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Muslims don't worship the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)



According to Muslim belief, based on the religion of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last and final messenger of God. He was the last prophet to be sent by God, with a revelation from God, to mankind.

The role of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was to convoy the message he was given, the Quran, to the people. In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not deified, he is not God, nor is he part of God as a Trinity in Christianity. Muslims, unlike Christians, do not believe Muhammad (pbuh) is God, akin to Jesus (pbuh) being God for some Christians.

Muslims do not worship the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Islam never calls on Muslims to worship the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and neither did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) order his followers to worship him. It is strictly forbidden to do so, and if by chance there happened to be some Muslims who did turn Muhammad (pbuh) into a God and began to worship him, they would be taken outside the fold of Islam, and would be considered to be polytheists in direct violation to the monotheism of Islam.

The Quran itself often stresses the human nature of Muhammad (pbuh), and that he is not a divine figure:

And yet they say, “Why have no miraculous signs ever been bestowed upon him (Muhammad) from on high by his Sustainer?” Say: “Miracles are in the power of God alone; and as for me (Muhammad) - I am but a plain warner.” (29:50)

SAY (Oh Muhammad) “I am only a warner; and there is no deity whatever save God, the One, who holds absolute sway over all that exists, (38:65)

Say thou, [O Prophet:] “I am but a mortal like you. It has been revealed to me that your God is the One God: go, then, straight towards Him and seek His forgiveness!” And woe unto those who ascribe divinity to aught beside Him (41:6)

AND Muhammad is only an apostle; all the [other] apostles have passed away before him (3:144)

Say [O Prophet]: "It is not within my power to bring benefit to, or avert harm from, myself, except as God may please. And if I knew that which is beyond the reach of human perception, abundant good fortune-would surely have fallen to my lot, and no evil would ever have touched me. I am nothing but a warner, and a herald of glad tidings unto people who will believe." (7:188)

So these verses stress the human nature of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), that he is not a divine being, that he is a human, and only a messenger who has been entrusted with the message of God, to pass onto the people.

As such, when some people derogatorily call Muslims ‘Muhammadans’, this is completely false, as Muslims do not worship Muhammad (pbuh) to be called a ‘Muhammadan’.

In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the messenger and prophet of God, who is conveying the message of God, that he has been given by God, to the people so that they can learn about the truth. And it is due to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) being the last and final messenger, who was entrusted with the Quran, which is why many Muslims greatly respect and honor him, it is not because they worship him as a God, but because they believe in him as a great messenger and prophet of a noteworthy status. 


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