Imam Ibn al-Qayyim is a renowned scholar of the Hanbali school of thought. Hundreds of years ago, he wrote something profound in his book regarding the power of connecting with Allah (swt). When people prefer loving others over Allah (swt), it is Allah’s (swt) Sunnah to leave them to the ones they love. For example, a husband may say: “Honey, I love you. I don’t want you to wear the Hijab.” The wife obeys him: “Sure, I won’t, for your sake.”
The problem is that a husband’s love, like any other creation’s love, is limited, incidental, and episodical. He may love you today and not tomorrow. Humans are imperfect. However, Allah’s (swt) love is perfect and incomparable.
When the people of Taif disgracefully turned the beloved Prophet (sa) away, he earnestly invoked upon Allah (swt): “To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? As long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favour is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You.” (Recorded by al-Haythami and as-Suyooti)
Why should you be happy? Not because you have a great life, but because Allah (swt) is the best Disposer of affairs. You have a Lord Who looks after you even if you are sinful. This should create peace in your heart.
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