Can love of Allah be regarded the same as love of the Prophet?

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Can love of Allah be regarded the same as love of the Prophet?
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It is the order of our religion to love Allah more than everything. The way to love Allah is to love the Prophet (pbuh), who lives in the way that Allah loves, and to follow his way.

As a matter of fact, the following is stated in the Quran:

"O Messenger! Say, ‘If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’" (Aal-i Imran, 3/31)

To love Allah is the highest target of human nature. Thus, it is the highest purpose that Islam leads people to realize. The verse contains the following definite comparison:

“If you love Allah, follow the Beloved One of Allah. If you do not follow him, it means you do not love Allah.”

The opposite of this is as follows:

“I love Allah but I do not obey His order. I do not love the ones He loves. I do not love those who love Him and show His way and those whom He chose and sent.” This means, “I do not love anything except myself; I do not want to walk on the way of oneness.”

Allah, who created this universe in such a nice way with the manifestations of His power, perfection and beauty, and who grants so many boons to His slaves, definitely expects gratitude from them. He chooses a distinguished one among people and makes him a guide and a perfect model for them. Thus, he wants the beauties in them to be reflected on other people too.

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