SIGNS THAT ALLAH LOVES HIS SLAVE
The love of Allah سبحانه و تعالى is "the status for which the righteous compete and strive. It is the nourishment of hearts and souls. The delight of the eyes. It is the life of which one who is denied it is dead. The light which the one who loses it is in deep darkness. The healing of which the one who is denied is sick. The joy which the one who is deprived of it lives in distress and pain. It is the spirit of faith and good deeds by means of which one may draw closer to Allah سبحانه و تعالى which, when it is absent, one is like a body in which there is no soul."
The love of Allah سبحانه و تعالى has signs and causes which are like the key to the door. These causes include the following which are mentioned below.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى says in His Book (interpretation of the meaning): "Say (O Muhammad to mankind): If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur'aan and the Sunnah), Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." Qur’an.Surah Al-Imraan 3:31.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى has mentioned these qualities in a single Ayath: O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah سبحانه و تعالىand do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah سبحانه و تعالى; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah سبحانه و تعالىis all-Encompassing and Knowing." Qur’an.Maa'idah 5:54
In this ayath Allah سبحانه و تعالى describes the attributes of those whom He loves, the first of which is: humility and not being arrogant towards the Muslims, and being stern towards the kaafirs, and not humbling or humiliating oneself before them. They (the ones whom Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves) strive for the sake of Allah سبحانه و تعالى, against the Shaytaan, the kuffaar, the hypocrites and the evildoers, and they strive against their own selves. They do not fear the blame of any blamer, because so long as they are following the commands of their religion, he will not care about anyone who mocks him or blames him.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى says – according to a hadeeth qudsi – "My slave keeps drawing near to me by means of supererogatory acts of worship until I love Him." Supererogatory acts of worship include naafil prayers, charity, ‘Umrah, Hajj and fasting.
Loving, visiting one another, helping one another (financially) and offering sincere advice to one another for the sake of Allah
These attributes were mentioned in a single hadeeth in which the Messenger ﷺ narrated that his Lord said: "My love is guaranteed for two who love one another for My sake; My love is guaranteed for two who visit one another for My sake; My love is guaranteed for two who help one another (financially) for My sake; My love is guaranteed to two who uphold ties with one another for My sake." Musnad Ahmad, 4/236 and 5/236; al-Tanaasuh by Ibn Hibbaan, 3/338; the two ahaadeeth were classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa'l-Tarheeb, 3019, 3020, 3021
What is meant by "two who visit one another for My sake" is that they only visit one another for the sake of Allah سبحانه و تعالى, seeking thereby His pleasure for their loving one another for His sake or cooperating in worshipping Him. Al-Muntaqa Sharh al-Muwatta', hadeeth 1779.
Calamities and disasters are a test for a person, and this is a sign that Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves him, because this is like medicine: even though it is bitter, but still you offer the medicine, despite its bitterness, to the one whom you love; and Allah's سبحانه و تعالىis the highest description. According to a saheeh hadeeth: "The greatest reward comes from the greatest trial. When Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it gains the pleasure of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and whoever complains earns His wrath." Al-Tirmidhi, 2396; Ibn Maajah, 4031; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani
For calamities to befall the believer is better than punishments being stored up for him in the Hereafter. How can it be otherwise when he is raised in status and his bad deeds are erased thereby? The Prophet ﷺsaid: "When Allah سبحانه و تعالىwills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and when He wills bad for His slave, He withholds his sins until he comes with them on the Day of Resurrection." Al-Tirmidhi, 2396; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
The scholars have explained that the one from whom calamities and trials are withheld is the hypocrite, for Allah سبحانه و تعالى withholds [his punishment] in this world, so as to bring him with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection. So always pray to Allah سبحانه و تعالى “O Allah سبحانه و تعالى, make us among those whom You love. “
If Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves you, do not ask about the good that you will attain and the virtue that you will acquire… it is sufficient for you to know that you are beloved of Allah سبحانه و تعالى. The great fruits of the love of Allah سبحانه و تعالى for His slave are as follows: People will love him and he will be accepted on earth, as it says in the hadeeth: "When Allah سبحانه و تعالىloves a slave, He says to Jibreel, 'I love so-and-so, so love him,' so Jibreel عليه السلامloves him and then calls out to the people of heaven, 'Allah سبحانه و تعالىloves so-and-so, so love him,' and the people of heaven love him, and then acceptance is placed in the Earth for him." Sahih Al Bukhaari 3209
What Allah سبحانه و تعالى has mentioned in the hadeeth qudsi of the great virtues of those whom He loves. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺsaid: "Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him." Sahih Al Bukhaari 6502
This hadeeth qudsi includes a number of benefits of Allah's love for His slave:
Written by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid,