Love of the Prophet (s.a.w.) Differentiates the Believers

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Love of the Prophet (s.a.w.) is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of their iman.  It is recorded, in Swahih al-Bukhari and Swahih Muslim, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.”  In another hadits in Swahih al-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 (s.a.w.) because Allah (s.w.t.) and His angels are constantly Raising his honour, as is meant in the verse:

Allah, and His angels, Send Blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe!  Send ye blessings on him and salute him, with all respect. (Surah al-Ahzab:56)

The Divine Order that immediately follows in the verse makes it clear that the quality of being a believer is dependent on and manifested by praying on the Prophet (s.a.w.).  We are encouraged to give salutations upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) and to praise him, which is an obligation on us through Allah’s (s.w.t.) Order in the verse above.


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