Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Lets talk about Love

So who do you love? And what are its signs?

Let's ask ourselves those questions, since love is often a hot topic. Books, movies, articles, speeches and music are written over it, and some things are mostly clear.

If we love someone, then we would seek to know lots about him right? We would seek to know what he likes and dislikes, right? We would want to be liked and recognised by him right? We would want to follow his ways right? We would want to talk lots about him right?
Now if you agree with me on most or all of the above points, then ask yourself this. Who is that love directed towards the most?  We know the answer to it, by asking the following:

1) Who do we know more about, the Prophet or our favourite singer/actor/celebrity/sportsman/spouse/partner (for short I'll say 'dunya person')? If you know about the dunya person's number of goals, all the names of his songs, memorised his songs, what he does in his regular day, who he's dating, what music does he listen to, when was he born, how old is he, where did he study, what's the name of his pet, his struggles in life etc but you know less about the Prophet, you don't know the name of even 20 sahaba, you haven't memorised much of the Qur'an, you don't know much about the Seerah of Prophet, then you know who you love more.

2) Whose likes and dislikes do we know more about, the Prophet or dunya person? If you know the dunya person's favourite food, his favourite holiday trip, what he hates, his favourite hero, the type of cars he likes etc, but you know less about the Prophet's likes and dislikes, then you know who you love more.

3) Who do we want to like us the most, the Prophet or the dunya person? If you love to go to the dunya person's events, attend front row to his matches or concerts, say hi to him, get his autograph keep a picture of him on our facebook and rooms, want to give everything to meet him and make him like you etc but you don't like to the same extent to go to Islamic gatherings, or visit the Prophet, or go to the Mosque/Masjid, or send selawat upon Prophet, etc, then you know who we want to like us more.

4) Who do we follow the most, the Prophet or the dunya person? If we follow the latest hairstyle of the dunya person, or wear his latest clothes or watch, or sing the way he sings, walk like he walks, go to the same places he goes to but we don't follow the way of the Prophet or his female wives, don't dress like them, or act like them, don't show any sign of following them, or show less signs of following them etc then you know who you love more. 

5) Who do we talk about most, the Prophet or the dunya person? If you find our time and conversations filled with lots of discussion about the dunya person, but you hardly talk about the Prophet, or we don't talk about him to the same degree, then you know who you love more.

If we find that our love for dunya people is more than the love for Islam or Allah or the Prophet, then we should be scared of the Ayat, Allah says:
 "Say: 'If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight - are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious." (9:24)

And the Hadith:
The Prophet said "None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind." (Bukhari)

Just ask yourself, who did more for you than Allah swt, or His Prophet? Allah swt continuously provides for us, and gives us our eyes, ears, time etc, and the Prophet shed his blood, used much energy, endured much abuse so that he could deliver the truth to us. However the dunya people have hardly done anything compared to that.

Furthermore, whoever sends salams/selawat upon the Prophet, the Prophet is informed of it and he returns the salams to the person, and knows his/her name, and does du'a for him/her. This is far more than any dunya person (like our favourite celebrity) does for us.

Thus we should aim to fix our hearts, lets learn more about Allah, the Prophet and Islam, and know more about them, than any other person, insha'Allah

May Allah Most High make us of the true lovers of Allah Most High and His Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
NB- when I say the word "him" for the dunya person, I mean "her" too

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