Thursday, August 21, 2014
Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatahu

QUALITIES ALLAH LOVES & HATES

 

In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"

 Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

 Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

   As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

1) 17 Qualities That Allah Loves

1) Patience:
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“And Allah loves as-Sâbirun (the patient).” (Surah Imran 3:146)

2) Justice and Dealing with Equity:
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“O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is informed of what ye do.” (Surah Maeda 5:8)

3) Putting Trust in Allah:
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“Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Surah Imran 3:159)

4) Kindness:
Ayesha (RA) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (SAW ) said: “Allah
loves kindness in all matters.” (Bukhari)

5) Repentance:
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“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance.” (Surah Baqarah 2:222)

6) Piety:
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“Verily, then Allah loves those who are al-Muttaqun (the pious).” (Surah Imran 3:76)

7) Good-doing:
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“Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” (Surah Baqarah 2:195)

8) Purification:
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“And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.” (Surah Tawbah 9:108)

9) Humility of the Rich:
Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) said:
“Allah loves the believer who is pious and rich, but does not show off.” (Muslim)

10) Belief and Work:
Al-Tabarâni narrated: Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) said:
“Allah loves the slave who believes and acquires a career (or work).”

11) A sense of Honour:
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) said:
“Allah loves from amongst his slaves, the one who has a sense of zeal or honour.”

12) Magnanimity:
Al-Hakim narrated: The Messenger of Allah (SAW ) said:
“ Allah is All-Generous and He loves generosity in sale, purchase and judgment.”

13) Virtuosity:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW)said:
“Allah loves the believer who is poor but virtuous enough to refrain from begging though he has many children.” (Muslim and Ahmed)

14) Strength:
Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) said:
“The strong believer is better and more loved by Allah than the weak one, but they are both good.” (Muslim)

15) Love for the Sake of Allah:
Al-Tabarâni, Ibn Ya’lâ, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim narrated: Allah’s Messenger
(SAW ) said:
“If two individuals love each other for the sake of Allah, the stronger in love to his brother will be more loved by Allah.”

16) Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds:
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:
“The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

17) Good Manners and Conduct:

Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant.”

Love of Allah is the basis of worship that should be directed to Him alone. Any other love should be for his sake too. The real love of Allah is to do whatever He ordained and to abandon whatever He forbade, in addition to Following Rasulullah (SAW)’s Sunnah. Whoever obeys someone or something other than Allah and His Messenger (SAW), or
follows any saying other than theirs, or fears other than Allah or seeks the pleasure of other than Allah, or puts his trust in other than Him, does not love Allah, nor does he love His Messenger (SAW). Muslims should also love one another and wish the best for one another. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “One will not be a true believer unless he loves for his brother what be loves for himself.” (Bukhari)

2) THE QUALITIES THAT ALLAH HATES/DISLIKES

 1. Israaf (extravagance) 

"But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters (Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance))." (Surah Al An'am 6:141)

 Excessive spending and lavishness in everything is the core of evil and leads to greater evil. It makes one forget the hereafter and preparing for it. Such acts would be a cause of humiliation and disgrace on the Day of Judgment.

That is why Almighty Allah has prescribed zakah (obligatory alms) and sadaqah (voluntary charity) in order to bless the wealth and to curb extravagance in eating, drinking, clothing and in everything we do.

 2. Istikbaar (Pride) 

"verily He loveth not the arrogant (proud)." (Surah Al Nahl 16:23)

And the Prophet says,

"Pride is to completely disregard the truth and scorn (looking down upon) the people" (Muslim)

Sometimes a person might be deceived by his/ her knowledge, wealth and property, lineage and ancestry, or worship and be arrogant and boastful.

Al-Hasan Al-Basri advised that: "Do not become proud merely because you worship often, for consider what happened to Iblis after he spent a great deal of time worshipping" (Gems and jewels – wise sayings, interesting events & moral lessons from the Islamic history, compiled by Abdul-Malik Mujahid (Darussalam))

Pride is among the greatest means of damage to a person's wealth and circumstances. It distances one away from Allah's love and "He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter paradise." (Sahih Muslim, Book #001, Hadith #0166)

 3. Mukhtal fakhoor (Arrogant boaster) 

"for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster." (Surah Luqman 31:18) 

Being arrogant and boastful are a deadly combination – beauty, knowledge, wealth and noble lineage should be taken as gifts from Almighty Allah and one should be humble and grateful for them rather than make them a means of pride and oppression.

Servants of Allah cannot be true to themselves as long as they are flattering themselves, walking in an arrogant manner and looking down on people who are inferior to them and not mix with them. The one who is arrogant in this world will be disgraced on the Day of Judgment.

