Allah Subhaanahu wata’ala says in the Glorious Qur’an,
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَهِ
Walladheena Aamanoo Ashaddu Hubbal Lillah
And those who believe are strongest in love of Allah
(Surah Baqarah – part of verse 165)
What is Love?
Imâm-i Ghazâlî states:
Love is the heart’s inclination toward what it derives pleasure from. If this inclination is intense, it is termed ‘ashq (ecstatic love).
The real love of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala is to do whatever He ordained and to abandon whatever He forbade, in addition to following Rasulullaah’s صلى الله عليه وسلَّم Sunnah.
Whoever obeys someone or something other than Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلَّم or follows any saying other than theirs, or fears other than Allah or seeks the pleasure of other than Allah, or puts his trust in other than Him, does not love Allah, nor does he love His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلَّم
Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak recited:
You disobey Allah, and yet you still claim to love Him.
By Allah, such behaviour is disgusting, by any standard!
You would have obeyed Him had your love been true.
For the lover is always obedient to the Beloved!