Love in the Quran:-                

       The word 'LOVE'  appears about 45 times in the whole of the Quran mostly in expressions such as ( in love; love of wealth; love of life; love of Allah; love of woman; love of self; love of other believers or love in the abstract; 2:177; 3:31, 103, 119;5:54;  9:23; 19:96; 38:32 etc).

        The Quran, unlike the Bible does not encourage love of strangers or any others who are not 'believers in Allah and his prophet'.

       In the Bible on the other hand, this word is mentioned at least 155 times in all its forms and manifestations. In the form of loving the STRANGER (Lev.19:34; Deut10:19) & NEIGHBOUR (Lev.19:18), the Quran is silent.

        The ordinances on how well to treat the stranger and neighbour are over 150 times in the Bible while none are mentioned in the Quran.

3: 14        Fair in the eyes of men is the love [hubbu] of things they covet: women and sons; heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land.  Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (to return to).

3: 31        Say: "If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love [yuhabibkumu] you and forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

9: 23        O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love [astahabbu] infidelity above faith: if any of you do so they do wrong.

19: 96 On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow Love [woudda]

38: 32 And he said "Truly do I love [ahbabtu] the love [hubba] of Good with a view to the glory of my Lord" until (the sun) was hidden in the veil (of Night):

Al-Tirmidhi HadithHadith 1495        Narrated byAbudDarda
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: One of the supplications of David was: Allah, I beg of Thee Thy love and the love of those who love Thee, and such conduct as should lead me to Thy love. Allah, make Thy love dearer to me than my soul and my family and dearer than cold water.
Transmitted by Tirmidhi.

       *** As usual, the Quran is misrepresenting the Bible since King David did not know Allah, the name of the rock god of the Ka'ba, neither did he utter the above supplications***

Al-Tirmidhi HadithHadith 6173        Narrated byAbdullah ibn Abbas
Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "Love Allah for the favours with which He provides you, love me because of the love of Allah, and love my family from love of me."
Tirmidhi transmitted it.

Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 4.431        Narrated byAbu Huraira
The Prophet said, "If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel saying, 'Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.' Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. 'Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,' and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth."

Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 8.446        Narrated bySahl bin Sad
I heard Ibn Az-Zubair who was on the pulpit at Mecca, delivering a sermon, saying, "O men! The Prophet used to say,

"If the son of Adam were given a valley full of gold, he would love to have a second one; and if he were given the second one, he would love to have a third, for nothing fills the belly of Adam's son except dust. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him."

Ubai said, "We considered this as a saying from the Qur'an till the Sura (beginning with) 'The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you...' -   (102.1) was revealed."

       *** The reason for the almost TOTAL absence in the Quran of the concept of SPIRITUAL LOVE, resides in the fact that the followers of Muhammad FEAR their god, ALLAH while in the Judeo- Christian traditions, they LOVE the GOD OF ISRAEL.

       In the Quran, the followers of Muhammad, are the grovelling SLAVES of Allah.

        Slaves FEAR their master; they do NOT LOVE him.

       In the Judeo- Christian tradition, the followers LOVE their GOD and hence OBEY Him.

       In the Quran, Allah PRE DESTINES his followers to go to Hell or to Paradise without allowing them the FREEDOM of CHOICE rendering Allah into an UNJUST, IMMORAL, UNMERCYFUL, HATEFUL TYRANT unworthy of being any kind of god and especially not the God of Israel***