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Am I a Kafir for Not loving Allah?

Ustadh Farid Dingle advises on feeling no love for Allah and how to rectify this.

I used to love Allah but my iman got weaker and now I feel indifferent to Allah. I don’t love or hate Him. Partly because I used to blame Allah for things. This is a real lack of love, not just waswasa or a dip in iman.

Is it kufr to truly not love Allah? Please answer me immediately.

Belief in Allah means that you know He exists and accept it as a fact. This is called iman. If you do this, you are a believer.

Whether one fears, loves, reveres, or hopes in Him as you really should, is another issue. Worshipping Allah as you really should is called ihsan.

Please see Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s Commentary on the Hadith of Gibril for more detail.

It is not disbelief (kufr) to not love Allah, but it is sin and lack of ihsan that one must strive to work on. If you don’t feel like you fear or love Allah, at least act like you do, because the hand teaches the heart.

I pray this helps.

Farid

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Nasheed Hub: Ya Talib al-Fana

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.ya talib al-fana

Ya Talib al-Fana (O You Who Seeks Annihilation Through Allah)

Ya Talib al-Fana, is the final poem in the series of the works of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib. It speaks to those who desire Allah fully.

The author begins by addressing the seekers directly, as “O you who seeks annihilation!” He then advises him to constantly be in remembrance of the name of Allah, devotedly and without distraction. If he makes Allah the object of his focus and devotion, all his other worries and concerns will be taken care of.

He then goes on to say that the seeker should make an effort to rid himself of distraction and other thoughts, since it will hinder him learning about Allah’s Divine Unity. The realisation of Allah’s Unity begins with remembrance of Allah and loving Him.

However, traversing the path cannot happen without a guide, and so the author congratulates the one who is able to find a living teacher. He mentions the qualities such a teacher must have: they must have devoted themselves completely to Allah, and made many nights prayers reciting His words.

Finally, the author says that all of our help comes from the Prophet, and sending blessings upon him, his family, and all those who call to him.

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About Nasheed Hub

Throughout the decades and civilisations of Islam, the vocal tradition, sometimes known as nasheed or devotional songs, were penned as a way of celebrating and giving thanks to Allah for the message of Islam, as well as for the Messenger himself.nahnu fi rawda
These nasheeds were a way for people to turn towards their Lord in joyful celebration, rather than stringent routine. They were also tools to spread the message of Islam in a non-confrontational way. These nasheeds were able to reach out to those who were alienated or indifferent to the religion and the Muslim community, as well as to teach children who were too young for academic study.
These nasheeds originating from all corners of the Muslim world – from West Africa to Malaysia, from Turkey to Great Britian – mirror their own culture but all carry a common thread: love of Allah and His Messenger.
This series will explore the different nasheeds, penned by some of the great historical Muslim figures, poets, and scholars.


 

Nasheed Hub: Bushra Lana

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of Nasheed or Islamic devotional songs.

Bushra Lana (Good News)

We don’t know what good news inspired the author to write this nasheed. However, Bushra Lana described attainting “our highest wish,” whereby all troubles end and wellbeing and joy comes forth.

We can only wonder what the author experienced. The safe return of a loved one thought to be lost for good? Some knowledge that was implemented allowed the author to be propelled to new heights? A vision of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace? A spiritual connection to Allah, a lifting of veils?bushra lana

We may assume that the author saw the Prophet in a vision. The song continues, telling the soul about the enjoyment of meeting, and telling the eye that it will seek comfort soon, all through the beauty of the Chosen One.

