True Love

November 6, 2022

A scholar-saint once stated:

لما كثر المدعون للمحبة طولبوا بإقامة البينة على صحة الدعوى؛ فلو يعطى الناس بدعواهم لادّعى الخلىُّ حُرقَة الشَّجيِّ· فتنوع المدعون في الشهود· فقيل: لا تُقبل هذه الدعوى إلا ببينة (قُلْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ)

“When the claimants of Divine love became many, they were told to provide evidence for the truth of their claim. For, if people were given simply on the basis of their claims, a heartless man would allege his heart burning with love. Because claimants are diverse, it is said: This claim is not accepted except with proof: Say (to them, O Muhammad) if you proclaim love of the Divine, then follow me. Allah will love you… (3:31).”

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