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Love for Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Love for Prophet Muhammad (saw)According to Islam, the highest level of Divine love for any creature is His love for perfect human beings, such as prophets. Prophet Muhammad (saw) has a special place in this regard. One of the well-known titles of him is "Habibullah", which means the beloved of Allah (SWT). In a famous Divine saying Allah (SWT) addresses Prophet Muhammad (saw), "If thou were not, I would not have created the heavens."

Maulana Rumi points to love as God's motive for creation by commenting on a divine saying addressed to Muhammad: "But for you, I would not have created the heavenly spheres." Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the fullness of realized love, through whom and for whom the universe was created.

Love makes the ocean boil like a pot; love grinds mountains down to sand.
Love splits the heaven in a hundred pieces; love shakes the earth with a mighty shaking.
Pure love was paired with Muhammad - because of love God said to him, "But for you."
Since he alone was the goal of love, he was singled out from all the prophets.
"If not for pure love, why would I give existence to the spheres?"
I raised the celestial wheel on high, so that you might understand love's elevation.

In the Hadith al-Kisa, it is narrated by Fatima Al- Zahra, may peace be upon her:

When they, the Ahlul Bayt, gathered under the Kisa, the Almighty said: "Let it be known to you, My angels and those who are in the heavens, that I have not created the heavens and the earth and what is in them, but for My love for the Five Ones under the Kisa."

Prophet Muhammad (saw), said to his followers: "Love me because of the love of God."

We love Prophet Muhammad (saw) as he is the beloved of Allah (SWT), and He has directed us to love him. This is the first and the most important reason for loving Prophet Muhammad (saw). Further, he is the Perfect Man and personifies the highest degrees of such virtues as generosity, greatness, moral sublimity and wisdom. Hence human nature is fascinated by his perfect being and loves him. Thirdly, he brought us the most significant and essential gift which benefits us both in this world and the next and gives us true life.

For these reasons, and because of the many verses and traditions which declare the necessity of loving Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and his Household, it is obligatory for all Muslims to love him as much as they love themselves and even more, as according to the Noble Qur'an:

The Prophet has a greater right on the faithful than they have on themselves. (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:6)

Bukhari and Muslim related that Allah's Messenger (saw) said: "You will not become true believer until I become more beloved to you than your wealth, sons and all mankind."

Urdu Couplet says: Muhammad (saw) Ki Mohabbat Deen-e-Haq Ki Shart-e-Awwal Hai, Hai Issi Me Gar Khami, To Sab Kuch Na Mukammal Hai

It is therefore natural for a believer to be attracted to the love of Prophet Muhammad (saw) after he recognizes his status in the sight of Allah (SWT). Therefore, he strives to follow his way in all worldly and religious affairs as his companions (may the peace of Allah be upon them all) did during his lifetime. They loved him so much that they felt sad if they did not see him.

Thawban was one of the freed slaves of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). He was always with the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) at home or in journey and loved Prophet Muhammad (saw) very much. Once he came to him while his face was pale. Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked him: "What is the matter with you?" He replied; "Nothing". However, when you are absent, I feel lonely. When I remember the last Day, I feel afraid, as you will enter supreme Paradise. If I do not enter Paradise, I will not see you again."

Love for Prophet Muhammad (saw)Thereupon the following verse has revealed:

And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace - of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are! (Surah An-Nisa, 4:69)

Companions also preferred Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) above themselves. Al-Baihaqi reported that Mushrikeen (polytheists) took out Zaid ibn Dasaneh from the Holy Mosque to kill him in Tan'eem. On the road, Abu Sufyan asked Zaid ibn Dasaneh: "I adjure you by Allah, would you like us to kill Muhammad instead of you and you return to your family?" Zaid ibn Dasaneh replied: "I do not like that Muhammad (saw) be injured even by a thorn, while I am sitting safely in my home." Abu Sufyan commented surprisingly: "I have never seen companions who love their friend like those of Muhammad (saw)."

Holy Prophet Muhammad's (saw) friends loved him so much that they even could not see his foot injured with a thorn.

Al-Baihaqi also reported that a women from Al-Ansar, whose father and brother were killed in the battle of Uhad, asked the companions: "What about the Prophet Muhammad (saw)?" They answered: "He is well." She wanted to see him. When she saw him, she said: "Every disaster is easy as long as you are safe." So we see that the companions loved the prophet (saw) so much that they preferred him above themselves because they found in his character the ideal and best example to follow.

A sincere lover has no power to disobey the beloved person or to refuse his wishes. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said: "Do you disobey God and pretend you love Him? This is amazing. If you were true you would have obeyed Him, for the lover is submissive before the one whom he loves." We read in the Noble Qur'an:

O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion, then Allah will bring a people, He shall love them and they shall love Him, lowly before the believers, mighty against the unbelievers, they shall strive hard in Allah's way and shall not fear the censure of any censurer. (Surah Al-Maeda, 5:54)

It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path. (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:36)

And whatever the Messenger gives you, accept it, and from whatever he forbids you, keep back. (Surah Al-Hashr, 59:7)

Love for Ahlul Bayt, Household of Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Love for Ahlul Bayt (as)As part of the love for Prophet Muhammad (saw), love for the Household (Ahlul Bayt) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is also necessary for all believers.

