(Oh Nabi) surely we have sent you as a witness (present and seeing) and as a bearer of glad-tidings (of our mercy) and a timely Warner (against the torment). In order that you (Oh people!) may believe in Allah and his Apostle, and may assist him, and honour and respect him heart and soul. And that you may sanctify and glorify Allah morning and evening
Hazrat Qadi Iyaad alaihi Rahmah states:
Allah Taala has made it an essential and a necessary act to respect the Prophet , and compulsory to obey him (Shifa Sharif)
Meaning that from the verse the command to obey the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)and respect him is imperative, compulsory and not just permissible. Therefore is it obligatory upon the Muslims to obey and have respect for the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) in someway or another. We also get to know from the verse that there is no specific or particular way in respecting the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)therefore; we should respect him in every way. However to call the Noble Prophet Sallalaho alaihi wasallam as God or as a Son of God is Kufr and that person becomes an infidel and is out of the boundaries of Islam.
In the above verse, Imaan has been mentioned first (In order that you (Oh people!) May believe in Allah and his Apostle) then the respect of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has been mentioned (and may assist him, and honour and respect him heart and soul), and then the command of worship (And that you may sanctify and glorify Allah morning and evening). So we get this image that without Imaan the respect of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)is useless, and without the respect of the Blessed and holy Messenger Sallalaho alaihi wasallam, all our worships, like Salaah, Zakaah, Sawm, Hajj and the rest, are invalid and unaccepted.
In another place Allah, Taala says:
And who so respects the Signs of Allah, then this respect is because of the piety in their hearts
The summary of this ayah is that people who have fear of Allah in their hearts, then they are the ones who will respect the Signs of Allah. The Signs here means by the signs of Allahs religion, Islam. (Tafsir-e-Jalalain).
Moreover, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)is the greatest sign of Islam and is the highest and supreme sign of the religion. Those who deny the respecting of the Prophet , even though they look like good practising Muslims, their hearts are barren and empty with the fear of Allah!
It is in the Quraan:
And who so respects the Sanctities of Allah, it will be better for him with his Lord
The sanctities are those things, which are honoured, and respected near Allah. In addition, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)is most respected creation of Allah, and very close to Allah Taala. Thus, those who respect the messenger of Allah , then they are closer to Allah.
In another verse of the holy Quraan:
O you who believe! Be not forward before Allah and his Messenger, and fear Allah. Surely, Allah is the All-Hearing, and All-Knowing. Oh you who believe! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Holy Prophet, and speak not loudly to him as you speak loudly to one another lest your deeds are washed away (because of disrespect) while you are unaware
Allah Taala has shown us from this verse the way to respect the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) (the respect that is compulsory upon the Muslims). From those ways, three are these; not to exceed the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)by any action or by the tongue, not to raise your voices upon his blessed voice and not to talk loudly at his presence. If you do not do so and go against these commands and instead of respecting the Prophet , you disrespect him, then Oh Muslims! All your deeds will be washed away totally, you will not know and you will keep thinking that you are still a practising Muslim!
The verses in which Allah Taala has mentioned us to respect the noble prophet, he addressed the people as Oh people of faith!, because only the people of faith will respect the Prophet . Therefore, they are worthier to know the ways in respecting the Prophet . And those who are disbelievers then it is useless to address them as they are not going to respect the Messenger , like teaching the non-Muslims how to pry Salaah as they dont even believe in Salaah!
In another place Allah Taala says:
Treat not calling of the Messenger among yourselves in the same way as you call one another
The respect of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)that is being taught here is that; do not call the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) like the way you do, to call each other.
Hazrat Abu Muhammad Makki Maliki writes:
Dont call the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)with his name like you do to each other, but respect him by calling him as Ya NabiAllah(Oh Allahs apostle/messenger), or in any other way he pleases(Shifa Sharif).
Imam Jaleel Hazrat Shahabuddin Khafaji Rahmatullahi Taala alaihi says:
What ever causes the disrespect of the Prophet ; Allah Taala has refused it, and has informed us to respect the Messenger.
It is mentioned in the Quraan: Oh you who believe! Do not say RAINA (listen to us) to our Messenger, but say UNTHURNA (look upon us) and listen attentively, and for the disbelievers is a painful torment
Whenever the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)spoke and the companions did not grasp the blessed words then they would come nearer to him and would say Raina Ya Rasoolallah!, Oh Messenger! Please show us a favour.
The word Raina was a swear word in the Jewish language and the Jews would use this word as a swear word to the Prophet , and as a result Allah Taala stopped the Muslims by saying Raina and told the Muslims to say Unthurna instead. Even though their intention was right, but because the Jews use is as a swear word, they were refrained from saying the word Raina to the Prophet .
Hazrat Qadi Iyaad alaihi rahmah states:
The companions were stopped using the word to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)because of respect and manners (Shifa Sharif)
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