Characteristics of People Whom Allah Loves

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March 11, 2024


Characteristics of People Whom Allah Loves

بِسْمِ ﷲِ ال َّ رحْمٰنِ ال َّ رحِیْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Being Al-Wadud, Allah’s love encompasses all His creation and is boundless. However, there are certain people Allah favors more than others and are especially dear to Him.
These people are the few lucky ones that Allah has chosen for Himself. While we cannot know for certain if we are among them, we can learn about their characteristics and please Allah by trying to be like them.
These are the characteristics of the people whom Allah loves:

Repentance (At-Tawabun)

Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 222, “Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.”
Allah loves to cherish those who are constantly repenting from their sins. These are people who regularly reflect on their sins and imperfections and seek Allah’s forgiveness.
Our journey in this dunya towards Him begins with accepting that we have imperfections, working to resolve them, while simultaneously asking Allah for His pardon. Each time we turn back to Allah after sin, our hearts find solace in His mercy.

Purity (Al-Mutatahirun)

The act of purification extends beyond physical cleanliness. It symbolizes our inner striving for spiritual clarity. Allah loves those who purify themselves—both in body and soul. Whether through ablution (wudu) or sincere intentions, this purity draws us nearer to Him ¹.
Aside from seeking forgiveness through tawbah and istighfar, Allah also loves those who purify themselves through acts of physical purification.
We purify ourselves by doing wudu, ghusl, and maintaining our hygiene regularly. These are beloved acts by Allah, as we do them with the intention of cleaning ourselves in order to worship Him properly.
Moreover, these acts shed our sins from our bodies, as the Prophet ﷺ has said: “When a Muslim man performs ablution, his sins are removed from his hearing, his sight, his hands, and his legs. If he sits down, he will sit down forgiven.” [Musnad Ahmad, 21680]

Excellence in Deeds (Al-Muhsineen)

Allah says in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 195: “And do good, for Allah certainly loves the good-doers.”
When we do good deeds, we earn Allah’s happiness. Those who excel in good deeds are the ones who do them with sincere intentions and do them consistently. Whether it’s charity, kindness, or acts of worship, the doers of good find favor in His eyes.

Patience (As-Sabirun)

The trials of life atone us for our sins and test our patience and loyalty towards Allah. Those who remember this throughout their lives and remain steadfast during their trials are the ones who earn Allah’s love.
Patience isn’t passive resignation; it’s active endurance. Amid challenges, we seek refuge in Him, knowing that our struggles refine our souls.

Trust in Allah (Al-Mutawkilun)

Tawakkul is to trust Allah completely, and it is an act of surrender. When we place our reliance on Him, we acknowledge His wisdom. Allah loves those who entrust their affairs to Him, recognizing that He is the ultimate Protector and Planner.

Justice and Equity

Allah’s love extends to those who uphold justice. Fairness in our dealings, compassion toward others, and standing as witnesses for truth. Since He is Al-Hakim, the Most-Just, He loves those who carry out this quality to the best of their ability.

God-Consciousness (Al-Muttaqin)

True piety lies in our awareness of Allah’s presence, which is Taqwa. The God-conscious strive to align their lives with His guidance. Fasting during Ramadan, giving from what they cherish, and seeking righteousness—these paths lead to His love.

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