Ways To Bring About The Love of Allah

Excerpts taken from the book: The Path to Guidance
Ibn Al_Qayyim Al Jawziyyah
Translated by Aboo `Iyyad Amjad Rafiq
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Chapter Three:


Ways To Bring About The Love of Allah.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: Ways that bring about the (Love of Allah) and
necessitate it, are ten in number.

One: Recitation of the Quran with reflection and understanding of
it's meanings, and what it intended by it, as one reflects over a
book which he has memorized, and which he expounds, so that he may
understand what it's author intends from him.

Two: Getting closer to Allah with the supererogatory acts of worship,
after the obligatory ones, for they will take him to another level of
love that comes after love.

Three: Constant remembrance in every circumstance by the tongue, the
heart, actions and (one's) condition, so a person's share of love is
in accordance with his share of this remembrance.

Four: Preferring his love over your own when desires overcome you,
and climbing to reach his love even if the ascent, is difficult.

Five: The heart's comprehension of his names and attributes,
witnessing them, and having knowledge of them, to immerse himself in
the garden of this knowledge and it's fundamental pillars. Whoever
knows Allah by his Names, Attributes and Actions, will no doubt, love
him. For this reason the deniers of his attributes (Mu attilah),
Fir'awniyyah and Jahmiyyah are like highway robbers to the hearts,
(they come in between it) and between reaching the beloved (i.e
Allah).

Six: Witnessing his generosity, his benevolence, his favors and
blessings, both hidden and open, for these things call to his love.

Seven: And this is the most amazing of them all, the heart's total
defeat and humility in front of Allah, the most High, and there are
no other words and considerations which give expression to this
meaning.

Eight: Being alone at the time of the Decent of Allah, for having
private conversations with him, reciting his words, investigating the
heart, displaying the manners of servitude whilst in front of him,
and then to seal all of that with seeking forgiveness and repentance.

Nine: Sitting with the truthful lovers (of Allah) and gathering the
good fruits (arising) from their speech, just as one picks out the
best of fruits, and that you do not speak except when the benefit of
the speech prevails and when you know that there is a betterment for
you and benefit for others in it.

Ten: Keeping distance from everything that comes between the heart
and Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.


So from these ten ways the lover's will reach the various levels of
love, and will enter upon the beloved, and the chief and fundamental
principle behind all of this compromises two matters: preparing the
soul for this matter and opening the eye of keen insight/ sure
knowledge.


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*For footnotes and ahaadeeths, please refer to the book. The Path to
Guidance, Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah.