Two aspects of having a close relationship with anyone is love and a well ingrained desire to do what makes them happy.
The more you know someone and the more you like about what you know about them are the two factors which decide how much love you will have for him or her. When talking about God we have previously discussed all of the compassion He shows us without us having done one thing for Him. God refers to Himself by the word Al-Wadud which we can try to translate as the deeply loving and affectionate.
And He is the Forgiving and the Loving (Al-Wadud). (Al-Buruj 85:14)
Secondly, He has sent prophets with revelation that we may properly know Him and how to earn His love. For example God says:
Say, If you really love God then follow me (Muhammad) and God will love you and forgive you your sins and God is Most Forgiving and Most Merciful. (Aal `Imran 3:31)
We can get an idea of how to earn the love of God in many other verses. Here are some of them:
…And (sincerely) do good deeds. Indeed God loves those who do good deeds. (Al-Baqarah 2:195)
…Surely God loves those who repent as well as those who purify themselves. (Al-Baqarah 2:222)
And of course, whoever fulfills his commitment and is conscious of God (and his responsibility to Him) then indeed, God loves the God-Conscious. (Aal `Imran 3:76)
…And God loves the patient and steadfast. (Aal `Imran 3:146)
And consult with your companions (in decision making). Then when you have made a decision rely upon God. Certainly, God loves those who rely upon Him. (Aal `Imran 3:159)
And if you judge, judge between them with justice. Indeed, God loves the just. (Al-Ma’idah 5:42)
God Almighty also teaches us who He doesn’t love so that we will know how to avoid His anger and punishment in this life and the Hereafter:
Fight for the sake of God those who fight you. And do not transgress. Indeed God does not like the transgressors. (Al-Baqarah 2:190)
…God does not like corruption. (Al-Baqarah 2:205)
God calls for the abolishment of usury and interest and gives increase (in reward) to charities. Indeed, God doesn’t like all sinful disbelievers. (Al-Baqarah 2:276)
Say, obey God and His Messenger and if they turn away then (know) God doesn’t like the ungrateful. (Aal `Imran 3:32)
God Almighty makes it the key aspect of His relationship between Him and us and He warns that those who would leave Islam are those who obviously don’t love Him. Their leaving His message will not affect him at all it is just them failing the test of life by giving into their ignorance and desires. Indeed God will bring another group whom He love and who love Him:
O you who believe, whoever among you turns away from Islam, then know that God will bring forth in place of them a people He will love and they will love Him. (Al-Ma’idah 5:54)
God told us in the Qur’an that our relationship with Him and our purpose/test in life is based upon knowing Him and living a life of dedicated service to Him:
And I did not create the Jinn and Mankind except that they would worship/serve Me. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)
The whole universe is in submission to the will of the Almighty. The trait that raises Mankind’s status above the rest is in the gift of intelligence.
He will have to use that intelligence to submit to God by his own choice and reject his own personal (animalistic desires). If he does submit, then he has truly put God before himself and realized the ultimate reality and purpose in life. That is to come to know God and serve Him. Then we will begin to shine the light of God upon the earth so that the rest of mankind may realize it.
In glorifying His remembrance and living a life of constant worship, we fulfill the purpose of life which will lead to a state of peace and tranquility.
The article is an excerpt from the author’s book “The Foundations of Islamic Faith”, Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait (2008).
As a God seeker I always felt a certain unrest.
A Dutch politician who once said “Islam is a lie” and “The Quran is poison” has now converted to Islam.
Joram van Klaveren was a member of parliament for the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) which is led by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders but now he admits he was wrong about Islam.
He made the switch whilst writing a book against Islam:
“During that writing I came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter,” he told Dutch radio.
“In previous years I had developed a great aversion to Islam. If you then have to conclude that you were not right, that is not fun. But as a God seeker I always felt a certain unrest. And that gradually disappeared. It felt a bit like coming home, in a religious sense.“ Source: NRC
Former PVV official Arnoud van Doorn also converted to Islam in 2012 and soon made the pilgrimage to perform Hajj.
Last year, Arthur Wagner, a top member of German far-right party The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party also converted to Islam.
