Loving Allaah and gaining His Love – Shaykh al-Albaani

Source: bidaayat us-sool fi tafdheel ir-rasool – …the superiority of the Messenger (of Allaah) (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – page no. 5-7


Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) says in his introduction:

“Know, O Muslim brother, that it is not possible for anyone to rise to this station of loving Allaah and His Messenger [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] except bytawheed (singling out) of Allaah, the Most High, alone in His worship, and by singling out the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) alone for following from among the servants of Allaah, due to (Allaah’s) statement: ‘He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)) has indeed obeyed Allaah’[1] and His statement ‘Say (O Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you.’’[2] And (the Prophet) (‘alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) said: ‘No, by the One in whose Hand my soul is, if Moosaa was alive, he would have no choice but to follow me.’[3]

I say: so if someone like Moosaa, the one who Allaah spoke to (directly), cannot follow other than the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then can anyone else do that? Hence, this is one of the definite evidences of the obligation of singling out the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in following, which is one of the requirements of the shahaada (testimony): ‘anna muhammad ar-rasoolullaah (that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah)’ [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam]. Therefore, Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, in the before-mentioned aayah, made following him (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) alone to be a proof of Allaah’s love for (the follower). And there is no doubt that whoever Allaah loves, Allaah is with him in everything, as occurs in the authentichadeeth al-Qudsi:[4] ‘(Allaah says), ‘My slave does not come near to me with anything more beloved to me than that which I have made obligatory upon him, and My slave continues to come near me with supererogatory deeds until I love him; and when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he grasps and his leg with which he walks.[5]And if he asks me, I will surely give him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him . . .’[6]

And if this divine care is only for the beloved slave of Allaah, it is obligatory upon every Muslim to take the means which will make him beloved to Allaah, namely following the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) alone; and just by that, he will attain special care from his Mawlaa[7], the Blessed and Most High. Don’t you see that it is not possible to know the obligatory duties and distinguish them from the supererogatory acts except by following him (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) alone? And indeed there is no doubt that the more the Muslim learns about the biography of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and knows of his pleasant nature and virtues, the more his love for him [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] will be and the more extensive and comprehensive his following of him [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] will be.”

[1] Surat un-Nisaa, 4:80
[2] Surah Aal ‘Imraan, 3:31
[3] Shaykh al-Albaani adds the following footnote: “Ad-Daaramee, Ahmad andAbu Nu’aym narrated it from the hadeeth of Jaabir bin ‘Abdillaah, and it is ahasan (good) hadeeth as I clarified in ‘Al-Mishkaah’ and others”
[4] a hadeeth in which the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) narrates Allaah’s Speech from Him
[5] i.e., Allaah directs his hearing, sight, actions with his hand and his walking to only that which is good; refer to Explanatory Notes on Imaam an-Nawawee’sForty Ahaadeeth (Revisited) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen(rahimahullaah), p. 250-251
[6] Saheeh al-Bukhaari #6502
[7] Lord, Helper, Protector, etc.; refer to Translation of the meanings of the Noble Qur’aan in the English Language by al-Hilaali/Khaan


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