In these present times, some people due to their misunderstanding consider the immense love for our beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) equivalent to shirk. In spite of the fact that lovers of Prophet (Peace be upon him) consider him to be an "Abd (Slave) of Allah" and they have no intentions of comparing the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to Allah azza Wajjal (Naudhobillah), the comparison only comes due to ill thinking of opponents who look for ways just to accuse Muslims of Shirk and Kufr but what they forget is that their false takfir would return back upon themselves rather than it being applicable on the accused.
Let us Analyze this in light of Quran and Hadith
Allah says, "Say: 'If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight - are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious." (9:24)
This is an Explicit "Nass (definite proof)" in Quran that Allah and his Prophet (Peace be upon him) should be dearer to us than everything in the world i.e. our wealth, children, parents etc... Some people use this verse in regards to Jihad only but they forget that loving Prophet (Peace be upon him) is mentioned before that, hence even Jihad without the love of Allah and his Prophet (Peace be upon him) would "not be" Jihad in cause of Allah, rather it could lead one to hell fire instead.
(And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His grace, of the Prophets), and the Prophet sent the good news to the Ansari man.'' This Hadith was narrated in Mursal form from Masruq, `Ikrimah, `Amir Ash-Sha`bi, Qatadah and Ar-Rabi` bin Anas. This is the version with the best chain of narrators. Abu Bakr bin Marduwyah recorded it with a different chain from `A'ishah, who said; "A man came to the Prophet and said to him, `O Messenger of Allah! You are more beloved to me than myself, my family and children. Sometimes, when I am at home, I remember you, and I cannot wait until I come and look at you. When I contemplate about my death and your death, I know that you will be with the Prophets when you enter Paradise. I fear that I might not see you when I enter Paradise.' The Prophet did not answer him until the Ayah,
(And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His grace, of the Prophets, the true believers, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!) was revealed to him.'' This was collected by Al-Hafiz Abu `Abdullah Al-Maqdisi in his book, Sifat Al-Jannah, he then commented, "I do not see problems with this chain.'' And Allah knows best.
Greater news than this is in the authentic Hadith collected in the Sahih and Musnad compilations, in Mutawatir form, narrated by several Companions that the Messenger of Allah was asked about the person who loves a people, but his status is not close to theirs. The Messenger said,
(One is with those whom he loves.) Anas commented, "Muslims were never happier than with this Hadith.'' In another narration, Anas said, "I love the Messenger of Allah, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that Allah will resurrect me with them, even though I did not perform actions similar to theirs.'' Allah said,
(Such is the bounty from Allah) meaning, from Allah by His mercy, for it is He who made them suitable for this, not their good deeds.
Narated By Anas : The Prophet said "None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind."
►Bukhari Volume 001, Book 002, Hadith Number 014.
Hazarath Ali(R.A) teaching the aadabe(Respect) Rasoollah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
It is related that a man came to the Prophet and said, "Messenger of Allah, I love you more than my family and my possessions. I remember you and I cannot wait until I can come and look at you. I remember that I will die and you will die and I know that when you enter the Garden, you will be raised up with the Prophets. When I enter it, I will not see you." Allah then revealed,
وَمَن يُطِعِ اللّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُولَـئِكَ رَفِيقًا
"Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, will be with those whom Allah has blessed: the Prophets, the men of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And such people are the best of company!" (Quran 4:69) The Prophet called the man and recited the verses to him.
►Tafsir Dar Mansur Volume 002, Page 588
In another hadith we find, "A man was with the Prophet, looking at him without turning away. The Prophet asked, "What is wrong with you?" He replied, "My father and mother be your ransom! I enjoy looking at you. On the Day of Rising, Allah will raise you up because of His high estimation of you!" Allah then sent down the verse mentioned above.
In the hadith of Anas, the Prophet said, "Whoever loves me will be with me in the Garden." al-Isfahani fi al-targeeb kama fi manahil al-safa al-Suyuti Page 182
Sahaba's(R.A) Extreme love for Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)during the Prayer
►Volume 1, Book 11, Number 649: (Sahih Bukhari)
►Volume 1, Book 11, Number 652: (Sahih Bukhari)
Love for the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and yearning for him (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
►Book 030, Number 5833: Sahih Muslim
►Muslim Book 040, Hadith Number 6791.
The hadith of 'Umar, "I love you more than myself," has already been cited. There are similar things from other Companions.
