To ask our Lord to open up our hearts to His Divine Love is the most important
    request we can make of Him in our prayers, as nothing can take the place of love.  
    The Holy Prophet, who is called the Beloved of Allah, whom Allah created with the
    yeast of love, and whom Allah loved so much that He dedicated the creation to him,
    even this beloved Prophet asked Allah for Divine Love – why?  Because who tastes of
    that love ask for more.  Whose heart is like a rock will not ask Allah for this love, but
    those who have had the slightest taste of that love know that it is the key to all spiritual
    progress, to mercy, beauty, wisdom, to all favours that Allah may bestow upon His
    servants.  Therefore, the Holy Prophet taught all mankind what is precious in this life.

    And then his prayer continued: “And grant me the love of those who love you”.  The
    first level, “Love of God”, is the Station of the Prophets, and you can’t step from the
    bottom of the stairway to the top in on step.  Allah Almighty is the Transcendent Being
    – you can’t even begin to fathom anything about Him Almighty – but it is easy to love
    those who represent His Love among mankind, for it is much easier for us to begin to
    understand and love human beings like ourselves.  You will find nothing in their hearts
    but the Love of Allah; therefore, loving them is a means to approach the Divine Love.

    Lastly, the Holy Prophet asks for the love of those actions which lead to the love of
    Allah, actions which carry blessings with them, which soften our hearts and weaken
    our greed and selfishness.  These are the actions encouraged by our Lord through
    the example of His Prophets, actions ordered and recommended in His Holy Books.  
    And, although in the beginning our inner state may not correspond to these saintly
    actions, by engaging our limbs in what pleases our Lord, He will strengthen our hearts

    These are the three levels of love for which the Holy Prophet prayed, and the wisdom
    reflected in this prayer is proof enough of the veracity of Muhammad, peace be upon
    him.  While Believers must always ask for that love, Satan is ever at war with such a
    notion, for he knows that once love has entered the heart of one of his slaves, that
    slave is lost to him, for he will not be able to snare him anymore with this world’s
    pleasures.  He who has tasted that love may not even notice those pleasures, or may
    regard them as only a drop in an ocean.

    Once, as Moses, upon whom be peace, was headed toward Mount Sinai, he passed
    the cave of a hermit.  The hermit emerged and called after Moses; “Oh Moses, please
    ask our Lord to bestow upon me just an atom’s weight of His Divine Love”.  Moses
    agreed to do this, and then continued on his way.  Later, when Moses was addressing
    his Lord, he petitioned on behalf of that hermit.  The Lord replied, “I will grant that
    servant of My Divine Love, but not in the amount he requested.  I will only grant him
    the tiniest fraction of an atom’s weight of that love”.

    When Moses returned from the mountain, he quickly went to see what was happening
    to the hermit, to see what effect such a tiny dose of Divine Love might have had on
    him.  When he arrived he was startled to see that where the cave had been a part of
    the mountain was blown away, and in place of that cave there was a deep chasm in
    the Earth.  “Oh servant of my Lord”, he cried out, “what has happened, where are
    you?”  Then Moses looked down the chasm and saw the hermit sitting down there as if
    in another world, completely overwhelmed by that love.

    Why did that hermit ask for a portion of Divine Love?  Because he was worshipping
    but feeling nothing; he felt emptiness in his heart that could only be filled by that love.
    Without love, worship is tasteless and useless; therefore, we must be sure to build our
    worship upon a strong foundation of love and to bake love into the bricks of the
    building of our devotional practice.  This is more than an analogy, for even physical
    buildings are either alive with the love of their builders, or dead from their hard –
    heartedness.  Therefore, old buildings often emanate a good feeling because of the
    love and goodness of those who built them.  This is especially true of old mosques
    and churches, for their original congregations built them for the sake of their Lord’s
    love and in an attitude of sincere piety.  There is often a very strong feeling of the
    Divine Presence in old mosques, but have you ever felt such an atmosphere in the
    new showpiece of  sterile  architecture  mosques? No, it is impossible; you may feel
    only an inner contraction inside of such concrete hills.  They have left the love out of
    the mortar; the most important ingredient is missing.

