Ishq – Extreme Fervent Love

Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ahmad bin AbdulHaleem Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah-said:

Ishq[1] is an extreme love which exceeds necessary bounds.’[2]

Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah-said:

al-Ishq is an excessive love,  where by one fears for the person who is excessive in his love.’[3]

Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah-said:

‘Majority of the scholars do not completely apply this word[4] in respect to Allaah. This is because al-Ishq is an extreme love, which exceeds necessary bounds, and Allaah’s love has no limitations, so it does not end at a level of which it is necessary to not go beyond.  These scholars have said al-Ishq is criticised and disliked completely, it is not praised, not in love for the creator or for the creation, because it is an excessive love which goes beyond the bounds of being praiseworthy.

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