Wisdom of the Week (April 14, 2017):
Love for the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
Sayyidina Anas RadiAllahu Ta'ala Anhu said that: The Prophet SallAllahu
Alaihi wa Sallam, said:
"None of you will be considered believers until
I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people." (Bukhari and Muslim)
The one with complete faith surely will know that the Prophet (SAW) has
right on him more than the right of his father, his son and all the people
because the Prophet (SAW) saved his followers from the Hellfire and
guided them to the straight path.
For this reason Allah (SWT) put condition on his love to follow His
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by saying on behalf of His Prophet (SAW):
"Say: if you love Allah, then follow me Allah will love you and
forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful" (3:31)
And love for him (saw) is wajib in Quran and the Sunnah.
In the holy Quran Allah (SWT) said:
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 jihad
in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah
does not guide the defiantly disobedient people." (9:24)
And Allah will never promise severe punishment for someone unless he
left some wajib or done something prohibited. From this we know
that his love (SAW) is wajib.
And in the Sunnah there are many Hadeeths that talk about the
importance of his (SAW) love, such as the Hadeeth above.
The best proof for loving our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) is not
just performing obligatory actions such as praying, fasting but also
following his Sunnah by applying it in our daily lives through: eating,
drinking, sitting, walking, sleeping, dealing with family, spouse,
children, friends, relatives, communicating with others with manners
and behaviors and staying away from everything he ordered to stay away
from, such as backbiting, gossiping, swearing, etc.