Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love is in the Air

Love. How can one simple word be so powerful? What does it even mean? The answer to this question has been researched for centuries. And yet is there one answer to it? 

There are so many levels of love. So many types of love. The love you have for God, for your parents, for your spouse, for your children, for your best friend, for your pet, for humanity, I could go on forever. But, in any case, your heart takes control and feels for another.

Valentine's Day is around the corner. You can't forget because every store you walk into, red and pink hearts are everywhere. It has become an incredibly commercialized holiday. What hasn't? Flowers are marketed 200% from original price. Jewelry businesses have taken over commercials. A regular $30 dinner at a restaurant now offers "Valentine's Day Specials" for $275 per couple. And there are more teddy bears in stores than there are people to accept them.

This blog is not about Valentine's Day. It's about love. To take a moment away from the red balloons and express that love to whoever is important in your life. And to simply say thank you. Not only on February 14. But everyday. "Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand."--Mother Theresa 

In Islam, love is emphasized in all aspects of life. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "None of you has (truly) believed until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." When reading the Qur'an, you can recognize the emphasis put on God's love, compassion, and mercy; and the love and bond between parents and children, between mankind, and the special love created between spouses.

"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 those who reflect." (30:21)

To me, love is faith. Whether it be faith in God, faith in a person, faith in an object, faith in an idea, or faith in a can't have one without the other.   

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