If You Love Allahu Taala And If You Want Allahu Taala To Love You...

The Great Islamic Scholar Hadrat [1] Imam Rabbani states in the 79th letter of the first volume of his book "Maktubat":

After performing a morning prayer in congregation, Hadrat 'Umar, the Amir-ul-Muminin, looked at the congregation and, not seeing one of its members, he asked where he was. His companions said, "He prays until morning at nights. Maybe he fell asleep." The Amir-ul-Muminin said, "I wish he had slept all the night and performed the morning prayer in congregation; it would have been better." Those who have deviated from the Shariat [2] blunt their nafs [3] by subjecting themselves to inconveniences and by striving hard. Yet, this is worthless and low because they don't do it compatibly with the Shariat. The benefit for these efforts of theirs, if there is any, consists of a few worldly advantages. Then, in fact, this world is worthless; therefore, of what could be the value of a part of it? These people are like dustmen; dustmen work harder and become more tired than anybody else, but their wages are lower than anybody else's. As for those who adapt themselves to the Shariat, they are like jewellers, who deal with fine jewels and precious diamonds. They do a little work, but their earnings are great. Sometimes an hour's work provides them a hundred thousand years' earning. The reason for this is that an action compatible with the Shariat is accepted and liked by Allahu ta'ala; He loves it.

[He declares in many places in Qur'an al-karim that this is so. For example, He declares in the thirty-first ayat [4] of Surat-u [5] Al-i 'Imran: "O my beloved Prophet 'sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam'! Tell them, 'If you love Allahu ta'ala and if you want Allahu ta'ala to love you also, adapt yourselves to me! Allahu ta'ala loves those who adapt themselves to me'."]

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[3] nafs: a force in man which wants him to harm himself religiously; an-nafs al-ammara. A negative force within man prompting him to do evil. (Nafs-i ammara). Nafs is ammara by creation, that is, it always wishes evil and harmful deeds to be done. It is reluctant to obey the Shari'at. The nafs of a man who obeys the Shari'at and makes progress in the way of tasawwuf becomes mutmainna. It wishes to obey the Shari'at.
[4] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[5] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].