Having true and genuine love for the Messenger of Allah SAW is a divine command, and cultivating this love to the point that he becomes more beloved to one than one’s very self was described by the Prophet e as the hallmark of true faith.
In emulation of the great Imam al-Bukhārī, who detailed the love of the Messenger of Allah SAW in the Book of Faith in his Ṣaḥīḥ, the author and leading hadith authority of the Levant, Shaykh Nūr al-Dīn ʿItr, acquaints the reader with the true meaning of sincere and earnest love for the Prophet SAW in light of the Qur’an and prophetic speech on this most pertinent of topics. Moreover, Shaykh Nūr al-Dīn goes on to enumerate anecdotal evidence of the tremendous heights reached in loving him SAW, exhibited and expressed by his family and Companions, and thus provides the reader with a distinct formula to gain, increase and perfect one’s love for the Mercy to the Worlds.
Shaykh Nur al-Din ‘Itr (born in 1934) is one of the leading contemporary scholars from Aleppo, Syria in Qur’anic and Hadith sciences. For many years he has served as the head of the Faculty for Qur’anic and Hadith Sciences and as a professor at the University of Damascus and other Islamic institutes.
Table of Contents :
—-. Reasons for Loving,
——–Love of Perfect Qualities,
——–Love due to Immense Generosity.
—-. Love of Allah and His Messenger is Above Everything,
—-. The Most well-known types of Love,
—-. The Role of Reflection,
—-. The Reality of Love,
—-. Signs and Factors engendering Love,
——–Emulating the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
——–Love of the Noble Qur’an,
——–Love for His Sunnah and reading his Sayings,
——–Love of His Biography and Learning about His Characteristics,
——–Profusely Mentioning him and Revering Him whenever He is Mentioned,
——–Profusely Yearning to Meet Him,
——–Profusely Invoking Blessings & Peace Upon Him.
—-. The Love of All the Companions for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
——–In the Battle of Badr,
——–In the event of Raji’
——–In the Battle of Bani Mustaliq,
——–In the Battle of Hudaybiyyah,
——–Two general Hadiths relevant to All Times,
——–The Battle of Hunayn and His Statement regarding the Ansar.
——–The Companions’ vying in the Love for the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
——–Amongst the Feelings of their Love.
—-. Particular Instances of the Companions’ Love for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
——–Abu Bakr (the Truthful’s) Love,
——–‘Umar ibn al-Khattab’s Love,
——–‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan’s Love,
——–‘Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Love.
—-. Notable examples of the Companions’ Love for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
——–Abu Ayyub al-Ansari,
——–Sawad ibn al-Ghaziyyah kissing the Prophet’s, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, abdomen,
——–Umm ‘Ammarah sacrifing herself in ransom for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
—-. Seeking Solace with the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, from great calamities,
—-. Important Signs : A summation,
Author: Shaykh Nur al-Din ‘Itr
Translator: Usman Ali
Publisher: Heritage Press
Year Published: 2014