Muhammad SAW, The Epitome of Perfection & A Treatise on Loving The Prophet
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Muhammad SAW: The Epitome of Perfection
This book is not a book of Sīrah (Prophetic biography) that will intricately explore the various events in the biography of the Prophet and his life journey. It is merely a metaphorical door that will hopefully open the door to appreciate this great human being from his background, his etiquette, his interactions with the people around him, and the various aspects of his life as a human and a Messenger of Allāh.
Without knowing and understanding his pure personality, it will be difficult to cultivate the love for him صلى الله عليه وسلم in the heart. Without a blossoming love for the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in the heart, it will be hard to emulate him. As the Malay proverb goes, roughly translated: “If you do not know a person, then you would not love that person”.
Hence, this book is very suitable to be used as an easy reference or to be read by people of various ages and from all walks of life, and it is especially suitable for those who have not really known the personality of Prophet Muḥammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, as this book uses simple and straightforward language and is compact with facts extracted from the Qur’ān and hadith. May Allah bless this small endeavour and count it as a jāriyah that will benefit us all.
A Treatise on Loving The Prophet
Indeed, one of the obligations that are incumbent upon a Muslim is to love the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم more than all other creations. And whoever does this, he is deserving of great reward both in this world and the Hereafter. However, some too many people claim to love the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم but it is mere lip service, just as many limit the meaning of loving the Prophet within an extremely narrow scope.
Thus, because of a strong desire to remind me and my brothers and sisters (in Islām) about the importance, rewards, and reality of loving the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, I resolved to – with Allāh’s aid – explore this topic base on the following questions:
What is the ordinance regarding loving the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?
What are the rewards in this world and the Hereafter for the one who loves the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?
What are the characteristics of one who loves the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?
How did the Companions show those characteristics?