Love for the sake of Allah is one of the strongest bonds of faith, and is one of the most important foundations on which Muslim society is based.
It is the basis by means of which ties of friendship and harmony among people are attained, so that they love one another, visit one another, are sincere towards one another, intermarry, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, thus attaining true Islamic brotherhood.
Through it people find the sweetness of faith in their interactions, companionship and friendship.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed the strongest bond of faith is to love for the sake of Allah and hate for the sake of Allah.”
Love for the sake of Allah is one of the greatest acts of worship and one of the best of righteous deeds.
It is also part of faith to hate for his brother what he hates for himself of evil.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself of good.”
Among the seven whom Allah will shade with His shade on the Day (Day of Judgement) when there will be no shade but His are “two men who love one another for the sake of Allah, meeting and parting on that basis”,
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)said: “[Allah says:] ‘My love is due for those who love one another for My sake; My love is due for those who visit one another for My sake; My love is due for those who help one another for My sake; My love is due for those whose hearts are free of grudges and who uphold ties with one another for My sake.’”
It is possible to attain these high levels by means of sincere love for one’s brother, intending it solely for the sake of Allah, cooperating in righteousness and piety on a basis of love, sincerely advising one another to do good, getting together to do acts of worship, and casting away evil and inappropriate words and deeds; and by loving for your brother what you love for yourself, hating for him what you hate for yourself, sharing his joys and sorrows, helping him to obey Allah, helping him in matters of concern to him having to do with this world or the hereafter, defending him in his absence, not hesitating to help him or any of his family members, speaking well of him, concealing his faults, not backbiting about him, and not telling lies about him; and by treating him as well as you would treat your own brother, if not better than that.