Love in the Quran – Love in the Qur’an
Can you please shed light on If love was mentioned in the Glrorious Quran or not.
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In the Quran there are 76 words “love», in several verses.
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[(5:54) O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.]
· In following the religion of Allah, in implementing His injunctions, in judging things to be either right or wrong according to the criteria of the faith, the believer will be afraid of nothing. He will be impervious to opposition, reproach, denunciation, name-calling and scorn. Even when public opinion happens to be hostile, and his efforts to follow Islam single him out for the scorn of the whole world, the man of faith will still follow the way which he recognizes in his heart to be true.
[(3:31) Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”]
· Condition “sine qua non” to be loved in feed-back, is to love Allah in a complete [total submission ] to Him (سبحانه وتعالى) ,which should pass thoroughly the following of the Sunna of the prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) .
[(9:24) Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”]
· The primacy of all love, first is to love Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) far away ,and then the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ),which leads a believer to martyrdom, to give his life for the cause of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) , however, the reward should be the most important of all.
Love has been mentioned in several places in the Glorious Quran
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1. Chapter (2:195)
وَاَنۡفِقُوۡا فِىۡ سَبِيۡلِ اللّٰهِ وَلَا تُلۡقُوۡا بِاَيۡدِيۡكُمۡ اِلَى التَّهۡلُكَةِ ۖ ۛۚ وَاَحۡسِنُوۡا ۛۚ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِيۡنَ
Spend in the way of Allah and do not put yourselves into destruction, and do good. Of course, Allah loves those who do good.
2. Chapter (2:222)
وَ يَسۡـــَٔلُوۡنَكَ عَنِ الۡمَحِيۡضِۙ قُلۡ هُوَ اَذًى فَاعۡتَزِلُوۡا النِّسَآءَ فِى الۡمَحِيۡضِۙ وَلَا تَقۡرَبُوۡهُنَّ حَتّٰى يَطۡهُرۡنَۚ فَاِذَا تَطَهَّرۡنَ فَاۡتُوۡهُنَّ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ اَمَرَكُمُ اللّٰهُؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِيۡنَ وَيُحِبُّ الۡمُتَطَهِّرِيۡنَ
They ask you about menstruation. Say: “It is an impurity. So, keep away from women during menstruation; and do not have intimacy with them until they are cleansed. But when they are cleansed, then go to them from where Allah has commanded you. Surely Allah loves those who are most repenting and loves those who keep themselves pure. (222)
3. Chapter (3:76)
بَلٰى مَنۡ اَوۡفٰى بِعَهۡدِهٖ وَاتَّقٰى فَاِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الۡمُتَّقِيۡنَ
Why (will they) not (be blamed)? Whoever fulfils his pledge and fears Allah, then, Allah loves the God-fearing.
4. Chapter (3:159)
فَبِمَا رَحۡمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ لِنۡتَ لَهُمۡۚ وَلَوۡ كُنۡتَ فَظًّا غَلِيۡظَ الۡقَلۡبِ لَانْفَضُّوۡا مِنۡ حَوۡلِكَ فَاعۡفُ عَنۡهُمۡ وَاسۡتَغۡفِرۡ لَهُمۡ وَشَاوِرۡهُمۡ فِى الۡاَمۡرِۚ فَاِذَا عَزَمۡتَ فَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى اللّٰهِؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الۡمُتَوَكِّلِيۡنَ
So, (O Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek Forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him
5. Chapter (5:13)
بِمَا نَقۡضِهِمۡ مِّيۡثَاقَهُمۡ لَعَنّٰهُمۡ وَجَعَلۡنَا قُلُوۡبَهُمۡ قٰسِيَةً ۚ يُحَرِّفُوۡنَ الۡـكَلِمَ عَنۡ مَّوَاضِعِهٖۙ وَنَسُوۡا حَظًّا مِّمَّا ذُكِّرُوۡا بِهٖۚ وَلَا تَزَالُ تَطَّلِعُ عَلٰى خَآٮِٕنَةٍ مِّنۡهُمۡ اِلَّا قَلِيۡلًا مِّنۡهُمۡ فَاعۡفُ عَنۡهُمۡ وَاصۡفَحۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ
So, because they broke their pledge, we cursed them and made their hearts hardened. They change words from their places, and they have overlooked a good deal of the Advice they were given. Every now and then you come across a certain treachery from all of them, except a few. So, forgive them and forego. Indeed, Allah loves those who are good in deeds
6. Chapter (5:42)
سَمّٰعُوۡنَ لِلۡكَذِبِ اَ كّٰلُوۡنَ لِلسُّحۡتِؕ فَاِنۡ جَآءُوۡكَ فَاحۡكُمۡ بَيۡنَهُمۡ اَوۡ اَعۡرِضۡ عَنۡهُمۡ ۚ وَاِنۡ تُعۡرِضۡ عَنۡهُمۡ فَلَنۡ يَّضُرُّوۡكَ شَيۡــًٔـا ؕ وَاِنۡ حَكَمۡتَ فَاحۡكُمۡ بَيۡنَهُمۡ بِالۡقِسۡطِ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ
They are listeners to the fallacy, devourers of the unlawful. So, if they come to you, judge between them or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they can do you no harm. But if you judge, judge between them with justice. Surely, Allah loves those who do justice.
