The Reasons Which Cause Mahabbah (Love) of Allâh – Ibn Al Qayyim (Rahimahullaah)

:IMahabbah (Love) of AllâhIbn Al Qayyim rahimahullâh – says

“The reasons which cause mahabbah of Allâh to develop, are ten

Firstly: Reciting the Qur‘ân, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent

Secondly
: Drawing closer to Allâh – the Most High – through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties

Thirdly
: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allâh, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs – under all circumstances
The more constant the dhikr, the more mahabbah develops and intensifies

Fourthly
: Giving precedence to what Allâh loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires

Fifthly
: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allâh

Sixthly
: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allâh – both the manifest and hidden

Seventhly
: To be humble and submissive before Allâh – and this is the greatest matter

Eightly
: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur‘ân, during that time in which Allâh descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allâh’s forgiveness and repenting to Him

.Ninthly: To sit in the gatherings of true and sincere lovers of Allâh, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefits others as well

Tenthly
: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allâh – the Mighty and Majestic
So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allâh and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.” [Madârijus-Sâlikîn (3/17-1

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Source: Foundations of True Faith : Love for Allah – Al-Ibaanah Magazine , Issue No.1 – By Shaykh ’Abdur-Rahmân ibn Hasan أ‚lush-Shaykh , Fathul-Majîd Sharh Kitâbit-Tawhîd (pp.470-473)