By: Shad Muhammad Shad | Takhsus fil Ifta 3rd year | Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi
To love Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم more than our nearest relatives is a part and parcel of our faith (Iman). Beyond any doubts, it is the core of our faith (Iman). The one who does not fulfill this criterion cannot not be called a true Muslim. One’s relationship with Allah Almighty and his final messenger Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم must be above all other relationships. He must love and respect all those who are the beloved of Allah Almighty and his Messenger Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم may that person be his enemy. He must disrespect and hate all those who disrespect and hate Allah and Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم may that person be his beloved son even.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضی اللہ عنہ says, ‘Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in whose hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.’’ [Saheeh Bukhari Vol. 1. Page: 13]
The Islamic scholars have mentioned that the love of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is divided into two stages:
First stage is to accept every word of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم as nothing else but an absolute truth. And accept his every command willingly, and abide by all of his dos and don’ts. This stage of love is obligation (fardh) in Shariah.
Allah Almighty says: “And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you from, abstain (from it). And fear Allah. Indeed Allah is severe in punishment.” [Surah Al-Hashar verse: 7]
The second stage, which is not an obligation, rather desirable and preferred, is to follow his Sunnah, his manners, behaviors and his societal approvals, and to imitate his mannerism and to absorb his qualities. [Fath ul Baari, by: Ibn e Rajab Al-Hanbli. Vol: 1. Page: 48]
In addition to the above statement, Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is beloved of Allah. If we claim that we love Allah, we are supposed to love his last messenger. And Allah wants us to obey Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم sincerely, not just as a duty. This kind of obedience is not possible without loving his last messenger sincerely. Allah Almighty says, ‘Say (0 Prophet): “If you do love Allah, follow me; Allah shall love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Most Forgiving, Very Merciful.” ’ [Surah Al-Imran. Verse: 31]
And Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, ‘One who loves merely for Allah, hates anyone because of Allah, spends for Allah and holds back for Allah, then, indeed, he has completed his Iman (faith).’ [Sunan Abu Dawood. Vol: 2. Page: 632. Hadith: 4681]
There are quite a few verses in the Holy Quran and many Ahadeeth stating the necessity of loving Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. It is not possible to encompass all of them in detail in this essay.
Secondly, putting the law aside, naturally, there are reasons to fall in love with Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Our spiritual forefathers pointed out that the basic reasons of love are three: kamaal (perfection), jamaal (beauty and prettiness) and nawaal (ehsaan, favor, goodness). All of them are concentrated in the personality of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.
I want to illustrate these points briefly in the lines below:
1- Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is on the topmost stage of the first point (perfection). Despite he has all good qualities exhaustively, above all his perfection lies in the fact that Allah Almighty has completed the succession of prophet-hood with him, and his teachings and massages shall remain intact till Doomsday, and for all the nations of world. This is the apogee which is not granted to any messenger by Allah.
2- Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was extremely handsome and elegant. He was second to none in the world in beauty and elegance. It is beyond one's capability to portray his beauty and elegance but his companions have attempted according to their capabilities, to preserve whatever they could.
Al-Bara رضی اللہ عنہ says: “Allah’s Apostle was the handsomest of all people, and had the best appearance. He was neither very tall nor short. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari. Vol: 1. page: 93]
There is another hadith narrated that his face was [as bright] as a moon. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari. Vol: 1. Page: 396]
Abu Hurayrah رضی اللہ عنہ says: Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was so beautiful and handsome, as though his body was covered and moulded in silver. His hair was slightly curled." [Jam ul Wasaail Sharah u Shamail vol: 1. Page: 59]
Imaam Tirmidhi has written the book “Shamail-e- Tirmidhi” in which he has collected 400 hadith narrated in the context of the noble features of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.
3. The third reason of love is goodness. If someone confers favor on you or you are benefited from him, it arouses love for him in your heart. Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is a great blessing for entire humanity. Allah Almighty says: “And Allah has surely conferred a favor on the believers when He raised in their midst a messenger from among themselves who recites to them His verses and makes them pure and teaches them the book and the wisdom, while earlier, they were in open error. [Surah Al-Imran. Verse: 164]
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is mercy for all mankind which includes both Muslims and non-Muslims, as Allah Almighty says: “And, we have not sent you but as a mercy for all the worlds.’ [Surah Al-Anbiya. Verse: 107]
People reaped benefits from Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in both ways: spiritually and worldly.
Before Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم people were living in the dark ages, drenched in sins and disobedience of Allah سبحانہ وتعالی. Bloodshed was a common practice all around. They were unwilling to accept the beliefs or opinions of others. The old religions (Judaism and Christianity) had lost their vitality, fallen in perversion and their original shape was distorted.
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم started serving humanity, treated them, improved the society, embellished their worldly life and their hereafter, guided them towards the right path and protected them from perdition. In a few years, the culture of peace was set, the people changed and succeeded in becoming the ideals for the world.
All that was done by his values, attitudes, traditions, modes of behavior, way of life, non-violence, full respect for all human rights and by all instructions called “Islam” (Peace).
On the other hand, he left behind for forthcoming people till Qiyamah the true guide … the Holy Quran, Hadith, instructions, and teachings by which anyone can succeed forever.
I feel no hesitation in making the claim that if a non-Muslim were to study the life of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم impartially, he would certainly fall in love with him. I’m quoting the words of only one non-Muslim here to save my essay becoming too long:
In his book, “The 100” about the most influential persons in history, Michael H. Hart ranked Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم at the top of the list. He writes:
“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.
Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world's great religions and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive.” [The 100. Page: 1. Published by Carol Publishing Group]
By Allah! If such a person is not loved by you, there is no one worthy of being loved in the world.