At some point in our lives, we all fall into the search of our one Truelove, the search is never easy, most people never find it, they give up deciding that Truelove doesn’t exit. I guess if we knew what Truelove really is then it’ll be easier for us to find it.
I really have no idea what gives people the notion that there can be only one Truelove (I mean, a man is allowed to have four!), well, when I say Truelove I am not referring to the affection we have for our spouses, what I refer to is the love incomparable to any other, one that doesn’t give us any pain or get our hearts broken, but it brings us joy, and pleasure in this live and the next. I know you’re thinking ‘yeah, right!’ But hear me out, I’m sure you’ll see that I’m right.
Three categories of Truelove
The first and most important category of Truelove is the love between us and our Rabbi (lord), I know, I know, you already know this, you just don’t see how this can be called Truelove, well if we must have a Truelove who better than the one who has created you, guides and protects you, sustains you, causes the rain the fall and seeds to germinate, how better to be grateful to him if not to have an immerse love for him and thus only doing what he loves and abstaining from things he has prohibited.
The best part of this love is what happens when it is reciprocated
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When Allah loves a slave, calls out Jibril and says: `I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so-and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Imagine attaining the love of the whole universe just by loving Allah, if that isn’t true love, I wonder what it is.
So how do we attain this love
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `I will declare war against him who treats with hostility a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary prayers or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) until I love him, (so much so that) I become his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me something, I will surely give him, and if he seeks My Protection (refuge), I will surely protect him”.
This also brings me to the second category of Truelove
Love for his rasool (pbuh)
Allah says, “Say (Prophet Muhammad), ‘If you love Allah, follow me and Allah will love you.” [Aal Imran : 31]
The love for Muhammad (pbuh) can’t be overstressed
He is the one without whom we’d have been lost, he brought us the knowledge of Allah and Islam, he’s the only one who has loved us long before we were conceived, he spent his time on earth praying for us (who he never met), and he’s the one who’ll intercede for us (in sha Allah) on the day of reckoning, (oh how he loved us), won’t we be ungrateful if we didn’t love him unconditionally?
We’ll not only be ungrateful, we’ll lack iman
Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
“There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman: To love Allah and His Messenger (PBUH) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Malik’s son was told by the Prophet SallAllahu Alayhi wa Aalihi wa Sallam, “My son, if you can refrain from holding a grudge in your heart from morning to evening, then do so.” He then added, “My son, that is part of my prophetic way. Whosoever revives my way has loved me, and whosoever loves me is with me in the Garden.” [Sunan Tirmidh, Kitab al-Ilm, Vol. 4, Page 151]
The final category of Truelove is the love for the sake of Allah
As stated in the hadith above, a person who loves another for the sake of Allah will taste the sweetness of iman. There are immeasurable benefits that accompany this love, amongst which is
Mu`adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”.
May Allah help us to attain these true love, to love him and his prophet (pbuh) above all else, may we attain his love and be amongst those who will be shaded on the day where there’s no shade besides the shade of his throne (amin)
Peace be with you