The Tributaries of Affection

What is the most exquisite & complicated emotion? What emotion has had more appealing plays, songs, and stories written about it than anything else? Yes, it’s the major key that opens the gates of ecstasy; which is ‘LOVE’- The feeling that spontaneously expresses honesty, affection and concern.

There is so much to love. It can rend people apart or can even bring back the entire nation such as in the Shakespearean play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Even though the two mentioned killed themselves in the end, it still brought their families together & how can I forget the hit Oscar winning Hollywood movie ‘Titanic’! The two beloveds fell in love on a journey by ship! Unpredictable much! The question is what love cannot do?  Well, there’s a lot it can.

Love comes in so many different tributaries, that it doesn’t resemble to be the similar emotion at all, but it is. There are so many levels or kinds of love such as-
The bond between children and their parents. There is no stronger, nor will there ever be. This affinity begins from the very first moment they meet till the end. Parents safeguard their children in the name of love, and influence them through life using it as the example to follow. It’s because of their children a parent will work at a job he abominates; just to make sure they have everything they could ever want or need.

Another perspective of affection is for our siblings and other family members. It’s this family connection of love that brought about the phrase, ‘blood is thicker than water’. Indeed it is. And the love of a family is the most valuable gift from Allah.

Then comes Friendship-One is tied to a friend not by blood relations but by heart strings, this love is what helps us get along so well. And Sometimes, the bond between friends deepens to the point where a stronger bond of love is made, making them family.

The fourth level of love is the vigorous bond of a man and woman together. It is this level of love that has brought together kingdoms into nations in the history, and ended many great wars.

And the last level of love in which one is very lucky to have that unforgettable tie which is between a teacher and a student-The very different genre of love which requires a lot of allegiance and optimism. It’s one of the special ties where the student just wants his teacher to be happy and proud of him and the teacher guiding and loving him all the way.

It is very beautifully put by Karen Sunde that “To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.”
So cheers to the ones who love and who are being loved! (;

-Sarrah Mustafa Malir

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30 thoughts on “The Tributaries of Affection

  1. Zainab Taher


  2. Love is indeed complex and multi-dimensional. You take on a vast subject with such an honest, straightforward voice. Nicely done.

  3. Maryam

    Love–so much has been said about this emotion and so much is left to be said. Yes, I completely agree, love has so many levels and degrees. But we ruthlessly use this word and without thought or respect. Love–the bond we feel for our Maula TUS which is the fountainhead of all love; then the love for one’s child is the rawest form of love; love for family is an inherent bond; love for friends is a refreshing emotion. Each bolt of love should be cherished! It is a blessing!
    Loved it!

    • Yes, you’re right there’s so much left to be said as I said- ‘there’s so much to love’ that we can spontaneously fill pages and pages about this vast emotion.Just like Plato says ‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet’

      Indeed, the love we have for our Maula TUS is the deepest and strongest of all.

      It’s great to love and be loved.

      Thank you my dear mentor! (;

  4. Ammar

    Very well described!!! How can you forget a mumins love for his Moula, isn’t that true everlasting love???

    • Thank you so much janab for following our blog. We really appreciate the support.

      I’m very sorry for not adding that. It surely is an everlasting love and we are fortunate to hold moula’s daman in our hands. As Maryam ben said-It’s the fountainhead of all.

  5. Rabab Dawson

    wa0w!! sarrah excellent .. l0ved it 🙂

  6. mustafa

    wow …gud one sarah 🙂

  7. Sarrah! its superb! 😀

  8. Zainab Murad Ali

    yes i realized there is so much to love, to enjoy.. just need to have hopes.. thankyou Sarah for realization 🙂


    SSAAARAHHH i loved it from the bottom of my heart!!! “LOVE” YOU

  10. Usuffyy

    Hats off for this masterpiece of yours!… (:
    loved the way you described ‘LOVE’ 😀

  11. well done sarrah another beautiful piece by u :p

  12. Tasneem rang

    like w0w! i loved it seriously! and sooo not bluffing!!:)

  13. Sarah Ezzi

    Ahem here you go Sarrah :P:
    You have quoted this feeling very brilliantly in every sentence. From my point of view the first level of love is between The Creator and His creations 🙂

  14. Very well expressed Sarrah. Love is a powerful mystery, that certainly possesses its own ambiguities. But when it is found and share the world and our souls are much better for it.

    And thank you for stopping by my blog and pressing the “like” button. Stop back again and check out my art, and if you like what you see please subscribe.

    I will check out your work here and subscribe for future posts.


    • Thank you Walter, I appreciate your feedback.
      You have very exquisite art work in your blog. I would love to visit.
      Yes, Please. Do follow our blog. I hope you like it.

  15. alifiya

    finally I read it …its amazing 😉 well done sarrah

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