Meaning of True Love in Islam: Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) love for his people
Posted by Zura on July 7, 2011
It is so common that the meaning of love has been restricted in the modern age to the love relationship between a man and a woman. This is a very narrow-minded view of love. Islam has is own comprehensive view of love.
The fist type of love that Islam calls for is the Love of Allah (SWT), praise be to Him. This love makes you avoid committing sins in order not to make whom you love, Allah, get angry with you. This love also urges you to contemplate all the different aspect of nature that usually leads you to have a deeper faith in the Creator who created all this beauty round us.
The second type of love is the love of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). This love also makes you follow the example of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) in all his dealings and manners. Also this love is an indication of the love of Allah (SWT) as stated in the Noble Qur’an, “Say: ‘If you do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.'” Say: “Obey Allah and His Messenger: But if they turn back, Allah loves not those who reject Faith.” (Noble Qur’an, 3:31-32)
The third type of love is human love. It means that the Muslim has to love his other fellow men regardless of their ethnic, linguistic or cultural background. This includes love of neighbors, colleagues, relatives and even strangers. This type of love persuades the Muslim to help anybody whenever he can. There are numerous of Ahadith that exhort Muslims to help anybody who really needs help because such an altruistic act takes the Muslim one step closer to Allah (SWT).
The fourth type of love is the love between a man and a woman, but Islam organizes and regulates these lofty feelings within the framework of marriage because Islam views that marital love leads the couple to have a peaceful and happy family life, which is the core of the Muslim society.
In other words, this love is acceptable as long as it is within the framework of marriage and this is encouraged in a number of verses in the Noble Qur’an, “And one of His signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest in them, and He put between you love and compassion; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.” (Noble Qur’an, 30:21)
Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) love for his peopleHoly Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) love for his people: Something to think about …
How can a father’s love for his son be known? This love itself is not something visible or tactual. It can be known only from his behavior, attitude and words towards his son. If a wise and fair person pays due attention to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) utterances and studies the reports describing his efforts to guide men to the right course, his strictness in protecting everybody’s rights and his magnanimous and compassionate efforts for the establishment of beautiful morals, he will clearly see that his love for his Ummah (community) is much more than that of a father for his son. A person who realizes his astounding accomplishments, the astonishing reports in Noble Qur’an, which were revealed through his tongue and his utterances foretelling the bewildering events that will happen at the end of the world, will certainly see that he attained high grades above the intellect’s capacity and comprehended facts beyond the intellect’s limit of comprehension and realization. Thus, it will be apparent to him that his words are all true.
How would you feel if you found out that someone was thinking about you more than 1400 years ago?
Once our holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was sitting with some of his companion and suddenly he (SAW) said, “Alas! I wish I could meet my brothers.”
Abu Bakr and Umar, who were around him said, “Are we not your brothers? We believe in you and we migrated with you.”
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied, “You are my companions. You accepted Islam and migrated with me but “Alas I wish I could meet my brothers…!”
Again they asked the same question, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied the same answer. Then they asked “O, Prophet who are those people?”
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied, “My brothers are those who are during the Akhir uz Zaman. They will believe in me although they have not seen me.”
This shows a glimpse of our holy Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) love for us and of course, we claim to love him as well. But when love becomes limited to words, it becomes meaningless. And when the loved one’s advice is not taken seriously, it invalidates this love. Don’t you think?
Isn’t it about time we follow our holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)? Isn’t it about time we reconsider our lives?
There is a well known tradition narrated by Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) which has been recorded by eminent Shia and Ahle Sunnah scholars in their compilation thus: “One who dies without recognizing the Imam of his age, has died the death of ignorance.”
In other words his death shall be that of an infidel. Even the Noble Qur’an declares in the 71st verse of Surah Bani Israel, “On the day when every man shall be summoned along with their Imam.” (17:71)