” [Quran 17: 70] 

Also, His honor is not restricted to a race or a gender. His love is not restricted to the “whites,” or the “rich,” or those who come from a certain tribe or country. Rather He said:

” يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَـٰكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍۢ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَـٰكُمْ شُعُوبًۭا وَقَبَآئِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوٓا۟ ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتْقَىٰكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌۭ ١٣”
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [Quran 49: 13] 

Someone might think, “Allah says that the noblest to Him are the righteous ones. So, if I have already sinned so many times and so much, does this mean that Allah does not love me?”

Does Allah Love the Sinners? And When?

     In the Qur’an, the Name of Allah Al Wadud (The Deeply Affectionate) is mentioned twice. In both cases, it is associated with forgiving sins:

” وَهُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلۡوَدُودُ ١٤”
And He is the Forgiving, the Affectionate” [Quran 85: 14]
“ وَٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ رَبَّكُمْ ثُمَّ تُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّى رَحِيمٌۭ وَدُودٌۭ ٩٠”
And ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is Merciful and Affectionate.” [Qur’an 11: 90] 

It’s interesting to associate the Name ‘The Infinitely Affectionate’ with the context of sins and forgiveness. When people commit a lot of sins or mistakes, they don’t expect to be met with affection. They expect the opposite.

When we make repeated mistakes, we think that something in people’s hearts changes towards us. Maybe mistakes decrease people’s love for us a bit. Even if they forgive us, but they might not perceive us in the same light again after they’ve seen our repeated flaws.

This is the limitedness of human beings. But it’s not the Vastness of The Creator Allah Almighty!

Mistakes and sins, no matter how many and how big, do not decrease His Love towards the person who asks for forgiveness.

Allah Love & Self-Development: Also, Allah knows when people make mistakes, they don’t love themselves. Hence, He meets that with His Name, the Affectionate, to compensate for their lack of love for themselves or people’s lack of love towards them. Moreover, He allows them to re-love themselves and move on. This is a major door for self-development and growth.

How Does Allah Allow the Sinners to Re-Love Themselves & Move on? 

Allah loves the sinners and shows them the right way to repent. Allah directs affectionate forgiveness to those who seek it.

Allah encourages people to rectify their affairs so they won’t remain in harmful, damaging sins that ruin their and other people’s lives. 

Allah loves those who seek forgiveness and forgive them immediately.

Allah said that He would put in the hearts of people affection towards those who rectify their affairs:

” إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ سَيَجْعَلُ لَهُمُ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ وُدًّۭا ٩٦”
Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection” [Quran 19: 96] 

Therefore, He will appoint for you affection in the hearts of people, even if you don’t know how. People will love you without you knowing or being able to earn that love on your own.

Since Allah is The Creator and Controller of hearts, He’ll place in them whatever He wants.

What If Someone Keeps Falling into Mistakes?

But what if someone has made so many mistakes and keeps falling into mistakes?

حَدَّثَنَا أَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ قَالَ اللَّهُ يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ إِنَّكَ مَا دَعَوْتَنِي وَرَجَوْتَنِي غَفَرْتُ لَكَ عَلَى مَا كَانَ فِيكَ وَلاَ أُبَالِي يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ لَوْ بَلَغَتْ ذُنُوبُكَ عَنَانَ السَّمَاءِ ثُمَّ اسْتَغْفَرْتَنِي غَفَرْتُ لَكَ وَلاَ أُبَالِي يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ إِنَّكَ لَوْ أَتَيْتَنِي بِقُرَابِ الأَرْضِ خَطَايَا ثُمَّ لَقِيتَنِي لاَ تُشْرِكُ بِي شَيْئًا لأَتَيْتُكَ بِقُرَابِهَا مَغْفِرَةً‏”‏.‏
The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him), said:
Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘O son of Adam! I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness *whatever may be your sins*. O son of Adam! *I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky* and should you beg pardon of Me; I would forgive you. O son of Adam! If you come to Me with an earth-full of sins and meet Me, not associating anything with Me in worship, I will certainly grant you as much pardon as will fill the earth.” [At-Tirmidhi] 

The striking part here is Allah saying, “I do not care” what you did or how many times it has been repeated, I’ll Forgive Affectionately, and I do not care.

