Belief: Respect for the Prophet عليه السلام in other words to honour and revere him is part of Imaan and the foundation of Imaan. After declaring faith, to respect the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is the greatest obligation of all obligations. The importance of this can be gathered from the following Hadith Shareef. On his return from The Battle of Khaibar, the Holy Prophet عليه السلام prayed his Asr Salaah and laid his blessed head to rest on the lap of Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه at a place called Sahba. Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه
had not yet prayed his Asr Salaah. He watched as the sun went down to set and the time of Asr was about to expire but he did not move his lap, as he did not wish to disturb the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. He did not move his lap until such time that the sun had already set. When Huzoor صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم opened his blessed eyes, Hazrat Ali . explained the situation regarding his Namaaz. The Prophet عليه السلام commanded the sun to rise again and the sun which had already set, rose from the west. Hazrat Ali prayed his Asr Salaah and the sun set once again. This demonstrates that Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه sacrificed Salaah, which is Afdal ul Ibadaat (greatest form of worship) and that to his Asr Salaah which is the core Salaah (known as the protector of the Salaahs), in respect for the Prophet’s rest, for he knew that we have been blessed with Ibaadat through the blessing of the beloved Prophet. Another Hadith supporting the first is as follows: In the Cave of Thaur, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique رضي الله عنه entered first. He tore up his clothes, using it to cover the holes in the cave. One hole was still uncovered, so he covered it with his toe. He then requested the Prophet عليه السلام to enter. The Prophet عليه السلام entered the cave and placed his blessed head to rest on the lap of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique . In the hole, there lived a snake which yearned to see the Holy Prophet. It rubbed its head against the feet of Hazrat Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه but he did not move his foot, thinking that it would disturb the rest of the Prophet عليه السلام. Finally the snake bit him on his foot. When Hazrat Abu Bakr’s tears fell onto the blessed face of the Prophet عليه السلام, the beloved Prophet عليه السلام opened his blessed eyes and Hazrat Abu Bakr explained what had happened. The Prophet عليه السلام applied his blessed saliva to the snake bite and this gave him immediate relief. Every year, the potency of the poison caused a relapse. After 12 years, he received martyrdom due to this.
Belief: To respect and revere the Prophet presently, is the principal obligation, just as it was when he was physically on this earth before the eyes of the people. When hearing the blessed name of the Prophet عليه السلام, we should listen with complete sincerity, devotion and honour. It is waajib (compulsory) upon us to recite the Durood Shareef on hearing his blessed name:
اللهم صل علي سيدنا ومولانا محمد معدن الجود والكرم و علي اله الكرام وصحبه العظام و بارك وسلم
The true sign of love for the Prophet عليه السلام is to make his Zikr (i.e. To remember him) in abundance and to recite Durood Shareef upon him in abundance. When writing his blessed name, always write : ‘Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam’. Some people write abbreviations such as s.a.w etc. instead of writing the complete Durood. It is impermissible and Haraam to do this. It is also a sign of love and faith to love the Noble Family of the Prophet عليه السلام, His Companions, The Muhajireen, The Ansaar and all those who are associated to them. It is also a sign of love, to have enmity for the enemies of the Prophet عليه السلام even though he may be your father, son, brother or member of your tribe. One who does not do so, is untrue in his claim. Are you not aware of the fact that the Sahaba-e-Kiraam left their elders, relatives, parents, brothers and even their motherland in the love of the Prophet عليه السلام. How is it possible for one to love Allah and His Rasool and at the same time have affection for his enemies, whereas two opposing things can never be combined? You have to choose one of the two. You may either choose to attain Jannat or go towards Jahanum. It is also the sign of true love, that the words which you use in the Court of the Prophet عليه السلام should be adorned with respect and dignity. You should never use such a word that has even the slightest indication of disrespect in it. When addressing Huzoor عليه السلام never use his name, as it is not permissible to do so. Always say, Ya Nabi’Allah, Ya Rasool’Allah or Ya Habeeb’Allah. If ever, you have the opportunity of presenting yourself in Madinah Tayyibah, stand four arm lengths away from the Rauda Shareef, with both hands respectfully folded like in Salaat. Lowering your head, send Salutations upon the Prophet عليه السلام with total respect and reverence. Do not go too close and do not look around, and beware to never ever raise your voice there, for it may cause you to lose all the good which you have earned in your entire life. It is also a sign of love, to learn from the people of knowledge, asking them about the blessed sayings, practices and all other things related to the Prophet عليه السلام, so that you may be able to practice in accordance with them.
Belief: Any person who views any saying, action, practice or condition of the Prophet عليه السلام with the slightest contempt, is regarded an unbeliever.