Gifts are often the first thing people say when asked to think of how they showed love.
Gift-giving is something that is highly emphasised in Islam, with ahadith on giving gifts, accepting gifts, and even discouraging us from taking back one’s gifts. Check out this one on gifts and love:
The Prophet (saw) said: “Give gifts to each other and you will love each other; give gifts to each other for it removes grudges.”
The best example of gift giving I can think of is the handkerchief of Bibi Fatima (as) that was with Imam Husayn (as), which he then gifted to Hur, the captain of Yazid’s army who came over to Imam Husayn (as) side.
‘When Hurr was struck, Imam cleaned the blood off his forehead and tied a handkerchief round his head to stop the blood. It was a
handkerchief made by Sayyida Fatima Zahra (A.S.) Hazrat Hurr opened his eyes for the last time and saw Imam Husayn (A.S.).
Many many years later a ruler who wished to witness the greatness of a Shaheed, dug open the grave of Hazrat Hurr. A beautiful smell was coming out of the grave and he saw Hazrat Hurr lying in the grave as though he was just resting. He saw the handkerchief tied around Hazrat Hurr’s head and opened it. Fresh blood started flowing so Shah Abbas Saffaa tied it up with his own
handkerchief. A voice told him: ” Please give my handkerchief back, it is the handkerchief made by Sayyida Fatima Zahra (A.S.) and tied by Imam Husayn (A.S.)” He returned the handkerchief and closed the grave.’
Can you think of any more examples?
As it is nearly Valentine’s Day, i think it’s time for a series on love!
Love Languages in Islam
Have you ever come across something called Love Languages? The Five Love Languages is a faith-based book written by Gary Chapman, who says that the biggest problem in all relationships is not that love fades or dies, but that people communicate love in different ways.
He identifies the 5 main different ways in which love can be communicated. Inshallah we will go through one a day and take a look at what Islam says about these forms of love and examples of them from history…and then hopefully implement them in our lives!
P.S. I have done this in lessons with children and they have come up with some amazing stuff!