Has this ever happened to you? You read a passage or two from a book, and you just can’t stop yourself from finishing it.. You take one sip from a drink, and helplessly gulp down the whole glass.. You start reading Harry Potter, and you just have to read the whole series (bad example, but makes one understand the point easily).
Why does that happen, by the way? One sip can convince you enough to drink a large glass of a certain drink. One passage, and you’re ready to go through the whole book, regardless of its thickness.
والذوق يولد الشوق
[very rough translation]: And taste leads to yearning..
In other words, you’ll get hooked!
والذوق يولد الشوق، فمن ذاق طعم الإيمان اشتاق إلى تكميل الإيمان.
[very rough translation]: And taste leads to yearning; so whoever tasted Iman, shall yearn for its completion..
Imaan (faith/belief) has a taste as well. It’s sweet, I tell you. Prophet (SAW) laid down three conditions for the one who wants to taste it.
On the authority of Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There are three qualities whosoever has them, may taste the sweetness of Faith: firstly one who loves Allah and His Messenger (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) above all else; secondly one who loves someone simply for the sake of Allah, and thirdly, one who loathes return to disbelief, after Allah has rescued him from it, as he would loath being thrown into the Fire.”
(Bukhari and Muslim)
Say you’ve tasted it. And you loved it. You want more. You want all of it. You’re hooked! But there’s one slight problem: you don’t know how. Worry not, soldier! Allah’s Messenger (SAW) has told us already:
Whoever loves for Allah’s sake, hates for Allah’s sake, gives for Allah’s sake and withholds for God’s sake has completed his faith. (Abu Dawud)
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
“Whoever loves for the sake of Allah, and hates for the sake of Allah, and befriends for the sake of Allah and shows enmity for the sake of Allah, would get Allah’s friendship. Without abiding by this, no one can get the real taste (sweetness) of Iman (Belief) though he may have been a frequent offerer of prayer (Saifit) and fasts. Today people keep relationship, and love only for some worldly reason but this will not provide them any benefit (on the Day of Judgement).”
The author of Fiqh-ul-Quloob, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim at-Tuwaijri, goes on to describe the state of a person who has tasted Imaan:
والذوق يولد الشوق، فمن ذاق طعم الإيمان اشتاق إلى تكميل الإيمان والأعمال الصالحة، وتلذذ بعبادة الله، وظهرت شعب الإيمان في حياته، وتعلقت روحه بحياة الملأ الأعلى، فأحبه الله، وأحبه من في السماء، وجعل الله له القبول في الارض.
[very rough translation]: And taste leads to yearning; so whoever tasted Iman, shall yearn for its completion and good deeds; and (he) finds pleasure in Allah’s worship, and branches of Iman begin to appear in his life, and his soul gets connected with the Noble Angels; so Allah loves him, and everyone in the Heavens (Skies) loves him, and Allah puts acceptance for him in the land (Earth).
You can test this on yourself or someone whom you know is on a high level of Imaan:
- Yearning to complete Imaan: the person will go all out to increase his Imaan, and enjoy the process, no matter how many hardships he has to go through.
- More and more good deeds: this is more of an automatic effect. The person begins to love good deeds, he finds out more about them, he tries his best to do as many as he can, in the best way possible.
Remember, most “good deeds” are hard to do. But this person does not find them hard, because he has strong motivation – Imaan!
- Finding pleasure in Allah’s worship: he truly finds peace and tranquility in Salah and other forms of worship. It becomes the coolness of his eyes, just as it was for the Prophet (SAW). <3
- Branches of Imaan appear in his life: branches of a tree represent growth, health, fruit and benefit. Branches of Imaan would mean the same. That his Imaan begins to grow in all directions. It bears more fruit and benefits more people.
- Connection with Noble Angels: his soul finds a connection with the life of Noble Angles (the most high-ranked ones). Their life is all about worship, obedience and tasbeeh (glorifying Allah). They obey Allah willingly. And so does he.
- So (as a result of all the above), Allah loves him: *speechless* :)
- Everyone in the Heavens (Skies) loves him: that includes all the angels that live in the seven skies.
Reported by Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) said: ‘I see what you do not see and hear what you do not hear. The heaven makes a noise like groaning, and it has the right to (or it is no surprise), for there is no space in it the width of four fingers, but there is an angel there, placing his forehead in sujood (prostration) to Allaah. By Allaah, if you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much, you would not enjoy your relationships with women and you would go out in the street praying to Allaah.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 2312)
- Acceptance in the land: people love him. If not love, then they have the general likeness and acceptance for him.
The last 4 points refer to this Hadith:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When Allah loves a slave, calls out Jibril and says: `I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so-and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
[From second class of Fiqh-ul-Quloob: May25th, ’12]