Allah Ta’ala has emphasized the necessity of following Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) throughout the Holy Qur’an, highlighting that to follow the Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is actually Islam.

Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an, “O beloved, say you, ‘If you love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and will forgive your sins, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.’” [Surah Aale Imran (3), Verse 31]

This obligation to love the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) means to obey him, to remember him, to follow his example, and to be proud of him as Allah Ta’ala is proud of him, since Allah Ta’ala has boasted about him in His Book.

Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) states, “The reason why this verse was revealed was that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told the people of Quraish to stop worshipping the idols in the Ka’bah. However, the non-Muslims said, “We worship the idols in love of Allah.” Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told them to follow the religion of their forefather Hazrat Ibrahim (Alaihis Salaam). The revelation came, indicating that you will only be true lovers of Allah Ta’ala when you follow Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) did not want them to worship the idols and the one who displeases Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) displeases Allah Ta’ala.” [Tafseer Khazainul Irfaan]

We find from this verse that if you want to make yourself a friend of Allah Ta’ala and want the love of Allah Ta’ala, then to follow Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is vital. If you want to gain closeness to Allah Ta’ala, then follow the Prophet’s (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) Sunnah. Those who do not follow the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and adopt their own ways and the ways of the non-Muslims, their claim to love Allah Ta’ala and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is effectively false.

Obeying Allah Ta’ala through the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

“And he who obeys the command of Allah and His Messenger then he will get the company of those who have been blessed by Allah namely the Ambiya (Prophets of Allah) the Siddiqeen (Truthful), the Shuhada (the Martyrs) and the Saliheen (the Righteous) and what good companions are they.” [Surah Nisa (4), Verse 69]

The manner in which the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will be with his sincere devotees in Paradise is like how a king would be with selected servants in the royal chamber.

Guidance Is In Following

“O beloved say you, ‘Obey Allah and obey His Messenger; therefore, if you turn your face, then for the Messenger is that which was made incumbent on him and for you is that whose burden was put upon you, and if you will obey the Messenger, you will be guided. And upon the Messenger there is no responsibility but to deliver clearly.’” [Surah Noor (24), Verse 54]

This means obey Allah Ta’ala and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) completely, accepting every command of Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It should be remembered that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the object of absolute obedience. Every order of his is to be obeyed at all times. If everyone turned against Allah Ta’ala and the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) it will not cause any harm to Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Guidance is dependent on the obedience to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Only if one follows in his footsteps will one obtain guidance.

Obligation to Follow Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

The reason why Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was sent was so that we could use him as an example. To follow Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is obligatory; those who are not pleased with his teachings have rejected the Prophethood, and those who do not believe in Prophethood are out of the folds of Islam. [Tafseer Khazainul Irfaan]

The Best Example

“Undoubtedly, you have the best in the following of the Messenger, for him who hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” [Surah Ahzab (33), Verse 21]

We are required to know about our Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), about his life, his miracles, his birth, his manners, his faith, his signs, his seclusions, his worship etc.; and is this knowledge not an obligation upon every Muslim? What is better than acquiring knowledge of his life? This will make Allah Ta’ala pleased with us because then we will be able to know the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) better, and be ready to take him as an example for ourselves, to correct ourselves, and to imitate him and thus gain salvation in this life and in the next.

It could also mean that Allah Ta’ala had made the life of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) an example of His power. This tells us that a truly successful life is that which is designed on his footsteps. If our living, dying, sleeping, staying awake etc. are all designed on the footsteps of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), then all these activities would be an act of worship. [Tafseer Noorul Irfaan]

Only If We Obeyed!

“The day when their faces turning up and down will be fried in the Fire, they will say, ‘Oh! would that we have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger.” [Surah Ahzab (33), Verse 66]

We do not want to experience embarrassment and regret in the hereafter by not following the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Planting a seed out of season will not benefit, i.e. it will not bear fruit. Hence, we should begin to follow the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in this world and we will see the fruits in the next.

Whatsoever The Messenger Gives You Take It

“And whatsoever the Messenger gives you take it, and whatsoever he forbids you abstain from that. And fear Allah; undoubtedly, the torment of Allah is severe.” [Surah Hashr (59), Verse 7]

Whatever the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has brought us is from Allah Ta’ala; we should take it and practice upon it and be happy with what we have as it is only for our benefit.

Opposing the Sunnah

Opposing his command and changing his Sunnah is misguidance and innovation. It is threatened by Allah Ta’ala with utter privation and punishment. Allah Ta’ala says, “And whoso opposes the Messenger after the right way has become clear and follows a way other than the way of Muslims, We shall leave him on his own conditions and shall cause him to enter Hell; and that is an evil place of returning!” [Surah Nisa (4), Verse 115]

The reason why Muslims are suffering around the world today is because we have left reading and practicing upon the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.

O Allah! Give the Muslims the ability to come back to the Qur’an, to read it, to practice upon it and to preach it, Ameen.