Love is a lofty sentiment that one experiences for someone or something. Love attained after many trials and tribulations becomes the raison d'être of existence. Without love there can be no sacrifice, no Herculean efforts. An individual brimming with enthusiasm may feel an obsessive love for ephemeral gifts of nature. Things created deserve to be loved, because they are divine projections. “I love the created because I love the Creator” had said our mystical poet Yunus Emre. However, those who are to be contented with what infatuate them shall never experience the sublime feeling directed toward the Creator.
God expects that the sentiment of love, the divine gift for men, is shaped in His servants in line with His revelation. Men are told what they should love and what they should distaste. Without the guidance of the Qur'an men shall be at a loss how to act. "But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Bakara (2/216) Man shall tread the path leading to Heaven in climbing the steps of the ladder gingerly; on this path, he must give his love not only to human beings, but also to all that is created. The recipient of a man's love must first of all be the believers; then the turn of beasts, plants and whatever is created come. The parents shall have priority in this. The love that we owe to the Prophet develops as we develop. The ultimate love object is God.
We shall be studying this feeling under the following headings: Negative Love, Positive Love, Love of the Prophet and the Love of God.
Love of the Prophet
Love of God