Sahabah's Love for Rasulullah SAW
Sahabah's Love for Rasulullah SAW and other stories
Somebody asked Saidina Ali RA: "How much was the Sahabah's love for Nabi SAW."
He replied: "By Allah! To us Nabi SAW was dearer than our money, our children and our mothers, and was more valuable than a drink of cold water at the time of severest thirst."
There is no make belief in Saidina Ali's RA statement. As a matter of fact, the Sahabah reached this state because of the perfection of their Iman. It had to be so bacause Allah SWT has written in the Qur’aan-e-Kareem;
"Say! If your fathers and your sons and your brothers and your wives and your tribe and the wealth you have earned and the goods, for which you fear that there will be no sale, and your houses you desire, are dearer to you than Allah and His messenger and striving in His way, then wait till Allah brings His command to pass. Allah guides not the sinful ones." (S9 : V 24).
The 'Ulama have given two meanings to the last words of Nabi SAW namely:
(a) "Now you have real Iman."
(b) "Why is it that it is only now that I am dearer to you than your own self? This should have been so long ago."
Suhail Tastari (Rahmatullah alaih) says: "No one can have enjoyment of the Sunnat until he takes Nabi SAW as his Master and considers himself as Nabi's SAW slave."