Amr ibn al-As said, "There is no one I love better than the Messenger of Allah."
Abda bint Khalid ibn Ma'dan said, "Khalid never went to bed without remembering how he yearned for the Messenger of Allah and his Companions among the Muhajirun and Ansar, and he would name them. He said, 'They are my root and branch, and my heart longs for them. I have yearned for them a long time. My Lord, hasten my being taken to You!'"
It is related that Abu Bakr said to the Prophet, "By the One who sent you with the truth, I would be happier if Abu Talib (the Prophet's uncle) were to become Muslim than if Abu Quhayfa (his own father) were to. That is because the Islam of Abu Talib would delight you more."
Umar ibn al-Khattab told al-Abbas, "Your becoming a Muslim is dearer to me than al-Khattab becoming a Muslim because it is dearer to the Messenger of Allah."
►Majm-uz-zawaid 009, Page 268.
Ibn Ishaq said that the father, brother and husband of one of the women of the Ansar were killed in the Battle of Uhud fighting for the Messenger of Allah. She asked, "What has happened to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace?" They said, "He is as well as you would like, praise be to Allah!" She said, "Show him to me so I can look at him." When she saw him, she said, "Every affliction is as nothing now that you are safe."
►Bayhaqi Volume 003, Page 302.
Ali ibn Abi Talib was asked, "How was your love for the Messenger of Allah?" He replied, "By Allah, we loved him more than our wealth, our sons, our fathers and our mothers, and more than cold water in a time of great thirst."[Ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad]
Zayd ibn Aslam said, 'Umar went out at night to observe the people and saw a lamp in a house where an old woman was teasing some wool, saying:
"The prayer of the good be upon Muhammad, may the blessed bless him!
I was standing in tears before dawn. If only I knew,when death gives us different forms,
Whether the Abode will join me to my beloved!"
She meant the Prophet. 'Umar sat down in tears.
►al-zuhad Page 362-363.
►Imam al-Bukhari in Adab al-Mufrad Hadith No. 964.
When Bilal was near death, his wife called out, "O sorrow!" Bilal said, "What joy! I will meet those I love, Muhammad and his party!"
It is related that a woman said to A'isha, "Show me the grave of the Messenger of Allah." She showed it to her and the woman wept until she died.
►Bayhaqi Volume 003, Page 362.
Ibn Abbas said, "When a woman came to the Prophet (i.e. from Makka to Madina), he made her take an oath that she had not left because of her husband's wrath or desire for a new land and that she had only left out of love for Allah and His Messenger."
►Tafsir ibne Jarir Volume 028, Page 044.
Trees Extreme Love for Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Narrated Ibn Umar: The Prophet used to deliver his sermons while standing beside a trunk of a date palm. When he had the pulpit made, he used it instead. The trunk started crying and the Prophet went to it, rubbing his hand over it (to stop its crying). (Book #56, Hadith #783, Sahih Bukhari)
Rocks and Trees Welcome Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Order of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Translation: Sayyidina Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) went to Ubayy ibn Ka’b. He called out. “O Ubbay!” He was engaged in salah and turned but did not answer. He shortened his salah and then went to Allahs Messenger (SAW) and said, “As-salammu alikum, O Messenger of Allah (SAW)”! He said, “Wa alika salaam! What prevented you, O Ubayy, from answering me when I called you”? He said, “O Messenger of Allah (SAW) , I was engaged in salah.” He said, “Have you not observed that which Allah has revealed to me: “Respond to Allah and to His Messenger (SAW) when he (the Messenger) calls you.” (Al-Quran 8:24). He said, “Yes indeed. I will not do it again, Insha Allah.” He asked, “Would you love that I teach you a surah that has not been revealed in the Torah, not in the Injil, not in the Zabur and not in the Qur’an, the like of it.” He answered, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah (SAW). So, he asked, “How do you recite in salah”? He said, “We recite the ummul Qar’an.” So, Allah’s Messeneger said, “By Him in Whose hand is my soul, nothing has been revealed like it in the Turah, the Injil, the Zabur and the Qur’an. It is the sab’am minal mathani and the mighty Qur’an that is given to me.”
Reference: 2884 Tirmidhi, BOOK ON VIRTUES OF THE QUR’AN Chapter 1: Virtues al-Fatihah
Aadab of Nabi Kareem(صلى الله عليه وسلم) from Quran