The Prophet Mohammad ﷺ said in a famous hadith: “None of you will complete your faith until you love me more than your fathers, your sons,”—and in another narration—“and all of humanity together.” One time Omar radi allahu `anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “Ya Rasulullah (O Messenger of Allah) I swear by Allah that after myself I love you the most.” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “You’re still not a believer O Omar. You will not be a believer until you love me more than you love yourself.” So Prophet ﷺ left and Omar was thinking. Then he ran back to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “Ya Rasul Allah (O Messenger of Allah) I swear by Allah that I love you more than I love myself.” Then the Prophet ﷺ said, “Now you are a believer, Omar.”
When we started discussing Surat al-Fatiha, we mentioned how with this surah (chapter) in particular, we are having a conversation with Allah, and Allah responds with every verse we recite. This surah affirms Allah’s ruboobiyah (lordship), but it also tells us that this lordship is based on mercy, which is why we recite “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem” (the entirely Merciful, the especially Merciful) right after we praise Allah, the Lord of the worlds. His mercy is mentioned before we are told that He is the Sovereign of the Day of Judgment, so that we know that His mercy supersedes His wrath. Finally we talked about the key to being given this mercy, which is that we sincerely worship Him.