Introduction ‘Verses of Love’ is a beautiful melodramatic love story. However, it is not just a tale of love alone; it portrays the fluctuation of life matters, needing to be dealt in Islamic manner. Fahri bin Abdillah is an Indonesian student in Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt who is preparing for his master’s thesis at the end of his graduate degree in Islam. He is a virtuous Muslim with a pure heart, who is in attempt to achieve his pre-determined target, lives in moderation.
Life turns to change when he suddenly finds himself surrounded by four different lovely ladies; Maria, Nurul, Noura and Aisha. And this love fairy tale starts and ends in its Islamic melody. As the conventional love terms contradict the true value of love from the nature of Islam, therefor a study has been conducted to grasp how ‘Verses of Love’ is paralleled to the beauty of love in accordance to Islamic perspective. II. Love to nurture religion Love in Islam is not confined only to individual.
In the context of love in line to the axis of Islam, love and Islam nurture each nature harmoniously, as neither love nor Islam will harm the beauty and purity of each element. Therefore, one should possess thorough conviction on faith, through the behavior of obedience and the act of avoiding from committing prohibited things in order to preserve the betterment of Islam in conjunction with love, as illustrated in ‘Verses of Love’; Fahri felt guilty for been left together with a woman (Maria) in a room (hospital’s cell) as it is forbidden in Islamic Law (Drs.
Bambang Udoyono, 2009). As drawn from the conduct, the value of to love and to hate on behalf of no others but Allah S. W. T. , ought to be instilled in each of Muslims soul as fact that it is the greatest form of love in which Muslim men and women will find out the sweetness of faith in return. Alongside, love also should be prioritized by its ordinal; the primary essential love and the love which is the most unique and highest of all is the indispensable love for Allah S.
W. T. , followed by the mutual affection among humans. III. Love in order to preserve the sanity of mind In reality, love and knowledge are two different mode, where lies on both no question of predominance of one over the other (Nasim Fatima, 2001). The knowledge of God always engenders love, while love in the other hand clarifies the value of knowledge itself as illustration of the beauty of it.
Islam encourages all people to pursue and gather treasure in form of knowledge to a great extent in respond to the religion calls for the urge of searching for knowledge and furthermore, beneficiating the knowledge into practices, for instance, Aisha applied the concept of women in Islam and portrayed the values of Islamic woman through the graceful behaviors and as sure in her manners towards relationship with the opposite gender, Fahri in the other half, helped Aisha out explaining about the concept of Islamic women to Alicia, a Christian America journalist who was in attempt to understand the nature of Islam and write about it, with providing the proofs (Drs. Bambang Udoyono, 2009). Allah S. W. T says: “Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge. ” (58:11) As seen, love virtually coincides with knowledge for knowledge dignifies human honors; refrain the conduct of committing sins with guidelines for Muslims from being lost in love, while love meets human nature; the natural tendency towards mutual affection and companionship. IV. Love for preserving the lineage and property Marriage and family are the foundation of Islamic community and preservation of lineage. Marriage is a highly recommended deed. Allah S. W.
T says: “He it is Who has created you from a single person and (then) He has created from him his wife, in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. ” (7:189) (Mufti Ebrahim Desai, 2009) Hadith narrated by Mishkat al-Masabih, indeed the Prophet S. A. W said: “When a man marries, he has completed half of his religion and he needs only to fear Allah to complete the other half. ” (Mufti Ebrahim Desai, 2009) Fahri portrays the criterion of an ideal husband, who possesses the quality of pious Muslim, loveable husband, thoughtful and responsible. As for Aisha, she is a wonderful wife with a pure heart to be given to her beloved husband, obedience, graceful, supportive, strong-hearted woman.
Upon Aisha request, Fahri reluctantly took Maria as second wife (polygamy) for he knew that he could never be equitable to both wives (Zakki Hakim, 2008). Neither Fahri nor Aisha ever hurt each other, while for Aisha to let Maria to be Fahri’s second wife, she had been never sincere for the permission for she embraces the polygamy concept with her truth faith. “You can never be equitable in dealing with more than one wife, no matter how hard you try. ” (4:129) (Dr. Rashad Khalifa, 2003) Though, Fahri, Aisha and Maria lived harmoniously on the axis of Islamic Law. As portrayed, Islam nurtures the systems of marriage and family toward happiness and as it is part of Deen (way of life).
Love in this context meant to be more valuable as it acquires ones to sacrifice one’s soul to Islam, in which will be paid with the sweet sense of faith. V. Conclusion ‘Verses of Love’ indicates the interrelation between love and Islam, as in depth, love for all intents and purposes bounded to belong to Allah S. W. T, it implies that no one should neglect his religious obligations under the pretext of love. As illustrated beautifully in this Islamic love story in line after line, ‘Verses of Love’ portrays the beauty nature of Islam through the sweet sensation of love, as love is paralleled to the axis of Islam, for love is a gift from Allah S. W. T, which is laid in the bottom of each human heart, to be molded in a beautiful form in Islamic way.