Story No. 129 – Some of the rights of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) are as follows
We Muslims believe in what Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said and practiced.
“O People, I leave among you two precious and weighty trusts, one being the Book of Allah and the other my Progeny (Ahlul Bayt). These two legacies will never be separated from each other, and if you lay firm hold of them you will never go astray.” (Hadith-E-Saqlain)
Because whatever Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said is from Allah (SWT): “Nor does he speak out of desire. It is naught but revelation that is revealed.” (Noble Qur’an, 53:3-4)
Last Prophet (Seal of the Prophets)2. We Muslims obey Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) in what has been commanded and forsake what he has forbidden or discouraged.
“And whatsoever the messenger giveth you, take it. And whatsoever he forbiddeth, abstain (from it).” (Noble Qur’an, 59:7)
On the authority of Abu Sa’id bin al-Mu’alla it is reported in Sahih Bukhari that while he was praying in mosque, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) called him. He did not, however, instantly respond. When he finished the prayer, he approached him, pleading that he was praying. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) told him: Do you not know that Allah (SWT) has directed: “O you who believe! Answer Allah and (His) Messenger when he calls you.” (Noble Qur’an, 8:24)
Hanzalah was a young man who had not yet completed twenty-four years of his age. The night preceding the day on which the battle of Uhud took place was his wedding night. When he heard the call to Jihad he was perplexed. He found no alternative but to seek permission from Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) to spend that night in Madinah and reach the battlefield on the following day (Noble Qur’an 24:62). Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) granted him permission for one night to consummate the nuptial rites. In the morning he reached the battlefield even before taking ceremonial bath lest he might be late in answering Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) call. In the same state Hanzalah joined the army, fought bravely and attained martyrdom. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “I have seen that the angels were washing Hanzalah.” That is why he is called ‘Ghasilul Malaikah’ (i.e. one who was washed by the angels).
Obedience to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is obligatory The above reports about two Companions that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) directed them to discontinue the prayer for answering his call, and about Hanzalah who joined his call for Jihad without any delay, prove that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is to be obeyed unconditionally. It is clear from the above-quoted Qur’anic verse and Hadith reports that Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) call should be answered instantly.
We Muslims worship Allah (SWT) according to the Shar’iah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), not by whims and Bid’ah (innovations).
We Muslims judge ourselves by the Shar’iah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), and not by any other law.
We Muslims love Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) more than our parents, Children, all of mankind, indeed our very selves.
Therefore, love for Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) should be more than one’s love for himself, his children, family, worldly possessions and everything. Obedience to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is obligatory. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) has stressed the importance of obeying and following his Sunnah (Ahlul Bayt) with his saying: “None of you will reach belief till I become dearer to him than his children, parents and all humans.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “There is no obedience to any creation in which the disobedience of the Creator is involved.”
Say: “Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds: No partner hath He: this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who bow to His will.” (Noble Qur’an, 6:162-163)