Sayyidna Ali RA narrated in a Sahih hadith i.e. an authenticated hadith that the rocks and the trees used to send their salam to our Messenger.
كُنْتُ مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِمَكَّةَ فَخَرَجْنَا فِي بَعْضِ نَوَاحِيهَا فَمَا اسْتَقْبَلَهُ جَبَلٌ وَلَا شَجَرٌ إِلَّا وَهُوَ يَقُولُ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ
Sunan Tirmidhi (3646)
The reality is that very few people are able to comprehend the entirety of our Beloved’s Noor sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam. Amongst my own thoughts, I find it hard to really comprehend how RasoolAllah sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam was like. Yes we have lots of hadiths, in fact out of the approximately 60,000 hadith that we have only 4,000 of them are about ahkam, wisdom/principles of Islam, the 56,000 or so are all about Al Habib sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam.
Our hearts have become hardened and our souls have drifted from the beauty of this deen. We have forgotten the high status of our Messenger and we have forgotten that Allah swt, on many occasions and even in the most fundamental statement of this way of life, has joined His name with His beloved. La ilaha illah Allah, Muhammad RasoolAllah. Surely Muhammad is special if his name is paired with the Almighty?
A man came to the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam while feeling sad. The Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam said to him, `Why do I see you sad’ He said, `O Allah’s Prophet! I was contemplating about something.’ The Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam said, `What is it’ The Ansari said, `We come to you day and night, looking at your face and sitting by you. Tomorrow, you will be raised with the Prophets, and we will not be able to see you.’ The Angel Jibril came down and revealed this ayah:
وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ
(And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His grace, of the Prophets)
The superficial meaning of this hadith is clear. By obeying Allah swt and the Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam, inshaAllah heaven will be granted. But what is obeying Allah swt or the Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam?
One of the commandments in the Qur’an is to make salawat and send blessings to our Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam.
إن الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي يا أيها الذين آمنوا صلو عليه وسلموا تسليما
Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. Ahzab 56
But sending salawat is not enough, we have to love RasoolAllah sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam. Why? Because he is the beloved of Allah swt. Why? Because without him the message of Islam would not have reached us. Why? Because he was created as a mercy to all the worlds. Why? Because he remembered his Ummah in his last breaths. Why? Because he is our true teacher and the model by which we should learn from.
The ‘Muhammad’ that is propagated in mainstream media and even in easily accessible information i.e. Shaykh Google, is far from the reality of our beloved Messenger. If we want to learn how to love him we must first know who he was and how he lived his life. There isn’t a person in history that every single detail is known about him, except for our Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam. Now, isn’t that in itself a mercy? We know about his Prophethood, his family, his friendships, his worship, his food and drink and even the way he used to thread his own sandals.
Loving Muhammad is a necessity and it is an act of worship.
“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” Bukhari Volume 001, Book 002, Hadith Number 014.