This program explains the Quranic and Hadith injunctions about love of the Prophet Mohammad. What are the signs of the love of the Prophet and what are the rewards. How did the companion love Prophet Mohammad?
Love of Allah and The Prophet In QuranSay: If it be that your fathers your sons your brothers yourmates or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; thecommerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in whichye delight are dearer to you than Allah or His apostle or thestriving in his cause; then wait until Allah brings about Hisdecision: and Allah guides not the rebellious. Taubah,9:24
Love of the Prophet in Quran• The Prophet is preferable for the believers even to their own selves..." (Ahzab,33:6)
Love for the Prophet in Hadith• "None of you becomes a believer until I am dearer to him than his children, his parents and all mankind." Some versions add: "his life, his wealth and his family". (Bukhari and Muslim)• "The Holy Prophet is dearer to us than our wealth, our children, our fathers, our forefathers, our mothers and cool water at the time of severe thirst." Ali Ibn Abi Talib
Love of the Prophet a condition of Iman• Umar said to the Prophet: “O Messenger of Allah! You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Messenger of Allah said: “No, by Him in Whose Hand is my soul, (you will not have complete faith) till I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then Umar said to him: “Now, by Allah, you are dearer to me than my own self.” The Messenger of Allah said: “Now, O Umar (you are a complete believer).” (Sahih al- Bukhari)
THE MEANING OF THIS LOVE FOR THE PROPHET• “Say: if you love Allah, then follow me.”(Al-Quran -3:31)• Sufyan said, "Love consists of following the Messenger of Allah."• One of the scholars said, "Love of the Messenger is to believe in his victory, protect his Sunna, obey it and to fear being in opposition to him.”
Meaning of the love of the Prophet• One of the scholars said, "Love is constant remembrance of the beloved.“• Another said, "It is preferring the beloved.“• Another said, "Love is yearning for the beloved.“• One of the scholars said, "Love is the heart following the will of its master, loving what he loves and hating what he hates.“
Meaning of Prophet’s love• Another said, "Love is the hearts inclination to be in harmony with the beloved.“• Ali, describing the Prophet, said, "Whoever saw him suddenly was in awe of him. Whoever mixed with him loved him." We mentioned that one of the Companions could not turn his eyes away because of his love for him.”
THE PROPHET ALSO LOVED US• "(The Prophet) is greatly grieved at your loss and extremely anxious for your good. For the believers he is full of kindness and (mercy, love)." (9:128)• We have not sent you (O Prophet) but as mercy to all the worlds." (21:107)• The Prophet was motivated by mercy even for his enemies. It was shown by the ease with which he forgave them all at the time of Makkan conquest.
HOW THE PROPHET SUFFERED FOR US AND THE MANKIND• When the Holy Prophet started his work almost all the people of his city opposed him• They at first subjected him to verbal attacks, jeers and insults• Later they started to combine verbal attacks with physical aggression• He spent ten days in Al-Tayf preaching to them. But they all rejected him and pelted him till he bled. He forgave them and prayed for them.• He escaped from hostile Makkah to the relatively friendly Medina but the sufferings of the Prophet continued. Makkans came after him to fight and he had to defend himself in battles of Badar, Uhud and Khandaq
How to love the Prophet?• Keeping special connection and bond with the Messenger of Allah at all times by remembering him.• We must strive to the best of our ability in following his Sunnah and guidance. Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me, and God will love you" Surah Al Imran; ayah 31• We should learn and study about his sirah and then endeavor to follow in his footsteps.• We should send blessings (salat & salam) on him, as Allah Almighty Himself has ordered us in the Qur’an
GLORIFYING AND BLESSING THE PROPHET• Undoubtedly, God and His angels love, glorify and bless the Prophet. O believers! You (too) love, glorify and bless the Prophet and salute him with all due respect." (33:56)• It means :• 1) Turning to him with love and affection• 2) Glorifying or praising him• 3) Blessing or favoring him
The true signs of the love of the Prophet• 1) The first sign is to emulate him, apply his Sunnah, follow his words and deeds, obey his commands and avoid his prohibitions and take on his adab in ease and hardship, joy and despair. Allah testifies to that,• “Say: if you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you.”(Al-Quran -3:31)
2-Prefer the law given by the Prophet over one’s passions and desires• “Those who were already settled in the abode, and in belief, before they came, love those who have emigrated to them and do not find in their breasts any need for what they have been given and prefer them to themselves even if they themselves are in want.”(Al-Quran -59:9)
3-Be without any grudge in your heart against anyone• 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 Sunnah. Whoever gives life to my Sunnah has loved me and whoever loves me will be with me in the Paradise." (at-Tirmidhi)
4-Mention him often and 5- Yearn to meet him• 4) Another of the signs of love for the Prophet is to mention him often. Whoever loves something mentions him a lot.• 5)Another sign is great yearning to meet him. Every lover yearns to meet their beloved.
