Divine Love (Ishq e Haqeeqi)
Divine Love or Ishq
The Persian mystic term Ishq is translated as the Divine love or love of Allah. It is not the love like other loves such as love of family, wealth, world, hereafter etc. rather it is specific to that intense love for Allah which dominates and removes the love for all other things except Him. Only the Divine love is true love.
Kinds of Divine Love
Ishq is of two kinds; Ishq e Haqeeqi (the love of Divine Reality) and Ishq e Majazi (the metaphorical love for the manifestation of Divine Reality i.e. Murshid Kamil). Ishq e Haqeeqi is that one remembers nothing but the Divine Reality. While, Ishq e Majazi is that the seeker passes from the ecstatic spiritual states of absorption, trance and intoxication by the invocation (of Ism e Allah Zaat), hence recognizes his Divine Beloved and becomes an enraptured and crazy lover. Only Allah! Everything other than Allah is lust. (Ain-ul-Faqr)
Way of Divine Love
Love for God is the way to the closeness of Allah and its extremity is the ultimate proximity of Allah. Traveler of this way is the one who seeks closeness of Allah and finally reaches this destination. (Ameer-ul-Kaunain)
Purification of Inward
By the outward good deeds, the inward is not cured of the spiritual diseases. Unless the fire of Divine love and gnosis of Allah is lit in the inward by the invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, it neither gets rid of darkness and rust nor acquires truth and sincerity which are the outcomes of this special invocation. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
How to gain blessings of Faqr
Ranks of Ishq e Haqeeqi
You must know that there are two kinds of Fakirs; one are the spiritual travelers while others are the possessors of Ishq e Haqeeqi. The spiritual travelers are the men of mystic struggle and endeavors while the lovers are the men of Divine secrets and observations. The final level of a spiritual traveler is just the beginning of the Divine lover because the food of lovers is the spiritual endeavors and their sleep is the Divine observation. (Mohkim-ul-Fuqara)
How to gain Divine Love
You must know that the practice of Zikr of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad is the foundation of gaining the Marifat of Ishq e Haqiqi.
The Love of God and desire of Union with Allah is then aroused in his existence due to the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and gnosis of Oneness of Allah. As a result of this Love and desire, such fire is ablazed in him which burns his nafs day and night. Hence, he adopts Sharia completely and hides (his grand status) in the cover of Sharia. (Shams-ul-Arifeen)