13- Accompanying those who truly love Allaah The Almighty:
According to Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, the causes of love for Allaah The Almighty include, “Sitting with those who truly love Allaah The Almighty, picking up the best of their words, like picking up the ripest fruits, and refraining from talking unless you are certain that your speech will most likely be beneficial to you and to others.”
The speech of such people softens hard hearts and fills dry eyes with tears; these people have known Allaah The Almighty and tasted the sweetness of true happiness and deep faith. Hence, they expressed this deep and overwhelming feeling in different ways. For example, they said:
- If the kings and sons of kings knew what joy we experience, they would fight us for it with their swords. [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’]
- Sometimes, I feel something in my heart that makes me say, “If the people in Paradise experience this condition, then they have a good life.”
- Sometimes the heart experiences certain feelings that fill it with delight out of love for and closeness with Allaah The Almighty.
- The heedless people are poor; they depart from this world without tasting the best thing in it (i.e. the love of Allaah The Almighty).
Listen to them with your heart and try to live these pure moments with Allaah The Almighty and you will see amazing results.
- Hakeem ibn Hizaam, may Allaah have mercy upon him, used to perform Tawaaf while repeating, “There is none truly worthy of worship but Allaah. He is The Best Lord and God. I love and fear Him.”
- Musma‘ ibn ‘Aasim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “I once heard a Bahraini worshipper saying at late night, ‘O apple of my eye and delight of my heart! What did I commit [for You] to disregard me, O Granter of uprightness?’ He screamed and wept, and then called out, ‘Blessed are the hearts that were filled with Your awe, and dominated by Your love; Your love prevents one from any delight other than intimate conversation with You and diligence in Your service, and Your awe prevents one from committing any sin for fear of Your Wrath.’ He then wept again.”
- Dhaygham ibn Maalik, may Allaah have mercy upon him, used to say while prostrating, “My Lord, how did the hearts of people turn away from You?” Whenever he would suffer from carelessness, he would perform Ghusl (ritual bath), enter his house, and shut the door. Then he would say, “My Lord, here I am at Your service,” and resume his bowing and prostration.
- Another one of them would say, “My Lord, I am thirsty for Your love and I will never be satisfied. I am a hungry slave who will never have enough of the love of my Lord. “
- ‘Utbah Al-Ghulaam, may Allaah have mercy upon him, used to spend the whole night praying and prostrating while saying nothing but, “If You torture me, I love You. If You have mercy upon me, I too love You.”
He also used to say, “Glory be to The Mighty Lord of heaven, the lover is in real trouble.”
O Allaah! Do not make us from those who supplicate only with their tongues while their hearts are absent. O Allaah! You are the dearest thing to us; so, do not make us the least significant things in Your sight.