Can there be a limit to praise the Prophet? Is it possible to exaggerate?
Submitted by on Thu, 26/09/2019 - 16:35
Dear Brother / Sister,
We, as weak humans, cannot truly praise the Prophet (pbuh), for whose sake all of the realms were created as it is stated in a sacred hadith, and who was sent as a mercy for all realms (al-Anbiya, 21/107) but it is something that Allah is pleased with to praise him; it is also a deed of worship.
"Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect." (al-Ahzab, 33/56)
In the verse above, Almighty Lord orders us to praise the Prophet (pbuh) and to utter salawat, which is an expression of that praise.
No matter how much we praise our Prophet (pbuh), we will not be able to praise him truly since we do not know him truly. As a matter of fact, a poet states the following in a poem:
"I do not praise Hz. Muhammad with my words./ I praise my words with Hz. Muhammad."
That is, we do not praise him when we mention him. On the contrary, our words will be more valuable as we praise and mention him.
Excessiveness is dangerous in praising the Prophet (pbuh) as excessiveness is harmful in everything. Christians went to extremes in their love toward Hz. Isa (Christ) and elevated him – God forbid – to the degree of divinity. They claimed that he was the son of Allah. Such expressions that are contrary to the spirit of Islam, which is a religion of oneness (tawhid), cannot be accepted. However, it is still too little no matter how much we praise the Prophet (pbuh) as long as it is not contrary to oneness.
Questions on Islam
- Can I get information about the high ethics of Hz. Muhammad (PBUH)?
- The Nineteenth Word: the Messengership of Muhammad (PBUH)
- What is the reason why Allah mentions the Prophet Hz. Muhammad as "Habibullah" (Beloved of Allah)? Is this phrase used in the Quran and hadiths?
- Why do we repeat duas (supplications) three times?
- The Spread of Islam and the Divine Warning to the Prophet
- Tenth Droplet: Important news given by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) concerning the important events of the future such as the Doomsday and the hereafter.
- Can it be proved that Islam is a religion of love, peace and tolerance? Can you give examples about it?
- What are the saddening incidents that took place in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) in the year called "the Year of Sorrow"? (the deaths of Abu Talib and Hz. Khadijah)
- Is Fortune-telling Permissible? How Much True is What Fortune-Tellers, Mediums and Similar People Say? What are the Drawbacks of Fortune-telling in Terms of Our Religion?
- What is the meaning of the name Muhammad? Did the Prophet (pbuh) use this name for the first time?