Love for God
Observing the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (sa) love for God, the people of Makkah said:
عَشِقَ مُحَمَّدٌ رَبَّهُ
‘Muhammad has indeed fallen in love with his Lord.’ And how true they were! He was indeed a true lover of his Lord.
This love showed itself most of all in his prayers, his worship, his supplications and his remembrance of God. Such was his love that he eagerly included this prayer of Hazrat Dawud (as) with his own prayers:
‘O Allah, I beg Thee for Thy love and for the love of those who love Thee. O Allah, enable me to do deeds through which I will gain Thy love. O Allah, make Thy love dearer to me than the love of myself, my wealth, my family and even the love of cold water.’
But the prayer the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) himself taught us is even more comprehensive and eloquent than the prayer of Hazrat Dawud (as). He used to supplicate:
‘O Allah, bestow upon me Your love and the love of the one whose love, in Your estimation, would benefit me. O Allah, whichever of my favourite things You grant me, make them a source for attaining those things which are Your favourite. And whatever of my beloved things You might take away from me, grant me in their stead things which You love.’
Like every lover, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) loved everything associated with his Beloved. He would get his bare head wet in the first rain fall. He would say, ‘This is the newly descended favour from my Lord, and it brings a whole host of blessings.’
Hafiz Muzaffar Ahmad, Muhammad (sa) – The Perfect Man (Qadian, India: Nazarat Isha’at, 2015), 41-42.