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About Nasheed Hub

Throughout the decades and civilizations of Islam, the vocal tradition, sometimes known as nasheed or devotional songs, were penned as a way of celebrating and giving thanks to Allah for the message of Islam, as well as for the Messenger himself.
These nasheeds were a way for people to turn towards their Lord in joyful celebration, rather than stringent routine. They were also tools to spread the message of Islam in a non-confrontational way. These nasheeds were able to reach out to those who were alienated or indifferent to the religion and the Muslim community, as well as to teach children who were too young for academic study.
These nasheeds originating from all corners of the Muslim world – from West Africa to Malaysia, from Turkey to Great Britian – mirror their own culture but all carry a common thread: love of Allah and His Messenger.
This series will explore the different nasheeds, penned by some of the great historical Muslim figures, poets, and scholars.


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The Homecoming of my Old Friend – Novid Shaid

The homecoming of my old friend.

By Novid Shaid, 2003

One day, a painful memory shook my heart,
My old friend had served me since my birth,
And I had cast him out onto the street,
Denying his undying faithfulness.
For my old friend was becoming wearisome,
Especially now I’d made new, trendy friends,
In these progressing times he seemed passé,
My friends would snigger at my companion.
So, I barged him out onto the lonely street
I slammed the door as he began reasoning,
I convinced myself he was an inconvenience,
I assured my friends I had forsaken him.
Many days and weeks passed gradually,
I felt the world vibrating at my feet,
His knocking had halted some time ago,
But still I knew he lingered there, outside.
So I threw off all my guilt and held my breath,
Then leapt into the mires of my desires.
I plunged in hordes of feigned relationships,
I hosted great, extravagant soirees,
Fleeting ecstasies were my preoccupations,
My house bulged with gatecrashers gushing in,
My heart sagged with intruders surging in.
Until one day, as I jigged around my room,
Encircled by my artificial friends,
They closed in on me, stifling my breast,
They pressured me to offer them my heart,
When a slow knock rocked against my door
Its reverberation left a thunderous roar,
My body trembled like a shaken leaf
From deep within arose familiarity,
I staggered to and fro, shielding my ears,
But still the knocks resounded, thundering.
And then the realisation struck me down,
My abandoned friend was waiting in the cold.
And as this certainty aroused my heart,
Tears of shame ran, searing my desires,
Each drop fell, and my heart was up in flames,
The intruders fled, shrieking in agony.
I moved towards the knocking on my door
The tense smiles of my friends stood in the way,
Attempting to divert my attention,
They promised untold pleasure if I stayed,
But when they realised I was intent
They grabbed my legs and fought to drag me back
Their wailed and cried revealing their dismay,
And I just kicked them off with bitterness.
And so I stood there, facing my front door
I turned and saw my friends gaping in horror,
I turned the handle with my quivering hand
My heart lamented as the door opened,
I dreaded facing him after so long,
I planned I’d throw myself before his feet,
When suddenly every single thing vanished
My house, my friends and nothing else remained.
And then I found myself not in my room
But on the lonely street, there, shivering
Before me stood a great, glistening door
It opened and my old friend emerged.
He covered me with warm, comforting robes
He wrapped me in His unifying glow,
He sheltered me from sorrow and the cold,
And I had been a homeless, wretched soul,
And by His love I’d finally returned home.

Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah is the English edition of the Shaykh’s famous book, ‘Ishq Ilahi.’ The book discusses basic principles of our love for Allah based on the Quran, Sunnah, and the noble tradition of our great scholars. Of note are the dozens of poems translated from Arabic and Urdu, which highlight the concepts discussed.

To purchase this book or the actual Urdu book “Ishq-e-Ilahi”, please visit Faqir Publications. To view or download PDF  versions of sections of this book, click on the links below.

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  • Chapter 1 – The Importance of Love for Allah Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 2 – The Effects of Love for Allah Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 3 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in this World Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 4 – A Comparison Between Love and Intellect Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 5 – True Love and Metaphorical Love Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 6 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah When Dying Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 7 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in Their Graves Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 8 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah on the Day of Judgment Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 9 – The Signs of a Sincere Lover Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 10 – Love for Allah in Present Times Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 11 – How to Attain Love for Allah Opens in a new window
  • Chapter 12 – The Difference Between a Murid and a Murad Opens in a new window

 

See: Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad