In the Name of Alla the Most Merciful, the Most Compationate

Bismi-Allah Ar-rahman ar-rahim wa bihi nasta`in

Chapter II On the necessity to love the Prophet,
salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam

Section I: Concerning the necessity of loving him,
salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam

-Allah ta`ala says, "Say: if your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your tribe and you possessions you have earned, commerce you fear may slacken, dwellings you love - if these are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and to struggle in His way, then wait until Allah brings His command." (9:25)

This enough encouragement, advice, proof, and indication of the necessity of loving him and is sufficient to show that this duty is an immensely important obligation which is the Prophet's right. Allah ta`ala censures those whose property, famillies and children are dearer to them than Allah ta`ala and His Messenger salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam. He threatens them by adding, "Wait until Allah brings His command." At the end of the ayat He considers such people as having done wrong and informs them they are among those who are astray and not guided by Allah ta`ala.

Anas reported that the Prophet, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, said, "None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people. There is something similar from Abu Hurayra.

Anas reported that the Prophet, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, said, "There are three things which cause anyone who takes refuge in them to experience the sweetness of belief - that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything else; that he loves a man only for Allah; and that he dislikes the thought of reverting to disbelief as much as he would dislike being cast into Fire."-

Section II: On the reward for loving the Prophet,
salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam

It is related that a man came to the Prophet, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, and said, "Messenger of Allah, I love you more than my familly 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 Prophets. When I enter it, I will not see you." Allah ta`ala then revealed, "Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, those are with those whom Allah has blessed among the Prophets, the true ones, the martyrs and the rightdoers. They are the best on Companions." (4:68) The Prophet, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, called the man and recited the verses to him.

In another hadith we find, "A man was with the Prophet, looking at him without turning away. The Prophet asked, "What is wrong with you?" He replied, "My father and mother be your ransom! I enjoy looking at you. On the Day of Rising, Allah will raise you up because of His high estimation of you!" Allah ta`ala then sent down the ayat mentioned above.

In the hadith of Anas, the Prophet, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, said, "Whoever loves me will be with me in the Garden."

Section III On what is related from the Salaf and the Imams about their love for the Prophet and their yearning for him,
salla-Alalhu `aleyhi wa sallam

The hadith of `Umar, " I love you more than myself " has been cited. There are similar things from other Companions.

`Amr ibn al-`As said, "There is no one I love better than the Messenger of Allah"

'Abda bint Khalid ibn Ma'dan said, "Khalid never went to bed without remembering how he yearned for the Messenger of Allah, salla-Allahu `aleyhi wa sallam, and his Companions among the Muhajirun and Ansar, and he would name them. He said, 'They are my root and branch, and my heart longs for them. I have yearned for them a long time. My Lord, hasten my being taken to You!'"

Zayd ibn Aslam said, 'Umar went out at night to observe the people and saw a lamp in a house where an old woman was teasing some wool, saying:

"The prayer of the good be upon Muhammad, may the blessed bless him!
I was stabding in tears before dawn.

If only I knew, when death gives us different forms,
Whether the Abode will join me to my beloved!"

she meant the Prophet. `Umar sat down in tears.

It is related that a woman said to `A´isha, "Show me the grave of the Messenger of Allah" She showed it to her and the woman wept until she died.

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