the foam on the surface of the ocean'” – (Imam al-Jazuli (1465 CE). Dalail u’l Khayraat, Fes, Morocco (15th century); tr. by S. H. Rosowsky, NonBooksPress, Inc., USA, pp. 26-27).
And when Prophet Muhammad (on whom be peace) appeared on the stage of history, Gabriel, the Angel of the Most High ALLAH, descended unto him and said: “Your Lord says [O Muhammad! Peace Be Unto You], ‘If I have taken Abraham as a beloved, intimate friend, I have taken you for the same. I have never created any creation more precious to Me than you, and I have created this world and its inhabitants for the purpose of letting them know your honour and what you mean to Me; and if it were not for you I would not have created this world'” – (Ahmad Shihab Al Deen Al Qastallani. The Divinely Granted Gifts in the form of the Muhammadan Grants, As-Sunna Foundation of America, 2001).
ALLAH is very clear in the Quran and declares that if anyone claims to love ALLAH, ALLAH demands from him to love and follow His Beloved Messenger Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). As ALLAH, the Mighty and Sublime be He says: “Say (O Muhammad, on whom be peace): If you Love ALLAH, then follow me, ALLAH will Love you and forgive you your faults, and ALLAH is Forgiving, Merciful. Say (O Muhammad, on whom be peace): Obey ALLAH and the Messenger (Muhammad, on whom be peace); but if they turn back, then surely ALLAH does not love the unbelievers. And [O ye!] Serve ALLAH and do not associate any thing with Him and be good to the parents and to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the neighbour of (your) kin and the alien neighbour, and the companion in a journey and the wayfarer and those whom your right hands possess; surely ALLAH does not love him who is proud, boastful” – (Quran 3:31; 3:32; 4:36).
Will it be surprising enough to know that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) has been also called as the “beloved of the Almighty God” from the words of Solomon according to the Song of Solomon. Shir ha-Shirim Rabbah, the Haggadic Midrash on Song of Songs confirms us that the chapter two and five and other chapters of it interpret the coming of King-Messiah. Also according to Rabbi Isaac, most of the book of the Song of Songs interpreted the deliverer – (See: Andrew Sparks. Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism: Issue 24 / Summer 2010, Issue 24, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, 2010, pp.8-9).
Of course, this is not a wonder that Solomon actually named the coming Prophet-King-Messiah as AHMAD/HAMADA and MUHAMMAD (Peace Be Upon Him) as he says:
His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether my MUHAMMAD. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem – Song of Songs 5:16. [See: ESV, Leixkon Biblion]