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Safar 1432

Volume 27 No 1


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Why Praising Muhammad is Wrong

Not long after Prophet Muhammad’s death, it gradually became a man-made tradition among Muslims to praise Prophet Muhammad against his will and against God’s clear commandments in the Quran. This tradition stems mainly from the misuse and misinterpretation of the following verse:

[33:56]  GOD and His angels help and support the prophet. O you who believe, you shall help and support him, and regard him as he should be regarded.

A more traditional translation by Yusuf Ali, one of the most popular translations of the Quran, shows this misinterpretation, where the Arabic word “salloo” translated as “send blessings” instead of “help and support.”

[Yusuf Ali translation of 33:56] Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.

The word “prophet” (Nabi) consistently refers to Muhammad only when he was alive. Satan used this verse to

entice the Muslims into commemorating Muhammad, constantly, instead of commemorating God as enjoined in verses 33:41-42 and many others.

[33:41-42]  O you who believe, you shall remember GOD frequently.  You shall glorify Him day and night.

Our god is whatever occupies our thoughts most of the time. Hence we have  the commandment in the Quran to commemorate God and glorify Him day and night. Therefore, our focus should be God, the Almighty. All our praise should be to Him alone.

[28:70]  He is the one GOD; there is no other god beside Him. To Him belongs ALL PRAISE in this first life, and in the Hereafter. All judgment belongs with Him, and to Him you will be returned.

[30:18]  ALL PRAISE is due to Him in the heavens and the earth, throughout the evening, as well as in the middle of your day.

[34:1]  Praise be to GOD - to whom belongs everything in the heavens and the earth; ALL PRAISE is also due to

Him in the Hereafter. He is the Most Wise, the Cognizant.

[45:36]  To GOD belongs ALL PRAISE; Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth, Lord of the universe.

[64:1]  Glorifying GOD is everything in the heavens and everything on earth. To Him belongs all kingship, and to Him belongs ALL PRAISE, and He is Omnipotent.

If all praise belongs to God, why should we ever need to praise Muhammad, or anybody else for that matter?

There are several other reasons why praising Muhammad is wrong. We need to take the entire Quran, God’s mathematically structured, miraculous scripture, to determine these reasons.

First, God tells us to worship Him alone.

[40:65] He is the Living; there is no god except He. You shall worship Him alone, devoting your religion absolutely to Him alone. Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.

 

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