As regards the necessity and importance of this love, there are more than three hundred Ayahs and Ahadith found in both Sunni and Shi'i sources. In all, they indicate that the main role of this love is to nourish faith. It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and his Household, said:

There is a basis for every thing, and the basis of Islam is the love for us, the People of the Household.

Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Train your children in three things: The love of your Prophet, to love the Ahlul Bayt, and the recitation of Noble Qur'an.

On the basis of the traditions that have been cited and many others like them, it is clear that the love for the Household of the Messenger of Allah, is a necessary part of every Muslim's faith. This is further confirmed by taking into consideration that the love of the Household is considered by the Noble Qur'an as the mark of gratitude for the guiding mission of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Allah (SWT) says:

Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): "I do not ask you a wage for this except the love of my kinsfolk." (Surah Ash-Shura, 42:23)

When the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was asked by his followers as to who were his near of kin, whose love God has made obligatory on all Muslims, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) replied; "Fatima, Ali, al-Hasan and al-Husayn."

In summary, if God instructs all people to love certain human beings, they must be the best among them in virtue and the sublimes of His creatures, otherwise they would not deserve to be loved, and God would never prefer some person to another for no reason, or favour someone who has no merit.

Therefore, Muslims, by emulating the Prophet's Household, become real believers. Hence the 'wages' of prophecy which the faithful have been asked to pay, ultimately return to the believers themselves. Hence the following verse of Noble Qur'an says:

Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): "Whatever reward I have asked of you is only for yourselves; my reward is only with Allah, and He is the witness over all things." (Surah Saba, 34:47)

Love for the faithful: One of the example Muslim Brotherhood

Love for the faithful, Muslim BrotherhoodWithin society there are many different kinds of relationships and associations that are made between people. One of the highest forms of these relationships and a true milestone in terms of human interaction is that of Muslim brotherhood, a bond that ties the hearts of people together in a way that is governed by no worldly gain or desire. A strong, devoted Muslim is more entitled to the love of the believer, or in other words, is more entitled to become the brother of a believer, than a weak, disobedient person who falls short of his duties towards his Creator.

The Muslim brotherhood described by the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) has important conditions. First, the relationship must be established purely for the sake of Allah (SWT). This requires the brothers to abandon any type of personal interest that they might hope to gain through their relationship. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said: "A man set out to visit one of his brothers for the sake of Allah and Allah (SWT) appointed an angel to watch over him. The angel asked the man, 'Where are you going?' The man replied: 'I wish to visit my brother.' 'Do you need anything from him?' asked the angel. 'No,' replied the man. 'Then why are you going to visit him?" inquired the angel. The man answered, 'I love him for Allah's Sake.' The angel said, 'Then know that Allah (SWT) has sent me to tell you that Allah (SWT) loves you because of your love for your brother and that He has decreed Paradise for you'." (Muslim)

Amongst the highly emphasised teachings of Islam is to love every Muslim for the sake of Allah (SWT). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) emphatically stressed this lesson when he said: "None of you is a believer until he loves for his brother (his fellow Muslims) what he loves for himself." (Muslim)

We may conclude that, in Islam love plays an essential role in ethics, mysticism, theology and even philosophy. To draw an Islamic picture of the world, including the story of the creation of the universe and mankind and then God's treatment of humanity one always needs to invoke the notion of love. God Himself is love and has created the world out of love. He treats human beings with love. Faith also starts with love, an overwhelming love for certain truths and is required to flourish by the nourishment of this love to the extent that one's love for God fills all parts of one's heart and directs all aspects of one's life. One's love for God can increase only when one reduces one's selfishness and if one can ultimately get rid of selfishness and I-ness one will be a perfect man whose will and pleasure would be the will and pleasure of God. Love for God and freedom from selfishness can be secured at first by sacrifice and losing one's desires for the sake of God, and His people and then by having no desire other than what He desires and no will other than His, as shown in the following example by Imam Ali (as):

In the battle of Khandaq, there was a fierce fight until at last Imam Ali (as) threw Amr ibn Abd Wud down onto the ground and mounted his chest ready to kill him. Just as Imam Ali (as) was about to kill this enemy of Islam, Amr ibn Abd Wud spit on the face of Imam Ali (as).

Everybody was certain that because of this insult, Amr ibn Abd Wud would meet his death even faster still, but to their amazement, Imam Ali (as) moved from Amr ibn Abd Wud's chest and walked away. Amr ibn Abd Wud attacked Imam Ali (as) again and after a short while, Imam Ali (as) again overpowered Amr ibn Abd Wud and killed him.

After the battle of Khandaq, was over people asked Imam Ali (as) the reason why he had spared Amr ibn Abd Wud's life when he had first overpowered him. To which Imam Ali (as) replied that if he had killed him then it would have not been only for the sake of Allah (SWT) but also for the satisfaction of his anger and so he let him free.

Imam Ali (as) said: "Blessed is he who sincerely devotes the entirety of his actions, knowledge, love, hatred, receiving, relinquishing, speech, silence, deeds and statements absolutely to Allah (SWT)."

We read in the Noble Qur'an: Say. Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the worlds; (Surah Al-Anaam, 6:162) Love in Islam (Al-Hubb Al-Islam)

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