What does it truly mean to love and hate for the sake of Allah?
Please give a good answer, taking into context today's reality and how one must act to achieve this! I'm talking about al-wala and bara.
Islam truley emphasizes the lesson of love to those who love allah.
the prophet also said
the reason for this is if you love the prophet and those who are good you will want to be like these people. Also by loving those who love allah, its demonstrating your own love for allah.
If you think about it todays example, you will see that many people idolize celebraties musicians, and others who do no benifit to the world. This wouldnt be loving people for the sake of allah, it would in fact be the opposite if you love somone who denies that allah exists. Also, when you love people of negative influence, you will want to act like these people.However, if you love people like the prophet, you local mosque sheikh, a very righteous person, you will have influence to be like these people.Also, you would be loving these peopel for allah, you are giving these wondrful people you love to them and allah, and benifiting yourself with their example. This is what it mean to love people for allah.
so in conclusion by loving those who love allah you demonstrate your love for allah, and you recive your influence from them to become a better muslim.
It really depends on your perspective of your faith.
Take this verse from Surat Al-i-Imran for example. Allah states that he rewards those who do righteous deeds, but does not like the disbelievers. Does this mean that you should dislike the disbelievers? No.
So really, Allah does not tell you in the Quran to hate what He hates, and love what He loves. He tells you to do what was told of you, and that He dislikes and punishes those who don't.
to not care about what people and even yourself want and only care about what God wants. so you should first know all laws of Islam which are wants of God.
Quran says respect your parents but:
this means for sake of Allah you even should not obey your parents if they say something opposite of what Allah says.
also recite this Ziarat every day. this is the best Love and Hate for sake of Allah:
Imam Ali S.A. for sake of Allah killed so much Arabs from his own relatives in wars of prophet with pagan Arabs like Abu sufyan that he was called by Arabs "the killer of Arab" قتال العرب and so many of them hated him.
or prophet Ibrahim for sake of God wanted to slaughter his son.
It is as simple as loving what Allah loves, hating what Allah hates without the interference of your choice/desire/like/preference. Of course it is not so simple when you want to apply this principle to your life. Trying to live a life like this is true/greater jihad and brings in sincerity.