Prophet Muhammad says, "The arrogant will be gathered on the Day of Judgment in the form of small ants. Humiliation will surround them from everywhere." (At-Tirmidhi)

 4. Udwaan (Transgression) 

"for Allah loveth not those given to excess (Transgression)." (Surah Al Ma'idah 5:87) 

Human characteristics have limitations, which if surpassed would be transgression and if one falls short of it, it would be a defect – for example, generosity has a limitation, when surpassed, it becomes extravagance, when courage is surpassed, it becomes rashness; when ibadah (worship) is surpassed, one falls into the risk of adopting bid’ah - some of the Companions almost fell into this trap.

 Narrated by Anas bin Malik: "A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet asking how the Prophet worshipped (Allah), and when they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, "Where are we from the Prophet as his past and future sins have been forgiven." Then one of them said, "I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever." The other said, "I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast." The third said, "I will keep away from the women and will not marry forever." Allah's Apostle came to them and said, "Are you the same people who said so-and-so? By Allah, I am more submissive to Allah and more afraid of Him than you; yet I fast and break my fast, I do sleep and I also marry women. So he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers)."" (Sahih Bukhari, Book #62, Hadith #1) 

Therefore, moderation is the best way to deal with all matters – it is not to exaggerate and make it hard for ourselves by prohibiting the permissible things. And not to transgress the limits by excessively indulging in the permissible matters but rather we should only use what satisfies our need and not fall into extravagance.

 5. Zulm (Evil, wrongdoing)

"but God loveth not those who do wrong (Zalimun (oppressors, polytheists and wrong doers))." (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:57)

This is a reprehensible trait whose existence spoils the Iman and darkens the heart. The wrongdoers are those who have chosen the tempting transient life instead of the hereafter. All acts of wrongdoing such as stealing, breach of trust, embezzlement, usurping the rights of others, and bribery, have serious consequences in the hereafter.

In a Hadith, Abu Dharr reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: "My servants, I have made oppression unlawful for Me and unlawful for you, so do not commit oppression against one another." (Sahih Muslim, Book #032, Hadith #6246)

 6. Khiyaanah (deceitfulness)

"for Allah loveth not the treacherous." (Surah Al Anfal 8:58)

The treacherous one is two-faced and inconsistent in words and deeds. Acts of treachery lead to betrayal, disloyalty, perfidy, deception and hypocrisy which in turn soil the Iman.

 7. Ifsaad (Mischief-making) 

"And Allah loveth not those who do mischief." (Surah Al Ma'idah 5:64)

This is a comprehensive term which includes great crimes, sins, oppression, carrying false tales, hypocrisy, tyranny and all kinds of mischief. All these acts are despicable and stain the Iman.

Hasten today to adopt the qualities that Almighty Allah loves and don't rest until they become second nature to you; hasten today to abandon all the qualities Allah does not love and don't relent until you hate them with all your heart. The Prophet said: "Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts." (Al-Haakim in Al-Mustadrak and Al-Haythami in Majma Az-Zawaa'id)

 Therefore the key is supplication, resorting to Allah and sincere desire to please Him followed by action, so we say,

"O Allah make Iman beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts."

 8. Publicity of Evil

"Allah does not like that evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower." (4:148)

This is very commong in our Ummah now, people commit sins openly and also when they do certain sins people dont know about they come and announce it with pride these people call upon Allah's wrath is a dangerous thing to do.

 9. Obscene words and acts

Ahmed narrated: Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said:"Allah hates obscene words and acts."

Again one of the most common disease our Ummah is suffering from. They use obscene language and think they are cool or just for fun.

 10. Treachery

"Verily, Allah likes not any treacherous ingrate to Allah [those who disobey Allah but obey Satan]." (22:38)

 11. Oppression

"Verily, He likes not the Thalimun (oppressors, polytheists, and wrongdoers)." (42:40)

 12. Corruption

"And Allah likes not mischief."  (2:205)

 13. Betrayal

"Verily, Allah does not like anyone who is a betrayer, a sinner."  (4:107)

 14. Exultance for Worldly Desires

"Verily, Allah likes not those who exult (with riches, being ungrateful to Allah)." (28:76)

 The remedy for all these diseases is the love of Allah Almighty, His Messenger (pbuh) and the Pleasures of the Hereafter. Allah's love has many fruits and positive consequences, namely, Allah gives whoever loves contentment and satisfaction and this is one of the graces of Allah in this world. Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said:

" If Allah loves someone He calls Gabriel (the angel) and says: I love so-and-so, so you love him. Gabriel loves him, and calls the other angels in Heaven to love that person. They love him, then his love will be made upon earth, and he becomes loved. And if Allah hates someone He calls Gabriel and says: I hate so-and-so and you hate him. Gabriel hates him and calls the angels in Heaven and says: Allah hates so-and-so, so you all hate him. They all hate him, and his hatred is made upon earth and he becomes hated." (Muslim)

  

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