Recognise Beauty & Perfection: Grow in Divine Love

What is love? How is it to be defined? Can it be defined? Can love really be put into words? There are profounder questions still for believers, like what is love of God? And how can we nurture God's love in our hearts? In fact, to say that this is Man's greatest existential question would, in all likelihood, be an…

Loving Allah & Islam is Far More Than a Bumper Sticker

Faith (iman) isn't just an empty verbal affirmation or assertion of the shahadah. One must also surrender wholeheartedly: Do people imagine that they will be left alone because they say: 'We believe,' and that they won’t be tried? [Q.29:1] By the same token, it isn't enough merely to say ‘I believe in Allah and His Prophet.’…

Does Allah Love Everyone?

People can mean quite different things when they speak of love. For some, love means desire, passion or lust: it is often used as a byword for self-gratification. To some, love is compassion, mercy, tenderness. To others, it is soppy, sugary, gooey sentimentality. For others still, it is devotion, longing and yearning. Then there is passionate love…

Ten Ways to Nurture Love of God

In his usual characteristic flare, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751H/1350CE) discusses ten ways in which the seeker may cultivate a deep and abiding love of God. Rooted in Scripture, the journey starts with love as an expression of divine obedience which, as it steadily becomes internalised, culminates in being "lost" in the love of the One…