“Got me up all night. Got me singing these love songs.” – J. Cole
A popular song that got me thinking of this verse in the Quran: “O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” (61:2) We say, we love Islam, we love Allah and we love his Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasalam, but what evidence do any of us have?
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasalam was Habib Allah, the most beloved of God and the greatest lover of God. When people went to be with their lovers at night, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasalam went to go be with Allah. He was up all night being a grateful servant to his Rabb, Lord. He would sleep a portion of the night, but his love kept him out of bed.
Our beloved mother Aisha (may God be pleased with her) narrates: The Prophet used to offer prayer at night (for such a long time) that his feet used to crack. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why do you do it since Allah has forgiven you your faults of the past and those to follow?” He said, “Shouldn’t I love to be a thankful slave (of Allah)?’ (Muslim)
Whens the last time your love for Allah subhana wata alaa kept you up all night? Got you out of bed? What about your love for a person? The proof is in our actions where our love truly lies.
I end with the poem of Rabia al Basri (may God have mercy on her), a great lover of Allah, who was up all night, singing her love songs:
Eyes are at rest, the stars are setting.
Hushed are the stirrings of birds in their nests,
Of monsters in the ocean.
You are the Just who knows no change,
The Balance that can never swerve,
The Eternal which never passes away.
The doors of Kings are bolted now and guarded by soldiers.
Your Door is open to all who call upon You.
Each love is now alone with his beloved.
And I am alone with You.