Lecture: Love v. Hob, Dr Mokhtar Maghroui, Translation, Farook Aman
For the purpose of this lecture, we shall substitute the word Love with the word Hob since the meaning of Hob in the Arabic language has far stronger spiritual connotations. Hob has many levels and many stations. We can refer to Love v. Hob, and Love v. Rahmah (Mercy). In that sense, Allah’s love or Hob is more intense than the love of a mother to her baby.
Therefore, Rahmah or mercy of Allah encompasses everything. However the Hob of Allah does not include non believers.
By the hob of Allah, we have hob of Rasool Allah (the Messenger of Allah), reference to Prophet Mohamed (saw). The question is why.. Hob Rasool Allah? Is Rasool Allah good to us?
The answer is Yes and it is felt that way independently. Indeed He is good to me and without Allah and Rasool Allah, I cannot be happy and beautiful. He is the bright light to my heart and mind; he is the source of intense glow when I am sad or when I am sorrowed. He is kind and a gentle personality. Inspired by what he said or what he has done, I find reaction from the heart. He was Mohsin (generous) to me. Man has natural hob (love) to those who were kind and generous to him, inherently beautiful as the heart perceives since the eye sees and the heart sees that beauty too.
Generally speaking, we do not visually see spiritual feelings. However, when we learn of the Kholoq (the beauty of manners) of Prophet Mohamed (saw), the heart tends to see that beauty too. Reference is made to the close relationship of Prophet Mohamed (saw) and his Sahaba
(Companions). It is the sharing of hob which they have for him and he has for them that says it all. In this instance, Companion Abubaker Assiddiq gave Prophet Mohamed milk to drink. He was later quoted saying: Sharib Rasool Allah Hatta raweaet. Meaning: Rasool Allah drank (milk) until I was quenched. He did not say that Prophet Mohamed (saw) drank milk until his thirst was quenched. Rather his love, his intense hob for Prophet Mohamed (saw) made him say what he said as if he, Abubaker’s thirst, was quenched when it was Prophet Mohamed’s who was actually drinking. Such intense hob for a Companion to Rasool Allah brings the true meaning of infinite love beyond the boundaries of our daily experience of love to our family members, children, etc.
Ignorance is not blissful. There is unaware prophetic beauty; more reasons to know and learn more about the beauty of Prophet Mohamed (saw) and the hob associated in our hearts for him. There is therefore what is known as hob assadekeen (love of the believers) and Hob al motadayyneen (love of the pious). It is the natural infinity of Mahabah (extreme hob) and relationship for Prophet Mohamed’s good attributes, hob for his highest degree of mannerism (kholoq), hob for his pure soul, and the list of his good qualities goes on and on.
There is fitrah (uniqueness and freshness) consistent with that of Prophet Mohamed (saw). By that, we actually mean that the type of relationship of intense Mahabah. In that, an example that comes to mind is that of fire and water for instance. They do not have infinity of relationship as one could end the other. The opposite is true with the infinity relationship of mohabah between Prophet Mohamed (saw) and the believer’s consistence with the goodness of the soul acceptance. None will end the other.
Generally, the soul is irreprehensible for someone who does good or horrible action. The goodness of the soul is that part of the clay of the bigger piece of clay of that of Prophet Mohamed (saw); the gift of ihsan (benevolent).
The question is that why we experience preventative causes of mahabat (hob) Rasool Allah, although mahabat Allah leads directly to Mahabat Rasool Allah. It is simply the fixation and the focal point of our hearts in keenly indulging in the pleasures of this donia (world). And it is also simply a matter of choice which we have to be aware of and carefully decide to choose: there is no unity between hob of Allah and hob of this donia (world). It is a choice of either or but certainly not both at the same time!
