Love is the main force that will cause us to move in the obedience of Allah, but the heat of this love has to be to a certain degree. When it reaches an optimum level we will be able to, for example, brave the cold and wake up for Tahajjud. Tahajjud is not compulsory but the burning heat of love does not allow the lover to sleep through tahajjud. Optional worship is performed out of love. Without it, a believer will only do the bare minimum.
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would often say that this current of love can be likened to an electric current. For electricity to flow there must be positive and negative particles. Positive or negative alone is not sufficient to form a current. Likewise, for the current of love to flow in our hearts, there has to be both positive and negative. The positive is following Allah’s commands and the negative is to stay away from His disobedience. Allah’s divine love will flow in our bodies when both are in place.
Nowadays there is a great desire to do good like building a masjid. However, when it comes to staying away from sins, we cannot seem to put a brake on our nafs (desires). So how do we increase our love for Allah, the ability to do good and stay away from evil sins? By associating with good company.
Allah sent Nabi ﷺ as a guidance for mankind. He could have just sent the Quran or angels, but the system of Allah is there must be suhbat (companionship). This is why despite the Arabic language being a vast ocean, Allah chose the term “Sahaaba” for the companions of Nabi ﷺ, because being blessed with good company is the most honorable blessing man can attain. Thus without good company, it is very difficult for one to stay on siratul mustaqeem (the straight path).
May the almighty bless us all with good company and a burning love to please Him, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk in Leicester, UK 2015. To listen to the full audio, please click here.