by Hazrat Ml Zulfiqar Ahmad Saheb Naqshbandi (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
It is the nature of man that he is drawn towards good character and beauty, and with this, he starts on the road to muhabbah. Allah bestowed His Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) with so much beauty and honor that every believer naturally has intense love for him.
Reason 1: Beloved of Allah
The greatest reason for loving the Prophet is that he is the beloved of Allah. Therefore, it is essential for believers to have muhabbah for him given Allah’s love for him. The Holy Quran is the greatest witness to the Prophet’s beauty and character, and it tells us so much about him. The words of muhabbah that Allah used for His Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) are proof of Allah’s love for him; and the honor and power that Allah bestowed upon him is evidenced throughout the Holy Quran.
Whenever Allah addressed the Prophets in the Holy Quran, He did so by name; for example ‘O Adam’, ‘O Noah’, ‘O Zakariah’ and ‘O Moses.’ When He addressed the Prophet of Islam, however, Allah never addressed him by name, rather by pseudonyms and character traits – “O thou folded in garments.” Allah bestowed such honor upon His Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) that even He did not refer to him by name.