The Obligation to Increase the Love and Honor of the Prophet
Allah asks the Prophet to remind his Nation that it is essential for those who claim to love God, to love His Prophet :
“Say to them: If you love God, follow (and love and honor) me, and God will love you” (The Holy Quran 3:31).
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This obligation to love the Prophet means to obey him, to remember him, to follow his example, and to be proud of him as Allah is proud of him, since Allah has boasted about him in His Holy Book by saying:
“Truly you are of a magnificient character” (The Holy Quran, Surrah al-Qalam 4).
. Love of the Prophet is what differentiates the believers in the perfection of their imaan. In an authentic hadith related in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet said:
“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.”
In another hadith in Bukhari he said: “None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself.”
Perfection of faith is dependent on love of the Prophet because Allah and His angels are constantly raising his honor, as is meant in the verse:
“Allah and His angels are praying on the Prophet” (The Holy Quran,33:56).
The Divine order that immediately follows in the verse:
“O believers, pray on him,”
makes it clear that the quality of being a believer is dependent on and manifested by praying on the Prophet.
O Allah! Send peace and blessings on the Prophet, his family, and his companions.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) said: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, remarked: ‘The example of a believer is like a fresh tender plant; from whichever direction the wind blows, it bends the plant. But when the wind dies down, it straightens up again. (Similarly a believer is tested by afflictions to strengthen his faith and heart, and he remains patient and firm). And an evil person is like a pine tree which remains hard and stiff until Allah breaks it whenever He wills.”
Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, volume 4, #1