Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has told us everything we need to know in order to please Him and earn Paradise in His book, the Quran. All we need to do is follow the teachings of the Quran and its explanations and manifestations in the Prophet’s (saws) teachings.
Among the many things which we can do to please Allah (swt), there are some which He especially highlights as things He loves and things He doesn’t love. One of the most powerful ways of earning Allah’s pleasure is to do the things He loves and avoid at all costs the things He hates. Therefore let us look at some of these things.
Things Allah Loves
وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ
And Allah loves as-Sâbirun (the patient). [3:146]
Patience is a quality needed in every aspect of our lives. It is needed in obeying Allah’s commands and staying away from evil when we’re most tempted. It is needed in adversity, and it is needed in prosperity – in order to control ourselves from indulging in excesses. Therefore, it is a highly praiseworthy quality and one that Allah Himself says that He loves.
ا ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ
For Allah loves those who are fair (and just). [49:9]
Allah Himself is The Just, and He loves those who do justice towards others.
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). [3:159]
One of Allah’s names is Al Wakeel, and we acknowledge that by putting our trust in Him.
The prophet (saws) said,
إِنَّ اللَّهَ رَفِيقٌ يُحِبُّ الرِّفْقَ وَيُعْطِي عَلَيْهِ مَا لاَ يُعْطِي عَلَى الْعُنْفِ
Allah is Gentle and loves gentleness, and He grants reward for it that He does not grant for harshness. [ibn Majah]
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلتَّوَّٲبِينَ
Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance. [2:222]
The Prophet (saws) said, If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by another people who have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah, and He would have granted them pardon. [Sahih Muslim]
Prayer at its proper time
Narrated Al-Walid bin ‘Aizar:
I heard Abi `Amr ‘Ash-Shaibani saying, “The owner of this house.” he pointed to `Abdullah’s house, “said, I asked the Prophet (ﷺ) ‘Which deed is loved most by Allah?” He replied, ‘To offer prayers at their early (very first) stated times.’ ” `Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “To be good and dutiful to one’s parents,” `Abdullah asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” The Prophet said, To participate in Jihad for Allah’s Cause.” [Bukhari]
Things Allah Doesn’t Love
Islam encourages moderation in every matter. Allah said,
ۚ كُلُوا مِن ثَمَرِهِ إِذَا أَثْمَرَ وَآتُوا حَقَّهُ يَوْمَ حَصَادِهِ ۖ وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ
. . . Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and give its due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess. [ 6:141]
2. Pride and Arrogance
Verily He loves not the arrogant (proud). [Surah Al Nahl 16:23]
For Allah loves not any arrogant boaster. [Surah Luqman 31:18]
The Prophet (saws) said, ‘No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter the Garden.’ [Sahih Muslim]
Allah Himself is Al Mutakabbir. Istikbar in human beings is akin to competing with Allah in His attribute. That’s why Allah said in a hadith Qudsi: Pride is my cloak and majesty is my lower garment, and I shall throw him who view with me regarding one of them into Hell. [Abu Dawud]
Transgressing the boundaries which Allah has set for us is harmful for ourselves and others around us.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُحَرِّمُوا طَيِّبَاتِ مَا أَحَلَّ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَلَا تَعْتَدُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ
O you who have believed, do not prohibit the good things which Allah has made lawful to you and do not transgress. Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors. [5:87]
Dhulm can be done to other people or to our own selves. Transgressing the limits set by Allah amounts to oppressing ourselves.
وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ فَيُوَفِّيهِمْ أُجُورَهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ
But as for those who believed and did righteous deeds, He will give them in full their rewards, and Allah does not like the wrongdoers. [3:57]
The Prophet (saws) said,
إِنَّ اَللَّهَ يُبْغِضُ اَلْفَاحِشَ اَلْبَذِيءَ
Allah hates the profligate and the obscene. [Tirmidhi]
This is manifested in the life of the Prophet– he never for once used any kind of obscene language or behavior in his whole life.
6. Khiyanah (Treachery)
Allah said in the Quran:
وَلَا تُجَادِلْ عَنِ الَّذِينَ يَخْتَانُونَ أَنفُسَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ خَوَّانًا أَثِيمًا
And do not argue on behalf of those who deceive themselves. Indeed, Allah loves not one who is a habitually sinful deceiver. [4:107]
وَإِمَّا تَخَافَنَّ مِن قَوْمٍ خِيَانَةً فَانبِذْ إِلَيْهِمْ عَلَىٰ سَوَاءٍ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْخَائِنِينَ
If you [have reason to] fear from a people betrayal, throw [their treaty] back to them, [putting you] on equal terms. Indeed, Allah does not like traitors. [8:58]
If you look closely at the above examples of things which Allah loves and doesn’t like, you will notice that all of them are things which are of benefit to us, and harmful to us, respectively. Allah loves the best for us and doesn’t like it that we harm ourselves. Thus it is manifest how much Allah loves us.
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