Photo by Ray Hennessy, Unsplash. Lettering by me. 🙂
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَيْنَ الْمُتَحَابُّونَ بِجَلَالِي الْيَوْمَ أُظِلُّهُمْ فِي ظِلِّي يَوْمَ لَا ظِلَّ إِلَّا ظِلِّي
Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who love each other for the sake of my glory? Today, I will shelter them in my shade, for it is a day when there is no shade but mine.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2566
The first time one of the Muslim sisters said, “I love you for the sake of Allah,” I didn’t have a proper appreciation. As a convert, I didn’t understand the true meaning of this phrase.
It sounded to me like she was saying I had no appreciable qualities, but she could still love me for the sake of Allah. A bit like saying someone has a face “only a mother could love.” 🙂
Well, that isn’t what it means AT ALL!
Love For The Sake Of Allah
If you look up what it means, you’ll find all kinds of doctrinal support for the idea of loving one another for the sake of Allah.
Yet I initially found the full meaning a bit difficult to grasp. Yes, we can easily understand the rewards and guidelines, but WHY should we love for Allah’s sake, and HOW do we really made that happen?
I think it’s helpful to draw some parallels.
Mufti Menk (May Allah be pleased with him) tells us to think of a sports match, where people will travel hundreds of miles and feel a strong sense of solidarity with others, helping and supporting even complete strangers.
For the sake of a ball game!
I have also seen people who survived a disaster talking about a similar kind of solidarity. All divisions and boundaries dissolve and are transcended as people struggle together to survive.
For the sake of enduring a calamity!
Or even in a simple scenario where two people find they have something special in common. A love of cats, or a fondness for Starbucks. We relate, and it creates some sense of fondness and solidarity.
For the sake of a shared fondness!
For the sake of these things, which are merely part of Allah’s Creation, people overcome barriers and join in fondness and solidarity. So what about for the sake of Allah Himself, and our precious deen?
There is no true love except love for the sake of Allah, alhamdulilah. 🙂
Watch this 5-minute video on the topic of Love for Allah by Mufti Menk, or search YouTube for extended versions:
Whatever good has come from me is due to Allah ﷻ and solely to Allah ﷻ. Whatever bad has come from me is from the whisperings of Shaytan, and from my own sins. All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, and may Allah’s ﷻ Peace and Blessings be upon His Final Messenger Muhammad ﷺ, his pure family, his noble companions, and all those who follow them with righteousness until the Day of Judgment. Ameen.