Those who want to taste the sweetness of Iman

Anas bin Malik (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman: To love Allah and His Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to hate returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would hate to be thrown into the fire (of Hell).”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

  1. In this Hadith, the love of Allah signifies the sweetness of Iman.
  2. ┬áThe love of Allah and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is the cornerstone of the Faith. When it is said that this love should exceed one’s love for everything else in the universe, it means that what is enjoined by Allah and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) must be given preference over everything else, whether it is love for the wife, children, worldly interests, desires or whims. When there is a clash between the two, the former should be given preference over the latter.

And Allah Knows Best!

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