It is evident here that love for Allah, , is equated to obedience and following theMessenger, . The superiority of and nearness of the Messenger, ,to Allah, , is seen in the following verse:
) …(17:55. And your Lord knows best all who are in the heavens and the earth. And indeed, wehave preferred some of the Prophets above others…
Imam Ibn Abi Al Izz explains that the Messenger, , has the highest form of lovefrom Allah, . This is called
which is a love that fills the heart of the lover.
However, this does not afford him, , any ability to answer supplications. In facthe, , directed all supplication to Allah, alone as seen in the followingHadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah, :
" ""By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more thanseventy times a day."
The Messenger, , is nothing but a man who Allah, selected to be a prophet, who called people to Tawheed or the sincere worship of Allah alone. Allah,says:
)(18:110. Say (O Muhammad ): "I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me thatyour Ilâh (God) is one Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So whoever hopes for the meeting with his
1Ibn Abi Al Izz, Sharh Al Aqeedah At Tahawiyyah, Translated by Muhammad Abdul Haqq Al Ansari, Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Sa’ud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, p. 922Sahih al-Bukhari 6307