“Your friend is only Allah and His Messenger and those who believe: those who establish prayer (salat) and pay alms, and bow.” (Surat Al-Ma’ida, 55)
In this verse, it is revealed that the friend and guide of the believers is Allah, and His Messenger and believers who have faith in Allah. As stated in the verse, believers hold deep love for the prophets, who were sent by Allah in order to guide people to the true path, and sincere believers.
In many verses of the Qur’an the love, faithfulness, compassion and affection of believers for one another is mentioned. The source of this love of believers for one another is their deep love for Allah. Based on their strong love and sincere faith in Allah, believers love all that Allah has created and see manifestations of Allah’s beautiful names in these. Believers feel affection towards all sincere believers who strive for gaining the well pleasure of Allah and hold them as close friends and protectors. They take great delight in being with them in all circumstances. They are loyal to all Muslims with profound fidelity and faithfulness. Believers are pleased with the one whom they hope that Allah is pleased with; sincere believers who are on the path to Allah are the servants of Allah whom Allah loves the most. Therefore, believers love one another very deeply and hold great affection for each other. This understanding of love among the believers may only be attained through faith and abiding by the morals of the Qur’an.
Believers whose aim is to earn the well pleasure, mercy and Paradise of Allah, live their entire lives for Allah. As stated in a verse of the Qur’an, “Say: ‘My prayer and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds.” (Surat Al-An‘am, 162) they anticipate pleasing Allah in all work they do and in all their conduct. Their love for the believers is in the same way strong and deep because their love is based on love of Allah and they love for attaining well pleasure of Allah. Knowing that this friendship they enjoy with the believers will last for eternity is another reason that makes this love strong and unceasing. In a verse the love of believers for one another is mentioned as:
“As for those who believe and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them.” (Surah Maryam, 96)