Love for the beloved Prophet

Imam Ahle Sunnat Shah Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (may Allah be pleased with him) has made his 'Love for the Prophet' not only a motto for his life but also a mission for his life. According to him the fundamental of all Muslims, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) is the holiest of the holy and he was the beloved of Almighty Allah Himself who has lavished praises on him again and gain in the Holy Quran in boundless measures. It is therefore incumbent upon every Muslim believer to become an obedient slave of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him).

The guidance of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) is to be sought not only for the welfare of this mundane world, but also for the ultimate salvation in the hereafter. He emphasized that in fact we owe our Faith and all our blessings of life, spiritual and material to him. This demands that our devotion to him should be so great that we place him and his reverence above everything and we should be prepared to lay down even our lives for him. Imam Ahmad Raza (may Allah be pleased with him) also learned from the history of Islam that since the days of the Prophet (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) and afterwards, the anti-Islamic forces like hypocrites, Jews and Christians were determined to instigate the fall of Muslims. Failing in their efforts to win them over by force they tried to weaken their ideology and faith in the Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) by preaching and propagating such ideas to undermine the sanctity, love and faith in the Prophet (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him).

The beloved Prophet (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) was the focal point and apex of all religious and spiritual authority for Ahmad Riza. The goal of this devotion is lead by a Pir. All such forms of devotion are undertaken ultimately to reach Almighty Allah, and whoever seeks the help of the Saints and the Prophets and of the Master of the Prophets, Muhammad Mustafa (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) is in reality seeking Almighty Allah. His poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet (naa't) is known all around the world today. Veneration of the beloved Prophet (Allah’s grace and peace be upon him) has a long history in Sufi devotionals. It dates back to Sheikh Ibn-al-Arabi, Maulana Rumi and numerous other great poets and Sufis.

Though he was well-versed in numerous branches of knowledge he later restricted his interest in the following branches of religious learning. The skills and arts, which he had obtained full competence, and degree of love and passion, are three, all of which are very beneficial. Imam Ahmad Raza writes:


"I left Philosophy when I realized that it was superficial, dark and rusty and suppresses religion, lessens the fear of the Hereafter, whereas I have many responsibilities. For pleasure I engage in Mathematics, Astrology, Geometry and also they help in the determination and changes in time for worship and fasting. But I am most interested in 3 things:

1. Top of the list, the most superior, loftiest and highly praised is defending the honor and dignity of the Holy Prophet, the leader of all the prophets (on whom be peace and blessings of Allah). At all times I am fully alert and ready to denounce and refute the derogatory remarks and words made against  the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). If the Lord and Creator can accept this effort of mine it will most certainly be sufficient for my salvation. I am certain that the mercy of my lord will grant acceptance to my effort, because he says "Whatever thought my servant has with Me I will deal with him in a likewise manner".
2. On the second stage I use my energies to refute the false beliefs of the irreligious sects besides the 'Wahabis', who though claim to be the leaders of religion are actually causing disunity and dissension.
3. Lastly, I issue religious verdicts in accordance with the Hanafi school of thought, which is firm and lucid. All these

are equal to an asylum or refuge to me, and of these I fully rely. [al-ijazatul Matiena Le Ulema-e-Bakkata Wal Madina: pages 160-166]