Some believe that Muslims worship Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Is this true?

Muslims do not worship Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in any way. We believe that he was the last Messenger, the leader of all the Prophets, sent by Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ like all His other Prophets and Messengers عَـلَـيْـهِمُ الـسَّـلَام. However, some people mistakenly assume that Muslims worship Prophet Muhammad  صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.

Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, like Jesus عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام, never claimed a divine status. He called people to worship Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ alone. Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم always referred to himself as “Allah’s servant and messenger.”

Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was chosen to be Almighty Allah’s عَزَّوَجَلَّ final messenger and to communicate His message to us, not only in words, but also in deeds as a living example of its practical application. Muslims love and respect him because of his impeccable and upright moral character and because he perfectly conveyed the truth from Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and because he is the beloved, chosen and loved by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most Wise – which indeed is the pure monotheism of Islam.

Muslims strive to follow the ideal and great example of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, but do not worship him in any way. Islam teaches Muslims to love and respect all of Almighty Allah’s Prophets and Messengers عَـلَـيْـهِمُ الـسَّـلَام. However, respecting and loving them does not mean worshipping them. There is a distinct difference between respect and worship.. Read More
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