REWARD OF LOVING THE PROPHET ﷺ
Believers are encouraged to act in accordance with the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in the Quran as follows:
“If ye do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins…” (Aal-i-Imran, 31).
It means the sign of loving Allah; and the way of making oneself loved by Allah is adopting the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and acting in accordance with it. A person who loves Allah really will definitely try to resemble the person whom Allah loves and is pleased with, and try to imitate his deeds.
There are many virtues and rewards of acting in accordance with the Sunnah. The issues of the Sunnah, and even the smallest manners of the Sunnah inform Muslims how to act in the complicated roads of life and show them the safest and most reliable roads like a compass. The Sunnah makes believers obtain the unfailing and unchanging criteria of value.
In short, “The Sunnah of the Prophet is the cornerstone of the happiness in the world and in the hereafter and it is the source of making a person mature.”
Adhering to the Sunnah means several things:
You will be (on the Day of Judgment) with those whom you love.
Allaah says that which translates as:
“And whoever obeys Allaah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allaah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of the truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.” (An-Nisaa’: 69).
‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, reported that a man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said:
“O messenger of Allaah! You are dearer to me than my family, my children and even myself. Sometimes I am sitting in my home and I remember you, and then I am overwhelmed with the desire to come and see you. When I think about your death and mine; I realise that when you die you will at the rank of the Prophets in paradise, but I fear that if I enter paradise, I will not be able to see you.” ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, continued: “The Prophet ﷺ did not answer this man until Allaah revealed this verse (given above).” (At-Tabari and others).
Anas bin Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, said that a man asked the Prophet ﷺ: “When will the (last) hour come?” He ﷺ replied: “What have you done to prepare for it?” The man replied: “”I did not prepare for it with many prayers, fasting or charity, except the love I have for Allaah and His Messenger.” The Prophet ﷺ replied: “You will be (on the Day of Judgment) with those whom you love.” Anas bin Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “We (his companions) never rejoiced at anything more than his words, when he said “You will be (on the Day of Judgment) with those whom you love.”’ Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, continued: “I love the Prophet ﷺ, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with them both, and I hope to be with them (in the Hereafter) due to my love for them, even if I cannot do (the same amount of righteous deeds) as they do.” (Bukhaari, Muslim and others).
Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said commenting upon similar Hadeeth: “The meaning of this Hadeeth is obvious, because it is natural for someone who loves another to be with him. The closeness to the beloved will be proportional to the intensity of love that exists. If this love is perfected then it entails that one must do all that the beloved requests and commands, provided that one is able to do so. The more one willingly differs from ones beloved, the weaker the love is that exists. Loving someone necessitates hating all that they hate all and whom they hate, provided they are aware of this hatred. This is why Allaah says (that which translates as): “You will not find a people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger…” (Al-Mujaadilah: 22) loving and befriending are from the deeds of the heart. Believing in Allaah necessitates loving Him and His Messenger, which is of course in stark contradiction to loving those who hate and oppose Allaah and His Messenger.”
Adhering to the Sunnah when there is Corruption
And the Prophet ﷺ said:
“Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds. – And someone else added – They said: O Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty of them? He ﷺ said: “The reward of fifty of you.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood & al-Tirmidhi].
In some reports of the hadeeth it says: “They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people.”
Drink from Al Kawthar by the Prophet ﷺ
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“I have been given al-Kawthar, and it is a river that flows on the face of the earth. Its banks are domes of pearls and it is not covered. I struck its dust with my hand and its dust was the most fragrant (or pure) musk, and its pebbles were pearls.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Saheehah, 2513.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“In it can be seen vessels of gold and silver whose number is as the stars of the sky.” (Muslim) According to another report, “More than the number of stars in the sky.”
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“I will reach the Cistern ahead of you. Whoever comes to it will drink and whoever drinks from it will never thirst again”. [al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
Follow some Sunnahs to Build a Palace in Jannah
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
Allah warns against it
Opposing his command and changing his Sunnah is misguidance and innovation. It is threatened by Allah with utter bereftness and punishment.
Allah says, “Let those who oppose his command beware of a trial that might strike them or a painful punishment that might befall them.” [Al-Qur’an 24:63]
And “Whoever splits from the Messenger of Allah after the guidance is clear to him and follows other than the path of the believers, We shall entrust him to what he has turned to.“ [Al-Qur’an 4:114]
Driven away from from Al Kawthar
Abu Hurayrah said that once the Messenger of Allah went to visit some graves and, while there, described his community, saying: “Some men will be driven away from my Fountain as a stray camel is driven off. I will call to them, ‘Come here! Come here!’ It will be said, ‘They made changes after you.’ Then I will say, ‘Get away! Get away!’” (Muslim, Malik, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i)
It was narrated by al-Bukhaari (2194) and Muslim (4257) from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet ﷺ said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I will drive men away from my Cistern as strange camels are driven away from a cistern.”
It is like one is rejecting to go to Jannah
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Everyone from my nation will enter Paradise except those who refuse.”They said, “O Messenger of Allah, who will refuse?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever obeys me enters Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused.”(Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī)
‘Anas related that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Anyone who dislikes my sunnah is not of me.” (Muslim and Al-Bukhari)
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq said: “I have not omitted doing anything that the Messenger of Allah used to do. If feared that I would deviate if I left out any of his commands.”
Agreed, it is not easy or rather is very difficult to act in accordance with the whole sunnah. But everybody can have the intention of acting in accordance with the Sunnah and be in favor of the Sunnah. Thus, a person will not be deprived of the intercession of the Messenger of Allah and will not be away from the abundance of the Sunnah since he has the intention of acting in accordance with the Sunnah and is in favor of the Sunnah.
We should always have the desire and intention of fulfilling sunnahs although we cannot fulfill them due to our own weaknesses and conditions. We should not ignore the sunnahs that we can fulfill without any excuses and due to laziness.
May Allah make us Love and Follow the Prophet ﷺ the way the Sahaba did and give us the Hidaya to revive sunnahs in our lives.
May by His Mercy make us all inhabitants of Jannah!
Please do this assignment before taking the test, there will be a question asked about the Assignment worth 10 marks in the test: –
Please take this assignment as a motivation to start talking about Islam and make it part of your regular day (even if you do not know too much, spread the little that you know, as the Prophet ﷺ said “Convey from me, even if it is one verse”), most of us are too shy to talk about Islam but are ok to talk about anything under the sky.
May Allah make us all amongst those who call others to good by spreading the Deen of Allah and help us in this noble path.