“..loving him deserves to be greater than any other love..”

قُلْ إِنْ كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللَّهُ لا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ

{Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).}

[Surat At-Tawba 9:24]

Ibn Hajarsaid concerning the subject of loving the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم):“When the person considers the benefits that came to him from the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), who got him out the darkness of disbelief to the light of faith, either directly or indirectly, he will know that he is the reason of his stay in the eternal bliss, and he will know that this benefit is greater than all other kinds of benefits. Therefore, loving him deserves to be greater than any other love (after loving Allah), because the benefits that cause love come from him more than any other source. However; people vary in this according to their realizing, or being inattentive, to it.”
Ali ibn Abu Talib(may Allah be pleased with him) was asked: “How was your love to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)?” Whereupon he said: “By Allah, he was dearer to us than our money, sons, fathers, mothers and even the cold water at the time of thirst.”
(Ash-Shifâ` by ‘Iyadd: 2/568)
The things that induce loving the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) most are two:
One: Considering his characteristics and morals. He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was the most perfect man in bringing up, and he was known for trustworthy, piousness, justice, good manners, neglecting the evils and injustice and every evil characteristic before prophet hood, and everybody knew him confessed with that. Moreover; after prophet hood, all people whether they believed in him or not, did not have anything against him in his sayings, deeds or morals, nor anybody ever accused him with lying, injustice or fornication. Furthermore, his shape and figure was the best and most perfect figure and it contained every charming quality that proves his perfectness …
The other: Considering his beneficence and favors for his people; such as being patient with them, having mercy toward them, guiding them, having sympathy towards them, being full of pity and mercy for the believers, being mercy to the worlds, being bearer of glad tidings and a warner, being inviter to Allah by His will and as a lamp spreading light, reciting Qur`an to them, purifying them and teaching them the Book (the Qur`an) and wisdom.
Taken from ‘None was dearer to me than the Messenger of Allah’ from wathakker.info
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