Love as a mean of nearness and close association

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Hadrat Abdullah lbn Masud (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that a man came to the Holy Messenger and asked him, what do you say about a person who loves a group of people but is unable to associate with them? He replied, “One who loves any one is nevertheless with him (or will be placed with him in the Hereafter). [Bukhari, Muslim, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: Someone asked the Messenger of ALLAH, When is the Day of Resurrection expected?” He replied, “Woe to you that you enquire about the exact time and moment when Resurrection will come about. Let me know the preparation you have made for it.” The man replied, “I have made no special preparation (which may be worth mentioning or dependable but (by the Grace of ALLAH I have the good fortune of) loving ALLAH and His Messenger. The Prophet then observed, ‘You will be with him whom you love and you will be in his company.’ The reporter of this tradition Hadrat Anas adds: I did not see the Muslims (i.e. the Prophet’s (Sallallahu AlaihI Wasallam) companions) after having accepted Islam, happier than on hearing these good tidings from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). [Bukhari, Muslim, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Someone came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and said: ‘O Messenger of ALLAH, I love you more than I love my wife, my children and my own self. And my condition is that when I am at home and your good self comes to my mind, I remain restless until I come over to you and have a look at you. And when I think of my death and also that of your departure, it occurs to me that after death you would be taken to the elevated place of Prophets in Paradise, but as for me, even if I, by the Grace of ALLAH enter Paradise, I will not be able to reach that high place and will thus be deprived of seeing you. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) gave no reply by himself until the following verse of Surah NISA was revealed: And those person’s who obey ALLAH and His Messenger, are in the company of those on whom ALLAH has bestowed His Grace, – Viz: of the Prophets, the saints, the martyrs and the righteous. (4:69) [Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Those who, love each other for the sake of ALLAH become ALLAH’s beloved Hadrat Muaz bin Jabal (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated I have heard the Messenger of ALLAH say, “ALLAH has said that it is incumbent on Him to love those who love each other for His sake, who sit together for his sake, who visit each other for His sake and spend on each other for His sake. [Muwatta Imam Malik, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: The Messenger of ALLAH said, “Among the servants of ALLAH there are some who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but on the Day of Resurrection many prophets and martyrs will envy them because of their nearness to ALLAH. The Companions asked, “O Messenger of ALLAH! Please tell us who are these? He replied, Such persons are those who without any bonds of kinship and without having any financial interest love each other for the sake of ALLAH alone. As such I swear by ALLAH that their faces will be glittering on the day of Judgement, rather they will all be light and will be seated on the pulpits of light. Further, when people in general will be apprehensive, at that moment they will be peaceful and undisturbed. When people in general will be worried, at that time they will have no worry. At this stage, he read out the following verse: Behold! Verily for the friends of ALLAH there is no fear nor shall they grieve. [Sunane Abu Daud, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Once someone passed in front of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) while some persons were seated with him. One of these said, “O Messenger of ALLAH! I love this man for the sake of ALLAH. “The Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) enquired as to whether he had told him so. That person replied in the negative. Thereupon the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) told him “Go and tell him that you love him so for the sake of ALLAH. “The man got up immediately, went over to him and told him like that. In reply the person in question said, “May He love for the sake of Whom you love me. [Tirmizi, Abu Daud]

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