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Loving The Prophet – Shaykh Salek bin Siddina – Part 1 of 2

“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.

Ramadan Advice from Shaykh Salek

Ramadan Advice from Shaykh Salek

Shaykh Salek is from Mauritania, West Africa, a country known for producing some of the Muslim world’s most knowledgeable scholars. He studied for over 17 years in the famous mountain region of Taganat, from numerous accomplished scholars including Murabit al-Hajj, one of the greatest scholars of our age. In addition to memorizing the entire Quran in two of its recitations, he has studied and mastered some of the most advanced texts in the disciplines of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), arabic grammer (nahu), doctrinal creed (aqida), prophetic narration (hadith), and the study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (seerah). From a family tracing its lineage back to Jafar ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be well pleased with him, he is respected and widely regarded amongst his peers as a scholar of the highest caliber. He currently runs a school in Mauritania teaching the Quran, Islamic law, and numerous other subjects to children and adults of all ages.