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Using the term "adore" to describe love for persons and objects

Are we allowed to use the term “I adore” to express our strong love to objects and people. For example, is it allowed to say, “I adore this place” or “I adore my wife”? Is that permissible or we should use the expression of such strong emotions only with God?

Answer

There is no objection to this in Islamic law so long as the thing adored is permissible. This is void of any sort of comparison between the Creator, Exalted be Him, and the created object since they are of two different ranks.
It is important to know that love is an innate involuntary feeling for which no one can be blamed. It is one of the most sublime feelings that all beings share. Islam does not suppress feelings nor does it call for suppressing graceful emotions; rather, it guides Muslims to maintain love and good feelings within the boundaries that God and His Messenger indicated for us.

Lady ‘Aisha (may God be pleased with her) and the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to speak in code with each other to express their love. She once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) how he would describe his love for her. The Prophet answered, “Like a strong binding knot.” So every now and then, lady ‘Aisha would playfully ask him, “How is the knot?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) would cheerfully answer, “As strong as the first day [you asked].”

God the Almighty knows best.

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