Hadrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (R.A) has written that obtaining the love of Allah Ta’ala is not within one’s control but adopting the various means which will assist one in acquiring the love of Allah Ta’ala is within one’s control. We should do that which is within our ability and leave the remainder to Allah Ta’ala. There are 5 actions that will assist one in acquiring the love of Allah Ta’ala.
1.Engage in the Zikr (remembrance) of Allah Ta’ala excessively.
Hadrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Hamid Saheb mentions, “when the Zikr of Allah is omitted then the soul suffers from starvation”.
2. Continuously contemplate over the bounties of Allah Ta’ala upon us and the manner in which we deal with our creator.
3. Establish a relationship with a friend of Allah (Allah wala).
4. Constantly obey the commands of Allah Ta’ala.
5. Beseech Allah Ta’ala to bless us with his love. (Tarbiyatus-Saalik pg.214 Vol.1)
Hadrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (D.B) explains, “if a person continuously makes an effort to acquire the love of Allah Ta’ala yet does not attain his goal, he will be included amongst the lovers of Allah Ta’ala on the day of Qiyamah. There are many such examples in our Deen.
A person undertakes a journey to perform Haj but passes away whilst travelling to Makkah Mukarrama then he will receive the reward of performing Haj and an angel will be appointed to perform Haj on behalf of this person every year till the day of Qiyamah.
A student commenced memorising the Quraan but passes away whilst committing the Quraan to memory, such a student will be raised amongst the Huffaz on the day of Qiyamah.
Similarly, in acquiring the love of Allah Ta’ala one should continue striving until he meets his creator.
May Allah give us all the ability to acquire his love.
(Moulana, Hafiz) Muzammil Ayub Kara (Lewisham)