Or a pet of any kind.
For, if you had experienced the love of a mother, even for a millisecond, and even if you had cast just one fleeting glance of love at one of your children, then you would not be asking this question: How to fall in love with the family of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
You would know.
You would know it by instinct, if you are not among the most wretched of the world, who never tasted a mother's love and never loved a child.
Didn't Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, say something like forget Iman, Islam and all that, unless you learn to love me more than all else -- including yourself?
And did he not walk a strong man like Umar, Radiyallahu Anhu, through that difficult path step by step, inch by inch, in a rough and rugged place like Arabia where men were men?
Yes, no question about it, love of the family of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is the critical crucible of Iman, Islam and Muslims in every age and place.
But, how do you really love Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his family?
Of course you love them with all your heart, mind and soul. But, at the same time, and in the same breath, you also learn to do more than just emotions and feelings.
You love them by devoting yourself to the fulfillment and continuation of the mission for which God placed them on earth:
To Take the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It!
That is how you love the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and his noble family: with both your mind and heart as well as with your actions and behavior.
As well as in a practical sense in your everyday life.
It is as simple and elementary as that!
Household of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam
This ignorant and foolish world can fight and quarrel all it wants. And it can say whatever nasty, painful and small-minded things that come to its mind.
But the fact is that Allah will not abandon the Ahlul Bait -- the blessed and noble family of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Not in this world, and not in the next world.
Nor will Allah abandon those who love the noble and blessed Ahlul Bait of his Beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alahi wa Sallam.
Ahlul Bait are the family, the household, of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. They will be a part of this world for as long as the world lasts.
They are the children -- descendants -- of Fatimah, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and Ali, his nephew, who embraced Islam when he was a mere boy.
And at a time no one else would stand up to express support for Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, when he openly invited his clan to join him and embrace the message of La Ilaaha Illallah -- No God But God.
Thereafter, Ali, almost single-handedly turned the tide of practically every battle in favor of Islam and Muslims.
And when the Muslims elected him as their fourth Ruler after Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, he showed them what the divine notion of Government of the People by the People meant in actual practice.
And that was a full 1200 years before this blessed notion of the Kingdom of God on Earth was so clearly and powerfully articulated by the 16th American President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address in the year 1863.
An Offer Muslims Cannot Refuse!
Muslims, here is an offer I don’t think you can really refuse.
Many of the best among you spend their time rolling your beads and chanting Astaghfirullah, …, and other similar things. Every one of them more wonderful than the other.
Then, at the end of the day, you go home, thinking you have done your “Good Deed” for the day, even as Allah’s world burns and crashes around you.
Even as the hungry go unfed; the naked go without clothes; and the weak and the meek are set upon and pounded to dust by all kinds of bullies and thugs right in front of your eyes.
Some of you might even call what you do – I mean your chanting of Subhanallah and Alhamdulillah – 'Amal Saalih.
And I am not saying it is not.
And some of you might even spend the rest of the day, and even part of the night, counting all the blessings you might have raked up doing those chants.
And keeping track of all the Houses in Paradise that you might have won as a result.
All those Gardens.
And all that Real Estate.
Now, here is my offer to you, Muslims:
I have heard there is some choice Real Estate for sale in Paris, Rome, New York, Amsterdam, … and some other very nice places.
I know these places and I love them. Take it from me, they are beautiful.
I suggest you go down to those places – to Paris, Rome, New York, Amsterdam – and meet the property owners, and do some very nice chants singing the praises of the owners of those properties.
And see how many deals you can clinch that way.
How many real nice properties you can walk away with.
No, I am not being nice or nasty. All I am trying to do is make you an offer you cannot possibly refuse.
Actually, I am also thinking about this most glorious Aayah of the Qur’an – and all Aayaat of the Qur’an are most glorious indeed, one more than the other – that raises some profound questions about the approach that many of us have to Islam – and to life in general.
I think it is from Surah At-Tawbah, Surah 9 of the Qur’an, and I think this is how that Aayat Karimah goes:
A-Ja'altum Siqaayatal Haaj-ji wa 'Imaaratal Masjidil Haraami Kaman Aamana Bil-laahi wal Yawmil Aakhiri wa Jaahada fi Sabilil-laah?
Just let me know.
I mean when you come back from your successful trip to Rome, Paris, New York and Amsterdam, with all the Plum Real Estate Deals you can get for doing nothing but chanting the praises of the owners of those properties, drop me a line and let me know.
So, I can spend the rest of my earthly life chanting your praises: chanting how great – and how smart – you are.
Do you think that is part of why Allah said in the Qur’an that Islam is really for smart people?