    There is nothing in all creation that the Creator, Allah Almighty, hates.  Indeed it is
    impossible to be hated by Allah and to be in existence: one absolutely precludes the
    other.  All creation appeared through His Divine Love.  He loved them and they
    appeared; therefore, everything in existence carries its share of Divine Love in it.

    When I say “everything”, I mean everything, from atoms and their parts – the very
    building blocks of the Universe – up to mankind.  Yes, everything, even the smallest
    particles of matter, carries that Divine Gift.  As you know, the electrons of atoms
    revolve around the nuclei, and at enormous velocity.  Someone told me that the
    famous scientist Albert Einstein once declared: “I have come to understand so much,
    but what I have never been able to fathom is what power gives electrons the energy to
    orbit nucleii at such a speed.  From where does such power come to them?”

    We believe, and furthermore, have been granted certainty in our belief, that
    everything in existence has life, is living.  For the sake of everyday reckoning we
    classify certain things, such as rocks, as inanimate objects, and recognize life only in
    plants, animals and human beings.  But we believe that beyond these outward
    distinctions everything has life.  Therefore, atoms, and their electrons that turn around
    the nuclei with such speed as to baffle even the renowned Mr. Einstein, are, in reality,
    alive.  They are alive with the Divine Love Power that their Lord has granted them.  
    That’s what makes them spin at the speed of light.

    Science may make penetrating and wonderful discoveries.  Scientists’ knowledge may
    advance and climb to unimagined heights in the realm of the observable and what
    may be proven through experiments.  But even such a great realm, the realm of
    observation and experimentation, is finite, has its limits, and only within these limits
    can it draw authoritative conclusions.  Therefore, scientists who recognize their
    limitations and are not blinded by pride may admit, that some occurrences are not
    explicable by science.

    It is for those who have access to a realm of knowledge beyond science to say with
    certainty, that it is Allah Almighty, the Lord of the Universe, who through His Holy
    Name “Al-Wadud” (The All-Loving) gives His Divine Love to everything in the
    Universe.  Those electrons, drunken with Divine Love, spin at such velocity around
    the nuclei.  That is how the influence of Divine Love is manifested by them.  Science
    can neither proves nor denies this explanation, as this phenomenon is beyond their
    realm, and they cannot as much as offer a theory.  But our hearts may be content with
    this explanation, as each and every one of us may try it himself within himself; for we
    all have the Power of that Divine Love in our hearts ready to be contacted.

    There is no one word in Western languages that gives the full meaning of “Al-wadud”,
    and even explanations don’t do it justice, even though the West claims its knowledge
    to be superior and looks down disdainfully on every religious experience.  And this
    Holy Name, the meaning of which cannot even adequately be expressed in advanced
    western languages, is the most suitable “Dhikr,” the most suitable of all the Divine
    Names to repeat and meditate upon for people who see themselves as superior
    beings and as being above normal standards.

    “Love”, it is certainly not a concept that western culture is unfamiliar with, and
    undoubtedly most people lay claim to loving and being loved to knowing the meaning
    of love, and to it being an important aspect of their lives, indeed the most important.  
    But the love we refer to in connection with the Divine Name “Al-Wadud” is not the
    physical transitory love that is rapidly becoming the only meaning of love applicable to
    modern man: the love that one may find in the zoo.  If you can’t imagine a love other
    than what is on the level of animals, then you belong in the zoo.

    There is a real love, never changing, never dying love, and then there is temporary
    animal love.  Both are in man through the wisdom of the Creator, but the permanent
    love is the love given to man through the Divine Name “Al-Wadud”.  To realize that
    love is the challenge and fulfillment of human existence – to come in contact with
    those Love Oceans, for He has given His Divine Love most abundantly to His most
    honoured representatives in creation, mankind.

    You may love a young lady for her youth, and when that youth departs you love her
    no more.  That is false love.  Sometimes we may have both kinds of love
    simultaneously, but usually the physical overpowers the spiritual, so that it is never
    allowed to appear.  But to reach the ultimate goal of human life we are in need of
    permanent love, and it is only the Lord of the Universe who can grant it.

