Salam alaikum. How exactly do you love for the sake of Allah? Does this mean that there's no personal desire at all in this love? Thanks!
Peace and many blessings
I think Yasmin Mogahed’s lectures really hit the nail with regards to questions about desire, love, attachment, and notions of the sorts. If you YouTube her name, you’ll get a lot of hits, so you should consider listening to some of her lectures with regards to this.
To answer your question, it reminds me about the narration in which Ali ibn abi Talib’s daughter came to him and asked: oh father, do you love me? Imam Ali tells her that yes, indeed he does. And then she asks, but father, don’t you love Allah? And again, he agrees, that indeed he does love Allah. And then she finally asks, how can you love two entities with one heart? And then Imam Ali ibn abi Talib smiles and tells her: Because I love Allah, I love you.
It comes to illustrate that when we first and for most love Allah, it is fairly easy to love for Allah’s sake. And because you love for the sake of Allah, your heart isn’t constrained to love people. So no, it doesn’t suggest there isn’t any personal desire with regards to love.
It just means that you need to first and for most recognize the Creator of your heart. Then, one must recognize the Creator of love and mercy. And when one begins to recognize the Creator of these very entities, one submits and provides his heart to Allah. And when you love Allah and love for His sake, your love for others becomes healthy love.
I hope that made sense. – Dee.