Divine Love (Ishq e Haqiqi)

This article is about Divine love or Ishq e haqiqi.

What is Divine love?

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

وَالَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡٓا اَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلّٰهِ

Meaning: But those who believe, love Allah the most. (Al-Baqarah 165)

As the Holy Prophet says:

“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” (Bukhari 15)

Allah created everything because of Divine love

Allah was hidden, then an intense passion to be recognized aroused in Him. This desire was revealed with such severity that Sufis or fakirs interpreted it as Divine love. In the very passion of Divine love, Allah created Mohammadan light from His own. Then the souls of entire creation were created from the Mohammadan light. It is a saying of the Holy Prophet, “I am from the light of Allah and the entire creation is from mine.”

Iqbal endorses the fact

As the great poet of the east Iqbal said:

اے کہ تیرےؐ وجود پر خالقِ دو جہاں کو ناز

اے کہ تیراؐ وجود ہے وجۂ وجودِ کائنات

Meaning: O beloved Mohammad! The Creator of both the worlds is proud of your existence. Surely, you are the reason behind the creation of this universe.

Divine love in words of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani

Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani stated in his booklet Risala Al-Ghausia:

  • I saw Allah. Then I asked, “O Lord! What is meant by Divine love?” He replied, “O Ghawth al-Azam! Love Me, love for Me and I am Love Myself and get your inward and actions free from everything other than Me. When you have recognized the outward love, it is essential for you to surpass the stages of Divine love. As Divine love is also a veil between the lover and the Beloved. Hence, it is necessary for you to go beyond everything else other than Allah because everything other than Allah is a veil between the lover and the Beloved.

Human souls inherited Divine love

Conclusively, the origin of the universe is love. Hence the creation of man is for the sake of the it. When the souls were created from the Mohammadan light, the exclusive essence of Divine love was inherited by the human souls from the Prophet. This passion must arouse in the inward of the seeker for the vision of Allah. In fact, the relation of the soul and Allah is that of love. Without Divine love and Divine trust neither the soul is awaken nor can it find ‘the vision’ of Allah.

Allah deals with his lovers differently than scholars

The most respected lord of the Faqr and universe, the Prophet stated about the lovers:

It is a hard luck of the lovers of Allah, if they have to live in paradise without the vision of His beauty but if the eager lovers find the hell along with His union, it is their great fortune and luck.