Ramadan Reflections #2

Asalamu Alaykum and Ramadhan Mubarak to all!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Ramadhan. We’re loving it here in wonderful New York City, with the beautiful Muslims of Brooklyn. 
In our masjid we have decided that our taraweeh reminders are going to be about Love. I’m calling it the “Loving Series”. Every night we’ll discuss a different type of love.  If I can’t post the videos I’ll post the notes.  First one was on Loving Allah and here it is:
Even though speakers and Khutab (sermons) tend to focus more on fearing Allah, the scholars say that love of Allah is stronger and better than fear.
What are the fruits of fearing Allah?  You stay away from sinning!
But the fruits of loving Allah are greater in that you also stay away from sins but because you love Allah, you go above and beyond in worship and in performing voluntary acts.  When you love Allah:
* it’s easier to give up bad habits.  

E.g. Guy can’t quit smoking for years but he suddenly quits. You ask him how he did it and he says, “My fiancé told me that if I wanted to marry her I’d have to quit”!  

He couldn’t quit for years but love made him do it in no time!  If you love Allah, giving something up for His sake becomes easy.
* you love His speech!

True story…a guy spoke to his fiancé from Isha’ until dhuhr!

Another story…a guy spent three hours in the cold speaking to his fiancé over the phone!

When you love Allah you love His speech (the Quran) and you never get tired of it. For some it’s five minutes of Quran and then ….Zzzzzzzzz!
* you love Qiyyam (night prayer).

One of the early Muslims cried on his death bed, so his friends thought he was crying because he’s going to miss his children.  He said, “I’m crying because I’m going to miss qiyyam al layl”!  

He loved talking to Allah for hours into the night and more importantly he knows that for thousands of years he will not be able to seek forgiveness once or mention Allah a single time.  So rightfully so that he cried!
* love to meet Allah.

“Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah will love to meet them and whoever hates to meet Allah, Then Allah hates to meet them”.
* you accept His decree 
All the above are more attainable with love than with fear.
The more you know Allah and study His attributes you naturally love Him more.

The more you recognise and contemplate His many blessing you love Him more.
Wasalam

-Sh. Kamal El Mekki

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