    Therefore, when we say “Ya-Wadud” we are opening ourselves up to that Divine
    Love, asking our Lord to awaken that love that knows no limitation that is eternal and
    extends to all creation.  I have been ordered to teach and advise people to call on our
    Lord, saying” “Ya-Wadud”, as this will enable the sincere to attain real love of their
    Lord Almighty and to love everything around themselves.  We must learn to love
    everything for the sake of the love the Creator has for all His creation.  And we are in
    utmost need to pray for such love, as although it is the essence of all success in the
    way of spiritual purification, it has become almost extinct in our times.  Therefore,
    suffering, disturbances, struggle, crisis and chaos are continually on the rise.

    What passes for human love nowadays is in deed a very far cry from real human
    love.  Mostly, people cling to it for two or three months then throw it away.  You are
    saying: “Oh my goddess” and she is saying, “Oh my god,” but look in again on them
    two or three months later and see what is left of that “true devotion” and “deep
    emotion”.  That is the greatest cause of wretchedness in our times.  For this reason I
    don’t refer to this century as a civilized one.  Rather, the twentieth century is
    witnessing the destruction of civilization, and every minute violence and misery are

    The Lord – our Lord, your Lord, and their Lord – is One.  He created us and planted
    His Divine Love in the very yeast of our being.  You must know that, although that love
    may be temporarily covered, it is running through our hearts as a river runs to an
    ocean.  Along the course of that river love may manifest only as temporary human
    love, and that love current may even seem to disappear completely, like a river that
    flows under a mountain, only to re-emerge on the other side.  But there can be no
    doubt that our Lord has placed in every heart a current that flows irresistible to His
    Love Oceans in the Divine Presence.  Therefore, don’t imagine them to be cut off
    from Divine Love – it must be with them, whether that is now apparent to you and to
    themselves, or not.

    As our heart-current flows toward that ocean, the main difference we notice is that our
    love is not tied to physical beauty.  Everyone loves nature, greenery, rushing waters,
    youthful forms, beautiful people – but what about the others?  The Lord gave of His
    Love to people in general, not only to the young and beautiful.  And the One who
    implanted His Love in our hearts says: “Oh My servant, as I have given you from My
    Divine Love, so have I give it to all creation, so spread your love to everyone that you
    may be in harmony with My Will.”

    In reality, everything that contains His Love is green and beautiful, but to perceive the
    beauty in all creation you must transcend outward forms and penetrate to the realm of
    Spiritual Reality Oceans.  First of all, it is important to pass from forms to meanings,
    from fleeting shapes to eternal spiritual realities, as forms are limited and limiting,
    whereas spiritual realities are Oceans, Endless Oceans of Contentment.  To arrive at
    those Oceans will bring you inner peace.

    Therefore, I am trying to love everyone.  It is easy to say to a person, “I love you” as
    long as that person has never harmed you, but according to our Grandsheikh such is
    not the measure of real love.  He used to quote a famous Daghistani Sufi poet who
    said: “I don’t accept the love that you claim to hold for me to be real until I have tested
    you.  What is my test? If I put you through a meat grinder and you came out the other
    end as minced meat - but were still alive - and if then I returned you to your original
    form, would you still love me?”

    What this poet meant was “If I cause you so much suffering, and harm you as no one
    has ever harmed you before, will you still love me despite all that I have done?  That is
    true love. But if I am with you for forty years, and because of one hurtful word I may
    utter towards you in a moment of stress, you leave me and declare me to be your
    enemy, denying the love of forty years and saying, “ I don’t love you anymore”, that is
    not the love we are referring to.

    Therefore, as I have said, there are levels of love along the way, differing in quality
    according to their nearness to the goal, the Absolute Love Oceans of our Lord.  When
    one has reached that goal he may take any amount of harm from others and still
    love.  He may say: “I love you for the sake of my Lord, not for any other reason. That
    love will never change or diminish, as no matter what you do your Lord’s love is with
    you.  You may behave like a wild animal, you may wound me, but yet, for you to even
    exist, my Lord’s love must be with you, and therefore I am loving you, too.”

    Only the highest and most select of mankind are ever on such a level, and we are
    trying to reach that point – but it is so difficult.  You must know that this is a test for
    you and an opportunity to gain spiritual ranks.  Now you are in a situation where you
    must be patient with people who may not be upholding the same level of decorum that
    you are accustomed to.  Here is an opportunity for you to advance, as Holy people
    have advised us: rather than avoiding all ill-mannered and badly educated people, we
    should mingle with them and establish contact with them, that they may benefit and
    that you may test yourself and gain thereby.

    They are servants of the Almighty’s Will, and we are His servants too.  Our Lord is
    their Lord and their Lord is our Lord.  We must be patient and we will gain, little by
    little.  Cherry trees first yield bitter fruit, but you must wait – little by little, little by little,
    the tree starts to yield sweet and tasteful cherries.

    The Holy Masters have promised me that whoever sits with us and listens with his
    heart full of love must come to the same level: their hearts must open to Divine Love.  
    The Masters are not going to abandon us, and we are not going to turn from them, as
    our hearts have been bound with the strongest of bonds; the bond of Divine Love,
    that strongest of relationships of love that exists between the Creator and His
    creatures.  That relationship is the ultimate goal of existence, and we pray that we
    may grow stronger always.

    Those with whom we sit and whose hearts are receptive to Divine Love will attain that
    love.  This is a promise from the Masters, and therefore our meeting indicates that
    your time is approaching, the time when you will be able to break the bonds that make
    you slaves to your egos.  Soon you will be free to approach your spiritual goals, and
    that is why everyone here feels himself affected and moved to tears.

    If the love that was with me were only transitory love you wouldn’t even bother sitting
    with me for a moment.  But the love that is with me is real, permanent and Divine, and I
    have extended a ray of it to your hearts to awaken permanent love in you.

    My daughters and sons in attendance here today have never met me before, but our
    first meeting has been enough to establish real love from my heat to theirs.  This is a
    love they will never forget, a love that is blossoming in their hearts.

    I ask my Lord for permission to spread His permanent love to the hearts of all people
    – and the time is approaching when we hope that permission will be granted.

    Love is eternal, and the transitory nature of all things pertaining to this world is a sign
    of truth, a sign that shows s by means of contrast.  Real spiritual love: love of Allah
    and love of mankind for the sake of Allah is the only truth, the only thing in this world
    that is permanently and constantly sweet.  Physical separation from someone you
    love, in accordance with the rule that pertains to the physical, may create a longing
    that will cause love to increase, may augment the bliss of reunion.  But on the spiritual
    level that love is constant, is never interrupted by distance or by time.  Your beloved
    may be on the moon and you may be in bliss at the thought of reunion, but if love is
    unrequited, that is not sweet separation but a bitter pill.  The extinction of love is pitch
    darkness.  You may regard the sunset as beautiful, but how would you feel if it were
    setting forever?

    Love is the water of life. Allah created Adam from clay and water.  If it were not for
    water the clay would hold no shape.  Divine Love is what binds our souls together.
    That is why people become so miserable when they feel unloved.  It is a feeling that
    something essential is missing from one’s life, that life itself is incomplete, and in the
    face of this ache people set out in search of love with the desperation of a man dying
    of thirst.

    Love is an attribute of God Almighty which binds His servants to Him eternally.  If Allah
    were to hate mankind it would be so easy for Him to bring about an abrupt and terrible
    end to our follies – but He loves us and therefore shows us so much tolerance.

    If you are a parent, consider your love for your children.  If your son grew up to be a
    criminal, would you not love him still? Would you not maintain that despite his bad
    actions (which you would perhaps readily condemn) he was still basically at heart a
    good boy? Would you not find excuses for his bad behavior and have faith that he
    would turn away again from those bad actions?

    Love is lovely to the Lord and to His servants.  If you do anything with love it should be
    accepted by your Lord, and He should make it tasteful for you.  If you love your work it
    will be easy for you to do, if not, it will only be a burden.  The Lord says: “I am not in
    need of your worship; I am only seeking the love with which it is offered.  “Oh servants
    of the Lord, Oh believers, you must not overlook this point.  Don’t be like slaves
    rowing in the galley of a ship – if you pray, you must pray with love not by force, as if a
    slave driver were standing over you with a whip! Allah never appreciates such forced
    devotions.  Now we are trying to perform all the practices but forgetting to ask for
    Divine Love, so we are becoming like mechanical robots, or like people performing

    Allah has asked us to engage our bodies in His worship and in service to His creation
    through charity and good deeds, but what must be the fruit of those actions?  If the
    fruit is not love it is bitter fruit and is rejected.  If our worship causes Love of Allah to
    grow in our hearts, then we must keep to that practice and continue on our way: and if
    we are keeping the company of a spiritual teacher, and find that through keeping his
    company love of Allah is awakening in our hearts, then we must follow him closely.

