(This article I wrote was originally published on the Quran Academy Blog: Quranacademy.io)
Love can be defined as an “unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). As Muslims we love Allah, but have we reflected on Allah’s love for us? Here are 7 examples of Allah’s love for us in Islam.
- When we try to get close to Allah, Allah comes much closer to us.
In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah (swt) states:
“I am to my servant as he expects of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his, and if he draws nearer to Me a hand’s span, I draw nearer to him an arm’s length, and if he draws nearer to Me an arm’s length, I draw nearer to him a fathom’s length, and if he comes to me walking, I rush to him at (great) speed.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
This hadith shows the love and mercy of Allah. It shows that Allah wants good for us. Why else would Allah “rush” to us at great speed if He didn’t want us to succeed?
This hadith shows Allah’s grace, His desire to reward us much more than we deserve. All that He asks is that we take one step towards Him. If we do a small action for His sake, He will reward us beyond our expectations.
- All help is from Allah.
“It is You we worship, and You we ask for help.”–The Holy Quran 1:5
Whenever you receive “help” of any kind, be assured that such “help” is always from Allah. All help is from Him. All good is from Him. Help and goodness coming into your life is a sign of Allah;s love.
As the fifth verse of Surah Al-Fatihah states, we ask Allah for help, because all help originates from Him.
Take a moment to reflect on the question: “How has Allah helped you in your life?” You will realize the love of Allah.
“But Allah is Your Protector, and He is the Best of Helpers.” (3:150)
- One of Allah’s Divine Names is Al-Wadud: The Most Loving
The name Al-Wadud comes from the root word Wud, which means “the act of love through giving.” Therefore, Allah’s love is shown by His actions of giving. This type of love is a nurturing love. For more information about this divine name, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbOad0Cppw0.
“And ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn unto Him in repentance. Verily, my Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving.” (11:90)
- Allah forgives us for our sins out of His love for us.
(Allah says) O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it. (Tirmidthi)
- Allah made it compulsory on us to pray to Him, so that We will stay connected to Him.
Allah doesn’t need our prayers. The obligation to do salah is a sign of Allah’s love for us. He knows that there will be days when we don’t feel like praying, so He made sure that we will connect with Him daily.
“And establish prayer and give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah of what you do, is Seeing.” (2:110)
- Allah Has Prepared Paradise for us out of His Love.
“That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allah provides without measure to whom He wills.” (24:38)
“No person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in reserve) for them – as a reward for their (good) deeds.” (32:17)
- Allah prohibits us from certain things because He wants to protect us from harm.
“O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?” (5:90-91)
“O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous?” (82:6)