Dhu’l Nun al-Masri was asked about love. He responded,

“It is to love that which Allah loves,

to hate that which Allah hates,

to perform all good,

to reject everything that busies you from Allah,

and not to fear any blame for the sake of Allah,

while being gentle with believers, stern with disbelievers,


to follow the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)

in matters of religion.” [Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya’, 9.394]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree, raHimahullaah, said: “The excellence of knowledge is due only to the fact that it causes a person to fear and obey Allaah, otherwise it is just like anything else.” [Related by ibn Rajab]


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