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Ten Causes to/for Love of Allah


Ten causes that result in Allah’s love for His slave and the slave’s love for his Lord by Imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (RH):

  1. Reciting the Qur’aan while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.
  2. Getting closer to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadeeth Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree]
  3. Continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allah is determined by this.
  4. Giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.
  5. The heart being avid of Allah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.
  6. Observing Allah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.
  7. And this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allah.
  8. Being alone with Allah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.
  9. Sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefiting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.
  10. Remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allah.

These ten causes take the lovers to the station of true love and bring them to their Beloved.Courtesy at-Tazkirah

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  1. AnonyMouse

    March 13, 2007 at 8:04 PM

    Awesome, just what I needed! JazakAllahu khair!!!!!

    All these points are really important, of course, but #4 struck me the most… I’ve definitely gotta work on that one! :S

  2. Ahmad AlFarsi

    March 13, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    SubhanAllah!!! That is so amazing. May Allah grant us the ability to implement these beauiful points. Ameen.

  3. Amad

    March 13, 2007 at 10:38 PM

    A difference I saw in the NE part of the country as compared to the South is that #9 is much harder here! Everyone wants to make their pitch, even if it involves talking without knowledge.

    May Allah help us know what we know, and then to say what we know for sure that we know.

  4. Ahmad AlFarsi

    March 14, 2007 at 1:50 AM

    A difference I saw in the NE part of the country as compared to the South is that #9 is much harder here! Everyone wants to make their pitch, even if it involves talking without knowledge.

    SubhanAllah… so true akhee. IT’S EVEN WORSE IN BOSTON… especially at places like MIT and Harvard where some people think they’re soooo smart because they go to a good school that they think they are smarter than Allah (kinda reminiscent of the philosophers and people of kalam we learned about in Light Upon Light).

  5. Bint Amina

    March 15, 2007 at 3:15 AM

    JazaakAllahu Khayr, very beneficial from one so eloquent, mashaaAllah.

  6. Medinah

    March 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    Jazakallahu Khairan for this very beneficial post, may we all learn from this inshallah. I came across this quote, mashallah, and it is so true mashallah: “Knowledge is not what is memorized, Knowledge is what benefits.” Imam Shafi’ee. Subhanallah!!


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  8. Amad

    April 27, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    A new translation has been posted by Abu Aaliyah here:

    Nurturing Love for Allah

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