Support the Messengers not idolise them!

Perhaps the most obvious Quranic command with regards to the relationship between the messenger of God and his followers is found in the numerous verses that contain God's command for all believers to obey God and obey the messenger (e.g. 5:92). Upon analysing this Quranic command, we find that it has become one of the most manipulated commands in the Quran.
According to the claims of traditional scholars, they interpret this Quranic command to mean that a Muslim should obey every word uttered by the messenger. As a result, they have set up the hadith and sunna as a new source of jurisdiction besides the Quran.

However, through a Quranic study of the verses that command us to obey the messenger, it becomes clear that the emphasis is on obeying the 'message' and not the personal words of the messenger. There are no verses in the Quran that say obey God and obey Jesus, Moses or Muhammad, the words used in all such verses are always, 'obey the messenger'. This confirms that the emphasis is on the message and not the person of the messenger.
For the details, please see: Obey God and obey the messenger

We read in the Quran clear confirmation that we should not idolise God's messengers nor love them as we should love God:

Yet, some people set up equals to God, loving them as the love of God, but those who believe love God the most. If only the transgressors would witness the punishment, they would realize that all power belongs to God alone, and that God's punishment is severe. 2:165

We also read that no genuine messenger will command his people to idolise him or love him as they should love God:

No human being whom God gave the Scripture, authority and Prophethood is then to say to the people, "Worship me rather than God." But instead, "Devote yourselves to your Lord according to the Scripture you have been teaching and to what you have been studying."

Nor would he command you to take the angels and the Prophets as lords. Would he command you to disbelieve after becoming Muslims? 3:79-80

In spite of these clear words in the Quran, sadly we find that Satan has enticed people to idolise their messengers and love them as the love of God!
To achieve his aim, Satan resorts to well known tricks which sadly most believers fall victim to:

1- The first of the tricks used by Satan is to corrupt the words of the messenger after his death, and fabricate sayings by the messenger where he is claimed to have commanded his people to love him to the extent of worship. Satan did this with Jesus and the Christians, and also with Muhammad and the Muslims. With regards to Jesus, the reader is asked to pose the question:

How many times do you hear the words "love Jesus" and "let Jesus into your life" and "Jesus died for you"? In contrast, how often do you hear the same Jesus worshippers saying, "Let God into your life", "Worship God alone"?

With Muslims, Satan employed the same tactics. He fabricated sayings and attributed them to Prophet Muhammad where it is claimed that Muhammad asked all Muslims to love him more than they love their children their families, themselves and more than they love the whole world! The following hadith from the Bukhari collection is one example:

"Narrated by Aanas:
The Prophet said "None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind."
(Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 14).

Here we must ask the following question: Is it possible for us to love someone more than ourselves and more than the whole world unless we in fact worship that person?

Moreover, God tells us in 3:79-80 that no genuine messenger would ask his people to idolise him besides God. It is therefore a mystery how millions of Muslims accept such a hadith that is clearly a lie and an insult to the integrity of Prophet Muhammad, and in doing so, they show total contempt for God's words in 3:79-80!

All believers who have a minimum amount of respect for Prophet Muhammad and his devotion to God would never for one minute believe that he ever called on his people to idolise him or love him in such a manner, but instead he would have invited them to devote themselves wholeheartedly to the love of God.

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The second trick used by Satan to lead people to idolise God's messengers is to invent a lie that says that there is no salvation except through the messenger of God. As a result, people idolise these messengers in the belief that salvation can only be attained through them. With the Christians, Satan invented the concept of "Salvation through Jesus". With Muslims, Satan invented the concept of the "Intercession of Muhammad". Although the titles of the two concepts are different, the deception in them is one and the same. The Christians have been led to believe that they cannot get to Heaven except through Jesus. Equally, Muslims who fell for this lie have been led to believe that they will never exit Hell and enter Heaven except through the intercession of Muhammad!

Needless to say, the concept of intercession is totally rejected in the Quran.

For the details, please see: The Myth of Intercession

3- The third of Satan's tricks is to trick the people into believing that the messenger suffered and died for them. This was Satan's trick with the Christians as they were made to belief that Jesus voluntarily suffered, choosing to die on the cross because of his love to his fellow man and for the sake of taking away the sins of the world!

Equally, with the Muslims, Satan has led them to believe that Muhammad lived through torture and great pain, suffering for their own sake and because he loved them so much.

As a result, these people find themselves with no choice except to idolise and love these messengers to the extent of worship so as to pay back the love and suffering endured by these messengers.

In reality, neither Jesus nor Muhammad nor any messenger had any choice in the way they lived or died. They were all ordained by God and blessed to be deliverers of His message. God chose the persons of Jesus, Muhammad, Abraham and others, but had God willed He would have chosen a completely different set of people. The messengers of God carry out God's commands because of their utter devotion to God and not because they wish to take the sins of their people. They do not have the authority to do so even if they wished.

In essence, all praise, gratitude and devotion should be to God alone and not to the person of the messenger.

The Quran contains numerous verses that enjoin us to praise and glorify God day and night, but not in one single verse are we invited to glorify the messenger. Nevertheless, it is a sad fact that the majority of Muslims praise and commemorate the name of Muhammad day and night when the name of God is more worthy of constant praise.

Sura 33, verses 40 to 43
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Muhammad was not the father of any of your men, but he was a messenger of God and the seal of the Prophets. God is Knowledgeable of all things.
O you who believe, you shall remember God frequently,
and glorify Him morning and evening.
He is the One who supports you, as well as His angels, to lead you out of the darkness into the light. He is Merciful towards the believers.

The above verses shed great light on the matter at hand:

1- There is a famous saying among the Arabs; when someone is constantly praising another person, people would tell him, "why are you always praising this person? Is he your father or something?"
The very indicative words
"Muhammad was not the father of any of your men" followed by the words "He was a messenger of God and the seal of the Prophets" are definitely along the same line of thought as the above Arab saying.

2- These words are immediately followed by the word:
"you shall remember God frequently". In other words, it is God (and not Muhammad or any messenger) who is worthy of all our remembrance and glorification.
And as further confirmation we read the words which follow:
"glorify Him (God) morning and evening."

3- Further confirmation of the same message is given in the words that it is God and His angels (and not Muhammad) who is the One
"to lead you out of the darkness into the light."