THE NECESSITY TO LOVE PROPHET MUHAMMAD

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Anas tells us that one day the Prophet told his &ompanions. Al . "If your fathers." And from this it is understood that those $hose love is other than for Allah and %is essenger are astray and are not guided "y Allah. advice.ire. then wait until Allah shall bring His command" (9:24). your tribes. his father and all people. your wives. This verse demonstrates encouragement. the merchandise you fear will not be sold. #ou $ill have o"served ho$ Allah reprimands those $hose love of relatives and property are dearer to them than Allah and %is essenger . '! love you more than anything e*cept my soul $hich is "et$een my t$o sides.' -ne day -mar. !t is an o"ligation and the right of the Prophet .The Necessity of Loving the Prophet Acceptance of his Advice and Advising him when Appropriate Allah says. !t is also sufficient to demonstrate that this duty is of tremendous proportion. proof and indication of the necessity to love Prophet uhammad . your sons. Allah concludes %is $arning $ith the threatening $ords "then wait until Allah shall bring His command. and %is essenger are more "eloved to him than anything else+ that he loves a person only for the sa)e of Allah.hatta"/s son $ent to the Prophet and told him. your brothers. and he loathes the notion of reverting to dis"elief as much as he $ould loathe to "e cast into the .' 2 . '(one of you $ill "elieve until ! am more "eloved to him than his children. the property you have acquired. and the homes you love are dearer to you than Allah. They are that Allah. 'There are three things that if someone $ere to see) refuge in them they $ould e*perience the s$eetness of "elief.' Anas also reported. His Messenger and the struggling for His Way.

'(one of you $ill "elieve until ! am dearer to him than his o$n soul. /A man is $ith the one he loves. 7udama/s son tells of his migration to the Prophet he said. . 'Those in my nation $hose love $ill "e the strongest are those $ho come after me.' 3e are given the good ne$s transmitted "y Anas that the Prophet '3hosoever loves me $ill "e $ith me in Paradise.' said./ and he gave me his hand. ! love you. %e replied.essenger of Allah5' 3hereupon the Prophet in6uired. The Prophet too) hold of the hands of his grandsons Al %asan and Al %ussain and said. Amongst them there are some $ho $ould trade their family and ) . '3hosoever loves me and loves these t$o. '! have neither prepared an a"undance of prayer. '#ou $ill "e $ith the one you love. $ill receive the same degree as myself on the 8ay of 9esurrection. give me your hand./' A"u 8harr said something similar.' The Reward for Loving the Prophet Anas tells us of the occasion $hen a man came to the Prophet and as)ed. "ecause he said. ! love you more than my soul $hich is "et$een my t$o sides. '3hat have you prepared for it5' The man replied. '3hen $ill the 4ast %our come. '3hen ! migrated to the Prophet ! $ent to him and said.essenger of Allah.The Prophet replied. their father and mother. '-mar. The Companions and Their Followers Love of the Prophet The narrations of the &ompanions and their follo$ers (Ta"ien and Ta"i Ta"ien) and esteemed learned persons regarding their love for the Prophet and their longing for him A"u %urayrah tells us that the essenger of Allah told his &ompanions. '(one of you $ill "elieve until ! am dearer to him than himself. '0y the -ne $ho sent do$n the 0oo) to you. .' -mar immediately replied.' The Prophet replied. essenger of Allah.' 1af$an. "ut ! love Allah and %is essenger. you have reached it. '!f someone does not thin) that the essenger of Allah is his master in all matters or should thin) that he does not fall under his 2urisdiction he does not taste the s$eetness of his prophetic $ay.' The Prophet told him.' 1ahl $arned. then ! said. fasting or charity for it.

