Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Love is the Sickness of the Heart

“Love is the spring that flows from the heart of one Human to another and this emotion is what truly makes us human”. This is what I have always felt in my heart. No emotion, no act could be greater than loving someone. Perhaps it is the only selfless emotion that binds us as humans.

However the same may not be the case with all of humanity. Maybe some people think differently. Yes, you have guessed it right. Good Muslims don’t consider falling in love with someone or loving non-Muslims as good; rather they see it as an evil. But what makes them think that this beautiful emotion is Evil and needs to be dreaded.

I will show below what the biggest Muslim scholars have said about falling in love with some one. Any claims by Muslims to say that these fawtas are personal opinions don’t withstand the litmus test. These scholars that I am going to quote are looked upon as men of great understanding of Islam.

Let me quote what Ibn Taymiyah said in his fatwas

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/129):

Love is a psychological sickness, and if it grows strong it affects the body, and becomes a physical sickness, either as diseases of the brain, which are said to be diseases caused by waswaas, or diseases of the body such as weakness, emaciation and so on.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/132):

Loving a non-mahram woman leads to many negative consequences, the full extent of which is known only to the Lord of people. It is a sickness that affects the religious commitment of the sufferer, then it may also affect his mind and body.

From this outstanding 16th-century Muslim scholar, we can derive that one of the effects of love for a member of the opposite sex (forget about same sex) is enslavement of the heart, held captive to the loved one. So love is a door that leads to humiliation and servility. That is sufficient to put one off this sickness.

Let us move on see what this great scholar has to say about falling in love with someone.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/185):

If a man is in love with a woman, even if she is permissible for him, his heart remains enslaved to her, and she can control him as she wishes, even though outwardly he appears to be her master, because he is her husband; but in fact he is her prisoner and slave, especially if she is aware of his need and love for her. In that case, she will control him like a harsh and oppressive master controls his abject slave who cannot free himself from him. Rather he is worse off than that, because enslavement of the heart is worse than enslavement of the body.

So you see you will fall in love with someone only if you don’t love Allah. Someone who loves the great God Allah is not supposed to love anyone for that matter. So all those who are Muslims or wannabe Muslims this is serious piece of advice from one of the most respected scholars of Islam.

Now let us hear the opinion of another (mis) guided slave of Allah and see what he has to say:

Ibn al-Qayyim said in Rawdat al-Muhibbeen (147):

If the cause happens by his choice, he has no excuse for the consequences that are beyond his control, but if the reason is haraam, the drunkard had no excuse. Undoubtedly following one glance with another and allowing oneself to keep thinking about the person is like drinking intoxicants: he is to be blamed for the cause.

So, if you happen to fall in love with someone, it is the same as taking intoxicants. This clearly shows that love has no place in Islam unlike hatred does: hatred for non-Muslim, hatred for the non-Muslim places of worship. Absolutely anything that does not fall within the purview of Islam should be hated by Muslims. When it comes to love, strangely it becomes evil. Perhaps Islam is the only religion in this world that condemned this noble human emotion in such strong words.

I also fail to understand the difference between Haram and Halal love. It's strange considering that Muslims tout Islam as a religion of peace and love. I wonder if the Muslims in the West today know more Islam than these fathers of Wahabism from Saudi Arabia which is supposed to be the spring from where Islam sprang.

Wouldn’t we just love to hear what CAIR has to say about this.

Ibrahim Lone is Kashmir-born ex-Muslim.

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