Faqihul Ummah: True Love

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Hazrat Umar (R.A.) once came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) while wearing a silk garment. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) remarked that silken garments are not permissible for men to wear. Hazrat Umar (R.A.) left the gathering and immediately threw the garment into the furnace and burnt it. The next day when Hazrat Umar (R.A.) returned, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) enquired as to what he had done with the garment. Hazrat Umar (R.A.) replied that he had burnt it. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explained to him that the garment was not permissible for men. The cloth could have been cut up and used to sew something for his daughters.

The point to understand here is that the one who has true love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) does he have the time to think about what permissible use can be found for this garment. All he considers at that moment is that "my beloved is displeased with this." Hence in his eyes such a thing can only be worthy of being burnt to ashes.

Thus it does not behove of one who takes the name of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and regards himself as being his follower to adopt those ways that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
 
disliked. Such an attitude is completely wrong.

WHAT IS THE PROOF?

Every claim must be substantiated with proof. A person claims to be a Muslim. He claims to love Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). What is the proof of this claim? The proof should be one's entire life. One's entire life should conform to what Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) desired. Such a person's claim will be justified. However, if one's life is against the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), how can such a person's claim be acceptable? …

Therefore, in order to rectify our lives, we have to adopt the way of life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Nowadays, Muslims look at the West and see what is their way of living, building homes, dressing, etc., and then prefer to adopt that way. In such an instance who is one imitating? The enemies of Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)! Yet the claim is of love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Had this claim been true, we would have searched for the way of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and adopted that way.

(Mawaaiz, Vol. 4)

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