Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Allah loves believers. But does Allah love non-Muslims too?
I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.
Yes, there is Divine Love that encompasses all creation, and all people.
There are levels of Love.
One. Allah Most High—God—loves all His creation, insofar as it is His Creation.
Two. Allah Most High has a particular love for humans, due to His honoring them, and placing within them the soul, and its particular potential to know and love Him. Humans may also manifest qualities—such as humility, truthfulness, generosity, mercy, and caring—that are beloved to Allah.
Three. Allah Most High has a higher, particular love—with salvific consequences—for believers, as they have chosen Allah and seek Him.
Four. Allah Most High has higher levels of love for those who actively seek Him—and most particularly for those true in their love for Him.
These believers are described in the Quran: “And those who truly believe are most intense in their love for Allah.” [Quran, 2:165]
And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.
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