Allah, Exalted be He, says, “Ask the forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him. Surely, my Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving.” (Surat Hood, 11:90)
This name means the One who loves His Prophets, Messengers and obedient servants. He is the most beloved (Al-Mawdood) who deserves to be loved withall our hearts.
Perfect faith entails loving Allah more than one’s family, oneself and everything else.
Benefits of belief in this name include the following:
Loving Allah with all our hearts and giving precedence to this love over any other type of love. This entails loving those Allah loves and hating those He hates. This form of love constitutes true allegiance and disassociation, which means drawing near to what is pleasing to Allah and His Messenger and, on the other hand, withdrawing from what is displeasing to Allah and His Messenger.
Hoping in the mercy and grace of Allah alone and never showing despair in this respect.
Experiencing peace and tranquillity when remembering Allah, invoking Him, demonstrating total humility to Him and calling upon Him alone.
Affirming the attribute of love to Allah (that is, believing that He loves and is loved), and thanking Him for this blessing.
Following in the footsteps of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is a good indication of our love for Allah as well as His love for us.