PRAISE be to God who made love the foundation of the world; God Himself was the first lover for He loved the Prophet Muhammad. Praise be to the  Prophet whom God hath raised from the dust of the earth to great dignity. God hath cleansed him from the sins of the world. When the Almighty desired his presence He sent a swift steed to bear him to Heaven and gave him Gabriel, chief of the Angels, to be his messenger. Verily the power of the Prophet is great, whereby he broke the Moon in twain with his finger. To the four friends of the Prophet also be praise, even to Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman and Ali. They are like unto four jewels sparkling on the hand of the Prophet. Each outshineth the other in beauty?

It was God Himself that first loved

Awal Hamd Khuda Da Wird Kijiye
Ishq Kita Su Jag Da Mool Mian
Pehlaan Aap Hi Rabb Ne Ishq Kita
Te Mashooq Hai Nabi Rasul Mian

“Sir, first of all let us acknowledge God (who is self-evident),
who has made love the worth of the world,
Sir, it was God Himself that first loved,
and the prophet (Muhammad (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is His beloved.”

– Waris Shah –