7. Chapter (9:4)
اِلَّا الَّذِيۡنَ عَاهَدتُّمۡ مِّنَ الۡمُشۡرِكِيۡنَ ثُمَّ لَمۡ يَنۡقُصُوۡكُمۡ شَيۡـًٔـا وَّلَمۡ يُظَاهِرُوۡا عَلَيۡكُمۡ اَحَدًا فَاَتِمُّوۡۤا اِلَيۡهِمۡ عَهۡدَهُمۡ اِلٰى مُدَّتِهِمۡؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ
Except those of the Mushriks with whom you have a treaty, and they were not deficient (in fulfilling the treaty) with you and did not back up any one against you. So fulfill the treaty with them up to their term. Surely, Allah loves the God-fearing.
8. Chapter (9:7)
كيۡفَ يَكُوۡنُ لِلۡمُشۡرِكِيۡنَ عَهۡدٌ عِنۡدَ اللّٰهِ وَعِنۡدَ رَسُوۡلِهٖۤ اِلَّا الَّذِيۡنَ عَاهَدتُّمۡ عِنۡدَ الۡمَسۡجِدِ الۡحَـرَامِ ۚ فَمَا اسۡتَقَامُوۡا لَـكُمۡ فَاسۡتَقِيۡمُوۡا لَهُمۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ
How can the Mushriks have a treaty with Allah and His Messenger? Except those with whom you made a treaty near Al-Masjid-ul-Haram. Then, as long as they remain straight with you, you too remain straight with them. Surely, Allah loves the God-fearing.
9. Chapter (49:9)
وَاِنۡ طَآٮِٕفَتٰينِ مِنَ الۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ اقۡتَتَلُوۡا فَاَصۡلِحُوۡا بَيۡنَهُمَاۚ فَاِنۡۢ بَغَتۡ اِحۡدٰٮهُمَا عَلَى الۡاُخۡرٰى فَقَاتِلُوا الَّتِىۡ تَبۡغِىۡ حَتّٰى تَفِىۡٓءَ اِلٰٓى اَمۡرِ اللّٰهِ ۚ فَاِنۡ فَآءَتۡ فَاَصۡلِحُوۡا بَيۡنَهُمَا بِالۡعَدۡلِ وَاَقۡسِطُوۡا ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الۡمُقۡسِطِيۡنَ
If two groups of the believers fight each other, seek reconciliation between them. And if one of them commits aggression against the other, fight the one that commits aggression until it comes back to Allah’s command. So if it comes back, seek reconciliation between them with fairness, and maintain justice. Surely Allah loves those who maintain justice.
10. Chapter (60:8)
لا يَنۡهٰٮكُمُ اللّٰهُ عَنِ الَّذِيۡنَ لَمۡ يُقَاتِلُوۡكُمۡ فِى الدِّيۡنِ وَلَمۡ يُخۡرِجُوۡكُمۡ مِّنۡ دِيَارِكُمۡ اَنۡ تَبَرُّوۡهُمۡ وَ تُقۡسِطُوۡۤا اِلَيۡهِمۡؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الۡمُقۡسِطِيۡنَ
Allah does not forbid you as regards those who did not fight you on account of faith, and did not expel you from your homes, that you do good to them, and deal justly with them. Surely Allah loves those who maintain justice.
11. Chapter (61:4)
اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُحِبُّ الَّذِيۡنَ يُقَاتِلُوۡنَ فِىۡ سَبِيۡلِهٖ صَفًّا كَاَنَّهُمۡ بُنۡيَانٌ مَّرۡصُوۡصٌ
Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way in firm rows, as if they were solid edifice.
Wallahu Yuhibb MEANING: And Allah LOVES the….
1. Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) [3:134]
الَّذِيۡنَ يُنۡفِقُوۡنَ فِى السَّرَّآءِ وَالضَّرَّآءِ وَالۡكٰظِمِيۡنَ الۡغَيۡظَ وَالۡعَافِيۡنَ عَنِ النَّاسِؕ وَاللّٰهُ يُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِيۡنَۚ
The ones who spend (for Allah’s sake) in prosperity and adversity, and those who control anger and forgive people. And Allah loves those who are good in their deeds. (134)
2. Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) [3:146]
وَكَاَيِّنۡ مِّنۡ نَّبِىٍّ قٰتَلَ ۙ مَعَهٗ رِبِّيُّوۡنَ كَثِيۡرٌ ۚ فَمَا وَهَنُوۡا لِمَاۤ اَصَابَهُمۡ فِىۡ سَبِيۡلِ اللّٰهِ وَمَا ضَعُفُوۡا وَمَا اسۡتَكَانُوۡا ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يُحِبُّ الصّٰبِرِيۡنَ
There have been many prophets with whom many men of Allah have fought; they did not lose heart for what they suffered in the way of Allah, nor did they become weak, nor did they yield. Allah loves the steadfast, (146)
3. Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) [3:148]
فَاٰتٰٮهُمُ اللّٰهُ ثَوَابَ الدُّنۡيَا وَحُسۡنَ ثَوَابِ الۡاٰخِرَةِ ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِيۡنَ
So, Allah gave them the return in this world and also the better rewards in the Hereafter. Allah loves those who do good, (148)
4. Al-Ma’idah (The Table Spread) [5:93]
لَـيۡسَ عَلَى الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَعَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ جُنَاحٌ فِيۡمَا طَعِمُوۡۤا اِذَا مَا اتَّقَوا وَّاٰمَنُوۡا وَعَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ ثُمَّ اتَّقَوا وَّاٰمَنُوۡا ثُمَّ اتَّقَوا وَّاَحۡسَنُوۡا ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِيۡنَ
There is no sin, for those who believe and do good deeds, in what they might have partaken earlier, if they fear Allah, and believe, and do good deeds; and again fear Allah, and believe, and still again fear Allah and do good deeds. Allah loves those who are good in their deeds, (93)
5. At-Tauba (The Repentance) [9:108]
لَا تَقُمۡ فِيۡهِ اَبَدًا ؕ لَمَسۡجِدٌ اُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقۡوٰى مِنۡ اَوَّلِ يَوۡمٍ اَحَقُّ اَنۡ تَقُوۡمَ فِيۡهِؕ فِيۡهِ رِجَالٌ يُّحِبُّوۡنَ اَنۡ يَّتَطَهَّرُوۡا ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يُحِبُّ الۡمُطَّهِّرِيۡنَ
Do not ever stand there (in prayer). In fact, the mosque that was founded on Taqwa (piety) from the very first day has greater right that you stand in it. In it there are people who like to observe purity; and Allah loves those observing purity, (108)
We also refer to the Quran to find meaning in every aspect of our lives. Allah s.w.t. says in the Quran:
كِتابٌ أَنزَلناهُ إِلَيكَ مُبارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّروا آياتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الأَلبابِ
(This is) a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, (Oh Muhammad), so that they may contemplate its verses, and people of reason may be mindful.
(Surah Sad, 38:29)
One of the reminders that can be found is the meaning of love. Love is widely mentioned in the Quran in many ways, such as the Divine qualities of Allah s.w.t. in multiple verses: Al-Ra-uuf (The kind), Al-Wali (The Protecting Friend), Al-Lateef (The Gentle), Al-Ghafur (The Forgiving), Ar-Rahim (The Merciful), Al-Wadud (The Affectionate Loving), just to name a few.
Here, love is not merely described as an action but also as one of the Divine Names of Allah s.w.t – Al-Wadud. Other Divine Names mentioned also imply the meaning of love. This tells us that love plays a very significant part, not just in the lives of human beings, but also in the whole of creation. Allah s.w.t. says in the Quran:
وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ
and My Mercy encompasses everything
(Surah Al-A’raf, 7:156)
Love is a gift from The Creator for His creation. It is put into the hearts of humankind and brings joy to the soul. Love is the reason life continues to blossom. It is, for the human experience; a feeling of deep affection that may inspire commitment and sacrifice.
For example, parents love their children so much that they strive to give them the best that they can. To a parent, just seeing the smile on their children’s faces is enough to make them happy. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. also showed love and mercy towards children.
Love comes in many forms. It is part of human nature for a person to develop love for wealth, ambitions, spouse and children, but the highest form of love is to love of Allah s.w.t. Everything that we do in this world should be aligned with the intention to attain Allah’s pleasure.