6-Exalt and respect him with humility• Ishaq at-Tujibi said:• "Whenever the Companions of the Prophet heard his name after he died, they were humble, their skins trembled and 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."
7-Love for those who love the Prophet his family and his Companions• A person who truly loves the Prophet, will love and respect his family and all his companions amongst Muhajiroon and Ansaar.• He will dislike those who dislike the Prophet, his family and his companions.• The Prophet said about al-Hasan and al- Husain, "O Allah, I love them, so love them.“• In al-Hasans report the Prophet said, "O Allah, I love him, so love the one who loves him."
Loving Prophet’s family and his companions• Prophet said, "Allah! Allah! My Companions! Do not make them targets after me! Whoever loves them loves them by loving me. Whoever hates them hates them by hating me. Whoever does something hurtful to them does something hurtful to me. Whoever does something hurtful to me does something hurtful to Allah. Whoever does something hurtful to Allah is about to be seized." (at-Tirmidhi)• He said about Fatima, "She is a part of me. Whoever hates her hates me." (al-Bukhari)
Loving what the Prophet loved• Anas once saw the Prophet reaching for the pumpkin in the plate. He said, "I have loved pumpkin from that day."• Al-Hasan ibnAli, Abdullah ibnAbbas and Ibn Jafar came to Salma[a servant of the Prophet] and asked her to prepare some food for them which the Messenger of Allah liked.• Ibn Umar began to wear tanned sandals dyed yellow when he saw the Prophet wearing ones like that.
8-No love for anyone who opposes Allah and His Messenger• “You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day who having love for anyone who opposes Allah and His Messenger even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred.”(Al- Quran -58:22)
9-Love for the Quran• Quran is the scripture which the Prophet brought.• He was guided by it and he guided rest of us through Quran.• His character and conduct was Quran.• Aisha said, "His character was the Quran.“• Part of love for the Quran is its recitation and acting by it and understanding it, and loving his sunnah and keeping within its limits.
Love of Quran and Sunnah• Sahl ibnAbdullah said, "The sign of the love of Allah is love of the Quran. The sign of love of the Quran is love of the Prophet. The sign of love of the Prophet is love of the Sunna. The sign of love of the Sunna is love of the Next World. The sign of love of the Next World is hatred for this world. The sign of hatred for this world is that you do not store up any of it except for provision and what you need to arrive safely in the Next World."
10- Compassion and Mercy for the believers• One must have compassion for Muslim community,• Give them good counsel,• Strive for their best interests and• Remove what is harmful from them just as the Prophet was “compassionate, merciful to the believers.”(Al-Quran -9:128)
11- Remove love for material wealth and be happy with basic provisions• A man said to the Prophet, "O Messenger of Allah, I love you." He said, “Take care what you say!”• He said, "By Allah, I love you" three times. He said,• “If you love me, then prepare for poverty quickly.”• There is a similar hadith from Abu Said al- Khudri
Rewards for loving the Prophet 1- Taste sweetness of Iman• Anas reported that the Prophet said,• “There are three things which cause anyone who takes refuge in them to experience the sweetness of belief –1. that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything else;2. that he loves a man only for Allah;3. and that he dislikes the thought of reverting to disbelief as much as he would dislike being cast into the Fire.”• (al-Bukhari& Muslim)
2- One who loves the Prophet will be with him on the Day of Resurrection• Anas said that a man came to the Prophet and asked, "When will the Last Hour come, Messenger of Allah?" , “What have you prepared for it?” Asked the Prophet. He replied, "I have not prepared a lot of prayer or fasting or charity for it, but I love Allah and His Messenger." The Prophet said, “You will be with the one you love.”• (al-Bukhari)
A man will be with the one he loves• Safwan ibn Qudama said, "I emigrated to the Prophet and went to him and said, Messenger of Allah, give me your hand. So he gave me his hand. I said, Messenger of Allah, I love you. He said, “A man is with the one he loves.” (at-Tirmidhi and an-Nasai)• Abdullah ibn Masud, Abu Musa al-Ashari and Anas related this statement from the Prophet, and Abu Dharr also has something to the same effect.
• It is related that a man came to the Prophet and said, "Messenger of Allah, I love you more than my family and my possessions. I remember you and I cannot wait until I can come and look at you. I remember that I will die and you will die and I know that when you enter the Garden, you will be raised up with the Prophets. When I enter it, I will not see you." Allah then revealed,•• “Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, will be with those whom Allah has blessed: the Prophets, the men of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And such people are the best of company!”(Al-Quran -4:68)• (at-Tabarani)
Love of the companions for the Prophet• Abu Hurayra said that the Messenger of Allah said, “Those in my community with the strongest love for me are the people who will come after me. Some of them would give their family and wealth to have seen me.”• (Muslim and al-Bukhari)• There is something similar from Abu Dharr.
