Loving Allah—By: Nasar Qureshi

“Wa ata kum min kulli ma sa altumu wa in tauddu naymat allahi la tuh suha.” “And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them.” (14:34).

Allah has given us many senses. For example, the eyes can see, the ears can hear, and etc. Allah سبحانه و تعالي has created the heart to love, but who do we love? We naturally love those who are kind to us, care about us, and help us when we need it. The ayat given above clearly explains that Allah سبحانه و تعالي has given us so many blessings that it is impossible for any human being to count them. Most of these blessings have been given to us even without asking for it, and we often take them for granted.

Firstly, I love Allah سبحانه و تعالي because I am a Muslim, and I believe that Allah is my creator. I love Allah because He has created me as a follower of His beloved Prophet Muhammad صلي الله عليه وسلم who was a source of mercy for the entire humanity. I love Allah for His kindness and mercy. I know I make many mistakes, but Allah سبحانه و تعالي is the most merciful and forgiving, and when I repent sincerely, I believe Allah will forgive me even if my sins were as big as a mountain. Allah’s love for us is more than the love of 70 mothers. SubhanAllah! So is it not our obligation to love Him back? Allah’s love and mercy is shown in that, if we commit a good deed, we can get many folds of hasanath, but for one bad deed, there is only one punishment. Indeed Allah سبحانه و تعالي Is worthy of all praise and love. Allah has promised to help us if we ask him. Allah سبحانه و تعالي Says if we take one step closer to Him, He will come ten steps closer to us, if we go walking towards Him, He will come running towards us. Is there anyone else who can do this?

I am thankful to Allah for several reasons. In Surah Ar-Rahman, Allah سبحانه و تعالي says, “Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?” If I sit down to write down all the reasons, I will surely run out of ink and paper, and I could not properly even thank Allah for one day of blessings. First of all, I am thankful to Allah سبحانه و تعالي for making me a Muslim and giving me the guidance to practice the best religion on Earth which is Islam. I am thankful to Allah سبحانه و تعالي for giving me a loving family who is always there for me. I am also thankful to Allah سبحانه و تعالي for giving me great teachers who have taught me a lot about Islam. I am especially thankful to Allah for giving me a teacher like my Islamic Studies teacher in Sunday School who has been a big source of inspiration for me in the past two years. I am thankful to Allah سبحانه و تعالي for giving me good health. I know there are many children who are sick, and I always pray to Allah for their health. There are many orphans and poor children all over the world who do not have food to eat or a place to sleep. I am thankful for Allah سبحانه و تعالي for providing me food and shelter. I think Allah has given me everything a child could ask for and, I feel fully satisfied.

As I write this essay, my head bows to Allah with extreme gratitude, and my heart whispers nothing but praise and glory to my Lord. I don’t have enough words to describe how thankful I am to Allah for granting me the biggest wish of my life. Ever since I was four years old, I dreamt of becoming a Hafiz. I knew this could be only a dream because there is not a single person in my entire family who is a Hafiz, but I believed in Allah and sincerely prayed to Him. It was unbelievable how Allah made things easy for me. I was extremely shocked when Hafiz-saab took me in his full time Hifz Program. When Allah says, “Kun Fayakun” it will be done. Now I am only four Juz away from becoming a Hafiz, and I thank Allah everyday for making my dream come true.

Indeed, for all that He has given me, the least I can do is love my most benevolent and merciful Creator with all my heart. I love Allah more than my friends and family and anything in this world. I pray to Allah to guide me on the path that pleases Him and not on the path that is filled with His wrath.