To respect Prophet Muhammad when he was alive and after his death

To respect Prophet Muhammad when he was alive and after his death

This is also a right of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) which many people do not fulfill. Allah says, {We have sent you bearing witness, bringing good news and giving warnings. So that you might all have belief in Allah and His Messenger and honour him and respect him, and glorify Him (Allah) in the morning and the evening} [Surah Al-Fath: 8, 9] To honour and respect him means to hold him in respect and think well of him, and to give him his rights. Some examples of how the Messenger of Allah’s Companions used to honour and respect the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) include: If the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) spoke, they would listen very attentively to him (peace be upon him), to the extent that birds could settle on their heads. When Allah (Glorified is He) revealed His saying, {O you who believe, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet and do not be as loud when speaking to him as you are when speaking to one another, lest your actions should come to nothing without your realising it} [Surah Al-Hujurat: 2] Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “By Allah, I will not talk to you after this except like one who whispers” As for respecting the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) after his death, it means to follow the Messenger of Allah’s Sunnah (practices of the Messenger of Allah), respect his words, lower one’s voice in the Messenger of Allah’s mosque and at his grave, and not act differently from his Sunnah, relying on other people’s personal understanding of any situation or their individual beliefs instead.