10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah

Adapted from Shaykh Ibn Qayyim’s (rah) Madarij-us-Saalikeen

Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) says: “The reason which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:

First: Reciting the Qur’aan, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to Allaah – the Most High – through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs – under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.

Sixth: Recognizing and remembering the favors and bounties of Allaah – both manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah – and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’aan, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allaah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic.

So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allaah and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.

taken from The Truth


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  • useless guy

    Assalamualaikum…..i’m a muslim and i had made a lot of mistakes in my life….for example:scolding my parents,always backstab my friends….didn’t perform shalat and i had did a lot of mistakes in my life…..and now i want to change everything in my life…and i wanted to start all over again…..can someone please help me….what shalat should i perform?….in order to get rid of the sins i had did….

  • ayesha

    aoa…v good article indeed JazakAllah. @useless guy..You just make wudu and offer salah depending upon what is the time. ..And after namaz you repent sincerely to Allah for all your sins and make strong promise not to do them again. Or you can pray nafl salah and ask Allah for forgiveness as Allah is vforgiving and is more loving 70mothers.May Allah forgive us all and keep us on right path


    useless guy,i want 2 remind u dat u have payback all d prayer u missed as an adult.may Allah forgive our sins.

  • Ansoumane Traore

    Allah the Most High like for one to concede their faults and do repent quietly.

  • hafsat minjibir

    @ useless guy its advisable u change ur name to a better 1 because names have effects on individual,there are many beautiful names u can choose frum not ‘useless guy’ .
    As for the mistkes u mentioned, we all make mistkes bt wat mks 1 different from the other is repentance. Ask for Allah’s forgiveness as he is Al gaffur(the all forgiving) a sincer repentance wit the intention of not repeating it. For your parents u also have to ask for their forgivness too very important. Use the time mention in point eight i.e the last third part of the night pray and ask for forgiveness May Allah (swt) continue to forgive us all.


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