When the Month of Rabi-ul-Awwal arrives and the moon of this glorious month is sighted, then the gardens of Islam begin to bloom illuminating the fragrance of the most beautifully scented of flowers, the pearl of the creation of Allah, Muhammad Mustafa (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).
It was in his Sadaqah that the entire universe came into existence. It was for his welcome and to inform the creation of his coming that Almighty Allah sent various other Prophets on earth. If Almighty Allah had not sent the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), He would not have revealed His Rububiyah. He is the Noor of Almighty Allah, Leader and Imam of the Ambiya and the Rasools. He is the hope of the distraught and the intercessor for the sinners. He is the Maalik of Jannah and the distributor of the Ne'mahs of Almighty Allah. He is the pride and honour of the skies and of the earth. The Throne and the rest of the Universe rejoiced on the birth of Rasoolullah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).
"Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad ) from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad ) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allah, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers (he is) full of pity, kind, and merciful."(At Tauba:128)
The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is not only the perfect human, but he is the splendour of humanity. He is not only for a single nation, one city, one town or one country, but he is the mercy unto the worlds until Qiyamah. All the success and benefits of the world are under the feet of Rasoolullah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). All the levels and path that lead to Almighty Allah find their basis from him. Thus, we should remember him in every breath, on every step and in every time.
A Muslim may make much Salaah, keep much Roza and perform many Hajj as possible, but until he does not make his heart the city of love for the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), his faith is incomplete. It is the Hadith that none is a true believer unless he loves the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) more than his life, family, parents and belongings.
Muhammad (PBUH) said: "No one can be a true believer without loving me more than his fortune, his children and all people." Narrated by Al Bukhari.
Almighty Allah loves the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) so dearly that He swears an oath on the city, era and age of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). With His Name Allah always mentions the name of the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), showing his excellence. When Almighty Alah spoke of other Ambiya, He used their names, but for Huzoor (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) he used his blessed titles. He loves him so dearly that He and His Angels send salaams for His Habeeb (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).
"Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation." (Al Ahzab:56)
Love for the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is love for Almighty Allah. Without his obedience, there is no obedience to Almighty Allah. Not only should we send Peace and Salutations, but we should spread the teachings of his life and the Sunnah of Rasoolullah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). It is useless calling his name while being disobedient to him. As we know, Love Precedes Obedience, I.e; obedience comes out of love. If you truly love him, you will be steadfast in your Salaah. You will never lie and commit sin. A true lover will never use anything that is Haraam. He will always serve the Servants of Allah and follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).
"He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad), has indeed obeyed Allah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad) as a watcher over them." (An Nissa’:80)
"Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you" ( Al Imraan:31)
He who loves him truly will not have pride and show disrespect to his elders. He will always be patient and grateful. The reason for this is that true love holds great tests and success is to accept the beloved totally. True love and respect for the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is the first condition of Imaan.
May our lives and death be blessed with the love of our Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). Aameen..
(Source: www.nooremadinah.net with few additions)