Perspectives on the Concept of Love in Islam
By Mahnaz Heydarpoor
There is a shared commitment to love and compassion among all great religions of the world. However, it is sometimes understood in different ways within different traditions. In Islam, the concept of love is very important. This fact manifests itself in Islamic philosophy, theology, mysticism and ethics; indeed, in some aspects, it plays the most crucial role. Love is so central in Islam that it is seen as “the firmest handhold of faith” and faith is nothing but love for the sake of God. God has created the world out of love, treats human beings with love and asks them to love.
In the present work, the author elaborates on the significance and the doctrinal foundations of love in Islam. She studies both Divine love (for Himself, for all beings and for mankind) and human love (for God and for fellow humans). One’s love for God should direct all aspects of one’s life. Ethical rules are guidelines of this path of love, enlightened and oriented by teachings of the intellect and prophets.
The author is a graduate of the seminary of Qum and has done her M.A. in religious studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Islamic Centre of England