It’s interesting how people think there is no love in Islam, whereas Allah is bringing a new definition of Divine Affection that humans can hardly imagine or actualize but can aspire to in their self-development journey. 

It is direct, immediate Divine Affection despite mistakes while encouraging self-betterment.

This is holistic guidance and transformation. Love is not to die for your sins, and love is to forgive you immediately and teach you how to live.

Does Allah Love The non-Believers?

Allah’s love encompasses everything and everyone on earth, but a person must ask for this love and show his love in actions first. When a non-Mulsim shows love to Allah and seek the truth, Allah will guide him to the right path and the way towards His Love.

Signs that Allah loves you – Allah Loves Us Quotes

There are some signs that prove that Allah loves you. These signs are:

1. Those Who Purify Themselves:

If you repent and purify yourself and your heart, Allah will love you. As Allah says in the Quran:

” إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلتَّوَّٰبِينَ وَيُحِبُّ ٱلْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ”
… Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” [Quran 2:222] 

2. If You Are from Doers of Good:

If you open the doors of good and charity, Allah will love you. As Allah says in the Quran:

۞ وَسَارِعُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍۢ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتُ وَٱلْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ ١٣٣ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِى ٱلسَّرَّآءِ وَٱلضَّرَّآءِ وَٱلْكَـٰظِمِينَ ٱلْغَيْظَ وَٱلْعَافِينَ عَنِ ٱلنَّاسِ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.” [Quran 3:133-134] 

3. When You Are Dealing with Just

If you deal with just Allah will love you. As Allah says in the Quran:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُقْسِطِينَ
Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” [Quran 49:9] 

4. If You Are Conscious of Allah And Obey His Messenger:

If you are practicing taqwa, Allah will love you. As Allah says in the Quran:

بَلَىٰ مَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِعَهْدِهِۦ وَٱتَّقَىٰ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُتَّقِينَ ٧٦
But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and is Conscious of Allah – then indeed, Allah loves al-mutaqeen (the God-conscious/those who fear Him).” [Quran 3:76] 

5 . Those Who Trust in Him and Are Steadfast:

If you trust Allah’s deed, Allah will love you. As Allah says in the Quran:

فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” [Quran 3:159] 

 If Allah Loves us, Why are there Many Rules in Islam?

The first thing to think about here is this: does love mean to leave you to harm yourself and harm others and spread corruption without any instructions or rules to help you rectify your affairs?

Example from Everyday Life

Imagine there are two mothers. The first mother loves her child and gives him no rules or instructions whatsoever even though she sees her child getting dirty, not taking care of his health, and eating junk all the time.

She sees him hanging out with the wrong crowd that influences him badly, abusing harmful substances, bullying others and failing his exam, and still giving no instructions.

He becomes the worst version of himself, doesn’t reach his full potential, and harms himself and others, but she gives no instructions because she loves him!

So, the question here is: Is it really considered ‘love’ if a mother gives no instructions and lets her child harm himself and waste his precious life?

Now, the second mother does things differently.

She loves her child immensely, but her love is translated into her desire to help him be the best he can be, live the best life, and reach his full potential as a decent human being.

She puts rules and instructions to help him eat healthy food, be clean, and stay out of harm and bad company.

If and when he fails, she forgives him immediately and helps him again and again and again, and it doesn’t decrease her love for him one bit. Is this a better mother or the One who is not concerned about her child ruining himself, claiming that this is love?

If you see your child using drugs, for example, and you leave him because “you love him, “… is this really love, or is it destruction? 

Basically, Islam instructs us to translate love into daily action because that’s true love.

What Is the Nature of Allah’s Love?

Allah’s love is Divine. It is a love that means teaching us what no one can teach us, being merciful to us like no one can be, forgiving us no matter how much and how gravely we sin. Simultaneously teaching us how to improve ourselves and be the best we can be spiritually, physically, and socially. 

