Importance of Loving the Messenger of Allah

What is the importance of loving the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) to the Muslim faith?

Abu Muhammad 'Abdullah bin Amr bin al-'As, (رضى الله عنهما), reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), said:

"None of you (truly) believes until his desire or inclination is in accordance with what I have brought or subservient to what I came with." [1]

This statement is the basis of loving the Prophet (ﷺ). This statement defines for us, that our faith depends on our love of the Prophet (ﷺ). Loving him (ﷺ) is an essential part of faith. This is also reinforced by the fact that is made of two statements, there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). We repeat it in Salah, means of entering into Islam mentioned in Qur'an, and statement of Prophet (ﷺ).

The masses of Muslim know this and everyone swear they do. The question remains what it means to love the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)? He (ﷺ) must be more beloved than our wealth. The way we love our wealth, we will do anything to preserve it to get it, this love is not an emotional love of mother and child which is based on relationship with them for having being raised by them

The love of wealth is of a different kind, which has to do with what wealth represents, he loves money for what it represents, what he can do with money. We are ready to do anything for it. We should have greater love than that for Prophet (ﷺ) it means if we have a choice between doing what is love of Prophet (ﷺ) and love of wealth and we will choose what constitutes love of Prophet (ﷺ). Loving the Prophet (ﷺ) more than wealth means, if he instructed us to do, then an economic situation demand it otherwise, we choose to follow the instruction of the Prophet.

How many of us can say we have the honor of loving the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), we will be hard pressed to find any. The reality to reflect again on the love of Prophet (ﷺ), we have to renew our faith. we have known why we need to love the Prophet (ﷺ) because the Prophet (ﷺ) does not need our love it is not going to improve our status in next life, what is destined is his whether every Muslims loves him or hates him He hates him by living a life totally contradictory to the way of Messenger of Allah ,he hates him. Actions speak louder than words, how they act tell you what they really think. Out of the five pillars only one is verbal and the other are all practical.

Reference:

[1] [A fine and genuine hadith which was related by al-Maqdidsi in his Book of Hujjah, An-Nisaa’ee and Bukhari, Muslim]

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