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Loving The Prophet Muhammad

Loving The Prophet Muhammad
(sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

Anas (radiallahu ‘anhu) reported that Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: None of you will have faith until I become more beloved to him than his father, his children and all mankind. (Agreed upon)

About The Reporter Anas Ibn Malik

When he was ten years old his mother brought him to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and left him there to serve him. He remained serving the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) during his last ten years. The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) once prayed for him saying: O Allah, bless him in his wealth and children and let him enter Paradise.

Anas (radiallahu ‘anhu) is reported to have said when he was old: "I have seen two of the Prophet's prayers and I hope to see the third one". Due to this prayer, he used to reap the harvest of his land twice a year. He was survived by more than one hundred of his descendants when he died at the age of one hundred and three in 91 AH.

Abu Bakr (radiallahu ‘anhu), the first Khalifa (Caliph) after the death of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) had appointed him to collect zakaah from Bahrain. He is among the nine foremost reporters of the sayings of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and third after Abu Hurairah and 'Aishah (the Prophet's wife) radiallahu ‘anhum ajma’een. According to the Hadeeth collection of Imam Ahmad, (known as Musnad Ahmad) the number of Ahadeeth reported by him amounts to 2178.

Explanation Of The Text

In this hadeeth, love of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is regarded as a sign of faith itself. But this love should be more intense than love for father, children or whole mankind. The three relations mentioned here remind us of three aspects of human affection showing that a man should have more love for the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) than all other relations existing in his life.

But how do you judge that your love for the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is stronger?

It is quite easy. Whenever you have any obligation towards any person, just think whether it agrees with the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) or not. Do it if it does and leave it if it doesn't. For example a father, in order to please his family and provide them with a comfortable life, tries to earn more and more money even by prohibited means (like gambling, stealing or behaving dishonestly). If he is a true lover of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), he should abandon dealing in all prohibited things disliked by the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). He should rather be contented with a simple life while earning his livelihood through legal ways to show his true love for the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

Another common criterion is that of daily prayer. A Muslim, who delays his prayer from the appointed time, without having any proper excuse, cannot claim to he the true lover of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) who has declared the daily prayer as the ‘comfort of his eyes’.

About The Transmitter Of This Hadeeth
The word "mutafaqun ‘alaihi" (agreed upon) appears at the end of this hadeeth. This term is used in the study of hadeeth fot those hadeeth which have been transmitted by both imams Al-Bukhaari and Muslim through their respective isnaad (chain of reporters) going back to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). This hadeeth in particular is also transmitted by Imam An-Nasaa’i.

Muhammad Ibn Isma’eel Al-Bukhaari: Born in Bukhara (presently Uzbek in Russia) on the 13th of Shawwaal 194 A.H. started acquiring the knowledge of hadeeth at the age of 10. He not only received knowledge at the hands of prominent traditionists in his homeland at places like Khurasan, Marw, Balkh, Harat, and Ray, but also traveled far and wide in the pursuit of hadeeth. He visited Makkah, Madeenah, Basrah, Kufah, Baghdad, Syria and Egypt for this purpose.

His extreme care in finding out the authentic ahadeeth, accepting them from honest and trustworthy persons and keeping himself away from anything that might damage his reputation as a traditionist, is well testified to by the following incident.

Once he was travelling in a boat with one thousand gold guineas in his purse. A fellow traveler came to know about the money through conversation with Imam Al-Bukhaari. One morning he roused the whole group in the boat with the news that his purse containing one thousand guineas had been stolen. A search of every passenger was made during which Imam Al-Bukhaari let the purse slip into the river. Consequently, the purse could not be found on anybody in the boat. The man was banned for raising a false alarm. After reaching their destination, the man asked the Imam privately about the purse. He told him that he threw it in the water. "Why?" asked the person anxiously, "How could you let yourself suffer such a great loss?" Imam Al-Bukhaari replied: "Don’t you know that I have spent all my life in collecting the ahadeeth of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). I didn’t like to be accused of stealing money, though in a false way. Lest my credibility as a traditionist might suffer."

Imam Al-Bukhaari compiled his famous collection of hadeeth after a laborious research lasting sixteen years. His collection contains about four thousand ahadeeth excluding such ahadeeth as repeated in various chapters of his book, which is hailed as the most authentic book after the Book of Allah, by the entire Muslim Ummah. He died on the 1rst of Shawwaal on the night of ‘Eid Al-Fitr 256 A.H. at the age of 62 .

From "The Study Of The Qur’an"

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