Loving and glorifying the Sunnah – I
- Publish date:15/02/2018
Do you truly love the Messenger of Allah ? A fundamental of our religion, and a tenet of our faith, is to love him.
Allah Says what means: “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 Jihaad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” [Quran 9: 24]
Al-Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyaadh said: “This verse is enough of an evidence to prove the obligation of loving the Prophet because Allah dispraised in it those whose wealth, family or children are dearer to them than the love of Allah and His Messenger describing them as defiantly disobedient at its conclusion.”
Love of the Prophet branches from Allah’s love of him; our love of the Prophet is due to the fact that Allah loves him, and because Allah sent him to us as His Messenger, as well as the fact that Allah instructs us to make him dearer to our hearts than our own souls. He Almighty Says what means: “The Prophet is more worthy of the believers than themselves…” [Quran 33: 6]
This means that the believer should love the
This love entails full obedience, submission and acceptance; it also entails favouring the Prophet
The influence that the
It is for every Muslim to prove his love for him, which can be determined according to the following narration of the
One will never taste the sweetness of faith except after achieving this, as he said in another narration: “I swear by the One in whose Hand my soul is! None of you will truly believe until I become dearer to him than his child, his father and all of mankind." [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
This love is not simply an emotion that is confined to the heart, but rather it has implications and effects. This love makes the slave achieve a rank that he would not otherwise achieve by means of his bodily deeds, as in the narration of Ibn Mas`ood, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: “A man came to the Messenger of Allah and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! When will the Hour (i.e., the Day of Resurrection) come?’ He replied: “What have you prepared for it?” The man said: ‘Only my love of Allah and His Messenger.’ The Messenger of Allah then said: “You will be with those whom you love.”” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
It is not as important to know when the Hour will occur as it is to prepare for its arrival, and this is the reason why the Prophet drew this to the attention of the man by asking him that question.
Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “After being blessed by embracing Islam, we never rejoiced at anything as much as we did about this answer of the
The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, had great love for the
When Abu Sufyaan, may Allah be pleased with him, was still a disbeliever, he asked Zayd ibn Thaabit, may Allah be pleased with him, who was taken as a hostage and being brought out by the people of Makkah to execute: “Do you not wish that Muhammad was in your place and that we killed him instead, while you could go to your family and be with them?” He, may Allah be pleased with him, replied: “I swear by Allah! I would rather be here facing this than have him even being pricked by a thorn.” Upon hearing this, Abu Sufyaan, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I never saw a people who love a man more than the companions of
A man from the Ansaar, may Allah be pleased with them, came to the Prophet and said: “You are dearer to me than myself, my child, my family and my wealth, and I feel as if I am dieing when I do not see you.” Then he began to cry. The
Note how much they loved him; they were worried about not seeing him, despite the fact that they may also be in Paradise.
Once, a female companion was waiting at the approach to Al-Madeenah for the return of the Muslim army from the battle of Uhud. She was informed that her husband, brother and father were killed, but her only reply was: “What happened to the Prophet?” They told her that he was fine and unharmed, but she insisted to seeing him so that she would be sure that he was truly safe. When she did see him, she remarked: “Any affliction, after seeing that you are safe, is minor.”