Love comes from the Arabic word Hubb made up of two alphabets Ha and Ba. These two represent secrets. If you combine the two secrets, you get Love.
Ha means hayyat or life. Ba means baqa, subsistence or always being in existent. So love is not just here in this life. It was there before and it will still be there after this dunya.
From Day One when Allah gave us hayyat/soul, that's when He gave us Love. Love came to be when we were asked "Alastu birabbikum?" (Am I not your Lord?) and we answered "Bala!" (Yes).
Love exists ever since.
- Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (Singapore, 11 October 2009)