In the past three articles, I have discussed how Muslims unwittingly deify Muhammad. Some readers may be tired of this line of discussion, but it is so important, I felt it necessary to expose how the Hadith discuss Muhammad, and therefore how Muslims are to revere him. The Hadith offer an interesting picture that goes beyond the pale of treating Muhammad as a mere man. The following Hadith makes it more clear how early Muslims viewed Muhammad.
In this first Hadith, consider how a Muslim would feel had he possessed a lock of Muhammad’s hair.
Narrated Ibn Sirrn: I said to ‘Ablda, “I have some of the hair of the Prophet which I got from Anas or from his family.” ‘Abida replied. “No doubt if I had a single hair of that it would have been dearer to me than the whole world and whatever is in it.” [i]
Here we see the hair of a dead man’s head was considered more valuable than the entire earth and its contents. If this is not worship, what is?
Many Hadith on seemingly unrelated topics contain information about Muhammad and his importance. A well-known Hadith called the “law laaka” deals with Adam’s first trespass, and his subsequent request for forgiveness. The Hadith claims that when Adam repented of his sin, he did so for the sake of Muhammad, who of course was not even born yet! [ii} In other words, it was because of Muhammad that Allah chose to forgive Adam. For those readers confused by the anachronism of how Adam could have known about Muhammad, see the source cited.
Perhaps one of the boldest claims comes from the words of a Muslim author from the same cited source discussing this particular Hadith. We find that Muhammad is the entire reason for creation itself!
“Indeed the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the reason for the creation of Adam ‘alaihis salam and the universe. If the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was not in existence, then the ‘Arsh and Kursi, Lawh and Qalam, the Skies and the Earth, Heaven and Hell, the trees and stones and all other creatures would not exist.” (emphasis mine)
How can a man be the sole reason causing God to create the universe? Not only is Muhammad deemed the reason for creation itself, but perhaps most astoundingly, even Muhammad himself claimed a unique capability relative to his followers. In another Hadith, Muhammad describes five things given to no other prophet but himself. The 4th one is that “I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).” [iii] There are other Hadith which claim Muhammad as intercessor for Muslims such as this,
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: I shall be pre-eminent amongst the descendants of Adam on the Day of Resurrection and I will be the first intercessor and the first whose intercession will be accepted (by Allah). [iv]
In this Hadith, Muhammad is seen to be above all other humans, and indeed all other prophets, with regard to his status in relation to Allah. Muslims disagree about exactly how much authority this Hadith shows Muhammad to have. However, what is agreed upon is that Muhammad has a special role at the time of judgment, thus elevating him to a unique status in relation to the rest of humanity.
Yes, Christians believe judgment has been granted to Jesus Christ, but since Jesus is God the Son, it is still God and God alone who has the ultimate say.
How ironic that Muslims revile at the idea of Jesus as intercessor, yet Muhammad, who never claimed deity as such, did claim to have special and unique powers of intercession for Muslims.
To recap this series, the shahada requires Muslims submit and believe in “a man”. The Qur’an equates Allah and Muhammad in ways that a man cannot be equated with God. Finally, the Hadith give Muhammad supremacy in ways no man could ever have. What conclusion is ultimately to be drawn? Muslims can continue to claim that they don’t worship Muhammad, and that is what is stated over and over again. Yet their creed, the Qur’an, their actions, and the Hadith tell a very different story.