بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The following is an excerpt from the book ‘Love for the Messenger ﷺ’ by Shaykh Zulfiqār Naqshbandī (dāmat barakātuhum). Shaykh Zulfiqār Sāhib presents the definition of ‘mahabbah’ (love), given by Hadhrat Bāyazid Bustāmī (rahimahullāh):
“Hadhrat Bāyazid Bustāmī (rahimahullāh) has said:
Mahabbah is to know that one’s abundant qualities are actually minute, whereas the beloved’s insignificant qualities are actually abundant. For example, Allāh ﷻ loves His creation; He showers them with countless blessings and mercies daily, yet Allāh ﷻ Himself stated in His book that these blessings are few.
قُلْ مَتَاعُ الدُّنْيَا قَلِيلٌ
“Say: Short is the enjoyment of this world.” (4:77)
On the other hand, the believers perform an insufficient amount of dhikr (remembrance of Allāh ﷻ) but Allāh ﷻ refers to this as abundant.
وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ
“Men and women who engage much in Allāh’s praise.” (33:35)
A poet expressed his passion thus:
However minute the reward, it is still abundant
Whatever thanks I can give, it is still minute.”
Love for the Messenger ﷺ, p.10
Allāh’s love for His believers is such that He refers to their dhikr and praise as being abundant, when in actual fact it is very less and we are indeed very neglectful of Him. We will never be able to praise Allāh enough and no matter how much we remember Him or are grateful to Him, it will remain minute. Despite this, Allāh rewards us immensely for our little actions and efforts, considering them to be great, because of His love for us. Subhān-Allāh (Glory be to Allāh) – how Loving, Generous and Merciful is our Lord!
وَهُوَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ فِي الْأُولَىٰ وَالْآخِرَةِ وَلَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ
“and He is Allāh. There is no god but He. Praise is only for Him in thebeginning and at the end, and He alone has the right to judge, and to Him you are to return.” (70:70)
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