Building with and by Love

May 7, 2021

In the name of Allāh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

We begin with love. A love that is soul deep – woven into the rich tapestry of life itself. A love that is definitive. A love that makes us who we are; a love that colours our existence. A love that binds us together and builds us up. It is love that causes the spirit to awaken. Love that causes dreams to be made and the course to be set. Love that is cardinal in its direction, pointing us not towards the north or the east, but pointing us towards our truest destination.

In language and in literature, love as a concept can be metaphorically expressed as a journey.

“It is a principle for understanding the domain of love in terms of the domain of journeys. The principle can be stated informally as a metaphorical scenario: The lovers are travelers on a journey together, with their common life goals seen as destinations to be reached. The relationship is their vehicle, and it allows them to pursue those common goals together. The relationship is seen as fulfilling its purpose as long as it allows them to make progress toward their common goals. The journey isn’t easy. There are impediments, and there are places (crossroads) where a decision has to be made about which direction to go in and whether to keep traveling together. The metaphor involves understanding one domain of experience, love, in terms of a very different domain of experience, journeys.”[1]

A strikingly familiar phrase: “we’ve come a long way.” One that captures a feeling from the many colours of love we experience. As those who have loved and continue to love undertake the journey, they meet one another in the middle of the road. Those who love are able to look back on the path with gratitude and look forward with hope.

We recognize love as a foundation for sisterhood and brotherhood. Love – to us – is the means to support one another in the journey towards Allah. “[Sisterhood] is the springboard for creativity, self-growth and joy. It is the mirror in which you are introduced to yourself by another. It is a bond that exists outside yourself, but highlights your strengths within yourself. Sometimes people’s belief in you strengthens your belief in yourself.”[2]

By listening and honouring the stories and lives of one another, by endeavoring to understand each other, by seeing each other and hearing each other, by being sisters to each other, by adhering to the truth with each other, by being slaves of Allāh together – we will begin to learn to love each other, fi sabilillah.

The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allāh, the Exalted, will say: ‘Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine.”[3]

The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “Allāh Almighty said: Those who love each other for the sake of My glory will be upon pulpits of light, admired by the prophets and the martyrs.”[4]

We believe that through love, we can receive the best of both this life and the next.

It is our hope, that through our platform we can take a journey together to foster love between each other. We know that “revolutionary love can free us from bondage and awaken our inner consciousness. The fruits of a true love manifest in changes in the person’s attitude and thought patterns. A healthy [sisterhood] acts as the buffer against the incessant criticism, indifference and conflict that one may face from others. But perhaps more importantly, it lifts us above our own self-doubt and insecurities. A true [sisterhood] is the beginning of seeing ourselves authentically.”[5]

And together we will endeavour to journey towards creating a sisterhood. A digital sisterhood.

Building with and by – love.

[1]Lakoff, George. “The contemporary theory of metaphor.” (1993).

[2]Ahmed, Lina. “Beauty Fee Sabililah.” (2016).

[3]Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2566

[4]Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2390

[5]Ahmed, Lina.

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