    The Love of Allah is not easy to attain, for we cannot imagine Him; therefore, He
    Almighty has made the Prophets apostles of His Love.  Allah’s Beloved, the Seal of
    Prophets, Muhammad, upon whom be peace, was such a pure medium for the
    transmission of that love that the hearts of his companions were overwhelmed with his
    love, and were transported to the love of Allah.  He was the representative of Allah,
    who is the Absolute Truth; therefore, the Prophet declared: “Who has seen me has
    seen the Absolute Truth”.

    When a delegation of non-Muslims came to visit Medina, they were amazed at the love
    and respect shown to the Prophet by his companions.  When they returned home they
    said to their leaders: “We have met many emperors, kings and tribal chiefs, but never
    have we seen one whose subjects or courtiers treat him with such sincere love and
    devotion.  How can this be?”  They were not able to comprehend the secret of this
    love, as their egos caused them to deny Mohammed’s prophet hood.  The love of the
    companions towards the Prophet was such that they used to say to him: “I am ready to
    sacrifice for you even my mother and father”, which, for the Arabs, is much stronger
    than saying: “I would sacrifice myself for you”.  And in reality many of them underwent
    nearly unbearable hardships for the sake of their belief in the mission of the Holy
    Prophet: exile, disinheritance, boycott, torture and death.

    Who represented the Holy Prophet after his life on Earth? They are those who evoked
    such love.  The Prophet himself described them: “Those who see them are reminded
    of Allah”.  He who thirsts for Divine Love must seek out such people, but in our time
    they are mostly hidden, and Islam has come to mean for many people only a set of
    rules of conduct and forms of worship – an empty shell.  Who can derive taste from
    such a thing? Shall mosques be only gymnasiums? And now the “gym teachers” are
    opposing Sufi Paths, which are the ways of the heart, ways that lead to the Love of

    Our Lord has given us an instrument that measures not your blood pressure but our
    “love pressure” and our goal is to make it high!  Yes, seek to improve with every new
    day, for the Holy Prophet said: Whoever does not improve with each day is losing
    ground.  “What does this mean?  It doesn’t mean that if we pray forty rakats of prayer
    today, we should pray forty-one tomorrow and forty-two the next day.  No, that is not
    required, what is intended is that you fill your worship with ever more love of your
    Lord, so that He will observe:  “My servant has sent Me more love today than
    yesterday.  “One of our Grandsheikhs summarized perfectly what I am trying to say:
    “An atom’s weight of love is worth more than seventy years’ worship without love”.

    Today we speak about love for Allah and His Prophet.  Our Grandsheikh was telling
    this hadith, that one day the Prophet was giving a sermon when one Bedouin came to
    the door of the mosque and shouted: “Oh Prophet, when is the Last Day coming?”  
    There was no answer, so he called out again and still again.  The Prophet was waiting
    for Allah to provide him with an answer, as only He knows when the Last Day is.  Then
    the Angel Jibril came to him saying: “Ask him what he did in preparation for the Last
    day”.  The man replied: “Muhammed, I love you and I love your Lord, nothing else,
    only this”.  Then Jibril told Muhammed: “Answer him that he will be with you and your
    Lord like two fingers together.  Everyone who loves another must be with him on the
    Last day.”  On hearing this, Abu Bakr asked: “Oh Prophet, is not action a necessary
    condition, is only love enough?” He answered: “No, Ya Aba Bakr, actions are not a
    condition, what is important is love.  Everyone will be with his beloved friend.”



A saying of the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace, in which he prayed to

“Oh Allah, I ask You to grant me the love of You
and the love of those whom You love,
and grant me, Oh my Lord,the love of those
actions which lead me to the love of You”.
Sheikh Nazim
The Three Levels Of Love
The Divine Name "Al Wadud"
The Endless Oceans of Love
The Promise Of the Holy Masters
Ask for Divine Love