Allah loves Muhammad. Allah created Adam () because of Muhammad. Allah created the heavens and the earth and everything within because of Muhammad.
Muhammadwas born in 570 AD in Makkah. His mother's name was Aminah (). His father's name was Abdullah (). Allah chose Abdullah (the servant of Allah) to serve the purpose of Allah. The purpose was to be the father of Muhammad . And Allah called Abdullah () back to Him after he had served the purpose. 570AD is the year of the birth of Muhammad . The Sawab ( = 500)- Reward became Ayn ( = 70)- Visible and all the angels said Ameen when Muhammad was born to Aminah () !
Isa () foretold the coming of the 'Praised One'. Ahmad - The Praised One had finally arrived in this world. Al Hamdu Lillah - All Praise is for Allah. What was the significance of the arrival of Muhammad in this world?
If we look at the 'Message' in the above reference we find that Allah has sent Muhammad as a Mercy for all the worlds. In some translations we find Rahmatal Lil Aalameen as Mercy to creatures, in others the translation is Mercy to mankind. There is something very subtle in the above message.
If we believe that Muahammadis dead, then how can we say he is a mercy to the worlds, or mercy to creatures or mercy to mankind? Since humans are still being born everyday.
If anyone answers: Well... the implication is that the Quran is the miracle of Muhammad and so the mercy is really the guidance in the Quran.
That is not true! The Quran is one of the many miracles given to Muhammad by Allah, no doubt ! But... the Quran is not a mercy for all the worlds, the Quran is not a mercy for all the creatures and neither is the Quran a mercy for all mankind because it is clearly stated in the Quran itself !
Therefore, the Quran is a mercy and a healing for only those who believe in the verses of the Quran and not for all mankind ! On the other hand Muhammad is a mercy for all mankind, mercy for all creatures, mercy for all the worlds. Now coming back to the question we asked previously, if we believe that Muhammad is dead, then how can he be a mercy to mankind, or the creatures or the worlds?
Let us look at the question in another way. First of all let us look at the 'nearness' of Allah to human beings:
We find that Allah is 'closer' to us than our own jugular vein. Next let us find out how Muhammad fits in with the greater plan of Allah with respect to 'proximity':
Nabee Muhammadis closer to the believers than their own selves. In other words, our 'self' is further from us than Muhammad. Our 'self' is even further from Allah than it is from Muhammad. Therefore to 'reach' Allah we must first 'reach' Muhammad !
How do we 'reach' Muahmmad ?
We have to send greetings of peace and say blessings or Salawat or Darood upon Muhammad.
Let us look at in another way.
If we look at the above two references, Allah gave Musa () and Haroon () the criterion and a light and a reminder. In the second reference, Allah sent Muhammad as a lamp spreading light. Therefore Muhammad is the lamp that spread the light to the other Messengers of Allah () even before his earthly life. If the lamp is extinguished, then from where are we to receive the light? So how can the lamp be extinguished ?
Also in the above reference we find that Allah has sent Muhammad as a witness. A witness is one who has observed or is observing! The community of Muhammad is still present, or at least I think it is! So how can Muhammad be a witness over his community if he is dead?
Here is another proof from the Quran:
The reason for covering the above ground is because now there are some people who have started claiming that they only believe in the Quran. They do not believe in the Hadees and they do not believe in sending blessings Salawat or Darood on Muhammad. They do not even believe in the finality of Muhammad as the Messenger of Allah. So let as look at the word Salawat.
What is As Salawat ? As Salawat is the blessing. Is it not strange that Salah is spelt exactly the same as Salawat? In order to understand Salawat we must look at Salah. We have already covered Salah in a separate article on this site. PLEASE READ IT FOR YOURSELF.
Having read the article on Salah we find that we are in fact writing the name AHMAD with our body. So if we are writing the name AHMAD with our body first before we get to LILLAH then why is it wrong to say Salawat or Darood on Muhammad? In other words, we have to write the name AHMAD The Nabee (Prophet) is closer to the believers than their own selves so that is one form of nearness of Muhammad to us than our own selves. Then we finally come to rest in the position of Lillah in the Salah.
Therefore we have to attain first attain nearness to Muhammad before we can attain nearness to Allah.
There is one deviant sect of Muslims who call the Salah 'the Contact Prayer'. They do not believe in sending Salawat upon Muhammad . Can they explain who are they contacting ? Unless they have changed the body movements of the Salah and they are writing the word CONTACT with their bodies !
Therefore the Arabic word Salawat is basically spelt Salat or Salah and both Salah and Salawat draw the seeker closer to Muhammad first and then to Allah. In other words we have to pass through AHMAD first before we rest in LILLAH. If Allah could be approached directly by everyone there was no need to send Messengers (), Allah would have spoken to every person !
In Urdu Salawat is called Darood. Why ? If we look at the word Darood it is spelt Why is it spelt as it is ? If we split the word Darood into two words we get Dar and Wood .
Dar means 'Place' and Wood means 'Love' . Therefore Darood is the Place of Love. Whose place ? Muhammad's ! Whose love ? Allah's love ! Hence the title given to Muhammad Habeeb Allah - the Beloved of Allah.
The 99 Names of Allah have been taught to us by Muhammad. We have to try and emulate some of the Siffat or Names or Qualities of Allah but we must endeavour to know all the 99 Names. For example, As Saboor is the Patient, we have to try and emulate the quality of patience. Then there is the Name Al Muzill meaning the Degrader, we must KNOW what it means. Why ?
So that we like what Allah likes and we dislike what Allah dislikes. If we go against this rule, then Allah will degrade us. Remeber what happened to Shaytan - Satan when he refused to bow down to Adam () ? Allah wanted Shaytan to bow down to Adam () whom Allah had made with His own hands, but Shaytan did not like what Allah had made and liked. Allah degraded Shaytan !
If Allah loves Muhammadthen we must also love Muhammad. There is no way out. If we do not show respect and love towards Muhammad then how can we say that we like what Allah likes?
May Allah enlighten all the Muslims and guide them to the correct path. Ameen.