In Islam, we’re taught to love for one another what we love for ourselves. And evidence to this is:
On the authority of Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) – the servant of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said :”None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
In Islam, one of the shaded seven, on the day that there is no shade but Allah’s shade is two people who love each other for the sake of Allah. And evidence to this is:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.” [Bukhari]
And to be honest, I think we can all agree that there is so much love to go around. The 1.6 billion persons type of love. And I confess that I love many for the sake of Allah but at the same time, I selectively love for the sake of Allah. For example: If I met a random stranger on the sidewalk and I wished them “Assalamu Alaykum…” and they replied, then I would love them for the sake of Allah instantly, even if I don’t declare it. But if I met an average teenager, directed by today’s society, then I wouldn’t be able to the contemplate love for the sake of Allah.
I wonder what that makes me?
Imagine if I love someone purely for the sake of Allah, would I still be shaded on the day that there is no shade? Or would I not because I withheld sincere for the sake of Allah love from selective others.
Nonetheless, May Allah guide me and you. And may he continue to guide the guided and guide the unguided.
May Allah shade us on the day that there is no shade but his shade. And may Allah put love for one another in each others hearts.