لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَة ٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرا
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and (who) remembers Allah often.”
(Surat al-Ahzab, 33:21)
Allah(S.W.T) sent us a man from among us who lived with us and showed us the path of attaining love of Allah(S.W.T).
Prophet Muhammad(Pbuh) did not only teach us how to love our Creator but also how to love other creations. He is the light that brightens the darkness. He was very gentle and humble.
The Prophet(Pbuh) instructed us to look after one another and love the poor and needy. In a hadith, He(Pbuh) reminded his wife Aisyah r.a,
يَا عَائِشَةُ أَحِبِّي الْمَسَاكِينَ وَقَرِّبِيهِمْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُقَرِّبُكِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
“Oh Aisyah, Love the poor and be near them, for He will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.”
Allah(S.W.T) lays down the criteria for His love in the Quran: following the way of His Messenger(Pbuh)
“Say: If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Al-Imran: 31]
Abu Huraira(R.A) transmits that the Messenger of Allah(Pbuh) stated: “All of my followers will enter Paradise except those who have denied.” He was asked “Who has denied?” He stated: “Whoever has obeyed me will enter Paradise. Whoever has disobeyed has denied [and will not enter Paradise].”
Every Muslim should follow the Prophet Muhammad(Pbuh) because He prayed for the ummah day and night. He struggled a lot for Muslim Ummah.
As He(Pbuh) wept, He prayed to Allah, “Oh Allah, my ummah, my ummah,” full of hope that Allah (S.W.T) will protect His ummah and keep them in His guidance and save them from Hellfire.
Allah(S.W.T) then sent Jibril(A.S) to Prophet(Pbuh).
Allah asked Jibril to convey to the Prophet(Pbuh)
“Indeed, We will please You regarding Your Ummah, and We will not cause You to grieve.”
O Allah, Let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad (Pbuh) and the Family of Muhammad (Pbuh).