'1ho$ him to me so that ! may see him.$ealth to have seen me. she e*claimed. he is as $ell as you $ould $ish. a/dan/s son spo)e of her father saying. ! $ould not $ish that uhammad $ould "e in a place $here even a thorn $ould pric) him if that $as the 4 . '. the daughter of .' 0ilal responded. "rother and hus"and of one of the Ansari $omen $ere )illed as they fought alongside the essenger of Allah .' Amr. ! have yearned for them for a long time. 'There is no one more "eloved to me than the essenger of Allah . uhammad and his party<' 3hen the eccans too) ?ayd. '. her only concern $as for the safety of the Prophet . said to him.' -mar said to the Prophet '! love you more than myself. !f only ! )ne$ $hen death gives us different forms $hether the A"ode $ill 2oin me to my "eloved. despite her loss. /Praise "e to Allah. '(o$ that ! )no$ you are safe. his $ife called out. hasten my return to #ou</' !saac/s son tells us that during the encounter of =hud the father. $hereupon she $as told.my 4ord. '. ! $ill meet those ! love. any affliction has "ecome as nothing. As death approached 0ilal. The lady as)ed an*iously for ne$s of the Prophet . don/t you $ish that uhammad $as $ith us no$ so that he $ould "e in your place and that it $ould "e his head that $ill "e severed. 'The praise of the good "e upon uhammad. Ad>8athina/s son out of the 1acred Precincts to martyr him.$hat 2oy.migrant ( uha2irun) and %elper (Ansar) &ompanions.' 3hen she caught sight of him. %o$ever. Al As/s son said.: A"da.halid never $ent to "ed $ithout yearning for the essenger of Allah and his .' =pon hearing these heart>felt $ords -mar sat do$n and tears fell from his eyes. . and you $ere $ith your family5' ?ayd replied. and he $ould name each one of them. A"u 1ufyan. may the "lessed "less him< ! stand in tears "efore da$n.halid. my heart yearns for them.sorro$. '0y Allah. %ar"/s son. /They are my root and "ranch. %e $ould say. '! as) you "y Allah. As she $or)ed a$ay she said.' 1he as)ed.' The &aliph -mar $ent out one night to see that all $as $ell in the community and happened to see a lighted lamp in the house of an elderly lady $ho $as carding some $ool.

according to $hat ! )no$ of you. The Signs of Loving the Prophet 1omeone $ho claims that heAshe loves another $ill prefer that person to all others. -mar/s son stood over him and prayed for his forgiveness and said. !f he is found to "e slightly lac)ing in this 6uality then his love is imperfect. or "ecause she $anted a change in her surroundings. then heAshe has perfect love for Allah and %is essenger . even though they themselves have a need" (D9:9). o"edience to his commands. '8o not curse him. Allah says. hardship. A sign of love for the Prophet is that heAshe $ill follo$ his e*ample. prayed and loved Allah and %is essenger' .condition of me "eing returned to my family<' A"u 1ufyan said. " ay !"rophet Muhammad#. As the son of A@>?u"air lay martyred. '0y Allah. The proof of this is found in the saying of the Prophet $hen a person faced punishment for im"i"ing. The follo$ing signs $ill "e apparent in those $ho truly love the Prophet . "ut not devoid of it. $hen active or disadvantaged. and that the only reason for her leaving $as "ecause of her love of Allah and %is essenger . follow me and Allah will love you" (B:BC). !f a person possesses this fine 6uality. Allah says. he $ill also prefer $hat he li)es. and adopt his manner in times of ease. if it $ere other$ise then he $ould "e acting and his love $ould not "e sincere. apply his prophetic $ay in $ords. $If you love Allah. %e loves Allah * . "%hose before them who had made their dwelling in the abode !&ity of Medina#. As the person $as a"out to receive his punishment a man cursed the offender. $hereupon the Prophet said. '! have never seen anyone $ho loved another in the $ay the &ompanions of uhammad love uhammad<' A""as/ son tells us of the time a $oman from ecca came to the Prophet in edina. =pon her arrival the Prophet as)ed her on oath to s$ear that she had not left her home on account of her hus"and/s anger. deeds. A sign is that heAshe $ill set aside his o$n desires and appetite in preference to the la$ esta"lished and encouraged "y the Prophet . and because of their belief love those who have emigrated to them' they do not find any !envy# in their chests for what they have been given and prefer them above themselves. you $ere a person $ho fasted. avoidance of $hatever he prohi"ited.

