Ways to attain the love of Allaah!

1. Reading the Qur'aan, pondering over it and understanding it with its intended meanings.

2. Drawing closer to Allaah with the nawaafil (supererogatory acts of worship) after the [fulfillment of the] obligatory acts.

3. Constant remembrance of Allaah in all situations with the tongue, the heart, and the action [of the limbs].

4. Preferring that which Allaah loves over what the servant loves when the fulfillment of the two conflict.

5. Contemplation over the Names and Attributes of Allaah and what they indicate [of His] perfection and magnificence. And also [contemplating over] what they contain from praiseworthy implications.

6. Contemplation over both the hidden and apparent blessings of Allaah, while bearing witness to His kindness, favor, and distribution of His grace upon His servants.

7. Humbling oneself and wholly submitting to Allaah while admitting one's dire need of Him.

8. Seclusion with Allaah at the time of His Divine descent [that is befitting of His perfection and glory] in the last third of the night. And reciting the Qur'aan at this time and concluding it by making tawbah (repentance) and istighfaar (seeking forgiveness).

9. Sitting with the people of goodness and integrity, those who love Allaah, and benefiting from their speech.

10. Distancing oneself from any distracting means that would hinder the heart from Allaah [and His remembrance]. (Reference: Al-Irshaad Ila Sahih Al-I'tiqaad pg.77)

Abu Hurairah (May Allaah be pleased with him) narrated: Allaah's Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "If Allaah loves a person, He calls Jibreel ('Alayhissalaam), saying, 'Allaah loves so and so, O Jibreel love him' So Jibreel would love him and then would make an announcement in the Heavens: 'Allaah has loved so and so therefore you should love him also. So all the dwellers of the Heavens would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth."

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 7485

In-book reference: Book 97, Hadith 111 USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 9, Book 93, Hadith 577)

So strive hard to attain the love of Him!

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