Donia (world) consists of two elements: Maal (wealth desire to own power) as well as Ignorance (Jahl) and famine (Majja’ah). Allah tells us to strive to empty (meaning to fill and clear) ourselves to worship Him. He asks us to love desire and connect with His wealth (of Allah). Empty our hearts for the sake of Allah and Rasool Allah. The Arabic language meaning is greatly richer and penetrating to comprehend this meaning of emptying the heart, which in fact means filling and clearing the heart to the very top with mahabah.
It is said that one of the Sahabah (Companions) of Rasool Allah named Abu Derr Al Ghaffary said: Ya Rasool Allah – inni ohibuk (O, Rasool Allah, I have hob for you ..[I love you] ). The Prophet (saw) responded: Allah? Meaning: Are you sure? The companion, Al Ghaffary repeated that 2 more times. Each time, Prophet Mohamed responded with the same answer; Allah? At the end of the third time, Prophet Mohamed (saw) asked: Idann a’aedd lilfakri Jafafah (meaning: then prepare a cleansing sponge for the poverty of the soul). Here we refer to what Prophet Mohamed tells his companion to actually get ready that since he has such strong mahabah for him (the Prophet) to prepare himself a sponge to cleanse his soul from the obsession and the love of this donia (world) and the yearning to its pleasures and joys. Finally, Prophet Mohamed announced to companion Al Ghaffary; Anta ma’a mun ahbabta, meaning : you are with those who you loved. A further deeper meaning to his simple message is that, when Prophet Mohamed (saw) enters paradise (Jannah), it is meant that companion Al Ghaffary will also accompany him there too. Subhan Allah – Glory to Allah.
In reference to the Arabic expression of the word Fakeer (meaning in English poor), we quote that I am Fakeer to Allah. This elevates the extreme pleading and profound desire to mahabat Allah, His generosity, His giving’s, Fakeer (beseeching) to Him in my existence in this donia and Fakeer in every heart beat that I experience for his hollm (passion).
It is Rasool Allah that taught us the profound dimensions of hob (true love of Allah). The best supplication that one can ask for from Allah (saw) is pervasive in the deepest expression of asking: Allah, please grant me the gift of your hob (love) and the hob of that that benefits me with his hob (love) with you (meaning Rasool Allah).
It is said that one may claim love, then continue to claim and claim love but actually not love. Allah is the creator of the notion of (hob) love. He created cause and effect. It is a question of asking ourselves: How can we love others at the expense of Him when He is the true source of (hob) love. That is when (we), ask Allah: Whatever you (Allah) withhold from me from what I love, please gift it to me with freedom. In retrospect, when we do Shahadah (witness and submission to Allah and Rasool Allah), we actually express full mahabah in our hearts and souls regardless of what the tongue may utter.
Someone asked Rasool Allah: O, Rasool Allah when is the hour (meaning the Day of Judgement, the end of this worldly life)? Prophet Mohamed (saw) replied: And what have you prepared yourself for it? The man said; Lots of performing sincere Salah (prayers) and lots of meaningful dua’a (supplications), performing Seyyam (fasting) and consistently doing good deeds.
Rasool Allah responded; You are with them.. you are with those you love (meaning Allah and Rasool Allah). Allah loves their hearts and will find you in their hearts. The highest degree of the meaning of hob is the proximity to Allah, the unity of mahbah.
When Ali bin Abi Taleb (RA) was asked to describe Prophet Mohamed (saw), he said ,
Whosoever sees him physically (meaning the Prophet) will find him (as one) but as though he is among a crowd of believers displaying deepest respect and whosoever associated and got to know him, loved him as though he is the majestic pearl in its shell.
Prepared by: Farook Aman
Dr Mokhtar Maghroui is of Algerian origin. He currently lives in Albany, NY where he teaches Islamic Studies. Dr Maghroui is well known in North America. He regularly conducts Islamic studies classes in the form of study camps. Students from all over N. America attend.
Br FROOK attended his lecture and was amazed at the wealth of knowledge and dedication Dr Mokhtar Magrouihi offers to his audience. May Allah bless him.