It is incomprehensible for the ordinary mind to imagine what status Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was given by Allah. We acknowledge our Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم), but we fail to perceive the loftiness of the position Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) holds. Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) holds the greatest position after Allah.
We speak about Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم)’s superiority to add to our love and appreciation for him (صلى الله عليه و سلم). It immerses us in the love of Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم). It reminds us of the greatness of the blessing Allah has given us. It urges us to show gratitude to Allah for this blessing through our hearts, tongues and deeds.
Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was sent to us as a Mercy. At-Tirmidhi reported according to his own chain of transmitters that Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “Allah sent down on me two (means of) safety for my Ummah: ‘But Allah was not going to them a penalty whilst thou wast amongst them, nor was He going to send it whilst they could ask for pardon (i.e. Istighfar)’ [Surah Anfal: 33] … So when I pass away, I leave behind me istighfar until the Day Of Qiyamah.” [Ibn Kathir, Tafsir, Vol 1, p305].
Umar (رضى الله عنه) said, “A person’s Dua is suspended between the heavens and the earth for as long as he does not recite Salawaat upon Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم).”
When Adam (عليه السلام) descended to the world, he wept for 40 years in repentance. After 40 years, he took the name of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and said: “Oh Allah, I ask You through the sadaqah and blessings of the name of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to forgive me and overlook my error.” Upon this, Allah granted him forgiveness immediately. Then Allah asked, “Oh Adam, who is Muhammad? How do you know Muhammad when I have not created him yet?” Adam (عليه السلام) replied: “Oh Allah, when I made sajdah to You in Jannah, I saw the kalimah written on Your Arsh and I thought to myself that there cannot be anybody greater than the person whose name is attached to Your name. Therefore I knew that he is closest to You.” [Narrated by Tabrani in Mu’jamus Sagh’ir]
Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq [DB] explains of the kalimah; the last word of the first part of the kalimah is Allah, and the first word of the second part of the kalimah is Muhammad. In this way, Allah has attached His beloved Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to His name.
Allah says in a Hadith-e-Qudsi, as tafseer of the Ayat ‘We have raised you (Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم) to a most noble and honorable position’ [Surah 94, Verse 4], “Whenever I (Allah) will be remembered, you (Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) will be remembered with Me.” [Durrul Manthur]
Muslim reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah (رضى الله عنه) that Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “I am the master of the sons of Adam on the Day Of Qiyamah, the first one whose grave will be split, the first one who will be granted intercession and the first one whose intercession will be accepted.”
[Referenced from How To Love The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) by Nabil Al-Mua’dh & The Importance And Significance Of Durood Shareef by Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hameed Is’haq DB]
Don’t forget to recite as much Durood as you can!
Love and Duas,