Originally found on Toronto Dawah
Here is some speech by the Lajnah ad-Da’imah it relates to what we mentioned yesterday in the aqeedah class about the sufis going to extreme with the love of Allah :
What is the ruling on some people who say: “O Allah, I worship You out of my love for You. If I worship You fearing Your Hell, let me enter it and if I worship You seeking to enter Your Paradise, let me enter Your Hell”?
Worshiping Allah just by loving Him is the Manhaj [methodology] of misguided Sufis, which is of their own invention. Loving Allah is the highest degree of `Ibadah [worship], but not the sole act of `Ibadah. The Manhaj of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah [adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream] is to worship Allah through love, fear, hope and other expressive forms of `Ibadah. Allah [Exalted be He] says: Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. Allah says about His Prophets: Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us. Allah also says about the angels: And they stand in awe for fear of Him. And: They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded. There are many Ayahs [Qur’anic verses] elaborating on this meaning.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman