The Love of the Holy Prophet Peace be upon him
All praise to the Allah the creator of the world, May peace mercy & blessings upon Holy Prophet Muhammad, His family & his companion.
The Love of Holy prophet ﷺ is the essence of Iman. If there is no love there is no Iman. Allah the almighty ordered in the holy Quran to Love Him & His beloved Prophet more than everything. It is stated in the Holy Quran In sorah Toba verse # 24
﴿ قُلْ إِنْ كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ ﴾
Translation: Say you ‘If your fathers, and your sons and your brothers and your wives and your clan and the wealth of your earning and the trade of which you fear loss and the houses of your choice, these things are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and the struggling in His path, then wait till Allah brings His Command. And Allah guides not the disobedient.
This verse clearly shows the importance & significance of the love of holy prophet. In this verse Allah the almighty stated 8 loves, love of father, love of children, love of Siblings, love of wives, love of blood relations, love of trade, love of wealth & love of houses. A man naturally loves all these but the love of Allah & Prophet Muhammad ﷺ should be higher than all other loves. Those who don’t prefer Allah & his beloved Prophet’s love, for them Allah says they should wait for Allah’s command. What is His command? The earthquake, Heavy rains, storms, thunders!!! Yes all these are his commands but dishonor in this world & loss of blessings are also from His commands as we are facing now a days.
There is a tradition regarding the love of Holy prophet ﷺnarrated by Anas: The Prophet ﷺsaid لا یؤمن احدکم حتٰی اکون احب الیہ من والدہ وولدہ والناس اجمعین “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” [Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 2 :: Hadith 14]
Why has this love for Prophet Muhammad ﷺ been declared a prerequisite of faith? Why must each and every believer love the Prophet ﷺ more than every other person in the world, even more than his own self?
Because this love for the last Prophet ﷺ was meant to be the driving force for the believer to act upon each and every word and action of his beloved. This tradition states the extreme of the love with Holy prophet ﷺ. This love had to be stronger than any other love, strong enough for a Muslim to sacrifice his family, his wealth, his life and his own desires for the sake of his beloved.