'Tomorro$. their s)in trem"led and they $ept.atima. -f Al %asan and Al %ussain.' The Prophet told Ali. $hereas others did so out of respect and esteem. 3e are told "y !saac At>Tu2i"i that after the passing of the Prophet $henever the &ompanions heard his name they "ecame hum"le. $hosoever hates her hates me. As for the other follo$ers of the Prophet some e*perienced the same out of love and yearning for him. -f his family. so please love them. '. love him. hates me. the Prophet said. It is also recorded in Hafi+ Habib Ahmad -humari. and lo$er himself $hen he hears his name. and his &ompanions E the .s famous boo(s that ibn %aymia slandered Imam Ali on si/teen occasions#.ar reported the preceding hadith and said that ibn %aymia stamped himself with hypocrisy because he (new the hadith. it is constantly upon his tongue. ! love him. the Prophet said referring to 4ady .Allah. Among the signs is the love e*pressed for the Prophet and the People of his %ouse.Allah. ! love them. may Allah "e pleased $ith her. '3hosoever hates them.' + . quoted it.' ! hay(h )arwish added* Hafi+ ibn Ha. $e $ill "e $ith those $e love. so $hosoever loves him. uhammad and his &ompanions<' Another sign is that as $ell as the remem"rance of the Prophet someone $ho loves him $ill "e found praising and respecting him $henever he is mentioned and display humility.' And he also said. they $ere heard chanting. 3hen the tri"e of Ash/arites approached edina. '.migrants ( uha2irun) and the %elpers (Ansar) ali)e for his sa)e. '-nly a "eliever $ill love you. but went against it thereby it becomes evident that ibn %aymia hated Imam Ali. A person $ith this sign $ill "e found hostile to those $ho hate them. may Allah "e pleased $ith them. '1he is part of me. #earning to meet the Prophet is another sign.' -f Al %asan the Prophet said.' A sign is that one mentions the Prophet in a"undance E $hosoever loves something.very lover yearns to "e $ith their "eloved.and %is essenger. and only a hypocrite $ill hate you. .

(Shaykh Darwish added: When we learn that the Prophet practiced something. y &ompanions do not ma)e them targets after me< 3hosoever loves them loves them "ecause they love me. $ent $ith Fafar to 1alma and as)ed her to prepare some food the Prophet used to eat. '. and $hosoever hates them it is through their hatred of me. 3hosoever harms them.ear Allah. . if he ordered us not to do something we should stop immediately. the grandson of the Prophet. Another sign is hatred of anyone $ho hates Allah and %is essenger . so he too $ore a pair of the same color. 3hosoever does something that appears to "e hurtful to Allah is a"out to "e sei@ed. fear Allah. 'The sign of certain faith is love for the Ansar. 3hosoever does something to hurt me does it is as if it is hurtful to Allah. and this $as indeed the case $ith the &ompanions and the Ta"ien and the Ta"i Ta"ien (the t$o generations $ho follo$ed the &ompanions) $ho applied their love to things that $ere permitted and the denied the appetites of their self. harms me.The Prophet told 4ady Ayesha regarding -sama. however. we should follow as much as we can. $hereas the sign of hypocrisy is hatred of them. he loves everything that person loves. The Prophet spo)e of the %elpers (Ansar) saying. ?ayd/s son. -mar o"served the Prophet $earing a pair of yello$ colored sandals. Anas sa$ the Prophet selecting a piece of pump)in.' The Prophet said. But. if he did .rom that day ! loved pump)ins. '4ove him "ecause ! love him'.' Al>%asan. "0ou shall find no nation believing in Allah and the 1ast )ay loving anyone that opposes Allah and His Messenger" (DG:22).' The fact is $hen someone loves another. Allah says. 0elievers having this sign avoid all $ho oppose the prophetic $ay. may the peace of Allah "e upon them. and are in opposition to those $ho introduce innovations into the prophetic $ay ($hich are not in accordance $ith the principals of !slam) and find the 4a$ he esta"lished "urdensome. '. and said. 1uch people are those $ho sho$ hostility to$ards to Allah and %is essenger .

'%is character $as that of the . A man came to the Prophet and said.' A"u 1ayed Al>.' The Prophet replied. preferring poverty to the attractions of the $orld. The sign of loving the .' Another sign of love for the Prophet is to have mercy on his nation "y advising them $ell.not do something there is no o ligation to refrain from its doing unless it is su !ect to a prohi ition. The sign of loving the . A sign of perfect love is found in $hosoever restricts himself through self> denial. said. is listening to its recitation. ho$ever the reality is that each differing party refers to different states. acting according to it. The reality and meaning of loving the Prophet There are differing opinions in $hat constitutes love of Allah and %is Prophet and many things have "een said a"out it. may Allah "e pleased $ith her. understanding it.oran.hudri reports a similar saying. The sign of loving the Prophet is love of his prophetic $ay." The &ompanions of the Prophet $ere prepared to stand against any mem"er of their family $ho $ere in opposition to him. "y Allah ! love you. and the love of Prophet uhammad/s $ay. A"dullah/s son spo)e of this sign saying. The sign of hatred for this $orld is that you do not amass any of it e*cept for provisions and $hat you need to arrive safely $ith in the . "ecause poverty comes faster to he $ho loves me than a $ater spring flo$s to its end.oran is the love of the Prophet . '. '!f you love me prepare yourself for poverty a shield.oran. 3hen as)ed a"out the Prophet 4ady Ayesha.oran "rought "y the Prophet "y $hich he and they $ere guided.essenger of Allah. 8 . #et another sign is found in those $ho love the . striving for the "etterment of their interest and removing anything that is harmful from them in the same $ay that the Prophet $as "gentle and merciful to the believers" (9:C2G). )eeping $ithin its "ounds.' Part of the love of the . 'The sign of loving Allah is love of the .verlasting 4ife.verlasting 4ife.oran. The sign of loving the prophetic $ay is the love of the .verlasting 4ife is hatred for this $orld. 1ahl.

