Hadith 14

Chapter: Love for the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم is part of belief

It was related from Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, صلى الله عليه و سلم, said, “By the One whom my soul is in His hand, none of you will believe until I am more beloved to him than his father and his children.”

Ibn Hajar’s explanation

His saying: Love for the Messenger

Although the love for all the Prophets is from eemaan (faith), the (ال) here represents the specific love for Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. This is due to the later statement: until ‘I’ am more beloved to him.

His saying: By the One whom my soul is in His hand

Signifies the permissibility of swearing (by Allah) to emphasize something of importance or significance, even without the presence of someone requesting that swearing.

His saying: none of you will believe

Meaning (none of you) have complete belief

His saying: than his father and his children

He mentioned his father before his children due to the majority, since everyone has a father, while on the other hand many people may not have children.

The narration of Anas recorded in Al-Nassaa`i mentioned the children before the father, and this narration would represent the excessive compassion and affection. (i.e. the love (for the children) being even stronger than the love of one’s own father)

This narration is also from the narrations that Al-Bukhari recorded in contrast to Muslim.


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