Only a Believer Loves Them
Al-Bara bin Azib (radi Allahu anhum) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said about the Ansar: “Only a believer loves them, and only a hypocrite hates them. Allah loves him who loves them and Allah hates him who hates them.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Ansar are the companions of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) that originally lived in Madinah and they were named the Ansar (or Helpers) as they welcomed the Muhajirun (the Emigrants) with open arms and rendered every possible assistance to them.
The way the Ansar, faithfully served Islam, Muslims and the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), constitutes not only one of the brightest chapters of Islamic history but also makes them a model of excellent conduct and character.
Almighty Allah rewarded them for their devotion to Islam with immense love for Faith – the love which became a symbol of their Faith and love for Allah. Not only that, because of this devotion of the Ansar, everyone who entertained jealousy and hatred against them was declared a hypocrite by Allah.
There were two famous tribes, namely Al-Aus and Al-Khazraj in Al-Madinah. In the pre-Islamic days they were enemies to each other. When they embraced Islam, they became close brothers.
For this reason they were named the Ansar (radi Allahu anhum).
And Allah Knows Best!