In Chapter 4 of Rejuvenation of the Soul, we discover as the great Rumi (qs) said, “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” Through love, we are able to commune, i.e. become one with and transcend separateness, and only thus truly communicate with another.
Love is faith, and faith is light, and thus love is the fuel for the heart and soul of a human being. When love is present, there is no need to force, for one is pulled by the light of love towards the goal. Thus, “There is no force in religion,” [2:256].
With love, the way and the path becomes easy and effortless, yet without love in the heart, the requirements of religion become heavy and burdensome, for they lack the spirit, the breath that gives life to forms.
True love is eternal, expansive and ever increasing, while worldly dunya-based love of the senses atrophies and wanes with time and distance. It is to this, to true, real and divine love that Allah Almighty, His Messenger ﷺ and the Awliyaullah call us.
Learn more in Chapter 4: Expansion and Love.
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