Due to their strengthened love and genuine closeness, those who have faith love all of Allah’s creations and see the manifestation of His attributes in every creation. As the Qur’an declares”Your friend is only Allah, His messenger, and those who believe: those who perform prayer, give alms, and bow [in prayer] (Surat al-Ma’ida, 55). Therefore, those who have faith harbor a deep respectful love toward sincere believers as well as His prophets, all of whom He sent to guide humanity to the true path. Prophets are role models of the Qur’an’s morality, and serve as examples of superior faith and superior morals. Allah says:”You have an excellent model in the messenger of Allah, for all who put their hope in Allah and the Last Day and remember Allah much” (Surat al-Ahzab, 21). Our Prophet’s (saas) life and morals contain many beautiful examples and wisdom for the believers, such as his deep loyalty to Allah, piety, patience, tenderness, compassion, intelligence, bravery, cleanliness, mercy and fidelity to Allah.
The Prophet Muhammad (saas) has reminded us of the importance of loving Allah and His messengers, as follows:
None of you believes until I [the Messenger of Allah] am dearer to him than his father, his child, and all of humanity. (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
Anas (ra) narrates that: “Allah’s Messenger (saas) said: ‘Whoever has the following three qualities will have the sweetness of faith: The one who loves Allah and His Messenger (saas) more than anything else; the one who loves a person purely and solely for Allah’s sake; and the one who hates to return to unbelief after Allah has saved him, as he would hate to be thrown into the Fire.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)