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The Sweetness of Faith.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. And may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad. To proceed;

It is not hidden to a Muslim that faith has elements and taste of fruitiness. From these taste of fruitiness, is the inner feeling that the heart of some Muslims get overwhelmed with in their soul which is the fruitiness of Faith. But people ask, does Faith has sweetness, how can we attain the sweetness, how can get this level of contemplation and of having the heart of standing in front of Allah?

There is doubt that Faith has a taste and the heart tastes it the way the mouth tastes food and drink. In fact, the sweetness of faith is the feeling that makes the man as a hero or legend.

It has been proven in the Saheehayn on the authority of Anas(may Allah be pleased with him) that the prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[ثلاث من كن فيه وجد بهن حلاوة الإيمان‏:‏ أن يكون الله ورسوله أحب إليه مما سواهما، وأن يحب المرء لا يحبه إلا لله، وأن يكره أن يعود في الكفر بعد أن أنقذه الله منه، كما يكره أن يقذف في النار].

 [There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman, the one to whom Allah and His Apostle become dearer than anything else, the one who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake, and the one who hates to revert to disbelief (Atheism) after Allah has brought (saved) him out from it, as he hates to be thrown in fire]. (Recorded by Al-Bukhaari, No5694 and Muslim, No:43).

* The first one: is to love Allah and his messenger more than anything else. The love of Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) is the cornerstone of the Faith. When it is said that this love should exceed one’s love for everything else in the universe, it means that what is enjoined by Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) must be given preference over everything else, whether it is love for the wife, children, worldly interests, desires or whims. When there is a clash between the two, the former should be given preference over the latter.

* The second one: is the one who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake. The believer builds his relations on the base of faith he sticks to the believers even if they are weak and poor and renounces the disbelievers and the infidels even if they are rich and powerful he pays the second condition of the sweetness of faith.

The third is the one who hates to revert to disbelief (Atheism) after Allah has brought (saved) him out from it, as he hates to be thrown in fire. The Muslim sticks to his Faith in all condition. If a good befall on him, he gives thank to Allah, and if a trial befall on him, he gets involve in patience.

From the signs of the weakness of faith is the one who worships Allah as it were, upon the very edge (i.e. in doubt); if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him, he turns back on his face (i.e. reverts back to disbelief after embracing Islam). He loses both this world and the Hereafter.

Finally, a Muslim should abide by the Shari`ah (Islamic Law) of the Messenger (peace be upon him) and give precedence to his obedience (peace be upon him) over personal desire, or the obedience of anyone else. But, whenever a person prefers their personal desire to the obedience of Allah and His Messenger, this shall indicate weakness of their Eman, and imperfection of their Shahadah (testimony of faith).

I ask Allah to guide us to whatever pleases Him, to bless us with righteous hearts and deeds, and good understanding of the religion.

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