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Section 1: Concerning the necessity of loving him

Allah says, “Say: ‘If your fathers or your sons or your brothers or your wives or your tribe, or any wealth you have acquired, or any business you fear may slump, or any dwelling-places which please you, are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and fighting hard in jihad in His Way, then wait until Allah brings about His command.'” (9:24)

This is enough encouragement, advice, proof and indication of the necessity of loving him and is sufficient to show that this duty is an immensely important obligation which is the Prophet’s due. Allah censures those whose property, families and children are dearer to them than Allah and His Messenger. He threatens them by adding, “Wait until Allah brings about His command.” At the end of the verse He considers such people as having done wrong and informs them they are among those who are astray and not guided by Allah.

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “None of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all people.” (al-Bukhari, Muslim & an-Nasa’i) There is something similar from Abu Hurayra.

Anas reported that the Prophet said, “There are three things which cause anyone who takes refuge in them to experience the sweetness of belief – that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything else; that he loves a man only for Allah; and that he dislikes the thought of reverting to disbelief as much as he would dislike being cast into the Fire.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)

‘Umar ibn al-Khattab told the Prophet, “I love you more than anything except my soul which is between my two sides.” The Prophet replied, “None of you will believe until I am dearer to him than his own soul.” ‘Umar said, “By the One who sent down the Book on you, I love you more than my soul which is between my two sides.” The Prophet said, “‘Umar, now you have it!” (al-Bukhari)

Sahl said, “Whoever does not think that the Messenger is his master in all states or think that he is under the dominion of the Prophet does not taste the sweetness of his Sunnah because the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘None of you will believe until I am dearer to him than himself.'”

Al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad, Chaper 2 in Ash-Shifaa’ 

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