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Imam Shihab al-Din Abul Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr al-Qastallani al-Qutaybi al-Shafi'i (Alayhir Rahmah) has mentioned the signs of love for the Beloved Rasool (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) which are presented here briefly. Whoever adopts them will be a true lover of the Beloved Rasool (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam).


1. Iqtida: The greatest sign of love for the beloved Rasool (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is to obey him, to act upon his Sunnah, to follow his path, to seek guidance from his life and to abide by his Shari’ah.


2. Be content with the Shari’ah: One who claims love, should be content with the Shari’ah of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and should not face any hardship in his Nafs by the decision of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam).


3. To help the religion: One should help the religion of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) through his sayings and actions, defend his Shari’ah and adopt his blessed life in generosity and follow his blessed way of living in the matters of forbearance, endurance, humility, etc.


4. Being patient on hardships: One should remain patient in times of hardships because the lover gets such a pleasure by this love that he forgets his hardships.


5. Make abundant Zikr: The lover should make the Zikr of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) a lot, because one who loves someone talks about him a lot. Some have said: Love is the name of remembering the beloved forever. A saint has said: The Zikr of the beloved (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) should be done as much as we have breath.


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Al-Muwahib al-Ladunniyyah, Vol. 2, Page 491