Obeying Allah by fasting the month of Ramadan increases our love of Allah. There are ten signs that indicate we have love for Allah, and whoever does them has loved Him in deed and not only in word:
1) To love the word of Allah, all praises and glory be to Him. To yearn to recite His words and to reflect upon their meanings. To act according to what is commanded in every affair of your life.
2) To love the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to follow him and accept him as the best model. As Allah tells us:
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” (Surah Al-Azhab:21)
We should act in accord with his traditions without any reservation, fear or wavering. Allah tells us:
“But no, by your Lord, they can have no faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against (them) with full submission.” (Surah An-Nisa:65)
We should also send our peace and blessing upon the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, at every opportunity.
3) To jealously guard the limits set down by Allah, and to deter any attempt to transgress those limits. To feel angry when the rites of Islam are dishonoured, either by those who disbelieve or by innovators. To strive with the hearts, tongue and hand to uplift Allah’s law and establish his religion on earth.
4) To strive to become a ‘friend of Allah’:
“Verily the Auliya of Allah (those who love Allah and abstain from all forbidden things and perform good deeds) no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.” (Surah Yunus:62)
“Verily, your Wali (Protector or Helper) is none other than Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, – those who perform As-Salat and give Zakat and they are Rakiun (those who bow down or submit themselves to Allah in prayer). And whoever takes Allah, His Messenger, and those who have believed as Protectors, then the party of Allah will be victorious.” (Surah Al-Maidah:55-56)
5) To enjoin the good and forbid the evil at every opportunity. These actions fortify both the believer and the religion:
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (Islamic monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the succesful.” (Surah Al-Imran:104)
6) To sit with the righteous, love them, and enjoy the pleasure of their company. To benefit from them as much as possible, listen to their conversations, say prayers for them ad protect their honour by mentioning their good qualities.
7) To draw close to Allah with voluntary acts of worship in order to gain His pleasure. This can be done through acts such as prayer, fasting, charity, pilgrimage, recitation and remembrance. Allah tells us:
“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.” (Surah Al-Anbiya: 90)
It is recorded in a hadith Qudsi that Allah said:
“Whosoever shows enmity to a walee (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nawaafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.” (Recorded in Al-Bukhari)
8 To prefer the life of the Hereafter over the life of this world. As such, we should be constantly preparing for our death and departure and our meeting with Allah the Almighty. Will you pleased to be a companion with people who have provision for this journey whilst you have none?
9) Sincere repentance and abandonment of disobedience. Avoidance of frivolous people who desire the delights of this world. Sitting in their company poisons the heart. Remember that you will be raised with those that you love, so be careful who your friends are.
10) To aspire to die in the way of Allah and to look forward to that day when your soul will be presented with what it did solely for the sake of Allah.
“Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be Paradise.” (Surah Al-Taubah:111)
May Allah make us of those who love Him. Surely Allah has power over all things.