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Extreme Love, Respect & Praise of the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him)

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By Osman Riaz

The Objection: It is claimed that it is wrong to excessively praise the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him). It is claimed that the ways and means of expressing ones extreme love and praise of the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him) leads to shirk (idolatry) as it means placing too much emphasis on his person. So the attitude of excessively praising the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him) should be curtailed. This is done by saying it is 'over the top' and leads to shirk.

Answer: Praise is a natural expression of love. The lover praises the beloved. The two are identifiably linked. Expressions of love can vary; it is the sincerity which is pertinent. The one who aims to stop high praises reflects his own lack of sincerity towards the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him). To entertain The Objection it begs to be asked: Do the sources of Islamic Law command Muslims to have extreme love towards the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him)? Does Islam justify high praises and expressions of love for the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon Him)? How true are the allegations of The Objection? What has been the practice of the pious predecessors? The true Islamic perspective will be sought through Quran, Hadith, and sayings of religious authorities:

Celebrating Mawlid of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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The subject of celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) birthday, or Mawlid has in recent times been misconceived. This paper is insufficient to go into the detail concerning the legality of celebrating Mawlid however even for a brief examination it is vital to consult the ultimate sources – the Qur’an and the Hadith, to provide clarification.

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