We all roughly know that we should be loving Prophet Muhammad s.a.w above our family etc. What's the etc.? It's good to be specific. We've got to be specific in this case so that we can internalize the true meaning of loving the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. InshAllah Bi-iznillah.
That, we learned from Habib Ali Zainal Abidin last week. That we are NOT supposed to be loving 8 things more than we love the one Rasul of Allah s.a.w. That's his right over us. And what about our rights on him? Well, he had fulfilled those rights. He did his part. He spread the words of Allah. He was (and still is) the conduit of our Lord's hidayah for us. We love him but we also love these 8 objects of love.
So, what are we to do about it?
We can be loving all 8, but the shaykh said our faith will not be considered complete.
Hmm...we sure have a long way to go!
Allahumma salli 'ala Sayyidina Muhammad
wa 'ala ali Sayyidina Muhammad
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