Sunday, January 10, 2010

True lover


The Lord of Truth (Almighty and glorious is He) loves you
not because He has any need of you,
but as mercy to you,
so He loves you for your sake,
not for His own.
He loves your obedience to Him
because the benefit from it accrues to you.
You must give your attention and interest to
anyone who loves you for your sake,
and avoid anyone who loves you for his own.
- Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
FROM: The Sublime Revelation. Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland.

O son, thank God, I'd avoided all the foolish men who wanted to love me for their own sake. Men who were always asking 'What is in it for me?' Don't be surprise, there are men who would do anything to exact vengeance for failing to win a person's love. To these half-man cowards I say: 'I leave my affairs to Al-Muntaqim', while I rejoice in true Love. Love that liberates the soul and not imprison it. The awliya are inheritors of this true Love, so I love them, truly! When you love, O son, be a gentleman and love like an areef.


  1. Assalamualaikum (wbt),

    After the Prophet sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam passed away, Abu Idrees Al Khawlanee (d. 80 AH/699-700 CE) in Dimishq (Damascus), went to Masjid Al-Kabeer. In the masjid he saw a group of people sitting around one man. He described the man as smiling very much and people were sitting around him asking questions. So Abu Idrees Al-Khawlanee asked, “Who is this man?”

    They answered, “That is Muadh Ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhu, the companion of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.”

    The next day Abu Idrees Al-Khawlanee came to the masjid early in the morning, before Salaatul Fajr, thinking he was the first one to enter the masjid. But there he found Mu’adh Ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhu praying in the masjid before salah. So Abu Idrees came to Mu’adh and sat behind him and waited for him to complete his prayer. After Mu’adh completed his prayer, Abu Idrees went to him and said, “Oh Mu’adh! I love you for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala!”

    Mu’adh Ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhu pulled Abu Idrees closer and he asked him,“Aal la hu Lillah (By Allah do you love me only for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala?)”

    Abu Idrees replied, “Yes!”

    At this Mu’adh Ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhu smiled and pulled him closer and said to him, “Let me give you good news, for verily I heard the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam say, ‘Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala said, “Wajabat Muhabbati Li Mutahaabina fiya (My love is wajib upon those who love for my sake.’


  2. Salam,

    "When you love, O son, be a gentleman and love like an areef."
    :) I want to be a gentlemman,how to love like an areef ?

  3. An areefbillah would and should know. Wallahu a'lam.