“Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me, and God will love you” Surah Al Imran; ayah 31
“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.” Hadith (Bukhari and Muslim)
“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself.” Hadith (Bukhari)
The above-mentioned ayah from the Quran tells us if we, as believers truly love Allah, then we also need to love His last and final messenger, Sayyidna Muhammad (peace and prayers be upon him). As we can see, loving the Prophet, peace be upon him, opens the door for love to the Divine. Yet, is easy for us to claim love for Allah’s Beloved but putting it into practice is an entirely different affair.
Also, in order to complete our faith, we must love the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to the extent that he is dearer to us than those around us as well as our own selves, as mentioned in the above hadiths. Having said this, how do we, as believers extend our faith from more than a verbal declaration to actual existence in our hearts such that he is the most beloved creation of Allah to us?
The aim of the class is to provide guidelines for what it truly means to love Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and how to attain this love, a love that will, God willingly, complete our faith and serve as a door to the Almighty.
This class was recorded on October 8, 2011 in Hayward, California.