Love Of The Prophet And Following His Example – Shaykh Gibril Haddad

Love Of The Prophet



1. The Obligation to Increase the Love and Honor of the Prophet 

Allah asks the Prophet  to remind his Nation that it is essential for those who claim to love God, to love His Prophet  :

“Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me, and God will love you” (3:31). [see also (2)]

This obligation to love the Prophet  means to obey him, to remember him, to follow his example, and to be proud of him as Allah is proud of him, since Allah has boasted about him in His Holy Book by saying:

“Truly you are of a magnificient character” (al-Qalam 4).

. Love of the Prophet  is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of their imaan. In an authentic hadith related in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet  said:

“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.” In another hadith in Bukhari he said: “None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself.”

Perfection of faith is dependent on love of the Prophet  because Allah and His angels are constantly raising his honor, as is meant in the verse:

“Allah and His angels are praying on the Prophet”  (33:56).

The Divine order that immediately follows in the verse:

“O believers, pray on him,”

makes it clear that the quality of being a believer is dependent on and manifested by praying on the Prophet.

O Allah! Send peace and blessings on the Prophet, his family, and his companions. see also (3) .


2. Allah Said: Invoke Blessings on the Prophet 

We are encouraged to pray on the Prophet  and to praise him, which is an obligation on us through Allah’s order in the verse:

“Allah and His angels are praying on (and praising) the Prophet  ;
O believers! pray on (and praise) him and send him utmost greetings” (al-Ahzab 56).
see also (1)

3. Allah Said: Rejoice in the Prophet 

To express happiness for the Prophet  coming to us is an obligation given by Allah through Qur’an, as Allah said in Qur’an:

“Of the favor and mercy of Allah let them rejoice” Sura Yunus (10) 58

This order came because joy makes the heart grateful for the mercy of Allah. And What greater mercy did Allah give than the Prophet himself  , of whom Allah says,

“We did not send you except as a mercy to human beings” (Al-Anbiya’ 107).

Because the Prophet  was sent as a mercy to all mankind, it is incumbent not only upon Muslims, but upon all human beings to rejoice in his person. Unfortunately, today too, there are some people who reject Allah’s order to rejoice in His Prophet  .

4. The Obligation to Know Sira and Imitate Its Central Character

We are asked to know about our Prophet , about his life, about his miracles, about his birth, about his manners, about his faith, about his signs (ayat wa dala’il), about his seclusions, about his worship, and is not this knowledge an obligation for every Muslim? What is better than acquiring knowledge of his life? This will make Allah happy with us because then we will be able to know the Prophet  better, and be readier to take him as an example for ourselves, to correct ourselves, and to imitate him and thus gain salvation in this life and in the next.

5. Who was our Beloved Prophet  ?

The Prophet Allah, Rasulullah  was neither tall nor was he short (he was of medium stature). In complexion, he was neither very white like lime, nor very dark, nor brown which results in darkness (he was illuminant, more luminous than even the full moon on the 14th night). The hair of Rasulullah  was neither very straight nor very curly (but slightly wavy). When he attained the age of forty, Allah Most High granted him nubuwwah (prophethood). He lived for ten years in Makkah (see commentary) and in Madinah for ten years. He  passed away at the age of sixty years. At that time there were not more than twenty white hair on his mubaarak head and beard” Anas (r) reported it.

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6. The Danger of Opposing His Command

Opposing his command and changing his sunna is misguidance and innovation. It is threatened by Allah with utter privation and punishment. Allah says:

“Whoever splits from the Messenger  after the guidance is clear to him and follows other than the path of the believers, We shall entrust him to what he has turned to and expose him unto Hell – an evil retreat!” Sura Women (4) 115

The Prophet  said: “Anyone who dislikes my sunna is not of me.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)


7. Additional Proofs
(1) Concerning Respect and Love For The Prophet 

The Community [of Muslim Scholars] is unanimous concerning the obligation to magnify and exalt the Prophet  , his Family, and his Companions. It was the practice of the Pious Predecessors and the Imams of the past that whenever the Prophet  was mentioned in their presence they were seized by reverence, humbleness, stillness, and dignity.
Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (this is Ja’far al-Sadiq) would turn pale whenever he heard the Prophet  mentioned. Imam Malik would not mention a hadith except in a state of ritual purity. ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr al-Siddiq would turn red and stammer whenever he heard the Prophet mentioned  .
As for ‘Amir ibn ‘Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr ibn al-‘Awamm al-Asadi (one of the early sufis), he would weep until his eyes had no tears left in them. When a hadith was mentioned in their presence they would lower their voices. Malik said: “His sacredness (hurmat in death is as his inviolability in life.”

The Mathematician Abu al-‘Abbas Ahmad ibn al-Khatib, also known as Ibn Qunfudh al-Qusantini al-Maliki (d. 810 H) in his book “Wasilat al-islam bi al-nabi ‘alayhi al-salat wa al-salam” (The Means to Islam Through the Prophet ; Beirut: Dar al-gharb al-islami, 1404/1984 p. 145-146.)      


(2) Even Love of the Companions Is a Sign of Belief

Another hadith which shows that even love of the companions of the Prophet  , such as Abu Hurayra is a sign of belief, according to the exact wording of the Prophet  that Allah make Abu Hurayra beloved to the believers.

Abu Hurayra gave the following account of his mother’s conversion:

I came to the Prophet  weeping one day and said: “O Messenger of Allah, I have been inviting my mother to Islam and she has been refusing. Today I asked her again, and she said something about you which I hated to hear. Ask Allah to guide Abu Hurayra’s mother!” Whereupon the Prophet  said: “O Allah! Guide Abu Hurayra’s mother.”
Then I returned home cheered up by the Prophet’s  supplication. When I arrived at the door of the house I found it closed. Hearing my footsteps, my mother said: “Abu Hurayra, do not come in yet.” I could hear the sound of water. She washed herself and wore her robe (dir’) and headcover (khim_r) then she opened the door and said: “Abu Hurayra! I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and messenger!”
I returned at once to the Prophet , weeping for joy, and said to him: “O Messenger of Allah, good news! Allah has answered your request and guided my mother!” He glorified and praised Allah, thanking Him and saying good things. I said: “O Messenger of Allah! Ask Allah that He make me and my mother beloved to his believing servants and that He make them beloved to us.”
The Prophet  said: “O Allah! Make Your little servant here – meaning Abu Hurayra – and his mother beloved to Your believing servants, and make the believers beloved to the two of them.” Not one believer is brought into existence who hears about me without seeing me except he loves me.

Narrated by Muslim and Ahmad. Also Ibn Hajar in al-Isaba (7:435, 7:512) and others.

This hadith is similar to another sound hadith of the Prophet  addressing the Commander of the Believers ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (r):

“None loves you except a believer, and none hates you except a hypocrite.” Narrated by Muslim, al-Nasa’i, and Ahmad      


(3) Another hadith emphasizing to increase our Love for Allah(ta’âla) and his Messenger 

A man asked the Prophet  about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet  said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle. ” The Prophet  said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e., “You will be with those whom you love.”) Therefore, I love the Prophet  , Abu Bakr and ‘Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs. Anas narrated it. Comment (4)     

(4) The above is elucidated by the following hadiths:

“Among those of my Community who love me most intensely are certain people who will come after me and who would give away their family and property in exchange for seeing me.” Muslim narrated it in his Sahih, book of “Paradise and its bliss and people.”

A man came to the Prophet  and said: “Messenger of Allah, I love you more than my family and my possessions. I remember you and I cannot wait until I can come and look at you. I remember that I will die and you will die and I know that when you enter the Garden, you will be raised up high with the Prophets. When I enter it, I will not see you.” Allah then revealed:

“Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, they are with those whom He has favored: the Prophets (peace be upon them all), the True Saints, the Martyrs, and the Righteous. Ah! What an excellent company.” (4:69)

The Prophet  called the man and recited the verse to him.

Tabarani and Ibn Mardawayh narrated it from A’isha and Ibn ‘Abbas, and Qadi ‘Iyad cited it in al-Shifa’ as well as Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (1:310) and al-Baghawi in his.

It is further elucidated by the hadith of ‘Umar …

… whereby a man was punished by the Prophet  because of wine-drinking. One day when he was brought to him and he gave orders and had him beaten, one of those present said: “O Allah, curse him. How often he is brought!” The Prophet  said: “Do not curse him. I swear by Allah that I know he loves Allah and His Messenger.” (Al-Bukhari)


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Other related texts on the Prophet MHMD :

– From The Life Of Prophet Mohammed
– The Prophet – A Mercy to the Worlds MHMD
– The Light of the Prophet, GF Haddad
– On Loving the Prophet 
– The Prophetic Title: “Best Of Creation”
– The Prophet in Barzakh MHMD
– On the Life of the Prophet in His Grave
– The Names Of The Prophet
– The Farewell Speech of the Prophet MHMD

Some external links:

– On the Necessity of Loving the Prophet, Ash-Shifa’ by Qadi ‘Iyad
– On the necessity to love the Prophet
– ISLAM, The Light of My Life by M. H. Durrani; Story of the conversion
to Islam of a Christian preacher and his love for the Holy Prophet 


The Best of Spiritual Actions – Imam Shadhili relates from his teacher, Ibn Mashish

Abu’l Hasan al-Shadhili relates from his spiritual guide, Ibn Mashish:

The best of spiritual actions are four after four.

[The four actions are:]

(1) loving Allah;

(2) contentment with Allah’s destiny;

(3) non-attachment to worldly matters; and

(4) relying upon Allah.


[These come after four:]

(1) fulfilling Allah’s commands;

(2) leaving Allah’s prohibitions;

(3) steadfastly leaving all that doesn’t concern one; and

(4) scrupulousness in leaving useless amusement. [Durrat al-Asrar]

And Allah alone gives success.

The Prophet Muhammad’s Love, Concern, & Kindness for Children


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The Prophet’s Love and Kindness for Children


The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was very kind to children and loved them.


Children Hands.jpgHe would stroke their heads out of love and would pray for their good in life.


Whenever the children came near to him he would pick them up in his arms and fondle them with great love.


Sometimes he would bring out his tongue before the child and the child would become cheerful and laugh.


If he was lying down, he would make a child sit on the soles of his feet or on his chest.


If several children were there, he would make them fall in a row and would himself sit stretching out his arms and would say, “Run up to me, who touches me first, will get a prize. “The children would come running to him. Some would fall on his chest, some would fall on his belly. He would embrace them and kiss them. [Khasail-I-Nabawi]

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When the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) Passed by Children


Whenever the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by children, he would salute them, put his hands on their heads and pick up the small ones in his arms.


On seeing a mother loving her baby, he would be deeply affected.


When discussing mother’s love he would say, “Whomsoever ALLAH favors with children and he loves them as also fulfils his obligations towards them, then he would remain safe from the hell fire.


If while returning from a journey, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) met children on the way, he would pick them up affectionately and get them seated before or behind himself on his mount.


Children also loved him much. No sooner than they saw him, they would run up to him. He would pick up each one of them, kiss him and give him something like dates or fresh fruit or some other nice thing to eat. If the baby of a woman saying prayer in his leadership started crying he would shorten the prayer in order to relieve the mother from her distraction. [Khasail-e-Nabawi]



Eid Mubarak: May Allah Makes These Days of True Rejoicing – Eid Message, Reminder, and Free Gift from SeekersGuidance – mp3 of an amazing night of nasheed


In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful
May Allah make these days of true rejoicing
Dear SeekersGuidance students, supporters, and friends,
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. The teachers, managers, and SeekersGuidance team would like to wish you Eid Mubarak. We ask Allah Most High to make these days of rejoicing in the blessings of Allah, worldly and spiritual, and days of returning to Allah through recognition of these blessings.
May this be a true Eid for us, insha’Allah. The Early Muslims (salaf) would say: “True Eid isn’t for those rely wearing new clothes. Rather, true Eid belongs to those whose obedience increases.”
The root meaning of Eid is, “that which returns, time and again; and rejoicing.”
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “They are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of God.” [Bukhari]
Making Eid a True Rejoicing & Return
Make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with family and friends. Repair strained relationships. Visit and contact friends and family whom you have fallen out of touch with. Do this as a spiritual action, seeking the pleasure of Allah, for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that from the best of faith is mending relations.
And make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with Allah Most High. Turn to Him in thankfulness. Turn to Him in love. Turn to Him with a sense of awe and awareness of both His Beauty and Majesty. Look at where you are in yourrelationship with Allah, and do three things: [1] resolve to leave those specific actions you do that are most odious to Allah–of the forbidden actions; [2] resolve to begin doing (or becoming more consistent in) those actions that you are most remiss in–of the obligatory actions; and [3] make a general repentance from all that is displeasing to Allah, and make a general commitment to turn to Allah in life, and to seek His pleasure through making good your submitting to Him, in accordance with the radiant, life-giving example of His Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).


And Allah alone gives success.
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Modesty in Islam – Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa – Video

YouTube – MUST SEE!!! The blessing of being a muslim – Do you appreciate it?:

A talk by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa on modesty in Islam (in three parts). This is a powerful clip from it:

The full videos:

Modesty in Islam: Part 1 of 3

Modesty in Islam: Part 2 of 3

Modesty in Islam: Part 3 of 3

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Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah – Translation of Ishq-e-Ilahi – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah is the English edition of the Shaykh’s famous book, ‘Ishq Ilahi.’ The book discusses basic principles of our love for Allah based on the Quran, Sunnah, and the noble tradition of our great scholars. Of note are the dozens of poems translated from Arabic and Urdu, which highlight the concepts discussed.

To purchase this book or the actual Urdu book “Ishq-e-Ilahi”, please visit Faqir Publications. To view or download PDF  versions of sections of this book, click on the links below.

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Characteristics of a Successful Muslim – Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful


Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi (Allah have mercy upon him), one of the great imams of the spiritual path from the early Muslims (salaf), said:


“Glad tidings be to a servant who has:

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1. Made their occupation worship (`ibada);

2. Neediness (faqr) their longing;

3. Spiritual seclusion (`uzla) their desire;

4. The Hereafter their concern;

5. Seeking a living their means [f: rather than an end in itself];

6. Death their reflection (fikr);

7. Their intention busy with renunciation (zuhd);

8. Killed through abasement (dhull) their self-consequence (`izz);

9. Making their Lord their sole need;

10. Remembering their errors in their solitude (khalwa);

11. Sending forth in ecstasy their contemplation;

12. Complaining only to Allah regarding their strangeness (ghurba);

13. And asking through repentance for Allah’s Mercy.


Glad tidings be to one for whom these are their traits; whose regret is over their sins; ever-yearning in need by night and day; weeping before Allah in the depths of the night; calling upon the All-Merciful; seeking the Gardens of Paradise; and fearing the Fires of Hell.” [Related by Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya, 10.58]



Prophetic Supplication for Allah’s Love – and the Means to It

Abu’d Darda’ (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that from the supplication (du`a’) of the Prophet Dawud (peace be upon him) was, “O Allah, I ask You for Your love, the love of those who love You, and the actions that make me attain unto Your love. O Allah, make love of You more beloved to me than my self, my wealth, my family, and from cold water.” [Tirmidhi]

(ت) أبو الدرداء – رضي الله عنه – :قال : قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- : «كان من دُعاء داودَ ، يقول : اللَّهمَّ إِني أسألك حُبَّك ، وحبَّ من يحبُّك ، والعَمَل الذي يُبَلِّغُني حبَّكَ، اللَّهمَّ اجعل حُبَّك أَحَبَّ إِليَّ من نفسي ، ومالي، وأَهْلي ، ومن الماءِ البارِد ، قال : وكان رسولُ الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- إذا ذُكِرَ داودُ يحدِّث عنه ، يقول : كان أَعْبَدَ البَشَرِ».أخرجه الترمذي .

Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, by Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad


Love for the Beloved Prophet Muhammad — “And know that the loftiest of exemplars, the most noble and the greatest and the most binding to all Muslims is the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace: verily he is by unanimous agreement the Greatest Exemplar.

And the obligation due to him is the greatest after that of Allah; and the adab with him the most emphasised of the adab and obediences. For whosoever loves him and immensely esteems him, he has indeed loved Allah and whosoever obeys him has indeed obeyed Allah.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say, if ye do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. For Allah is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’ (âl-‘Imran: 31).

And says the Exalted: ‘He who obeys the Apostle, obeys Allah’ (an-Nisaa: 80).

And says the Exalted: ‘So take what the Apostle assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you. And fear Allah; for Allah is strict in punishment’ (al-Hashr: 7).

And says the Exalted: ‘Then let those beware who withstand the Apostle’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous Penalty be inflicted on them’ (an-Nur: 63).

And says the Exalted: ‘Verily, those who plight their fealty to thee do no less than plight their fealty to Allah: the Hand of Allah is over their hands: then anyone who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and any one who fulfils what he has covenanted with Allah, Allah will soon grant him a great reward’ (al-Fat’h: 10).

And says the Exalted: ‘So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him and follow the light which is sent down with him – it is they who will prosper’ (al-A’araf: 157).

And says the Exalted: ‘O who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk, as ye may speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds become vain and ye perceive not. Those who lower their voice in the presence of Allah’s Apostle – their hearts has Allah tested for piety: for them is Forgiveness and a great reward’ (al-Hujurat: 2-3).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until I become dearer to him than the soul that lies between the two sides’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘One of you does not believe until his desire follows what I have come with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Were Musa and Isa alive, they cannot but follow me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whosoever obeys me, has indeed obeyed Allah and whosoever disobeys me has indeed disobeyed Allah’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘All of you will enter paradise except those who refuse’. And they said: ‘And who refuses?’ And said he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Whoever obeys me enters Paradise, and whosoever disobeys me has indeed refused’. And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Who annoys me, annoys Allah and whosoever annoys Allah, He puts him into Hell’.

And what goes to perfect love to him and high esteem and beneficient adab towards him, blessings and peace be upon him, is love for the people of his house and his companions, esteem for them and respect.

Says Allah, the Exalted: ‘Say (O Prophet): no reward do I ask of you except the love of those near of kin’ (ash-Shura: 23).

And says the Exalted: ‘The vanguard (of Islam), the first of those who foresook (their home) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) who followed them in (all) good deeds – well-pleased is Allah with them, as they are with Him’ (at-Tawbah: 100).

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: ‘Love Allah for such of His bounties as He nourishes you with, and love me because you love Allah and love the people of my House because you love me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace to ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Iman does not enter the heart of one until they love you for the sake of Allah and for your nearness to me’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, to Fatima and ‘Ali and al-Hassan and al-Husayn, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘I am at war with those you are at war with and at peace with those you are at peace with’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace, in the hadith of Zayd bin Arqam, may Allah be pleased with them: ‘And my issues are the people of my house. I remind you, in the Name of Allah, about people of my house’.

And says Abubakr, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘Have a conscientious regard to Muhammad in the people of his house’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Uphold me in my companions; do not take them as targets after me; whosoever loves them loves them because of my love; and whosoever is disaffected against them is disaffected against them because of disaffection against me; and whosoever molests them has indeed molested me; and whosoever molests me has indeed invoked the wrath of Allah and whoever invokes the wrath of Allah risks penalty from Him’.

And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘Do not abuse my companions. Verily, in the Name of Him in Whose Hands my soul is: were one of you to spend the like of the mountain of Uhud in gold he would not attain the rank of one of them, not even half of it’.

Let a Muslim, who is solicitous about his religion therefore, beware of hating a member of the house of the Apostle, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, or one of his companions because that harms his religion and his Hereafter. And because of it, he gets counted among those who offend His Prophet and annoy him, Allah bless him and grant him peace. Let him love them and praise them on account of good (in them) in the same manner as Allah has praised them as well as His Apostle.”

Extracted from Ad-da ‘wa-tut-taammah of Imam ‘Abdallah Ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (ra). Translated by Shaykh Mohamed Mlamali Adam.