They join many more in history who have gone from hating Muslims to be coming one after learning about what Islam really is.
Watch the video:
Brother `Abdul-nur, a former opera singer from Spain, has converted to Islam. How did he accept Islam, and why? Here is the story:
I spent years searching for spirituality metaphysics, and meaningful philosophies. Nearly 17 years later – when I was 40, I met a man speaking about spirituality, but with very deep, profound and meaningful sentences. I was curious to know what he was, what is his source. There was something different and deep in his words… where did he read this!
And almost after a year I found he is Muslim, but he never spoke about Islam. Then I asked him directly: “where did you read this?” He told me, “It’s from the Qur’an.”
At this point, I had a crack in my mind. My thoughts about Islam had nothing to do with religion. I thought Muslims are a sect in the desert. I knew nothing about the Qur’an. He told me it is the Last Testament; the last word of God. I returned home and spoke to my wife about what I heard. Then we both decided to embrace and this was the beginning.
Twenty years now he and his wife are Muslims.
Listen to brother `Abdul-nur to learn more about his life after being Muslim and listen to him calling the adhan…
Source: Digital Mimbar
By: Sayyid Saabiq
It is unlawful for the one giving sadaqah to remind the recipient of his generosity, to reproach him, or to make a show with his sadaqah. Allah warns:
Allah does not accept sadaqah if it is from what is unlawful.
O you who believe! Do not invalidate your sadaqah by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like those who spend their property to be seen by men. (Al-Baqarah 2:264)
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “There are three (types of people). Allah shall not speak to them, notice them, or sanctify them; and for them is a grievous penalty.” Abu Dhar inquired: “O Messenger of Allah, who are the ones gone wrong and astray?” He replied: “Those who through conceit lengthen their garments to make them hang on the ground, who give nothing without reproach, and who sell their merchandise swearing untruthfully (to its quality).”
Giving What is Unlawful as Sadaqah
Allah does not accept sadaqah if it is from what is unlawful. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “O people! Allah is good and accepts only good, and He has instructed the believers through the Messengers. Allah, the Mighty and the Majestic, says: “O Messengers! Consume what is good and work righteously. I am well-acquainted with what you do”. (Al-Mu’minun 23:51) He also calls upon (you): “O you who believe! Consume of the good that We have provided for you” (Al-Baqarah 2:172). Then (the Messenger) mentioned a man who had traveled for a long time. Unkempt and covered in dust, he raised his hands to the heavens (and cried): “O my Lord! O my Lord!’ His food was unlawful, his drink was unlawful, his clothing was unlawful, and what he had provided to sustain himself with was also unlawful. How could his invocation be accepted?” (Muslim)
Also: “If one gives a date bought from honestly earned money (and Allah accepts only good), Allah accepts it in His right hand and enlarges (its rewards) for its owner (as one rears his foal) until it becomes as big as a mountain.” (Al-Bukhari)
Sadaqah of the wife from the property of her husband
It is permissible for the wife to give sadaqah from her husband’s holdings if she knows that he would not mind. However, it is unlawful if she is not sure of this: It is related from `A’ishah that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “When a wife gives something as sadaqah from the food of her home without causing any waste, she will get the reward for what she has given. Her husband will be rewarded for what he has earned, and the keeper (if any) will be similarly rewarded. The one does not reduce the reward of the other in any way.” (Al-Bukhari)
Abu Umamah reports that he had heard the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, saying in a sermon during the year of the Farewell Pilgrimage: “The wife should not spend anything from the household of her husband without his permission.” He asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Not food either?” He said: “That is the most excellent of our holdings.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Of small things which she is in the habit of giving, no permission from her husband is called for: It is related from Asmaa’, daughter of Abu Bakr, that she said to the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace: “Zubayr is a well-off man. A man in need approached me and I gave him sadaqah from my husband’s household without his permission.” The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said: “Give what you are in the habit of giving of what is small, and do not store property away, for Allah shall withhold his blessings from you.” (Ahmad, Al-Bukhari, and Muslim)
The article is an excerpt from the author’s translated book “Fiqh Us Sunnah”.