Zun Nun Al-Misri, a scholar in Egypt, as mentioned in the book ‘Shu’abul Iman’ written by Imam Bayhaqi, was once asked about the signs of someone who loves Allah. He replied: “The proof of one’s love towards Allah is to love what He loves, to hate what He hates, to perform good deeds only for the sake of Allah, to leave behind whatever that will cause one to turn away from Him, does not fear criticisms from others when one does good deeds, is always caring and loving towards other Muslims, is firm towards those who disobey Allah, and emulates the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w.”
As the ummah of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w., we have to emulate the characteristics of Rasullah s.a.w. We are asked to extend our love and affection to all humankind, regardless of race, religion, age, status, and whether or not they are our family members. We must care for them as a proof of our love for Allah, who has created them all.
There are numerous verses in the Qur’an which shows Rasullah’s concern towards his people, his ummah. This is clearly shown in surah At-Taubah verse 128, Allah said: “There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.”
Remember the advice of Rasulullah s.a.w. “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness of faith: First: The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else. Second: Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake. Third: Who hates to revert to disbelief (kufur) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.” Hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim.