If you truly Love Allaah


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

They claimed to love Allaah, even though they abandoned His Divine Laws. So Allaah tested them by saying:

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you truly love Allaah, then follow me, Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins” [Surah Al-‘Imraan:31]

Sheikh Saleh al-Fawzaan’s explanation:

From the misguidance of the Jews and those who resemble them is that they would claim to love Allaah in spite of opposing His Commandments. The sign that shows one has true love for Allaah is that he follows His

Commands, as the poet said: “Verily a person obeys the one whom he loves.”

This meaning can also be found in Allaah’s statement:

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you truly love Allaah, then follow me, Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins” [Surah Al-‘Imraan:31]

The Jews and Christians say:

“We are the children of Allaah and His loved ones.” [Surah Al-Maa’idah:18]

But in spite of this, they would oppose Allaah’s Legislation. This shows that they are dishonest in what they claim. So Allaah requested them to establish the proof for the love they claim they have for Him. And that is by following His Messenger, Muhammad (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam). So if they fail to do this, their dishonesty will become apparent.

This is the same with the Sufis – they established their religion upon the basis that they love Allaah, saying “Worship means love. We do not worship Allaah out of fear from His Fire nor hoping for His Paradise. Rather, we worship Him because we love Him.”

On top of the fact that they oppose Allaah’s Legislation, they also do not follow the Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam). Instead they only follow their “sheikhs” and the leaders of the (Sufi) orders to whom they have given their full allegiance to hear and obey.

They do not oppose any of their commands no matter what they order them to do. This is to the point that theysay: “Verily, the mureed (Sufi seeker) with respect to his sheikh (spirtual leader) is like a dead person before the one who bathes his body (prior to his funeral) – He has no free choice nor does he have any option other than what his sheikh decides.”

So where is the following of the Messenger in this? This shows that they are dishonest in their claim to love Allaah.

This is why Allaah challenges those who claim to love Him with this ayah:

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you truly love Allaah, then follow me, Allaah will love you.” [Surah Al-‘Imraan:31]

So the sign that one truly loves Allaah is his following of His Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam). Therefore, if this characteristic is found in someone, then he is truthful in his claim to love Allaah. And whoever lacks this characteristic, i.e. following the Messenger, then he is dishonest in his claim.

Allaah has informed us of the proof of one’s love for Allaah, as well as its fruit. The proof that one loves Allaah is that he follows His Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam), and the fruit of this action is that he will achieve Allaah’s love and the forgiveness of his sins.

This also applies to everyone that claims to love the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) but doesn’t follow him (i.e. his Sunnah), such as those who claim to love the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) and write in newspapers and magazines: “Teach your children to love the Messenger of Allaah”, but yet they commit innovations and celebrate his birthday, whereas the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) has forbidden innovations.

So they claim to love him but they oppose him by introducing innovations and false notions into the Religion.

Source: An Explanation of the Aspects of theDays of Ignorance, pages 231-232, Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan

Courtesy of al-ibaanah Publishing