It is so common that the meaning of love has been restricted in the modern age to the love relationship between a man and a woman. This is a very narrow-minded view of love. Islam has its own comprehensive view of love.
Love of Allah
Praise be to Allah. This love makes you avoid committing sins in order not to make that you love, Allah, get angry with you. This love also urges you to contemplate all the different aspect of nature that usually leads you to have a deeper faith in the Creator who created all this beauty around us.
Love of Prophet Muhammad
This love also makes you follow the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in all his dealings and manners. Also this love is an indication of the love of Allah as stated in the Holy Qur'an, ''Say: 'If you do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Off-Forgiving, Most Merciful.'' Say: ''Obey Allah and His Messenger: Bur if they turn back, Allah loves not those who reject Faith.'' (Qur'an, 3:31-32)
It means that the Muslim has to love his other fellow men regardless of their ethnic, linguistic or cultural background. This includes love of neighbours, colleagues, relatives and even strangers. This type of love persuades the Muslim to help anybody whenever he can. There are numerous of hadith that exhort Muslims to help anybody who really needs help because such an altruistic act takes the Muslim one step closer to Allah.
Love between Man and Woman
But Islam organizes and regulates these lofty feelings within the framework of marriage because Islam views that marital love leads the couple to have a peaceful and happy family life, which is the core of the Muslim society.
~A great marriage is not when the perfect couple comes together. It is when the imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences~
In other words, this love is acceptable as long as it is within the framework of marriage and this is encouraged in a number of verses in the Holy Qur'an, ''And among His signs in this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put affection and many mercy between you: verily in that are indeed signs for those who reflect: (Qur'an, 30:21).