then relate these three causes to the love of the Prophet and discover that these three things inspiring love are also applica"le to him. and "eing fearful of opposing it. -nce these three approaches have "een understood. !t is natural for a person to incline to a passionate form of love for such things almost to the e*treme. finding pleasure in the perfection of no"le inner 6ualities $hich is e*perienced "y the intellect as $ell as the heart. The reality of love is the inclination to $hat one finds agreea"le and harmonious either "y: C. B. delicious food and tasty "everages. '4ove consists of follo$ing the essenger of Allah .1ufyan said. And $e have also mentioned the attri"utes of Allah 9 . such as the love of "eautiful appearances. people $ith upright natures $hose lives and deeds are e*emplary. and perhaps he $as thin)ing of the 3ords of Allah that say. follow me" (B:BC). all of $hich one inclines naturally.' '4ove is the constant remem"rance of the "eloved. such as the love of the scholars of !slam. he loves $hat he loves and hates $hat he hates. melodic tones.' 1cholars have said: '4ove of the essenger is to "elieve in his victory.' '4ove is the heart that follo$s the $ill of its master. a person can love something on account of finding it agreea"le to him "y reason of receiving its "enefit and "lessings. The "eauty of his physi6ue. the pleasure of its perfection. "If you love Allah. to protect and o"ey his prophetic $ay. 3e have already mentioned the "enefits and "lessings the nation of Prophet uhammad receives. 2. !t is a natural disposition to love $hat one finds to "e good. "ecause they are agreea"le.' '!t is longing for the "eloved. e*ternal appearance and his perfect character have already "een discussed so there is no necessity to mention them again.' ost of these opinions indicate to the fruits of love rather than the reality of love.

"We have not sent you !"rophet Muhammad# e/cept as a mercy to all the worlds" (24:CHI). 3hosoever 10 . tenderness to$ards us and his struggle to save us from the . '3hosoever came across him suddenly "ecame timorous of him. There cannot "e any goodness $orthier or of greater importance than the goodness found in the Prophet for "elievers. Also. %e is the one $ho $ill spea) on our "ehalf and "ear $itness for us and "ring us. We have sent you as a witness.$ith $hich he $as "lessed and through $hich man)ind "enefits such as the compassion he has for his nation. his guidance. his mercy to$ards us. There is no other favor that could "e more universally "eneficial and of greater advantage than his "lessing to all uslims "ecause Prophet uhammad is our path to guidance. !f a person can love a person on account of his generosity to$ards him once or t$ice during his life. Allah $illing.verlasting 4ife $ith its happiness< !t should no$ "e clear to you dear reader that.ven if a )no$ledgea"le person or a person of no"le character lives far a$ay he $ill "e loved on this account. and "2 "rophet. may Allah "e pleased $ith him. to recite to them His verses. And. 'and guides them to a traight "ath" (D:CJ). "It is He who has raised among the illiterate !Arabs#. to the . Allah descri"ed %is Prophet saying. 0ut $hen someone possess all the perfection of these 6ualities that person is more entitled to "e loved and more deserving of attachment< !mam Ali. . or that he saves him from danger or harm even once E and "ear in mind that such are only of a temporal nature E then $hat of a person $ho gives him unending happiness and protects him for the everlasting punishment of %ell5 That person deserves greater love< A )ing is loved $hen his conduct is good and a ruler is loved $hen his conduct is upright. the love of the Prophet is o"ligatory on account of the authentic 6uotations $e have "rought to you in $hich $e related the nature of his overflo$ing goodness and universal "eauty.ire. %e is the one $ho rescues us from the error of our "lindness. to purify them and to teach them the 3oo( and the Wisdom4 (J2:2). a bearer of glad tidings. %e is the one $ho calls us to success and honor< %e is our path to our 4ord and our intercessor. a Messenger from themselves. descri"ed the Prophet saying. and to bear warning' a caller to Allah by His permission and as a light shedding lamp" (BB:4D>4J).

