The great scholar Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah is often referred to as the ‘Imam of the Hearts.’ Reading and reflecting on his treatise on the ways that bring about the love of Allah, it isn’t hard to see why…

* Recitation of the Qur’an with reflection and understanding of its meanings and what is intended by it, as one reflects over a book which he has memorized and which he expounds so that he may understand what its author intends from him.

* Getting closer to Allah with supererogatory acts of worship, after the obligatory ones, for they will take him to another level of love that comes after love.

* Constant remembrance in every circumstance by the tongue, the heart, the actions, and (one’s) condition, so a person’s share of love is in accordance with his share of this remembrance.

* Preferring His love over your own when desires overcome you and climbing to reach His love, even if the ascent is difficult.

* The heart’s comprehension of His Names and Attributes, witnessing them and having knowledge of them, to immerse himself in the garden of this knowledge and its fundamental pillars. Whoever knows Allah by His Name, Attributes, and Actions, will, no doubt, love Him.

* Witnessing His generosity, His benevolence, His favors, and blessings, both hidden and open, for these things all call to His love.

* And this is the most amazing of all: the heart’s total surrender to and humility in front of Allah, the Highest, and there are no other words and considerations which give expression to this meaning.

* Being alone in the time of the Descent of Allah (last third of the night) for having private conversations with Him, reciting His Words, investigating the heart, displaying the manners of servitude whilst in front of Him, and then sealing all of that by seeking forgiveness and repentance.

* Sitting with the truthful lovers (of Allah) and gathering the good fruits (emanating) from their speech, just as one picks out the best of fruits, and that you do not speak except when the benefit of the speech prevails and when you know that there is the betterment for you and benefit for others in it.

* Keeping distant from everything that comes between the heart and Allah, the Mighty, and the Majestic. May Allah make us of those who strive to love Him and are loved by Him, Ameen.

– Abridged and excerpted from Madaarijus-Saalikeen from the book The Path to Guidance (pgs.56-60), published by Salafi Publications.