The Immense Merit of Love Based on Belief And Its Consequence
It is narrated from Ibn Mas'ud - Allah be well-pleased with him -- that he said: "A man came to the Allah's Messenger and said: 'O Messenger of Allah! What do you think about a person who loves a people but did not join them?' That is: He was not able to do what they do.
The Prophet said: 'Each is with those he loves.'" Bukhari and Muslim narrated it.
[Abu Dawud]1 also narrated from Anas - Allah be well-pleased with him -- that he said: "I saw the Companions of Allah's Messenger rejoice for something more than any other thing for which I ever saw them rejoice: A man said: 'O Messenger of Allah! What if someone loves someone else for his excellent deeds, but does not do as he does?'
The Prophet said: 'Each is with those he loves.'" See al-Mundhiri's al-Targhib.
Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions
Dr. G.F. Haddad
© As-Sunnah Foundation of America, 2003