Love of the Messenger is the indissoluble bond /Hadith (4)
محمد لهلال / Love of the Messenger is the indissoluble bond /Hadith (4)
Love of the Messenger is the indissoluble bond
On the authority of Anas Ibn Malek, God be pleased with him, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” Reported by Muslim, al-Bukhari and others.
Meanings and Lessons:
- To adore Muhammad, the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, is a clear sign of your sound faith. Suffice to indicate that a Muslim’s testament that God is One, with no partner, is of no avail if it is not associated with the testament of Muhammad, His Messenger. Muhammad is the seal of the Prophets and the most beloved to God, the Almighty. So, your love for the highly revered Prophet must be special and the bond with him must be indissoluble.
- Man’s affection for his parents and children is by instinct quite normal, but this attachment should not override the limit when you are offered the choice between acts that bring you close to the love of the Prophet and some seemingly benefits your parents and children might draw by your violating the Messenger’s teachings and instructions. One should always be cautious to assess one’s desires and see if they are compatible with the Prophet’s Sunnah (path).
- Some non-Muslim thinkers and even Muslims might speak positively about the person of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as they portray him as an ingenious charismatic leader, a strategist, a successful statesman, and so on. But mental skills, planning aptitude, and leadership are human gifts and can be acquired through experience, while Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is far beyond that, he is the Prophet and Messenger from God, and Prophethood is what gives him this incomparably noble status and makes him special and most beloved.
- Another facet of misconception comes from some Islamic literalists, who out of much prudence that Muslims might conflate the divinity of God, Exalted is He, with the status of the Prophet, deal with Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as a postman who had delivered the message and gone away, and they focus only on the Islamic law (Shari’a) and ignore the long history of Muslims’ attachment to the Messenger.
- Those literalists, influenced by some early scholars’ fierce disputes and harsh criticism of some Muslims’ aberrant practices, have adopted a rigid attitude towards any form of the Prophet’s birthday celebration. They brand it as a bid’a (heresy). They just cannot grasp that the Messenger is a blessing and mercy to the worlds as the Quran confirms and that we have to rejoice at the blessing and mercy of God. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, himself used to specify Monday for fasting, one reason is that it was his birthday. Questions should be raised as how to celebrate, not on the principle of celebration.
- In our modern age we are very much in need of occasions on which we can introduce Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, to the new generations who are obsessed with manufactured idols in sports, music, cinema, and other fields of entertainment and distraction. The famous entertainment community are presented as models of success, happiness, benevolence, empathy, and so on; and unfortunately, the media barrage of publicity eclipses from our credulous generation the genuine models we should follow in our lives. For this reason, we, as Da’wa men and women, should seize and create any opportunity to inculcate the love of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, in the hearts and minds of our generations. And his birthday is one.
- Our love for the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, should not be expressed only on his birthday. The real proof of our attachment is based on how much we follow the Prophet’s path (Sunnah), and his path is not only about his outward acts, but also, and more importantly, about his character, manners and Jihad (in its broad sense). The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, embodies all perfect virtues, and to be true lovers and disciples, we should model ourselves on him as much as we can.
- To express our true love for the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, we should make him happy by caring for his beloved Umma. In his prayers, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, used to pray for his Umma and wanted all his Umma to be saved from Hell, so we should make it a priority to engage in Da’wa to have Muslims return to the Prophetic path and recover their dignity and status as the best community ever emerged for the salvation of all humanity.
And May God grant peace and blessings on His beloved Messenger.