Love mentioned in Qur’aan and Hadith

Compiled by Dr. Mohamed I. Elmasry

From the Quran

“And yet there are some people, who replace Allah with rivals, loving them as Allah is loved. But the believers love Allah more intensely”  (2:165)  

“It was made attractive to people,the love of things they crave; women, sons, heaped-up heaps of gold and silver, branded horses, cattle and well-tilled land. But that is for the enjoyment of this worldly life, But Allah, with Him is the beautiful homecoming”  (3:14)

“Say: If you love your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your spouses, your family ties, the wealth you have gained, the business you fear would decline, and the dwellings of which you are fond, more than you love Allah, His messenger and striving for Allah’s cause (Jehad), then wait until Allah brings about His decision, as Allah does not guide those who are un-Godly”

Allah loves:

those who do good deeds (2:195)
those who ask Him for forgiveness (2:222)
those who purify themselves (2:222)
those who are Allah-fearing (3:76)
those who are steadfast (3:146)
those who trust Him (3:159)
those who act justly (5:42)
those who strive for His cause (61:4)
those who follow His Prophet (3:31)

Allah does not love:

the aggressors (2:190)
the disbelievers (3:32)
those who inflict injustice (3:57)
evil (5:64) and evil doers (2:205)
those who are arrogant (4:36)
those who spend lavishly (6:141)

“You will not attain righteousness, unless you give of that which you love” (3:92)

“They (the disbelievers) love this worldly life more than the Hereafter” (16:107) 

“O you believe .. Allah has made you love the Faith, and made it so beautiful in your hearts, and has made you hate disbelief, immorality and rebelliousness. These are the righteous. This is grace and bounty, from Allah, as Allah is All-knowledgeable and All-Wise” (49:6-8)

“Say (O Mohammed) “If you do love Allah, follow me, Allah will love you, and forgive your sins, as Allah is All-Forgiving, All-Merciful”. (3:31)

“O you believe .. Do not you love that Allah Would forgive you?” (24:22)

From the Hadith

“Allah Almighty said: If My servant loves to meet Me, I love to meet him, and if he hates to meet Me, I hate to meet him.” (narrated by Bukhari)

“Allah loves kindness when you deal with any matter” (narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)


“You will not enter Paradise until you have faith and you will not have faith until you love one another. Do you want me to tell you something you can do to make you love one another? Make it a habit to greet one another with “Asalamu Alaykum” – peace upon you”. (narrated by Muslim) 

“Give gifts to each other, as this will make you love one another.” (narrated by Muslim)

“The most loved person by Allah Almighty on the Day of Judgement and nearest to Him is a just ruler. And the most hated person by Allah Almighty on the Day of Judgement and farthest from Him is an unjust ruler.” (narrated by Tirmizi)


“If a Muslim loves his Muslim brother, he should inform him.” (narrated by Tirmizi)

Allah would say on the Day of Judgement:

“Where are those who love each other for the sake of My glory? Today I will shelter them with My shade, as there is no shade today except My shade”.” (narrated by Muslim)

“Allah Almighty said: “My servant draws near to Me with nothing more loved by Me than the acts of worship that I have enjoined upon him. My servant continues to try to draw near to Me with more devotion, until I love him. When I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight by which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, his feet on which he walks. When he asks Me for something, I will respond and when he takes refuge in Me, I will grant it to him. I do not hesitate in doing anything I intend to do as much as I hesitate in seizing the soul of My faithful servant; he hates death and I hate hurting him. But death is a must for him”.”  (narrated by Bukhari)

“If Allah would love his servant He would call Archangel Gabriel and tell him “I love this person, therefore love him.” And Jibraeel would love him and call out in the heavens “Allah loves this person, therefore love him.” And the inhabitants of the heavens would love him. Then he would be embraced by the people of this world. But if Allah would abhor his servant, He would call Jibraeel and tell him “I abhor this person, therefore abhor him”. And Jibraeel would abhor him and call out in the heavens ” Allah abhors this person, therefore abhor him.” And the inhabitants of the heavens would abhor him. Then he would be abhorred by the people of this world.” (narrated by Muslim)

“Allah Almighty said “I am as My servant expects Me to be. I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me to himself, I would remember him to Myself. And if he remembers Me in a gathering, I would remember him in a gathering, which is even better. And if My servant draws near to Me by a hand’s span, I would draw near to him by an arm’s length and if he draws near to Me by an arm’s length, I would draw near to him by a fathom’s length. And if My servant comes to me walking, I would go to him speeding.” (narrated by Bukhari)

“A man came to the Prophet (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and asked him “O Allah’s Messenger, tell me of something I do to win Allah’s love and people’s love”. The Prophet answered “Do not love this world, Allah would love you and do not have a longing for whatever people have, people would love you”.  (narrated by Ibn-Majah)

“Visit one another from time to time, your love for each other will increase.”  (narrated by al Bazzar)

“None of you will truly believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself”. (narrated by Bukhari)

“Whoever loves for Allah’s sake, hates for Allah’s sake, gives for Allah’s sake and withholds for Allah’s sake has a perfect faith.” (narrated by Abu Dawood)

“There are three characteristics whoever has them will taste the sweetness of faith: that Allah and His Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi WasSalaam) are more loved by him than everything else, that he loves or does not love a person only for Allah’s sake and that he would hate to revert into disbelief just as he would hate to be thrown into fire.” (narrated by Bukhari)

“There are seven whom Allah will shade with His shade on the Day when there is no shade except His; a just ruler, a youth who grew up in the worship of His Lord, a man whose heart is attached to mosques, two men who love each other only for Allah’s sake, meeting and parting for that love, a man who resists the call of a woman of noble birth and beauty to commit fornication, but he refuses and says “I fear Allah”, a man who gives charity secretly so that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given and a man whose eyes flood with tears whenever he remembers Allah in private.”  (narrated by Bukhari)

“When a man asked the prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “O Messenger of Allah, when will the Day of Judgement be?”, the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi WasSalaam) replied, “What have you prepared for it?” he said, “I have not prepared for it a great deal of prayer, fasting nor charity, but I love Allah and His Messenger intensely,” the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi WasSalaam) said, “You will be with those whom you love.”  (narrated by Bukhari)

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