The Quran acknowledges these different forms of love. Allah s.w.t. reminds us in the Quran:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّه
Still, there are some who take others as Allah’s equal—they love them as they should love Allah—but the believers love Allah even more.
(Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:165)
In other words, love for others does not necessarily have to contradict with Allah’s love, as long as we love others for the sake of Allah s.w.t and in accordance to His pleasure. However, there are other forms of love that are warned to us by Allah s.w.t. These are the bad and prohibited ones, such as love for adultery and false deities.
As we all strive to love Allah s.w.t, the guide that we are given to persue that love; is the life and teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
For example, one of the ways to attain the ultimate love, taught by the Prophet s.a.w, is to love one another. In a Hadith, The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said,
“You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? give greetings (peace) amongst yourselves.”
Here are some of the verses in the Quran which tells us about love and compassion:
1) Quran verse showing Allah s.w.t’s love for us
There are always good days and bad days. While we are able to be grateful when we’re feeling joy, let us not forget the blessings of Allah in times of distress too. It is important to remind ourselves that Allah s.w.t. is always there for us and even if we might be feeling our low, there is always something to thank Allah for.
وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
And if you should count the favours of Allah, you would never be able to number them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful
(Surah An-Nahl, 16:18)
To worship Allah while having gratitude in our hearts is one of the most fulfilling experiences in life. When we look at our lives and the wonders of the universe, we will definitely see that there is a Divine presence amidst this amazingly intelligent design in creation.
2) Quran verse on attaining Allah’s love
Although Allah’s love is extended throughout creation, there are some people with positive characteristics that are specifically praised by Allah s.w.t. They are mentioned in the Quran such as; Al-Mutawakkilin (Those who rely on Allah), As-Sabirin (Those who are patient), Al-Muttaqin (Those who are mindful of Allah), At-Tawwabin (Those who repent).
Allah s.w.t. also mentions His Love for those who do good:
وَأَنفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ ۛ وَأَحْسِنُوا ۛ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Spend the cause of Allah and do not contribute to your destruction with your own hands, but do good, for Allah loves those who do good (virtuous)
(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:195)
To attain a fellow human being’s love, we generally do the things that he or she loves and avoid that which he or she hates. Allah’s love is far greater than the love any human being can manifest; in fact, it is the greatest love that we can attain.
3) Quran verse about Prophet’s love for the believers
The paragon of virtue and beauty, our beloved Prophet s.a.w. is the key to understand and attain Allah’s love. Through his teachings, we understand Islam. Through his life examples, we achieve Divine Love. He loves us even if we might not meet each other in this world. Allah s.w.t. attested this in the Quran:
لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
There certainly has come to you a messenger from among yourselves. He is concerned by your suffering, anxious for your well-being, and gracious and merciful to the believers
(Surah At-Tawbah, 9:128)
4) Quran verse about soulmates
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا
O mankind, be mindful of your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed, Allah is ever, over you, an Observer
(Surah An-Nisa 4:1)
Every human being is created from a soul which was then dispersed into men and women. Therefore, to each is his or her own mate, where some might refer to it as a soulmate.
5) Quran verse about affection, mercy and tranquillity in and between partners
وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُمْ مَوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed, that are signs for people who give thought
(Surah Ar-Rum 30:21)
After marriage, partners tend to show sound affection and mercy to one another. This includes forgiving the other and becoming patient in facing challenges ahead. It is as clearly mentioned in the Quran that men can find tranquillity in women who are their soulmates and vice versa.
6) Quran verse about comfort, chastity and protection in a partner
هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ۬ لَّكُمۡ وَأَنتُمۡ لِبَاسٌ۬ لَّهُنَّ
Your spouses are a garment (comfort, chastity, and protection) for you as you are for them
(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:187)
The literal meaning of ‘libas’ as stated in the above verse means clothing. Clothes cover our flaws and defects, protect us from external harm and it surely compliments the way we look. Likewise, spouses cover defects and protect one another from any harm. Spouses also beautify one another, leading to joy and comfort.
Love is truly an amazing gift. There are many verses in the Quran which Allah states what He loves and what He doesn’t.
Apart from that, Allah s.w.t. also specified those that do not receive His Love. Such as the verse:
لَا جَرَمَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يُسِرُّونَ وَمَا يُعْلِنُونَ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ
Without a doubt, Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal. He certainly does not love those who are too proud (Arrogant)
(Surah An-Nahl, 16:23)
After all, the Quran is the book of revelation from Allah s.w.t from which we refer to for reminders about many things, including love. Indeed it is guidance from The Most Merciful, Most Loving.
Allah Almighty knows Best.