Prophet Muhammad: His Love of God
The Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) was the Messenger of God (peace be upon him), the chosen and the exalted, whose all sins, foregoing and coming, had been forgiven by the Lord, yet he was the most painstaking, eager and earnest in paying homage to God.
Al-Mughira b. Sh'uba reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) once got up at night and stood praying for such a long time that his feet became swollen. On being asked why he did this when all of his former and later sins had been forgiven, he replied, "What, should I not be a grateful servant (of God) ?" 'Aisha relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) once kept awake throughout the night till morning reciting only one verse. Reporting the same event Abu Dharr says that the Prophet (peace be upon him) kept praying throughout the night reciting one verse until the dawn appeared. The verse he recited was: "If You punish them, lo! they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, lo ! You, only You are the Mighty, the Wise."
'Aisha says, "The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) took to fast to such an extent that we thought he would never give it up, and when he would go without fasting we thought that perhaps he would never fast again." Anas reports that whoever wanted to see the Prophet (peace be upon him) praying at night could do so and similarly one could see him sleeping. 'Abdullah b. ash-Shikhkhir says that once he went to see the Prophet (peace be upon him). He was then offering prayers and sobbing—the sound emitting from his chest was like that of a boiling pot.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was never at ease except when he performed the prayers. It seemed that even after saying his prayers, he eagerly looked forward to the time when he would again be paying homage to God. The Prophet (peace be upon him) often remarked: "The comfort of my eyes lies in prayers." The Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) relate that whenever he had any trouble he used to prostrate in supplication to God. "Whenever the wind blew at night", says Abu Darda', "The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) took shelter in the mosque until it became calm. And whenever there was a solar or lunar eclipse, the Prophet (peace be upon him) got up in trepidation seeking refuge from God until it was over and the sky was clear." The Prophet (peace be upon him) always seemed solicitous to commune with God; uneasy and restless until he had again fellen prone before the Lord. Oftentimes he sent for Bilal and said, "Bilal, make arrangements for holding prayers and put me at ease."