Sent by: Sister Binte Abdullah

How do I know if Allah loves me?
This is a common question among those who really seek to earn the greatest treasure i.e. the pleasure of Lord Almighty, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa), and ultimately achieve entrance into Jannah (Paradise). For sure, there is no precise way that we can use to tell if Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) loves a slave as it falls in the matters of the Ghaib (Hidden and Unseen). We only depend on signs from the Aayaat (Signs) of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) to measure if we are from amongst those whom He loves.

If you find yourself in constant mention of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) in your thoughts and actions.

This could be a sign. In a HadeethQudsi, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says: ‘If my slave mentions me to himself I mention him to myself ’.

There are many ways which we can do this as taught by our beloved Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). This involves performing Zikr (Words of Remembrance).

If you hold fast to the book of Allah.
Know that the Quraan is the direct speech of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) and whenever you recite, you are reciting the words of your Lord. Allah (Subhaanahu WaTa’aalaa) will make it easy for you to recite, memorize and act upon with sincerity His book when He loves you.

If you have a sincere love for those whom Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) loves.
For example the Ambiyaa (Prophets), the Siddiqueen i.e. Auliyaa (Saints), the Shuhadaa (Martyrs), and the Sulahaa (Righteous) of His slaves among mankind. Read through the biographies of those whom the love of Allah (Subhaanahu WaTa’aalaa) was manifested for example Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), etc. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: ‘A person will be with those whom he loves.’

This is in regards with tomorrow in the Aakhirah (Hereafter). On the same note, your friends and companions should be people who are watchful of the love of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa).

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) will make easy for you acts of Ibaadah (Worship) which are ordinarily not practiced by most people.

In essence, you reap more reward and at the same time fix the condition of your soul for the pleasure of your Rabb (Sustainer), Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa). Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) gives you an unquenched thirst for more Ibaadah with sincere intentions with hope and fear for Him.

If you find yourself on constant reproach of your soul.
Nafs-il-lawwaamah (the constantly evaluating and criticizing Inner-self) is good for the slave of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) in this Duniyaa (World) to avoid this happening in the Aakhirah. This means, you are taking account of your-self for your bad deeds before the day of accounts reach.

It is in the best of our interests not to be under those whom Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says:

فَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنُ أَعۡمَٰلَهُمۡ

“……but the Satan made their deeds look good to them.” (An-Nahl16:63).

May Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) safeguard us from this Satanic deceit.

If you don’t feel safe from the punishment of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) no matter how many good deeds you have done.
This is because you do not know whether Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) has accepted them or not. It helps you to purify your intentions and we know that only the good deeds done with Ikhlaas (Purity of intention) i.e. for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) through the way prescribed in Sunnah (Prophetic procedure) are best to be accepted in the noble court of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa).

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) is Al-Mujeeb [The Answerer]. We should make Du’aa (Supplication) for everything including His love. The best guidance is the guidance of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). He taught us to beg the following Du’aa:

»اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ«.

(Allaahummainnaanas Alukahubbak, wahubba man yuhibbuk. Wahubba `amalinyuqarribuilaahubbik)

“O Allah! I begYou for Your love, and the love of those whom You love and the love of those action which will bring me closer to Your love.”

May Allah (Subhaanahu WaTa’aalaa) forgive our short-comings in practicing His Deen (Religion).