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Hadith on Muhammad: Prophet’s Warning Against Excessive Praise

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 3445
Narrated `Umar: I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Apostle.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari, a collection of sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), narrated by Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), highlights the importance of avoiding excessive praise and worship of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In the hadith, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) warns his followers not to exaggerate in their praise of him as Christians did with Jesus (peace be upon him), who they elevated to a divine status. The Prophet (peace be upon him) reminds us that he is only a servant of Allah and His messenger, and therefore he should only be referred to as the “Slave of Allah and His Apostle.”This hadith emphasizes the importance of maintaining the proper perspective of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) position in Islam. While he is undoubtedly a revered and beloved figure for Muslims, he is not to be worshipped or elevated to a status equal to that of Allah. Rather, he is to be honored and respected as a messenger of Allah who brought the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah to humanity.
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