The concept of love is clearly expressed in the Quran. God has specifically and precisely used the word “love” in the Quran along with twenty two of its different Arabic derivatives to teach us that love is a normal, logical, and realistic feeling which coincides with our God-given gift of freedom (18:29, 2:148, 33:72). With our freedom of choice, we are to prefer certain things, people, morals, talents, etc. Favoring, preferring, and making certain choices demonstrates our freedom to love.
Our Creator has expressed for us that He, too, has His own preferences. He has cited for us His favorite traits and detailed for us who exactly is worthy of earning His love and mercy. Within the Quran, God has clearly stated what He loves and doesn’t love, likes and dislikes. His wisdom behind this is to set for us the basic guidelines for an ideal and righteous community, and to help us realize what constitutes evil and what leads to corruption.
Also, by stating what He loves and what He doesn’t, who is worthy of His love and who is not, God has made it clear for us that His love is conditional when adhering to certain commands. By our own volition, we end up either close or favored by God (Heaven), or far from Him (Hell). We either follow His criteria of love or face the consequences of our own criteria. This system is clearly spelled out in the following verses:
If God’s love was unconditional, this would defeat the whole purpose of our existence on earth – a final chance to choose Him over Satan.. His love would serve as permission to commit all kinds of evil. There would be no straight or crooked path, no point behind any clear commands, because God’s love would be awaiting at the end of the road to save us all. This is a myth about God that is based on conjecture and ignorance.
It is our duty as believers and submitters to seriously study the boundaries set for us in the Quran in order to pursue love in a safe and constructive manner – the manner that would please God alone within His guidelines and make us earn His love and compassion:
– He loves the good doers (3:148) and he dislikes the evil doers (5:64). He loves the righteous (3:76), and righteousness is defined only by God through His teachings and commands in the scripture (2:189).
– God loves those who strive in His cause (61:4), with no fear of any blame (5:54), united on His word (3:103). The kind of believers God loves are the ones who are kind among one another and stern with the disbelievers (5:54). These three verses, together, explain the concept of unity loved and dictated by God.
Believers are United[Quran 3:103] You shall hold fast to the rope of God, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall God’s blessings upon you – you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided.
In the light of the Quran, we learn that God’s love is always a consequence of our choice of loving Him the most and upholding His commands. He is in no need of our love. We are the desperate ones who need to earn His love. This, in return, leads to earning His redemption and Support:
Believe For Your Own Good[Quran 39:7] If you disbelieve, God does not need anyone. But He dislikes to see His servants make the wrong decision. If you decide to be appreciative, He is pleased for you. No soul bears the sins of any other soul. Ultimately, to your Lord is your return, then He will inform you of everything you had done. He is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.[Quran 61:11] Believe in God and His messenger and strive in the cause of God with your money and your lives. This is the best deal for you, if you only knew.
[Quran 61:12] In return, He forgives your sins, and admits you into gardens with flowing streams, with beautiful mansions in the gardens of Eden. This is the greatest triumph.
[Quran 61:13] Additionally, you get something you truly love: support from God and guaranteed victory. Give good news to the believers.
This temporary life is very short and we get wrapped up in it too easily. We need to always remember that the end of our lives could be in the blink of an eye. We experience death and resurrection through our sleep everyday of our lives (6:60, 39:42). This should serve as a lesson to learn how easy our life span and our only chance of salvation can be over, quickly and unexpectedly, at any second. When our life span is terminated, those who have not wasted their chances of earning God’s love will surely be His loved, favorite, close, and chosen ones. Those are the ultimate winners.
[Quran 56:89] then joy, flowers, and gardens of bliss.
[Quran 56:90] And if he is one of the right –
[Quran 56:91] peace is the lot of those on the right. [Quran 56:10] Then there is the elite of the elite.
[Quran 56:11] They are those who will be closest (to God).
[Quran 56:12] In the gardens of bliss.
[Quran 56:13] Many from the first generations.
[Quran 56:14] Few from the later generations. [Quran 83:19] Do you know what `Elleyyeen is?
[Quran 83:20] A numerically structured book.
[Quran 83:21] To be witnessed by those close to Me.
[Quran 83:22] The righteous have deserved bliss.
[Quran 83:23] On luxurious furnishings they watch.
[Quran 83:24] You recognize in their faces the joy of bliss.
[Quran 83:25] Their drinks will be spiced with nectar.
[Quran 83:26] Its spice is like musk. This is what the competitors should compete for.
[Quran 83:27] Mixed into it will be special flavors.
[Quran 83:28] From a spring that is reserved for those close to Me.