We live in such times that it is no longer just the unbelievers who raise objections to a Muslim’s love for the beloved Prophet (Upon Him peace and blessings). Today, within our own Ummah itself, a Muslim is questioned and cross-examined in case he loves the Prophet “too much”. The essence of our faith, the crux of our obedience to Allah, Almighty has become a matter of great debate. We now need references and proof to justify this fundamental aspect of Imaan.
The question is, why?
The Beloved Messenger said,
“The people most loved by me from amongst my Ummah would be those who would come after me but everyone amongst them would have the keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me, even at the cost of his family and wealth.”
[Muslim, Book 40, Hadith no. 6791]
Ask yourself, what proofs did the Companions demand for loving him?
1. When Sayyidina Abu Bakr surrendered all his wealth to him for Tabuk;
2. when Sayyidina Abdullah bin Masud would carry his blessed sandals like a treasure;
3. when Sayyidina Talha honoured and kept his blessed hair;
4. when Sayyida Umm Sulaym cherished drops of his blessed sweat;
5. when Sayyidina Hassaan bin Thabit penned poetry in his honour;
6. when Sayyidina Umar kissed the Black Stone only because he did so;
7. when Sayyidina Usman rushed at his request to equip the Muslim army;
8. when Sayyidina Bilal wept heartbroken at his blessed grave;
9. when Sayyidina Ali refused to erase words testifying to his Prophethood ;
10. when Sayyida Nusayba bint Kaab shielded him at Uhud;
11. when Sayyidina Talha gave an arm to protect him from arrows;
12.when Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid honoured strands of his blessed hair mid-battle;
13.when the Companions would treasure his blessed saliva, and compete for just a drop of his blessed ablution water
(May Allah be pleased with them all)
– did they love the Prophet too much?
Sayyidina Umar said to the Beloved Messenger,
“O Allah’s Messenger! You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Beloved Messenger said, “No, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, (you will not have complete faith) till I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then Sayyidina Umar said to him, “However, now – by Allah – you are dearer to me than my own self.” The Messenger replied, “Now, O Umar, (now you are a believer).”
[Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 78, Hadith no. 628]
The cries of ‘shirk’ resonate louder with every step taken out of love for the beloved Prophet. However, the Prophet himself said,
“By Allah, I am not afraid that you will worship others besides Allah after me (commit shirk), but I am afraid that you will compete with each other for the pleasures of this world.”
[Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 5, Hadith no. 411]
Sheikh Fakhrudeen Owaisi
Our beloved Prophet himself testified to the fact that the Ummah will never be united upon shirk, as a majority.