THE BEST LOVE STORY FOR A MUSLIM IS FINDING ANOTHER MUSLIM WHO MAKES THEIR IMAAN RISE, WHO MAKES THEM WANT TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND BECOME MORE PIOUS. WHAT IS MORE BLESSED THAN THAT?"
As Muslims we are encouraged to get married as early as we can for many reasons. Marriage will help us deal with the temptations of this world and it will ultimately "complete our deen." We are also encouraged to choose a "pious" person as our companion in this world, in the hopes that our marriage to that person will help us reach jannah one day inshAllah. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said: A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. You should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a loser. "(Bukhari) The Quran has many verses on the importance of marriage and in particular about the beauty of the relationship between a husband and wife. Allah loves those that love each other for the sake of Him only, so marrying a pious person will make you even more special in Allah's Eyes. Society tells us to marry a rich, handsome, fun spouse, but Islam teaches us that piety is the most important trait in a mate. Think about it---if you ever get into a fight with your husband/wife, they know that it is only permissible to be angry (if at all) for three days. How many times have you seen couples not speaking to each other for weeks. Islam also requires that both spouses treat each other with love and mercy, which are qualities missing in many marriages. "The Prophet Muhammad pbuh said, “When a husband and wife look at each other with love, Allah looks at both of them with mercy.” (Sahih Bukhari 6:19 Tirmidhi 14:79) The possibilities are endless if you choose to marry a person who is close to Allah. May Allah provide us all with spouses that are among the best and that will lead us to jannah
Divine Names of Allah Series: Al Lateef, The Knower of Subtleties
Allah is Al Latif, The Gentle, Subtle, and Benevolent (well meaning and kind). He is the only one capable of giving us the gentleness of action with the delicacy of perception.
Knowing something and acting on it does not guarantee that you will act correctly, for اللهhowever, He is the only one with the perfect knowledge and perception of what you need — thus, His actions relative to your needs, are perfect.
This name comes from the root لطف, meaning subtleness and gentleness — اللهacts in ways too subtle for you to feel, subhanAllah. His presence is with us, without him being heavy. Often times we look for ‘the answer’ waiting for God to send us the solution. But the truth is, the solution will not come unless that designated time has arrived. Instead, Allah sends us help and mercy in the most subtle way — hence the feather in the visual, you barely feel it.
He makes the process itself easier for you, and this comes in all forms — have you ever had a ‘I needed this’ moment? Be it a random video, an appreciative text from a friend that made you feel seen or less lonely, a joke, or even a stray cat on the street that gave you a surge of serotonin.
These are gifts Allah gives us in such a subtle manner that we tend to take them for granted. In reality, He is orchestrating for you, sending you these things to allow you to keep going, and fulfill what you’re meant to do. We can very easily forget this, because we see help as objective — ‘it must target our goal’, but when we come to accept the fact that we do not know what we need, we are most capable of appreciating all it is that Al Latif gives us, we just have to pay attention, and sometimes read between the lines.
There is a reason we are told to think of creation and appreciate the Creator. All of it, is for you.