Pick of the Day – Notes from Loving the Beloved of Allah Event


Salam,

Please find in the following my notes from the event Loving the Beloved of Allah by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqubi. Please note this is not a transcript and the words are mine and not the shaykhs therefore please be careful not to quote them as the shaykh’s words.

I hope this is beneficial. Remember me in your duas.

Notes from Loving the Beloved of Allah by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ya’qubi Al-Hasani

The shaykh began with describing the various types of love that human beings experience as we go from childhood to adulthood. He mentioned that when we are children we love our parents and this is a ‘love of respect and honour‘, then when we grow a little older we love our friends and companions and this is a ‘social love’, then we grow a more older and we get married and love our spouses and this is an ‘emotional love’, then we have children and we love our children which is the ‘love of mercy’ and similarly there is other types of love depending on the thing being loved such as the love of business would stem from our desires to have wealth and so on and so forth.

Then the shaykh related these types of love to the verse in Surah At-Tawba in which Allah says:

Say: If you fathers, and your sons, and your brethren, and you wives, and your tribe, and the wealth yea have acquired, and merchandise for which ye fear that there will no sale, and dwellings which ye desire are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and striving in His way: Then wait till Allah bringeth His command to pass. Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk. [Qur’an 9:24]

Allah is talking here about the different types of attachments that human beings can have and is saying that there is a stern warning on those who love the above mentioned things more than Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and struggling in His path.

Then the shaykh mentioned that the shortest way to reach Allah is not through abundant worship (although this is a means to the end) but is through having the love of Allah in our hearts and knowing that everything that we have is from Allah and that noting takes places without the will of Allah.

He mentioned that our pious predecessor from the time of the Tabi’in, the ascetic and sufi, Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya was a great example of how to love Allah and want to be in His presence all the time. The love of Allah makes us yearn to be with the Beloved and therefore we will worship Him more and be more attentive in our worship out of our love for Him.

After the love for Allah comes the love of His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). Allah commands us in many verses of the Qur’an to love His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and to follow him (peace and blessings be upon him) and to obey him (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also mentioned in many hadith that to become a perfect believer we must love him (peace and blessings be upon him) more than anything in the world.

The shaykh related a hadith in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said ‘Love Allah because He provides for you and love me because Allah loves me …‘. He also related the hadith in Bukhari in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘None of you will believe until he loves me more than his father, his children and all people’.

The shaykh also mentioned the story of when Umar (RA) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said the he loved the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) more than everything in the world except his own self. So the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told him that he has not attained true faith or perfect faith until he loves the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) more that everything, even his own self, and so Umar (RA) immediately testified that he loved the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) more than everything in the world including his own self.

In exploring the companions intense love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) the shaykh mentioned the story of the Ansari female companion (I forgot her name) at the field of Uhud when she was told of the martydom of her husband, her brother, and her father, she refused to take note of it and enquired about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and whether he was ok or not to the point where she wanted to see for herself that he was ok before going to see to the bodies of her husband, brother and father.

Amongst the many other reasons for loving the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) are the following:

Love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) because Allah loves him.

Love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) because it is a part of your Iman to believe and love him.

Love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) because he is the pinnacle human perfection. He was the most handsome in looks and had the best of characters and every little description about him has been recorded to the extent we know how many white hairs he had on his hair and beard.

Love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) because of his virtues, wisdom, teaching and his upright character.

Love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) because of what he does for you. He made dua for you when he was alive and now even in death he makes dua fo us. He is shown our deeds in his grave and when he sees good he praises Allah and when he sees evil he seeks forgiveness on our behalf.

The shaykh then talked about how The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is alive in his grave and on Fridays he hears our prayers upon him with his own ears and returns the greetings with his own tongue whereas on other days an angel does so on his behalf. He also stated that the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is alive in the grave is a consensus among the scholars.

The shaykh concluded by going on to asking the question ‘What have we done for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)’. He has done so much for us and continues to pray for us and will intercede for us on the day of Judgement. What have we done for him as his followers? How many of his Sunnah’s are we following, how much prayers are we sending on him, how much do we know about him, how much of his life and qualities have we studied?

The shaykh said that we should make the messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) the preoccupation of our lives. We should follow his every Sunnah and we should emulate his character as this will be the best form of da’wah for us in the west.

He explained how Muslims they talk a lot but when it comes to actions we lag behind and are complacent. We should be people of fewer words and more actions and then we will see change in the world and this change will only come about if we love the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and follow his way.

Finally the shaykh said that we should all pray to see the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in our dreams and the only way we will see him in our dreams is if we love him and have him continuously on our minds. Dreams are caused because of three things:

Because of something that pre-occupies your mind

Because of the Waswasa of the devil

A dream that is bought by the angels

If we make the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) a pre-occupation in our lives and have love for him and send much prayers upon him then we may be among the lucky few that sees him in our dreams.

This was the main theme and focus of the talk. As stated before these are just my notes and not the shaykh’s words so please don’t quote from it as this is not a transcript of the talk. I have added many things and have forgotten some things so please be aware of this if you want to use anything from these notes.

May Allah bless us all, forgive us our sins, make us from amongst the lovers of Allah and his Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and grant us the best of this world and the next – Amin.

Sallallahu ‘Ala Sayyidina Muhammad, Wa ‘Ala Alihi, Wa Sahbihi, Wa Sallam

Jashim
31.01.08

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