Notes: From the discourses of Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh

The Three levels of Love People have with the Prophet (peace be upon him).

what level of love a person has with the messenger of Allah is determined in the following way..

It is an integral part of our Iman (belief) to have love of the best of creation, the prophet Muhammad (Sallahu alihi wasallam). This love is not a love of forceful demand but a love of admiration and awe which automatically inspires people to follow his ways. Simply put, the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) taught us how to be human beings. He (Sallahu alihi wasallam) showed us the way how to take ourselves out of our bestial carnal nature, and ascend to the levels of spiritual beings, clean and pure. Worthy to roam in paradise close to the liege lords of humanity; the prophets.

The example of our relationship with the lord of all the prophets (Sallahu alihi wasallam) is like a plant.

Every Muslim loves the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam), there is no question about that. But, the degree of love differs from individual to individual and these are the three categories people fall into:

1) The first level of love and relationship people have with the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) is like the seed. Often when a seed is planted in the ground, no one can see it there. There is no visible presence that tells people a plant has been planted. Similarly, some people’s love of the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) is like the seed. It cannot be seen in their person. There is no outward or inner sunnahs which they practice. Their lifestyles, approach to life, work, leisure, everything they do is completely aloof of the prophetic way. But, beneath all the darkness the seed of love is there.

2) The second category of relationship is like the plant itself. Where from afar people can see the plant. In the same light, some people are like the plant. Their love and relationship with the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) is present in their person. Outwardly and inwardly, their aqhlaq (character) resembles the prophetic traits; mercy, love compassion etc. They have the sunnah beard, observe the modest dress code. This makes a person from afar realize he is a Muslim and a follower of the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam).

3) The last type of relationship people have with the mercy of all the worlds (Sallahu alihi wasallam), is that of the plant bearing fruits, from which people benefit from. Some people fall into this final category. Which is the greatest category and what makes the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) the happiest and proud. Not only do these people act on the sunnah themselves, but they benefit others by it. Their good aqhlaq impresses and inspires people to adopt the sunnah. To increase their knowledge of Islam. They have the concern for the welfare of the creation at the foremost of their minds. This was the greatest Sunnah of the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam); How to save humanity at large from eternal destruction and condemnation in hell.

The true lovers of the prophet (Sallahu alihi wasallam) are from the third category. They are the awliyah and saliheen who are restless in bearing the prophetic concern, spending day and night serving Islam, family and friends catering for their worldly and spiritual needs.

By ServantofAlMalik

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