The pagans of Mecca would notice the love and devotion the Companions would show to Prophet Muhammad Even with the passing of 14 centuries, the Muslims today show immense love and devotion to their Prophet unlike any other community. This love and devotion is a reflection of the Prophet’s own love and mercy for his followers, and even today, the Prophet continues to show his love for his followers, which is why he is still alive in their hearts. It should be no surprise that no Muslim can bear insults to his esteemed person – no matter how minor it may be – as their love for him is deeply rooted in their hearts and is much greater than their love for their own mother and father.

The Muslims’ love and devotion for the beloved Prophet is nothing but a reflection of the Prophet’s own love and mercy toward them. For example, on one occasion, whilst reciting the Qur’an, he recited the words of Jesus: (O God!) If you punish them, then they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, then verily You are Might and Wise. [Q.5:118.] The Prophet then raised his blessed hands and wept for his followers saying, “O God! My nation! My nation!” God sent the Archangel Gabriel to ask the Prophet matter and he asked for the salvation of his followers. And so, God told Gabriel: “Go to Muhammad and say: ‘Verily, We what was the will please you with regard to your nation and We will not displease you.””I

I Set forth by Muslim in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 1:191 S202. •al-Nasā’ī in al-Sunan al-Kubrā, 6:373 $11269. •Abū ‘Awāna in al-Musnad, 1:138 $415.


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