5.) HONOUR AND GREATNESS
The fifth cause of love is honour and greatness. People of great status are loved because of their grandeur.
Ali RadhiAllaahu Anhu mentioned about the awe Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam possessed,
مَنْ رَآهُ بَدِيهَةً هَابَهُ، وَمَنْ خَالَطَهُ مَعْرِفَةً أَحَبَّهُ
Any person who saw him suddenly would become awe-inspired. Anyone who came in close contact with him and knew his excellent character was smitten with the love of his excellent attributes.”
(Shamaail Tirmidhi no. 7)
Amongst the many virtues granted to Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam, one is that he has been granted awe over his enemies who lived a month away.
It was narrated that Ibn Mas’ood RadhiAllaahu Anhu said, “A man came to Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam, who spoke to him. The man started to tremble with awe. He said to him, “Take it easy. I am not a king; I am just a man whose mother ate dried meat.’” (Ibn Majah no. 3312)
The Sahaabah RadhiAllaahu Anhum used to wait for an intelligent village-dweller to come and ask questions so that they could learn. They would not ask themselves. (Musnad Ahmad no. 13068)
When Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam made an error in salaah by performing two rak’ats instead of four, the great Sahaabah RadhiAllaahu Anhum did not have the courage to ask him. Finally, Dhul-Yadain plucked up the courage and asked. (Bukhaari vol. 482)
Jabir ibn Abdullaah RadhiAllaahu Anhu narrates,
“We took part in the Battle of Najd along with Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam and when the time for the afternoon rest approached while he was in a valley with plenty of thorny trees, he dismounted under a tree and rested in its shade and hung his sword (on it). The people dispersed amongst the trees in order to have shade.
While we were in this state, Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam called us and we came and found a Bedouin sitting in front of him.
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam said, ‘This (Bedouin) came to me while I was asleep, and he took my sword stealthily. I woke up while he was standing by my head, holding my sword without its sheath.
He said, ‘Who will save you from me?’
I replied, ‘Allaah.’
So he sheathed it (i.e. the sword) and sat down, and here he is.’
But Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam did not punish him.”
(Bukhaari no. 4139)
6.) OUR BEING HIS DEPENDANTS
Just as a father teaches his child everything, even to the extent of the most menial of jobs, Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam taught us every such matter which will benefit us in this world and the hereafter.
Abu Hurairah RadhiAllaahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam said, "I am like a father to you. When any of you goes to relieve himself, he should not face or turn his back towards the Qiblah. He should not cleanse with his right hand.”
He also commanded the Muslims to use three stones and forbade them to use dung or decayed bone.”
(Abu Dawood no. 8, Ibn Majah no. 313)
After realizing this, it becomes binding upon us to love Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam to the greatest extent. This was practically demonstrated to us by the Sahaabah RadhiAllaahu Anhum.
To Be Continued
مَوْلَاىَ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَداً عَلىٰ حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