Is Loving God Sufficient to Make Someone a Believer?

One can often hear some Muslims puzzle over why in Islam Jews, Christians, Sikhs and others, aren’t considered believers (mu’minun); given that they all profess faith in One God and love of Him.

Ibn al-Qayyim explains why not every person who believes in God and loves Him is actually a believer, according to the teachings of Islam. He writes:

‘Here there are four types of love (mahabbah) that are crucial to differentiate between: those who strayed did so because they did not make the necessary distinctions.

‘Firstly, love of God (mahabatu’Llah); which by itself is not sufficient for salvation from the Fire or gaining success through His reward. For the idolators, Jews, Christians and others, all love God.

‘Secondly, Love of what God loves (mahabbah ma yuhibbu’Llah); this is what brings one into Islam and removes him from disbelief (kufr). Those most beloved to God are the ones firmest and most committed to such love.

‘Thirdly, love for God’s sake and in Him (al-hubbu li’Llah wa fihi); which is a necessary upshot of loving what God loves. Loving what God loves will not be sound unless one loves for His sake too.

‘Fourthly, love of a thing alongside God (al-mahabbah ma‘a’Llah); this is the idolatrous type of love. Whoever loves something on par with God – not in God, for God, nor for God’s sake – has set-up a rival with God. This is the love of the idolators.

‘There remains a fifth type, which isn’t part of what we’ve been discussing: the natural type of love (al-mahabbah al-tabi‘iyyah). This is where a person inclines, by nature, to whatever he finds agreeable, such as quenching thirst with cool water or satisfying hunger with food; or love of sleep, or marriage, or children. Such things aren’t blameworthy in and of themselves, unless they distract you from remembrance of God, or deflect you from love of Him. God says: ‘O you who believe! Let not your wealth nor your children distract you from God’s remembrance.’ [Qur’an 63:9] Also: ‘By men whom neither wealth nor trade distract from remembrance of God.’ [24:37]’*

*Al-Da’ wa’l-Dawa (Riyadh: Dar Ibn al-Jawzi, 1998), 292-3.


by Surkheel Abu Aaliyah


Categories: Christianity, God, Islam, Judaism

11 replies

  1. Christians would agree with this. So I’m not sure it’s convincing


    • Nop. You fail miserable at point 4. Christianity is pure idolatry pretending to be monotheism by comitting countless of logical fallacies.


    • “Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?
      But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” Quran 29:2-3

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    • Say: “If you do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Quran 3:3

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    • “O you who believe! Respond to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be gathered.” Quran 8:24


    • “Christianity is pure idolatry pretending to be monotheism by comitting countless of logical fallacies”

      So committing a logical fallacy makes one pretend to be a monotheist? LOL I think that statement itself is a logical fallacy #islamfail


    • Cerberus, what he means is that you idolatrous man-worshippers pretend to be monotheists and then committ fallacies to perpetuate your pseudo-monotheism. Get it?



    • Sorry Porky 🐷 but we were monotheists long before Muhammad invented Islamic Unitarian prophet worship.

      You muzzies are so pathetic trying to condemn everybody else


    • Lol, the idiocy of Cerberus keeps reaching new heights!

      Still not getting it? You idolaters can pretend to be monotheists all you want. It doesn’t change the fact that you are man-worshippers.



  2. Surah 3:3 is a prime example of idolatry Omar.


    • LOL, Cerberus’ idiocy is on display again!

      “He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.”

      Where is the idolatry here? This is Surah Al-Imran (3), verse 3. Nothing in there that can be reasonably interpreted as “idolatry”, unless of course you are pagan idolater like our canine friend from hell, Cerberus.



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