Loving Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
The Holy Qur’an, hadith traditions and narrations of sahabah (companions) are replete with abundant encouragement, advice, proof and indication of the necessity of loving the Prophet Muhammad (s) and suffice to show that this duty is an immensely important obligation. There are immense rewards for having and expressing love for the Prophet,
Anas said that a man came to the Prophet and asked, “When will the Last Hour come, Messenger of Allah?”, “What have you prepared for it?” he asked? He replied, “I have not prepared a lot of prayer or fasting or charity for it, but I love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with the one you love.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Love for the Prophet Muhammad (s) is a measure of one’s iman (faith and inner conviction) and our iman is completed and perfected only when our love for the Prophet exceeds our love for everything else in this world. Love of the Prophet breathes life into our practice of religion, without which our religion is reduced to an empty adherence to a set of rules and rituals.
Love of the Prophet also means love of humanity, not just in regard to its potential for perfection but also because Prophet Muhammad (s) was sent as a “mercy to the worlds”, and it is our duty as Muslims to manifest and spread this love to those around us and beyond. At the same time, we are reminded that the Prophet is not only the Perfect Man but also the Representative Man who on the Day of Judgment will represent mankind and plead on their behalf for their imperfections and weaknesses before the Throne of God.