مَنْ أَحَبَّكَ نَهاكَ۔

One who loves you forbids you [from evil].



One who loves you forbids you [from evil].

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Beloved)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

One who loves you forbids you [from evil].

This concise statement holds profound wisdom and guidance for all Muslims. Let us delve into the exegesis of this Hadith, exploring its meanings and implications in light of the Quran.

The word (ahabbaka) "أَحَبَّكَ" in the Hadith refers to the act of loving someone. Love is a powerful emotion that can deeply influence our actions and choices. When we love someone, we naturally want what is best for them and strive to protect them from harm. In the context of this Hadith, the object of love is the Prophet Muhammad (), who is the epitome of guidance and righteousness.

The word (nahaka) "نَهاكَ" in the Hadith means to forbid or prevent someone from engaging in evil or sinful acts. It implies a sense of responsibility and duty towards the one we love. When we truly love the Prophet Muhammad (), we are compelled to follow his teachings and guidance, and to abstain from anything that may displease him or lead us astray.

This Hadith reminds us of the importance of love and its role in shaping our behavior as Muslims. It highlights the connection between love and obedience, as true love for the Prophet Muhammad () necessitates following his example and adhering to his teachings. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) affirms this in the Quran, stating, (Quran 3:31)

Say, [O Muhammad], 'If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.'

Furthermore, the Quran emphasizes the importance of forbidding evil and enjoining what is good. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says, (Quran 3:110)

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.

This verse highlights the responsibility of Muslims to actively promote righteousness and prevent evil in society.

By loving the Prophet Muhammad () and following his teachings, we become part of the best nation, fulfilling our duty to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. This love and obedience have far-reaching consequences, both individually and collectively. Individually, it leads to spiritual growth, purification of the soul, and protection from sin. Collectively, it fosters a society built upon justice, compassion, and moral values.

Reflecting on this Hadith, we are reminded of the importance of love and its transformative power in our lives. It urges us to examine the depth of our love for the Prophet Muhammad () and to evaluate our actions in light of his teachings. Are we truly forbidding ourselves from evil and striving to embody the noble qualities he exemplified?

Let us strive to cultivate a genuine love for the Prophet Muhammad () and emulate his character in our daily lives. By doing so, we not only fulfill our duty as Muslims but also experience the blessings and guidance that come with following in the footsteps of the beloved Messenger of Allah ().

May Allah (تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to love the Prophet Muhammad () sincerely and to embody his teachings in our actions. May He guide us to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and may He make us among those who are beloved to Him.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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