Allah is the Most Knowing of us and of this life that He created for us. In all unaltered Divine revelations and with every Messenger He sent, He has given us knowledge about Him and instructions to help us live a decent, pure life because He is ultimately The Best One to show us how we can succeed in this life and the next for eternity. The summation and completion of His revelations are in the Qur’an that He revealed to His final Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). 

Manifestation of Allah’s Love in Islam?

There are several aspects of true love in Islam. There are many ways in which Allah shows His love To us through His Teachings:

1. No Original Sin in Islam

It is love that Allah did not let us carry burdens of sins we did not commit. There is no original sin in Islam.

وَلَا تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌۭ وِزْرَ أُخْرَىٰ
and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another….” [Quran 6: 164] 

2. Allah’s Immediate Forgiveness, No Intermediaries

It is love that Allah forgave our father Adam immediately:

فَتَلَقَّىٰٓ ءَادَمُ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ كَلِمَـٰتٍۢ فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلتَّوَّابُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ ٣٧
Then Adam received from his Lord [some] words, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” [Quran 2: 37]

And He forgives each and every single One of us who asks Him directly and with no intermediaries:

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ سُوٓءًا أَوْ يَظْلِمْ نَفْسَهُۥ ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرِ ٱللَّهَ يَجِدِ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورًۭا رَّحِيمًۭا ١١٠
And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran 4: 110] 

3. No Preferable Son With Allah

It is love that Allah did not take for himself a son or a child that would be nearer to Him than us and instead honored “Us” above all His other creations

۞ وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ وَحَمَلْنَـٰهُمْ فِى ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَـٰهُم مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَفَضَّلْنَـٰهُمْ عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍۢ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلًۭا ٧٠
And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” [Quran 17: 70] 

4. No Partners With Allah 

It is love that Allah did not take any partners who will quarrel with Him about our affairs or disagree about the mercy and rewards He shows us:

ضَرَبَ ٱللَّهُ مَثَلًۭا رَّجُلًۭا فِيهِ شُرَكَآءُ مُتَشَـٰكِسُونَ وَرَجُلًۭا سَلَمًۭا لِّرَجُلٍ هَلْ يَسْتَوِيَانِ مَثَلًا ۚ ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ۚ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ٢٩
Allah presents an example: a slave owned by quarreling partners and another belonging exclusively to one man – are they equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them do not know.” [Qur’an 39: 29]  

5. Allah Rescued His Beloved Jesus Rescue

It is love that Allah saved and rescued Jesus (peace be upon him) from those who plotted to kill him unjustly: 

إِذْ قَالَ ٱللَّهُ يَـٰعِيسَىٰٓ إِنِّى مُتَوَفِّيكَ وَرَافِعُكَ إِلَىَّ وَمُطَهِّرُكَ مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ وَجَاعِلُ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوكَ فَوْقَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَىَّ مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَأَحْكُمُ بَيْنَكُمْ فِيمَا كُنتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ ٥٥
 [Mention] when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.” [Qur’an 3: 55] 

6. Allah Completed the Message with the Quran

It is love that Allah sent us His final perfect, and complete message in the Qur’an to teach us about Him and about our purpose and destination. It reminds us that there is only One God of all mankind that they should submit to and be grateful to:

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَكُم بُرْهَـٰنٌۭ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَأَنزَلْنَآ إِلَيْكُمْ نُورًۭا مُّبِينًۭا ١٧٤
O mankind, there has come to you a conclusive proof from your Lord, and We have sent down to you a clear light.” [Quran 4: 174] 

Allah sent A Merciful Teacher “Prophet Muhammad”;

It is love that Allah the Almighty sent a merciful teacher, His last Messenger Muhammad (PBUH), with a detailed and complete Book of guidance. It covers every aspect of life to help us live a life of meaning, purpose, peace, purification, and satisfaction.  

لَقَدْ مَنَّ ٱللَّهُ عَلَى ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَـٰلٍۢ مُّبِينٍ ١٦٤
Certainly, did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error?” [Quran 3: 164] 

Let’s Reverse the Question: Do You Love Allah? 

