Politicians, sportsmen, media people, actors, business groups, professionals, doctors, youth, religious leaders, parties, various groups, etc, - all are after this.
To achieve this, people try all sorts of things and take great pains and spend huge amounts of money. Still, not many are truly successful in earning real acceptance and sincere love of the people.
For a daiee (preacher) to succeed, it's very critical to gain people's love and acceptance. Without it, the dawah will not be very successful.
While becoming the beloved of human beings is in itself so difficult, how much more difficult must be to become the beloved of God and gain His acceptance? But the fact remains that these two are interlinked; the one who sincerely tries to become the beloved of God also becomes beloved of God's creation.
The last prophet of God, Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him), has given us golden advice to achieve this.
How to Become Beloved Of Both, GOD And Man!
Commentary (from 'Ma'ariful Hadith' by Mawlana Manzoor Nomani R.A.):-
Gaining Love of God:
Likewise, when people will be convinced that he is not envious of their wealth nor has he any desire for worldly goods or position, they will come to like him.
A Zahid (Ascetic) is not a man who practices self-denial for the reason that he is not in a position to indulge in material enjoyment, but one who has a full opportunity to gratify his inclinations and desires and yet refuses to do so and cares nothing for worldly gain or comfort. It is reported about Abdullah bin Mubarak that when someone called him a Zahid, he retorted, “Zahid was Omar bin Abdul Aziz who, in spite of being the Caliph of the day, shunned personal gain and worldly pleasure.” (End of Commentary from 'Ma'ariful Hadith')
How becoming the beloved of God makes one beloved of all creation (Mankind and even the Angels):
“If God loves a servant He informs angel Gabriel that He loves so-and-so and tells him to love him, so Gabriel loves him. Then Gabriel calls out to the inhabitants of the heavens: ‘God loves so-and-so, therefore love him.’ So the inhabitants of the heavens love him. Then he is granted the love of the people of the earth.” (Abu Hurayra R.A. in Sahih Muslim)
Hadhrat Ka'ab Ahbaar R.A. says: "A person's good reputation is not established in the people's hearts unless it is first established amongst the dwellers of the heavens".
-Kitab al Zuhd of Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak P.153.
It is reported that Harim b. Hayyān – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
"Never does the servant turn wholeheartedly to Allāh except that Allāh turns the hearts of the believers to him, providing him their love."
Al-Dhahabī, Siyar A’lām Al-Nubalā` 4:49.
(Harim b. Hayyān was one of the Taaba'een (Successors), deputized by ‘Umar, رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه and known for his devoutness.)
These then are the ways of gaining real popularity and people's love...Start to work on gaining Allah's love!