The Respect Of Holy Prophet Muhammed(Peace and blessing Of Allah be upon him) – By Faqeeh-E-Millat Hazrat Allama Maulana Mufti Jalaluddeen Ahmed Amjadi (Rehmatullahi Ta’ala Alaih)
Some people say that because the Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam was present in front of the companions Radi Allahu anhum, therefore they respected him very much. If we had the opportunity to be present in front of the Messenger of Allah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam , we would have respected him, but if we do not see him then whom shall we respect.
The answer to this question is that it is not always true that the person being respected should always be present in front of the respecter. It is in Bukhari and Muslim Sharif that Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansari Radiallahu Taala Anhu states that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)has said:
When ever you go to the lavatory (toilet) then never turn your face or your back toward the Kaba
Hazrat Mullah Ali Qari Rahmatullahi Taala has written:
To avoid facing the Qiblah or to refrain from turning your backs towards it shows its importance and its respect (Mirqat)
See! The person relieving himself in the toilet, cannot see the Kaba in front of him, still he has been ordered not to face the Kaba because of its respect. Not to see the Holy Kaba and yet not to respect the Kaba is Haraam according Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa Rahmatullahi Taala alaihi! (Ashatul-Lamaat)
It is in Bukhari and Muslim Sharif that Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Taala Anhu states that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)has said:
When you pray Namaaz, you should not spit in front
Hazrat Mullah Ali Qari Rahmatullahi Taala has concluded:
The prohibition of spitting towards the Qiblah was to indicate and to reveal the respect towards the Kaba (Mirqat)
It is understood from this Hadith, that if a person is living thousands of miles away from the holy Kaba, he is nevertheless not allowed to spit towards the Qiblah/Kaba
The companion of the Prophet Sallalaho alaihi wasallam, Hazrat Saib bin Khallah Radiallahu Taala Anhu has stated:
A person was leading Salaah to a group of Muslims, he spat toward the Qiblah and the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) saw him. When they finished their Salaah, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) informed the group of Muslims not pray Salaah behind him. The same person wanted to lead the Salaah again but the people prevented him to do so, and told him what the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)had said to them concerning him. He went to the Messenger Sallalaho alaihi wasallam and asked about it. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)replied, Yes it was me who told them not to pray Salaah behind you.
Hazrat Saib Radi Allahu anhu (narrator of this Hadith) then writes, I think he (The Prophet ) then said to the person You have disturbed me and Allah. (Mishkat p71)
Therefore, from these Hadith we realise that the thing, which is respected, does not have to be present in front of our eyes. We also get to perceive and to understand that the person who does not respect the Holy and the blessed Kaba cannot be an Imam. Thus the person who does not respect the Kaba of the Kaba, Huzur Sayyid-e-Alam Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam , and denies him, then he is even more unworthy to lead the Prayers, as he has disturbed and distressed the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)without doubt!
Allah Taala says in the divine Quraan: Surely those who annoy Allah and His messenger- Allah has cursed them in this world as well s in the Hereafter, and He has kept prepared for them a humiliating torment – (S33/V57)