Q.1) What do you understand by love for Allah?
Right thinking requires you to love Allah. If you receive an ordinary favor from some person, you feel to be under his obligation. In some you feel obliged to your benefactor for whole of your life. Allah says:
“Those who believe are overflowing in their love for Allah.”
The accomplishment of faith is not possible without love because any performed without love is always devoid of Divine guidance. It is said that a lover is obedient to whom he loves. It is required by the faith that we should love Allah. Love for Allah requires that we should accept His commands and follow them whole heartedly. It is His mercy that Almighty Allah sent His Prophets in all ages for the guidance of mankind. To these pious persons Allah gave His commands in form of Books and Scriptures.
The Holy Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is the Last Prophet of this series of guidance, and the Holy Quran revealed to him is the last book of guidance for all times to come. It is the last message to mankind for his success which can only be achieved by practicing its teachings. By acting upon its golden teachings, we can achieve success in this world as well as in the Hereafter.
Q.2) Why is it important to follow the Holy Prophet(SAW)?
Love for Allah is to fellow the examples set by the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
“Say (o Muhammad, to mankind); if you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you for your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
Obedience demands surrendering oneself completely. Your onward action must reflect your inner feeling and inclination, otherwise the action will be nothing but hypocrisy. In such a case Allah warns the Muslims in these words:
“But no, by the Lord they can have no real faith until they make thee judge in all disputes between them and find within themselves to resistance against this decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction.”
The requirement of faith are fulfilled by complete obedience and surrendering to Allah’s will.
Q.3) Explain the finality of the Prophethood in the context of the Holy Quran.
FINALITY OF PROPHETHOOD:
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was the last Prophet of Allah and after him the line of prophethood came to an end. In the Holy Quran Allah says:
“This day I have perfected the religion for you, and completed my favour onto you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”
The perfection of religion, the completion of Allah’s favour and the clear expression that Allah likes Islam for Holy Prophet (pBUH) is a declaration that Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is His Last Prophet and Messenger, and there is no need for another prophet because all the commands off Allah have been conveyed to mankind. Now what we need to do is to accept the message of Allah as a code of over lives, and take the examples set by Holy Prophet (PBUH) as a lighthouse for our guidance. It is an honour for mankind that Allah has considered the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to be competent enough to receive the eternal message of God and practise the Divine teaching.
Allah has also made Islam a universal religion. It means that before Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), Allah had sent prophets to nations or tribes belonging to different ages and regions. In former ages mankind was divided different societies. The annunciation of the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) for the whole world gave rise to internationalism. One God, one Last Prophet, one centre (Kaba), one set of good examples of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and one and final Book (Holy Quran ) brought unity among the different nations of the world. The Holy Quran says:
“Say O Muhammad: O mankind! Indeed I am messenger of Allah to you all.”
Allah also says:
“Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets.”
This verse of the Holy Quran has put an end to the confusion to where to seek seek guidance, and that source is Islam which requires us to believe in Allah. We can also have faith in Allah and follow His orders only by showing love and obedience to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and following good examples set by him.