Allah said in the Qur’an, “and of mankind are those that take partners besides Allah , they love them like the love of Allah . and those who believe are stronger in their love for Allah.” (al Baqarah)
Ibn al qayyim and the issue of love:
Ibn al qayyim rahimahullaah had spoken extensively about love and its various branches and implications. in fact, he authored perhaps the best book on the subject ; rawdatul muhibbeen’- the garden of the lovers.
Ibn al qayyim said in his epic work- ‘al jawaab al kaafi’, speaking about the love that leads the person to commit shirk,…
“and it (love) can sometimes lead to disbelief , like the one who takes his beloved as an equal, loving her as he loves Allah , so what if his love for her in his heart was greater than his love for Allah ? this is a passionate love that he will not be forgiven for, as verily it is from the greatest acts of shirk and Allah does not forgive that partners be set up with him and it is only repentance that can wipe that away. The signs of this passionate love that is shirk and disbelief :
That the person who has this passionate love gives priority to the pleasure of his beloved over the pleasure of his lord. And if there is a clash and conflict between giving his beloved his/ her portion and right and giving his lord his right and obedience, he will give preference to the right of his beloved over the right of his lord. He will give preference to his beloveds pleasure over the the pleasure of his lord. He will take great pains to expend for him/her the most precious of what he can muster, and will expend for his lord (if he expends anything at all)-the worst of what he has with him. He will take great strides for the pleasure of his beloved and for his/her obedience and drawing close to him/her, while he will present to his lord-from his time (if he obeys him at all)- the superfluous remains of that which his beloved was blessed with.
Reflect upon the state of the majority of those who posses this passionate love for objects and you will find their state consistent with this description. Then place their condition in one hand and their tawheed and imaan in the other hand, then weigh the two with a weighing that will please Allah and his messenger and exemplifies justice and fairness…”
Let us all reflect on this and look at ourselves. Let us keep our love within the confines of that which pleases Allah as he the most high said in the qur’an
“the close friends on that day will be enemies of one another, except the muttaqoon (those of taqwa).”