Love for the Prophetﷺ is in truth pain, but it is such a sweet pain that you want more and more. Loving the Prophetﷺ will break your heart; you will yearn to be with himﷺ, speak with him, just sit and look at himﷺ. It is this very love that caused his companion Abū Bakr as-Șiddīq (RadiAllahu Anhu) to die early, he died from a broken heart, he couldn’t stand to be away from the Prophetﷺ, he would weep for himﷺ. It is this very love that made ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (RadiAllahu Anhu) lose his mind, he said he would cut anyone’s head off that said the Prophetﷺ was dead. It’s this very love that caused his beloved daughter, the master of all women, Fāṭimah (as) to shed tears when hearing he would die, but she laughed when she heard she would join him. It was this very love that at first drove Bilāl al-Habashī (RadiAllahu Anhu) away from Madīnah after the Prophetﷺ demise, but then made him return too. It’s this very love that turned the murderous heart of Fudhala into one that overflowed with love for the Messenger of Allāhﷺ within a fraction of a second. It is however important to remember that this love is not limited to human souls, what of the tree that wept when the Prophetﷺ took to the pulpit?
I could go on, and on with more examples, but I think you get my point.
They all loved himﷺ, and we all love himﷺ because heﷺ loved them and heﷺ loves us. Often it is said that we complete our dīn when we marry, but we forget that our status as a believer is complete only when we love Muḥammadﷺ more than our wives, our children, ourselves, more than anything.
And how can we not love himﷺ? Our entire understanding of Islam is because of himﷺ, our realization of Allāh comes from him too. We are because heﷺ was, and still is, Alhamdulillah.
There was a man by the name of ʿAbd Allāh, he would often become so drunk that he had to be brought staggering through the streets before the Prophetﷺ to be sentenced for public drunkenness, and each time, the Prophetﷺ would rule to have the prescribed punishment carried out. This was a common occurrence, after one such episode once ʿAbd Allāh had left after being sentenced, one of the companions declared,
“O Allāh curse him! How often he is summoned for this!”
The Prophetﷺ rebuked that Companion, saying: “Do not curse him, for I swear by Allah, if you only knew just how very much indeed he loves Allah and His Messenger.” [Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī]
Heﷺ loved us dearly, so much so that it is difficult to comprehend and fathom. Heﷺ yearned to meet us. It is through his intercession that many of us will enter heaven. Countless aḥādīth exist about the importance of loving himﷺ, and his entire life is a tribute to how much he loved us. Heﷺ would stand all night in prayer for us, he went to the highest heavens several times asking Allāh to lower the number ṣalāh incumbent on us. He was always thinking and praying for us.
His concern and love for us is stated in the Qurʾān:
“A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers.” [9:128]
Heﷺ isn’t just concerned for us, he is deeply concerned, to such an extent that it distresses him, it hurts himﷺ.
When we can find ourselves in a moment of weakness, a moment where you feel utterly inadequate, as if you don’t matter, you feel alone; it is at this time that we should remember that the Prophet ﷺ prayed for us with an overwhelming sense of love, mercy, and selflessness.
“Our love for the Prophetﷺ hasn’t even reached the required threshold. How can some say it’s exceeding the limit?” -— Ḥabīb Alī al-Jifrī
“The title of the Holy Prophet of Islam is Ḥabīb-Allāh, the Beloved of God, love for the Prophetﷺ could be described as the great transformative emotion of Islam.” -— Shaykh ʿAbd al-Ḥakim Murad.