To Love All Of The Ashab-i Kiram


It is necessary to love all of the Ashab-i kiram [1]. To love them is to love our Sayyed, the Prophet. He declared in a hadith [2]: "He who loves them loves them because he loves me. " We should utterly abstain from disliking them, especially from feeling hostility towards one of them because having enmity towards them means having enmity towards our Prophet. He said in a hadith, "He who is their enemy is so because he is my enemy. " To revere, to respect those great people would be to revere and to respect the Best of Mankind. To belittle them would mean to belittle him. For respecting the company of the Best of Mankind and the words of the Best of Mankind, it is necessary to respect and esteem all of the Ashab-i kiram. Hadrat [3] Abu Bakr-i Shibli 'quddisa sirruh', one of the great ones of the Awliya [4], says, "A person who does not respect or esteem the Ashab-i kiram 'radiy-Allahu ta'ala 'anhum ajma'in' has not believed in Rasulullah 'sall-Allahu alaihi wa sallam'. "

[1] As'hab-i kiram: (as-Sahabat al-kiram); the Companions of Rasulullah.
[2] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).
[3] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[4] awliya: (pl. of Wali) a person loved by Allahu ta'ala.