Many of us have different views on love, but we can all agree on the fact that it is a blessing to be loved and to love. I felt the need to point out a few things that one easily forgets.
Our love for Allah (swt) and His love for us is the source of all other kinds of love.In our search for true happiness, we may seek love and comfort in humans. However, we forget that true happiness is derived from love for our Most Merciful Creator. The most flourishing soul belongs to the person who aspires and strives for the love of Allah (swt), as referred to in the following verse:
O ye who believe! Whoso of you becometh a renegade from his religion, (know that in his stead) Allah will bring a people whom He loveth and who love Him, humble toward believers, stern toward disbelievers, striving in the way of Allah, and fearing not the blame of any blamer. Such is the grace of Allah which He giveth unto whom He will. Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing. (Qur'an 5: 54)
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا مَنْ يَرْتَدَّ مِنْكُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ يُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَائِمٍ ذَلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ
We have all heard of many different love stories within different cultures and eras, which all ended in disaster. There is also love of power and status as evident in the story of Fir'aun (The Pharaoh), such a love destroyed him. Finally, there is divine love; Hamza, Ja'far and Hanzala (May the blessings of Allah be upon them) died for the cause of true love for Allah (swt) and Muhammad (saaw). There is a significant difference between the love that these noble companions possessed, all those believers who are like them, and the rest of humanity.
True love is from Allah (swt), our love for our parents, children, siblings, spouse and friends is all a blessing from Allah, a blessing that we are to be forever thankful for.