Monday, 14 February 2011
Everyday is a Loving Day
The date of 14th February is so popular since years ago and it still has been promoted today. The promotion of LOVE is widely spread over the media, publication and movie. That's why now you can see everywhere the symbol of love and discussion on love everywhere because today is 14th February..
I'm sure that all of us know the history of Valentine's Day or Festival of Love. The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans, when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of "spiritual love".
There were myths associated with this pagan festival of the Romans, which persisted with their Christian heirs. Among the most famous of these myths was the Roman belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength and wisdom. More reading about this history can be viewed HERE, HERE and HERE.
Love is something that can be defined differently according to different perspective. The highest level of love is the love to Allah and Prophet Muhammad more that others. And it is natural of human being to love someone which is the closest one or love something that we hold everyday. So, the question is, why we should choose only specific day to show our love??
Love should be exposed everyday even though it is not for everyone. The love that is specifically exposed for specific day is not the true love, it might be temporary love only and it will not be remained forever. Loving day is everyday...
The concept of love was mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah. The word love, hubb in its various grammatical forms, is used 69 times in the Qur'an. It is an interesting article if you can refer to the writing of Farid Mahally in his article "A study of the word Love in the Quran". Please click HERE. The word of Love also mentioned in the Sunnah or the saying of the Prophet SAW. And of course, Prophet Muhammad was a very loving person. He once said: "The one who is not loving will not be loved" من لا يَرحم لا يُرحم
So, what about love to partner or soulmate? Allah said in the Quran: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (30:21) This verse shows that every person will be given a partner chosen by Allah to create a happy family life in affection (Mawaddah) and mercy (Rahmah), and this opportunity given by Allah is to think and be grateful to all His Greatest Love in this world and the Next World.
Interestingly, Islam is the religion of Love. Thus, we should not follow other religion to show our love and passion. Besides that, we should not imitate other cultures that contradict to our fitrah or especially which is against the Islamic teaching.
Let's hope Allah's love not only in this world, but in the Hereafter..
**Am I falling in love?