Rabbani and his True Unconditional Love



‘Preserve thy fragile heart with the strong walls of His Love

…and kindle it’s fire by His Fear.

And then let thy hope in Him,

 make Him to thee dear.’


Asalamoalaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

A lot of us love Allah SWT because He blesses us with what we wanted initially and/or possibly asked for it. In short, a love that’s conditional. If our conditions are met (acceptance of duaa, smooth life etc.), we love Him. What we forget is that He’s the Master. A master/king in this dunia doesn’t care about his servant/slave much. In fact that’s the least of his troubles. The king/authority figure is dunia is worried about getting his needs and the love for luxuries fulfilled. However, with the Tawheed, our Rabb is Self-Sufficient or As-Samad. The Only True Lordship. And despite Him being Lord of the Worlds, He actually cares for us through and through. He SWT cares for us and never leaves us on our own. And when we feel like He has, it’s actually we who have left holding onto Him long back. The prime reason to start this cycle off with the fact that our love that’s deficient, our love based on conditions, our ‘love’ that we so openly claim but in not manifested in our actions in times that are difficult. That ‘love’ which lacks Tawakul (reliance) and Hayaa’ (modesty of His Presence). Is that love worthy then? For any claim that lacks credulence through actions is a false claim. A claim that has no proof.

Do we really love Allah SWT only when we ‘get’ what we want?

Do we love Allah SWT only so that we get what we want?

Or do we love Allah SWT like a real Rabbani? Who’s breathing is associated with His Remembrance, who when speaks, speaks of Him or to Him. Who prefers only to hear about Him. Who loves to see His Words only… day and night. And who once gets hurt for His Sake, wants to become even much closer to Him. To gain His Pleasure is the ultimate goal of that individual whether he himself is weary. And in the process he is grateful by teaching others of what he has learned , seeks to connect them to Allah SWT rather than with himself.

That’s a true soldier. That’s a true Rabbani who exhibits true love, unlike most of us. In last part of verse 79 of Surah Ale Imran, Allah SWT speaks about Rabbaniyun (plural of Rabbaani):

The running translation for which is:

“…on the contrary (he would say): ‘Be you Rabbaniyyun (learned men of religion who practise what they know and also preach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.’ (79)

The word Rabbani (singular) has some interesting linguistic perspectives which can motivate us to become one:

  1. The ‘Ya’ at the end of the word Rabbani, refers to one ‘of’ Rabb. One who belongs to Him. The question is don’t we all belong to Him? This will be cleared out in point three.
  2. When you recite the ‘ba’ of Rabbaani, it has the stress called ‘Mubalagha’. This specific stress increases the emphasis of the meaning contained in the word. For example, the word Lahyaani, means ‘long’ beard. Another example, ‘Jumaani’, means ‘long’ hair. Likewise Rabbaani means one who has a very strong connection with Allah SWT.
  3. The word Rabbani means one who has : (1) knowledge of Rabb (2)is obedient to his Rabb. These two criteria then really is for the ‘Ulama and Fuqaha who are not only strong in their academics but they also act upon it. Mohammad ibn Hanafiya (R) said upon the death of Ibn Abbas (RA), ‘Today the Rabbani of this Ummah has died!‘ So basically it is someone ‘Ilm(knowledge) and ‘Amal (action).
  4. The literal meaning of the word Rabb (from which Rabbaani takes root in) means someone who does tarbiyah. Our Rabb does our tarbiyah through not only our physical nourishment but also spiritual nourishment. A Rabbaani is someone who nourishes other people with knowledge essential for their spiritual upbringing. How does he do that? It involves 3 things: (1) he acquires knowledge, (2) he teaches it to others , and (3) he passes on that knowledge by asking and motivating others to follow it.

[taught by FH’s student via AHI]

In a nutshell, here’s a dummies’ guide to become a Rabbaani: learn + apply + teach + motivate others to follow it.

Most of us aren’t even aware that we have to learn. We are content with praying in a confused manner. We don’t know the 5 basic pillars of Islaam and hardly follow it. And then we question His Wisdom when chaos ensues in our lives. SubhanAllah! It is a reminder from Him that something’s wrong with us and that we should get back on track. We start questioning His Love for us. What an approach! Such people make me angry…and that’s anger for His Sake. I hate it when people blame Allah SWT or their ‘fate’.

“Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and Fighting in His Cause; then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the rebellious folk.” [Surah At-Tawbah 9:24]

So when we are not strong in our worship after a trial comes in our life then it is like valuing our emotions, and loving oneself more than Allah SWT and what He revealed to our beloved Prophet SAW! Like as if our hurt feelings are worth paying attention to that we’re willing to risk our Eeman and jeopardizing our relationship with Allah SWT and not being content. Allahu Akbar!

Imam Ahmad recorded that Zuhrah bin Ma`bad said that his grandfather said, “We were with the Messenger of Allah , while he was holding the hand of `Umar bin Al-Khattab. `Umar said, `By Allah! You, O Messenger of Allah, are dearer to me than everything, except for myself.’ The Messenger of Allah said, “(None among you will attain faith until I become dearer to him than even himself.) `Umar said, `Verily, now, you are dearer to me than myself, by Allah!’ The Messenger of Allah said,(Now, O `Umar!)” Al-Bukhari also collected this Hadith.

And if you love the Messenger SAW you are indirectly loving Allah SWT. Because when you love someone, you love everyone he loves and to Allah SWT belongs an Exalted Example : if you love Allah SWT, you will love His Messenger, His Angels and all His Prophets, His Books.

May Allah SWT make us Rabbaaniyun and raise us amongst the Ahl-al Dhikr on the Day of Judgement.Ameen.

[gentle reminder to myself first and then others]

And Allah SWT knows best.


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