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Exaggeration in praise of the prophets

Posted on: April 9, 2011


There is no doubt that Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) is our beloved prophet but this post is to remind us to avoid over exaggerating a prophet to a point where someone becomes a figure of worship.

Quran on making no distinction between prophets

The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in God, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say), “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” ( Quran 2:285)


Evidence from Hadith

Narrated ‘Umar: I heard the Prophet saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of God and His Apostle.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 654

The Prophet said, “None of you should say that I am better than Yunus (i.e. Jonah).”
(Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 624)

The choice of Jonah here is significant. Jonah is known to have made a terrible mistake. The idea probably is that Muhammad is not to be raised even above Jonah. (peace be upon both)

A person came to God’s Messenger and said: “O, the best of creation”; thereupon God’s Messenger said: “He is Ibrahim.” (Muslim, Book 030, Number 5841.)

In another tradition, a Jew swears “by him who gave Moses superiority over all human beings!” A Muslim slaps him, whereupon the Jew goes to the Prophet and complains. The Prophet was angry with the Muslim and said:

“Don’t give superiority to any prophet amongst God’s prophets, for when the trumpet will be blown, everyone on the earth and in the heavens will become unconscious except those whom God will exempt. The trumpet will be blown for the second time and I will be the first to be resurrected to see Moses holding God’s Throne. I will not know whether the unconsciousness which Moses received on the Day of Tur has been sufficient for him, or he has got up before me.” [This may give the impression that Moses is superior to all the other prophets. In order to counter this impression, in some versions the Prophet adds:] “And I do not say that there is anybody who is better than Yunus bin Matta. (Prophet Jonah)” Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 626, Muslim Book 030, Number 5853).

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7 Responses to "Exaggeration in praise of the prophets"

A very important ignored topic. which is taken lightly by common people but it should not be like that

Tahnx 4 shaing ur knowledge with us on this topic but most of the people who exaggerate in praise of Prophet Mohammad(salall laahu alaihi wasallam) dont listen to others or call them ‘gustakh-e-rasol’ (na aozubillah) may b its their way of showing luv or respect 4 the Prophet Mohammad (salall laahu alaihi wasallam) but it might lead them to bida’ah

very true.. we can only inform them of the verses and other religious texts regarding this matter and pray for them.

we need to see how the Christians exaggerated in their reverence for Sayyiduna Esa (peace be upon him). The Christians exaggerated in praising Sayyiduna Esa (peace be upon him) to the level that they considered him to be either a God, son of God or a partner of God. Hence, it will be completely unlawful and disbelief to elevate the status of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) in a manner that one considers him to be a God, son of God or a partner of Allah.

As long as one avoids considering the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) being equal to Allah Most High and avoids attributing divinity to him, there is absolutely nothing wrong in exaggerating in his love and praise.

The love and praise of the messenger by Ahlul biddaat has reached the very much closely to Christians as we can hear them often quoting that the Muhammad Mustafa Salallahu alaihivasallam is from the Noor of Allah. Also they say “Khuda nahi hai par Khuda se Juda bhi nahi hai”.

Yes, saying that is very similar to the concept of Trinity that the Christians follow.

THIS WAS OUR BELOVED PROPHET SAWS HUMBLENESS. THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE NEED NOT BE PRAISED AT ALL. FOR THE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS IN THE TEXT OF HADITH ITSELF. DONT PRAISE ME LIKE JESUS TO ELEVATE HIM TO DIVINITY…CLOSE TO ALLAH SWT. FOR ALLAH SWT IN QURAN SAYS HONOR & HELP HIM. Q48.9. In order that you (O mankind) may believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam), and that you assist and honour him (Sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam), and (that you) glorify (Allâh’s) praises morning and afternoon.

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