58. What can we do so as to increase our love towards God?
Love of God is linked to the appreciation of the blessings bestowed upon us.
The remembrance of the divine blessings increases our relationship with Him, whether it be specific or general blessings.
On one side, general blessings are the wind, rain, sun, mountains, plants, food and drinks, our partners, off spring, faculty of mind, knowledge and science, tongue, eyes, ears, other parts of our body, the blessings of day and night, waking and sleeping, freedom and the power to choose, our attraction towards good and perfection and the dislike of evil; all of which without mankind would be paralysed.
How would you deal with saliva that is salty or bitter? Or if God takes away the blessing of sleep or just the ability to close our eyes during sleep, even if it’s just for a few days?
On the other side of the coin, there are specific blessings, such as abilities and talents, which are gifted to particular individuals, and if one thinks about one’s own blessings which are under our will, you would notice how much one has been blessed with of which others are deprived of.
Yes, it is the remembrance of divine blessings that brings us closer to God, the Qur’an states:
فاذكروا آلاءَ الله
“Remember the blessings from Allah SWT!”1
- 1. Al Araf 7:69.