Advice is the delivery of sincere care. if they are true to Allah and His Messenger" (9:9C). essenger of Allah5' %e replied. and those lac(ing the means to spend !to stay behind#. Tamim ad>8ari reported that the essenger of Allah stressed three times.' An imam commented that this is an o"ligation. advice is "ased on sincere care. !t is the desire for $hat Allah loves. %is essenger and uslim leaders. 'To Allah and %is 0oo).' The Obligation to Advise the Prophet hen Re!"ested Allah says. 'Advice is a $ord used to designate the desire for the o"2ect of $hat is good. and %is essenger then they are sincere uslims secretly and openly. "%here is no fault for the wea(. its "enefit is conveyed and carried from one to another as follo$s: Advice in reference to Allah and for %is 1a)e is to deliver firm "elief in %is -neness.hatta"i said. avoidance of $hat Allah hates and sincerity in $orshipping Allah. and the ordinary man. act in accordance to it. !t is also its understanding and see)ing 2urisprudence therein as $ell as protecting it from the misinterpretation of e*tremists and the assault of heretics. humility on account of it. 'Advice to the essenger of Allah is 11 . and esteem for it. descri"ing Allah in the $ay in $hich Allah descri"es %imself.)ept company $ith him loved him. !mam Al . 'To $hom.' %is &ompanions as)ed. Advice in reference to the essenger of Allah is to deliver to people the affirmation of his prophethood together $ith all he "rought and o"edience to him in $hatever he commands or for"ids. 'The 9eligion is active advice. &ommentators say that if people are sincerely true to Allah. !t is not possi"le to e*plain it $ith 2ust a single $ord capa"le of containing all its meanings. and not to descri"e Allah $ith %is attri"utes as descri"ed in the dictionary of human "ehavior. A"u !"rahim !sha6 At>Tu2i"i said. the sic(. Advice in reference to the 0oo) of Allah is to deliver "elief in it. its fine recitation.' 4inguistically.

protect him. Avoid $hatsoever he disli)ed and hate $hatever deviates from his prophetic $ay and "eing $atchful for its occurrence. !t is to have mercy for his nation. the see)ing of )no$ledge of his character. !mam A"u/l . '%e has forgiven me. or "ring a"out dissension amongst the people. famous for his heroism and )no$n as As>1affar.rom this one reali@es that the delivery of advice is one of the fruits of love of the Prophet as $ell as "eing amongst its signs.to conform to $hat he "rought and adhere closely to his prophetic $ay through action. Then ! $ished ! could have "een $ith the essenger of Allah so that ! might have come to his assistance and helped him. his life and ethics. dra$ their attention to matters they overloo) and also to the affairs of uslims of $hich they are una$are. $as seen in a vision and as)ed. "Among the believers there are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah" (BB:2B).asim Al 7ushayri said that Amr. -ne should neither attac) them nor cause them trou"le. remind them of the truth in the "est manner. and this is found in the 3ords of Allah.' Amr $as then as)ed on $hat account had Allah forgiven him to $hich he replied. 12 . .' 8uring the life time of the Prophet the delivery of the advice of his &ompanions $as to help him. and "eing steadfast in its application. oppose his enemies. Al 4ayth/s son. !t $as "ecause of this that Allah forgave me. understand his 2urisprudence.' To uslims the delivery of advice is to o"ey their imams $hen they order $ith truth. 40ou shall believe in Allah and His Messenger and struggle for His Way with your possessions and yourselves" (JC:CC). '3hat has Allah done $ith you5' %e replied.ings of . !t is also to help them. love his family and &ompanions. 1trive to learn from his prophetic $ay. The delivery of advice of uslims for the sa)e of the Prophet after his death is to ensure that his esteem is maintained and to sho$ respect and great love for him. '-ne day ! clim"ed to the pea) of a mountain and loo)ed do$n upon my armies and its vast num"er pleased me. or alienate them from people. $ho $as one of the . o"ey him and spend their lives and property striving to serve him.hurasan.

!t is to $arn those $ho are heedless. !t is the concealment of their faults.Advice for the sa)e of the ordinary uslim is to deliver it for their "est interest and guide them to it. !t is to assist them in matters of their 9eligion and this $orld not only "y speech "ut through action. 1) . and repelling $hat $ould harm them and "ring to them "enefit. and give to the needy. inform the ignorant.