Love for our beloved Prophet

BismillahhirRahmannirRahim

 

Love for the Prophet Sallallahu`alaihi wasallam

 

by Shaykh Ahmed Abdul Mujeeb Qasmi Nadvi (translated by Muhammad Owais Jafrey)

 

True love with Prophet (SAW) is an integral part of our Iman (Faith). One, who lacks such a love, can neither understand the place of Prophet (SAW) in Allah’s sight, nor can he follow him. On the other hand the one who understands the exalted place of Prophet (SAW) in the scheme of creation cannot help but love him (SAW). Perfect Iman and true following also automatically creates committed love with Prophet (SAW). Both the Holy Qur’an and the Traditions exhorts us to love, firmly believe in him and follow him (SAW). Allah (SWT) says in Aayah 24 of Surah Tawba:

 

“Say [Rasul Allah], “if your fathers, sons, brothers, wives, tribes, the wealth you have acquired, the trade which you fear will decline, and the dwellings you love are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and the struggle in His cause, then wait until Allah brings about His punishment…”

 

The right inclination of the spirit is called Love and the right track for the soul leads to Love. No one loves any one without reason. Personality, character and attributes create a charisma in a person to be loved. Love is never intentional. It is the magnetic force of the beloved which involuntarily draws a lover to love. “Junoon” is an Arabic word, which if used in a positive sense means an overpowering craze, a strong inner drive to get close to someone, or a condition of being possessed by a burning desire for someone. “Ishq” is another Arabic word and it is a kind of “junoon”. There are two words in Arabic for love. One is “Hub” and the other is “Ishq”, and as per linguists of classical Arabic there is a subtle difference between the two.

 

The one who does Ishq is called Aashiq, and the one who is object of Ishq is called “Maashooq”. The “Maashooq” must have an “Aashiq” to be recognized as a Maashooq.

 

The other word “Hub” also means love as does “Ishq”. The one who does “Hub” is called “Muhib” and the one who is loved is called “Mahboob”, but according to lexicographers of classical Arabic, “Mahboob” possesses that intrinsic attribute which draws not one person but any one who happens to know, see or come into contact with the person who has that intrinsic attribute. Such a person is loved and adored by all. There are difference stages of love. Love can be measured by the attributes of the beloved, the higher the attributes, the higher will be the quality of the love. The more one knows about the attributes of the beloved, the more passionate love will drive the lover to the beloved. Aayah 165 of Surah Baqarah says:

 

“Even so there are some who choose to worship others besides Allah as rivals to Him, loving them with love due to Allah, but the believers have greater love for Allah…”

  

According to Hafiz Ibn-e-Qayyim (RemA), the word “Ishq” has not been used in any tradition of Prophet (SAW), but the word “Muhabbat” has been used in the Holy Qur’an for Prophet (SAW). One of the greatest attribute of Prophet (SAW) is that he is loved by Allah (SWT); hence a love for him is but natural for the Muslims.

 

There are countless endearing characteristics and attributes of Prophet (SAW). In the sight of a Momin, he (SAW) is most exalted, esteemed, loved, and obeyed after Allah (SWT).

 

Let me mention to you briefly just a few attributes of Prophet (SAW):

 

  1. He was very generous and bountiful. This attribute includes both material and spiritual generosity. For his spiritual generosity, one has to have the depth, insight and knowledge and above all a long enough life to count and mention them. Let me touch on his material generosity.

 

  1. Ummul Momineen Aa’isha (RAnha) says that Prophet (SAW) did not     leave any thing behind him like money, goat or camel after he passed away and nor he (SAW) left a will.

 

  1. Once a needy person came to Prophet (SAW) seeking some help. He (SAW) asked him to sit down and wait. Another person came, and then following him yet a third person came. Prophet (SAW) attended them with extreme courtesy, but he had no food in his home to offer for the needy. The three waited with patience.  In the mean time a person came and presented four owqia (a certain measure) silver to Prophet (SAW), who gave one owqia each to the three individuals. Prophet (SAW) asked if there was one who needed the left over, but there was none. At night Prophet (SAW) couldn’t go to sleep and was restless. He used to get up for prayers, try to go to sleep, and then again got up and prayed. Ummul Momineen Aa’isha got worried and asked if Prophet (SAW) was not feeling well. Prophet (SAW) said: “No.” She asked if there was a revelation, which was keeping him restless?  He (SAW) said: “No.” Then he (SAW) showed her the left over silver and told her (RA) that he was afraid that he may not pass away while still having the silver in his possession.

 

  1. Abu Hurairah (RA) relates that Prophet (SAW) said: “A Muslim who passes away leaving some inheritance, his heirs will inherit his wealth, but if some one passes away owing some debt, I will pay that debt.

 

  1. Jaabir bin Abdullah, (RA), an Ansari companion says: “Prophet (SAW) never ever returned a seeker without giving him something. He (SAW) never said “No” to anyone. In the battle of Hunayn, his (SAW)’s army got the bounty of 24 thousand camels, 40 thousand goats, 4 thousand owqia sliver, but Prophet (SAW) had that distributed to the needy. 6 thousands men were taken prisoners who were also set free.

 

  1. Justice, fairness and strict adherence to law was also one of Prophet (SAW)’s attribute. Even his enemies acknowledged his fair dealings and justice. Rabi binKhaisam said that even before he was commissioned for Prophet Hood, people used to bring their disputes and cases to Prophet (SAW) for resolution. He was the most honest and perfect Judge and his decisions were always honored.

 

  1. A lady by the name of Fatima was apprehended for theft in Makkah. Usama bin Zaid (RA), who was deeply loved by Prophet (SAW) recommended for leniency in her favor. His recommendation displeased Prophet (SAW), and he said to Usama (RA): “You are recommending me against the punishment mandated by Allah (SWT). Listen; even if my daughter Fatima had committed such a crime, I would have given the same verdict as I am going to give about this Fatima.

 

  1. There are many stories about Prophet (SAW) courage and bravery.  As the battle of Hunayn raged, enemies showered their arrows in waves after waves from a strategic mountain pass. Caught off guard, Muslims were dispersed. One companion asked Bar’a bin Aazib (RA) as to why they left Prophet (SAW) alone. Bar’areplied: “But Prophet (SAW) riding his white mule with bridle in the hand of Abu Sufyan bin Harith did not leave his ground and kept announcing: I am the Prophet and this is the truth.”  Imagine a person would love to ride a horse for its fast speed, but Prophet (SAW) preferred a white mule which couldn’t be camouflaged due its color. On the top of it while surrounded by enemies, he (SAW) was inviting enemy’s attention by announcing that he (SAW) was the Prophet. It was nothing but outright courage.

 

  1. Another outstanding attribute of Prophet (SAW) was Haya (modesty) as mentioned by Abu Said Khudri (RA). He said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was even shier than a virgin behind her veil. When he saw something which he disliked, we could perceive it on his face.”

 

  1. Prophet (SAW) never mentioned anyone’s flaw or shortcoming on his face.

 

  1. Prophet (SAW) was blessing, compassion, kindness, and mercy personified. Qadhi Ayaaz writes that once a Bedouin came and asked for help from Prophet (SAW). He (SAW) went inside his home, brought something, gave it to him and asked: “Is it fine?” The Bedouin replied: “No, you did not behave well with me.” He meant that he was given much less than he had expected. The companions of Prophet (SAW) were angered by the tone and disrespect and wanted to get hold of Bedouin, but Prophet (SAW) stopped them, went to his home again and brought additional stuff for him. The Bedouin was very happy and left. Prophet (SAW) said to his companions: “My relationship with my Ummah is like the relationship between the camel and his owner. At times the camel turns wild and runs away. People run after the camel and the camel runs farther and farther. The owner asks

the people who chased the camel to stop. He endears the camel by showing food, comforts, and brings the animal back home. If I loose patience like you, people will run away from me. Like the camel owner, I bring back my Ummah with patience and tolerance.” [Kitab-us-Shifa. p. 55]

 

Cast a general glance on Prophet (SAW) personality. You will find in him attributes of extreme nobility, humility, hospitality, benevolence, generosity, patience, tolerance, magnanimity, sympathy, love and affection. You may recall that after the first revelation, when Prophet (SAW) came home over burdened with responsibility of Prophet Hood and worried, Ummul Momineen Khadija (RAnha) consoled him (SAW) in these words: “You are kind to relatives, share the burden of others, help the poor, assist the needy, look after the destitute, and rescue those who are in trouble; Allah will never let you down.” [Bukhari]

 

Love of the companions with Prophet (SAW) was exemplary and unique. Submission, obedience, loyalty, respect and committed love can be imagined when they say anything about Prophet (SAW).

 

Anas (RA) said: “Prophet (SAW) excelled everyone in noble conduct and generosity. I have never touched the silk or velvet or any thing else softer than the palm of Prophet (SAW).

 

Some one asked Jaabir bin Umrah Samurah (RA) about Prophet (SAW)’s face if it was brighter than the sword. He (RA) replied: “No it was like the sun and the moon.”

 

If you read the Al-Shamayil of Imam Tirmidhi, you will discover what (SAW)’s companions thought and said about him and how they have adored Prophet (SAW), who was their ideal and most beloved personality.

 

Our love with Prophet (SAW) should be expressed through actions of obedience and loyalty to him. Allah (SWT) has clearly says in Aayah 31 of Surah Al-Imran:

 

“Say, [to people Ya Rasul Allah] ‘If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will love you and forgive your sins; Allah is most forgiving, most merciful.”

 

This is the month if of Rabi-ul-Awwal. According to the consensus of historians Prophet (SAW) was born on the 12th day of this month. Let us take this opportunity to renew our allegiance to him, let us reinforce his teachings in our life, let us re-dedicate ourselves to his love, and let us join Allah (SWT) and his angels in sending Darud-o-Salaam on the greatest benefactor of humanity, the Mercy to the worlds, the beloved of Allah (SWT) and the beloved of Momineen. “Allahumma Salley AlaMuhammad (SAW) wa Barik Wassallim.”

 

Note: 

SWT =  Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala

SAW =  Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam

AS   =   AlehisSalam
RA =     Radhiyallaho anhu

RAnha= Radhiyallaho anha

                                                  

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