You might say yes. 

But does love mean the refusal to accept any rules from your beloved? 

Imagine that you love someone, but you refuse to commit to him/her or call. Moreover, you don’t do what they love and avoid what they don’t love; is this a sincere relationship? It’s hardly even a relationship.

Every relationship has some rules and instructions.

How Do You Express Your Love To Allah?

It is very easy to talk the talk, but it takes true, sincere love to walk the walk.

That’s why Allah says:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحْبِبْكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌۭ رَّحِيمٌۭ ٣١
Say, [O Muhammad], ‘If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.'” [Quran 3-31]

Anyone can claim to love God. Talking is easy and cheap, but what matters is who will follow Him, commit to Him and prioritize Him even over their own selves and desires.

Islam is about sincere, not fake love. It is about actions and commitment, not void words. That is why there are many rules in Islam.

This is Allah, and this is Islam! It is a way of life where Allah calls us to action to benefit us, purify us, and reward us for far greater than we deserve.

The point is to sincerely know, worship, and commit to Him. Not to live a life devoid of Him/in negligence of Him and then claim that this is love.  

The Five Common Elements in the Condition of Love For Allah

I have known people who are in love, and I’ve been in love before; it’s not that people become transgressors when they fall in love for the sake of pleasing their partners, but much like the condition of submission to the will of the partner, they never think twice, it’s like an overdose of trust. I’d like to make them five hypotheses we create about the partner once we fall in love:

1. Priority: Even prior to our own rest, desires, dreams, and preferences. We can give everything in the condition of love, with no limits. If I’d say ‘our lives have no value anymore for the sake of them,’ I don’t think I’m exaggerating.  

2. Complete: Even in their weaknesses, how they get angry is a charm, how they hate some people is a charm, how they yell, how they mannerly misbehave, it’s like we suppose they put everything in its right place.

3. Excused: Even if there is something that we’re definitely sure they shouldn’t have done, we’ll find them excuses, so weaknesses aren’t but more reasons to fall even more in love with them.

4. Followed: My God! In every word they say, in every intention they make, in every step they take, we sometimes feel like we just wish to guess what they think to make them happy with it, to make their dreams come true, and to be in the best shape in their minds. Sometimes we spend hours thinking of their pleasance, what we did wrong to push them away, what we did right to keep them stay.

5. Feared: We’re always alarmed for things they dislike and people they hate, even if one of them is a family member or a close friend; it’s like we’re giving them the key to our gate, and they choose whom to stay and whom to leave.

I know it might get different from one to another, but amongst those five, most of us do most of them when we fall in love.

Fall In Love With Allah

I’d say: Yes, but it requires practice, and experiments will teach a lot. I admit I had a long journey of meeting the very wrong people to realize why I must build my love for people upon knowledge and justice and to be loyal the most to the One who is worth my loyalty the most. And this is the journey I started when I asked: Why (and how) should I love Allah and His final Messenger –Muhammad- the most? When I first heard this:  

“There are three qualities whoever has them will taste the sweetness of Faith:

1. To love Allah and His Messenger more than anyone else;

2. To love a person only for (the sake of) Allah;

3. And to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah Has saved him from it as he would abhor being thrown into the fire (of Hell).” Said Muhammad peace be upon him, [Reference: Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

It’s not about following blindly but following trustfully after knowing Allah very well. It’s not required from any human to follow upon ignorance. After knowing Him, it’s now to give Him the Loved One Position; this is God’s place in the heart. Meanwhile, there’s a peak of knowledge about Allah in our creation, the same peak which makes us fall in love with our mums and be merciful to children and weak ones. It is the same peak by which a baby cat knows its way to its mother’s nipple without being taught, and a baby turtle knows its way to the sea and migrates for over 3000 miles.

The acts we do when we fall in love really amaze me, how we do all this to someone we barely knew for a few years/months, and sometimes even for a few days! It breaks all the chains we think we’re held with when it comes to our loyalty to Allah, the One and Only worthy of it.

So what more love do you ask for? Love what you have read and are curious to know more about Allah and Islam? Let’s start [One to one conversation] now!

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