10 ways to develop love for Allah ‘Azza wa Jal- Ibnul Qayyim

Imam Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah gave 10 reasons which cause the mahabah [love of Allah] to develop:

1- Reciting the Qur’an, reflecting upon it and understanding its meanings.

2- Drawing closer to Allah through the performance of optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory deeds.

3- Being continuous in dhikr -remembrance of Allah- in all circumstances- with the tough, the herat, and the limbs. The more constant the dhikr, the more mahabah intensifies.

4. Giving precedence to what Allah loves- when being overcome with desires- over what one personally loves and desires.

5- Causing the heart to contemplate over the Names and Attributes of Allah. Being a witness to what they necessitate and causing the heart to be enlightened in the garden of this realization.

6- Witnessing the blessing and the favors of Allah; the apparent and the hidden

7- Subding the heart and humbling it ebfore Allah, causing it to be in awe of Him

8- Being in seclusion during the time inw hich Allah descends to hte lowest Heaven; reciting the Qur’an, and finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and sincerely repenting to Him.

9- Sitting in the gatherings of the sincere and true lovers of Allah; reaping the benefits of theri teachings, and ot speaking except when you know there is benefit in doing so that such speech will increase you in good and benefit others as well.

10- Keeping clear from all those matters which will cause the heart to distance itself from Allah- the Mighty and Majestic.

-Madaarijus-Saalikeen

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