“Say (O Muhammad) “If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allah is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Ali-Imran, 3:31)
Love for the Prophet (saw) will open the doors to attain Allah’s Love. By emulating the ways of the Prophet (saw), we have found our guide to attaining the love for Allah. This can be seen from the 5 pillars of Islam. The Prophet had said, “Pray in the manner that you have seen me praying.” In performing all acts of worship, we refer to the Prophet (saw) for the ways that he has guided us with.
In a hadith narrated by Imam Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
“Whoever possesses the following three qualities will taste the sweetness of faith, that is, The one to whom Allah and His Messenger becomes dearer to him than anything else; and he who loves a person and he loves him only for the sake of Allah; and he who hates to revert to disbelief because he hates to be thrown into the Hellfire.”
Follow his sunnah to keep him close to our hearts
Friday is the best day of the week for Muslims and so, let us follow closely the sunnah of the Prophet. For each week, Muslims are urged to increase their Taqwa (God-consciousness) and remembrance of Allah (swt) and we hear the call to send blessings to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) in the khutbah:
“Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you that believe! Send you blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” (Al-Ahzab, 33:56)
There are many ways of the Prophet (saw) that we can follow in relation to Fridays. The Prophet (saw) said:
“For whoever recited Surah Al-Kahf on Friday, it will light for him a light between the two Fridays (the current and the next one).” (al-Bayhaqi)
Also, as a motivation for Muslims who head to the mosque for the congregational prayer, the Prophet (saw) said:
“On Friday the angels come to stand on the doors of the mosque, the angels record who comes first, if the Imam starts delivering the speech, the angels close their files and come to listen to the speech.” (Abu Dawood)
May we receive the intercession of the Messenger of Allah on the Day of Judgement and be acknowledged as part of his Ummah.