A "Love" Story
By Abu Muhammad Yusuf
The Noble Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "None of you will attain (perfect) faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself" (Hadith:Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all prepared their boats and left.
Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."
Love decided to ask Pride who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, "Pride, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat." Pride answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh.... Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"
Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!
Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.
Love realized how much he owed the elder and asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."
The Noble Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:
Allāh the Exalted and Almighty said: 'My love has been made obligatory for those two persons who love each other on My count and spend time together for My sake, and see each other for My sake and give money to each other generously for My sake.'"(Hadith-Musnad Ahmad)
"Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: 'Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.'"
(Hadith: Bukhari and Muslim)
Love is among the most exalted of human feelings. When this love revolves around Almighty Allah Ta'ala and forms the basis for our interpersonal relationships, many problems can be weathered and great fruits can be harvested for both the individual and society as a whole.
May Allah imbue our souls with true love….ameen