Etiquette towards the Messenger of Allah

One of the joys that Allaah grants His servant is to love His beloved Noble Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) , and how can it be otherwise, when to love the Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) is one of the conditions of faith?
Imaam Al-Bukhaari, may Allaah have mercy upon hin, related from Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) said: “I swear by Him in Whose Hands my soul lies, none of you will truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his father and son.”
Imaam Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him related from Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he said: The Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) said: “None of you will truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his family, wealth and all the people.”
In the same way that love of the Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) is a reason for attaining the good of this world and the Hereafter, then loving him is also a reason for achieving the sweetness of Eemaan (faith).
Al-Bukhaari and Muslim both related from Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) said: “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will taste the sweetness (delight) of Eemaan: One to whom Allaah and His Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) are dearer than anything else; whoever loves his brother solely for Allaah’s sake; and whoever hates to convert to disbelief just as he hates to be thrown into the Fire.”
The meaning of “sweetness of Eemaan”, as the scholars have stated is: “Deriving pleasure from obedience and enduring hardship in religion and preferring this over worldly things.” (Sharh An-Nawawee and Fat- Hul-Baaree)

Loving the Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) will also be a means of taking one to the place of felicity.

It has been related by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim from ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he said: [A man came to the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah! What do you say of a man who loves a people and never joins them?’ The Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) said: The person will be with those whom he loves (i.e. in the Hereafter).”] (Al-Bukhaari & Muslim)

We all claim that we love the Noble Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) and that he  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) is more beloved to us than our fathers, sons and all the people. However, are we really truthful in this claim? Does our claim have any value in the Sight of Allaah?

Why don’t you test it out?
The scholars have mentioned signs and criterion by which the love of the Prophet  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) can be judged i.e. whether it is in a person’s heart or not. Some of the most apparent signs are the following:
1) being eager to see and keep company with him  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ). Thus, the loss of these two wishes would be worse than the loss of anything in the world.
2) Having total willingness to sacrifice oneself and one’s wealth for him.
3) *** Following his orders and refraining from what he prohibited. ***
4) *** Making his Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) victorious and protecting the Sharee`ah (Islamic law). ***
If one finds these signs in himself, then he should praise Allaah, The Most Mighty and The Most Majestic, that he possesses in his heart the true love for the beloved, the Noble [Prophet]  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ). He should ask Allaah for steadfastness upon this.
Whoever lacks some or all of these signs, should hold himself to account before he is held to account, on a Day which will turn the hair of children gray (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). Nothing will be hidden from Allaah and he (the slave) will not consider or attempt to deceive Allaah and the believers; because one who attempts to deceive Allaah will only deceive himself as Allaah says:

“They (think to) deceive Allaah and those who believe, while they deceive not except themselves, and perceive (it) not.” [Quran, 2: 9]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said to Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) “O Messenger of Allaah, you are more beloved to me than anything except my own self.” Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) then told him, “No, by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, not until I am more beloved to you than your own soul.” ‘Umar then told him, “By Allaah, now you are more beloved to me than my own soul (i.e. you will not truly believe).” Allaah’s Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) then told him that now he had true and correct faith.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Ibn Rajab  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him says about love of the Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ):
Love for the Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) is at two levels.
The first level is obligatory. This is the love that requires one to accept whatever the Messenger  sallallaahu  alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his  mention ) brought from Allaah and to receive it with love, pleasure, esteem and submission, without seeking guidance from any other source whatsoever. This is then followed by excellent following of him in whatever he conveyed from his Lord and to affirm whatever he has reported of obligations, to remain away from anything he has prohibited of forbidden acts, to give support for his religion and to strive against those who oppose him according to one’s ability. All of these are necessary components that one must possess and a person’s Faith is not complete without them.

The second level is superior [and not an absolutely necessary component of Faith]. This type of love requires following his example in an excellent way and fulfilling the following of his Sunnah (tradition) with respect to his behavior, manners, voluntary deeds, supererogatory actions, eating, drinking, dressing, excellent behavior with his wives and other aspects of his perfect manners and pure behavior. It also includes learning about the details of his life and practices. It also includes the heart trembling when mentioning him, exalting his mention often, out of what resides in the heart of love for him, esteem for him and respect for him. It also includes loving to listen to his words and preferring them over the words of others of the creation. And one of the greatest aspects of this love is to follow him in his abstinence of this world, his being sufficed with little of this world and his turning to and desiring of the everlasting Hereafter.

Source: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=articles&id=88476

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