: Feb 14, 2018

Is it love you wish to talk about? …

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Is it love you wish to talk about?

Imam al-Qasṭallānī (d. 923 AH), in his magnum opus on the life and times of the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam), entitled, ‘al-Mawāhib al-Laduniyya,’ which is one of the most extensive encyclopedias of sīra ever written, says (with some poetic license in the translation) :

“Remember that the love of the Prophet (SAW) is the highest level of faith for which believers compete with one another against; and for it, workers of good deeds aim; and within in, all other love dissolves…

And if a person begins to love someone who is kind to him once or twice or a few times, a kindness that it temporary, or saves him from a calamity that itself would not have lasted, then how much more should one love he who has gifted him with an eternal gift (of Paradise), and who has saved him through his teachings from eternal punishment?

And if a person begins to love someone who has a good characteristic or two, or has a good appearance, then how much more should one love he who has perfected all good characteristics, and he who is more handsome than the full moon…”

Indeed, none of us truly believes until we love our Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) more than our parents, our children and ourselves.

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