Abu Bakr• It is related that Abu Bakr said to the Prophet, "By the One who sent you with the truth, I would be happier if Abu Talib [the Prophets uncle] were to become Muslim than if Abu Quhayfa [his own father] were to. That is because the Islam of Abu Talib would delight you more.
Abu Bakr• During the migration journey to Madina, they planned to enter cave of Thaur.• Abu Bakr entered to explore the cave and be sure that it was safe, closed all holes with pieces torn off from his clothes, cleaned it and then asked the Prophet [pbuh] to step in.• The Prophet [pbuh] went in and immediately laid his head in Abu Bakr [ra]’s lap and fell asleep. Suddenly Abu Bakr [ra]’s foot was stung by a poisonous insect, but he did not stir or move despite the pain, fearing Muhammad might wake up. (The Sealed Nectar)
Umar ibn al-Khattab• Umar Ibn Khattab told al-Abbas, "Your becoming a Muslim is dearer to me than al- Khattab becoming a Muslim because it is dearer to the Messenger of Allah."
The Human Shield of Sahaba• When the enemy got the upper hand] on the day of the Battle of Uhud, the Messenger of Allah was left with only seven men from the Ansar and two men from the Quraish• Whoso turns the enemy away from us will attain Paradise or will be my Companion in Paradise.• Seven Ansar were killed protecting him.• Talha bin Ubaidullah and Sad bin Abi Waqas were left who bravely fought the enemy and used their own bodies as shields to protect Allah’s Messenger (pbuh). Such was their love for him.
Muslimah who lost her family in Uhud• Ibn Ishaq said that the father, brother and husband of one of the women of the Ansar were killed in the Battle of Uhud fighting for the Messenger of Allah. She asked, "What has happened to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace?" They said, "He is as well as you would like, praise be to Allah!" She said, "Show him to me so I can look at him." When she saw him, she said, "Every affliction is as nothing now that you are safe."
Bilal Ibn Rabah• When Bilal was near death, his wife called out, "O sorrow!" Bilal said, "What joy! I will meet those I love, Muhammad and his party!"
Zayd ibn ad-Dathima• When the Makkans drove him out of the Haram to kill him, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb said to him, "I ask you by Allah, Zayd, dont you wish that Muhammad was with us now to take your place so that we could kill him, and you were with your family?"• Zaydsaid, "By Allah, I would not wish Muhammad to be now in a place where even a thorn could hurt him if that was the condition for my being with my family!“• Abu Sufyan remarked, “I have not seen any people who love anyone the way the Companions of Muhammad love Muhammad.”
We hear and We obey• Abu Talha and Abu Ayyub and some persons from amongst the Companions of the Prophet were drinking in a house (before alcohol was prohibited.• A person came and said: “Has the news reached you?” They said, “No”. He said: “Verily liquor has been declared forbidden”. Thereupon, Abu Talha said: “Anas, spill these large pitchers.” The narrator said: “They then never reverted to it, nor even asked about this after the announcement of prohibition.” [Muslim 23:4883]
Spending for the sake of love of Allah and His Prophet• When Prophet announced the preparation for the Battle of Tabuk and called for charities and donations, the Muslims raced to spend for the sake of Allah• ‘Uthman gave till his charity reached nine hundred camels and a hundred horses, besides the money he paid. [The Sealed Nectar]
Umar ibn al-Khattab’s charity• Prophet commanded us one day to give sadaqah. At that time I had some property. I said: Today I shall surpass Abu Bakr if I surpass him any day. I, therefore, brought half my property.• The Prophet asked: What did you leave for your family? I replied: The same amount.• Abu Bakr brought all that he had with him. The Prophet asked him: What did you leave for your family? He replied: I left Allah and His Prophet for them.• I said: I shall never compete you in anything. [Abu Dawud 003:167]
Do we love our Prophet?• Do we hold the Prophet so dear that we can sacrifice most of our beloved things for him?• Can we lay our comfort, honor, life and wealth on the line in order to safeguard his Sunnah?• When his Sunnah is ridiculed or denied, how upset do we feel?• Are we as worried for the cause of Islam as we are for our children?• Can we give up our desires in order to obey the Prophet ?
How much do we love our Prophet?• Do we refrain from doing something because the Prophet forbade it?• Do we love him more than our forefathers and give his Sunnah preference over their customs and traditions?• Do we desire the Prophet’s company in Paradise and what are we doing to attain it?