Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Sayidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wasohbihie fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin…
The necessity of loving the Prophet
Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” (9:24)
This is enough encouragement, advice, proof and indication of the necessity of loving him and is sufficient to show that this duty is an immediate important obligation which is the Prophet’s right.
Anas reported that the Prophet pbuh said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people.”
The Reward of loving him
The Prophet pbuh said, “You will be with the one you love.” That is on the Day of Rising, in the hereafter. “And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.” 4:69
Thus if one loves the Prophet and obeys him and Allah’s commands and prohibitions will be with the Prophet in heaven.
The Signs of love
- Emulation, following his way, his sunna, his words and deeds, obeying his commands and avoiding his prohibitions and taking on his adab in ease and hardship, joy and despair. Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 3:31
- He will prefer what the Prophet has laid down as law and encouraged, over his own passions and appetites. Allah said, “And [also for] those who were settled in al-Madinah and [adopted] the faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.” 59:9
- His anger against people will only be for the sake of the pleasure of Allah. Anas ibn Malik said, “The Messenger of Allah said to me, ‘My son, if you can be without any grudge in your heart against anyone in the morning and evening, be like that.’ Then he added, ‘My son, that is part of my way/sunna. Whoever gives life to my sunna has loved me and whoever loves me is with me in the Garden.”
- Another of the signs of love for the Prophet is to mention him often.
- Another is great yearning to meet him. Every lover yearns for their beloved.
- One of its sign is that as well as mentioning him often, someone who loves him will exalt and respect him when he mentions him and display humility and abasement when he hears his name. Ishaq at-Tujibi said, “Whenever the Companions of the Prophet heard his name after he passed away, they were humble , their skins trembled nad they wept. It was the same with many of the Followers. Some of them act like that out of love and yearning for him, others out of respect and esteem.”
- Love for those who love him and the people of his house and his Companions, both the Muhajirun and the Ansars, for his sake. Such a person will be hostile to those who hate them and curse them.
- Hatred for anyone who hates Allah and His Messenger, having enmity towards all who have enmity towards him , avoidance of all those who oppose his sunna and introduce innovations into his deen, and finding every matter contrary to his shari’a burdensome. You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred…-58:22
- Love for the Quran which was brought by the Prophet, by which he guided and was guided, and whose character he took on so that ‘A’isha said, “His character was the Quran”. ibn Mas’ud said, “No one needs to ask himself anything except the Qur’an. If he loves the Qur’an, he loves Allah and His Messenger.”
- To have compassion for his community, giving them good counsel, striving for their best interests and removing what is harmful from them just as the Prophet was “compassionate, merciful to the believers.” 9:128
- The final sign is that the one who aspires to it does without in this world and prefers poverty. The person is content with little from this world. The Prophet said, “Poverty for those among you who loves me comes quicker than a flood from the top of the mountain to the bottom.”
The excerpts from the earlier posts and this post on the Messenger of Allah are taken from the book Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad translated by ‘Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley.