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Allah(Almighty) has honoured us by sending Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) and has favoured us by making known his message.
He said:
Certainly did Allah confer [great] favour upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book [i.e., the Qur'an] and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. (3:164)

Indeed, the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) has many rights over us which we should observe, uphold and beware of neglecting. Among them are:

1. Belief in him
The first right of the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) is belief in him and in his message, for whoever does not believe in the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) and that he is the last of the prophets and messengers is a disbeliever, even if he should believe in all of the prophets who came before him.

The Qur'an contains many verses commanding belief in the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) and in the message he brought. Therein Allah(Almighty) has said:
So believe in Allah and His Messenger and the light [i.e., Qur'an] which We have sent down. (64:8)
And He said:
The believers are only those who have believed in Allah and His Messenger and then do not doubt. (49:15)

And He stated that disbelief in Allah(Almighty) and His Messenger is a cause of destruction and painful punishment, saying:
That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. (8:13)
And the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) himself said,
"By Him in whose hand is Muhammad's soul, no one from this nation or a Jew or a Christian will hear about me and then die without believing in that with which I was sent but that he will be of the inhabitants of the Hellfire." (Narrated by Muslim)

2. Following him
Following the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) is the real evidence of belief in him. Anyone who claims faith in the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) but then does not obey his order, cease what he prohibited and follow his Sunnah has lied about his faith. For faith is what has settled in the heart and is proven by deeds.
Allah(Almighty) shows that His mercy is for the believers who follow the Prophet's (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) example. He said:
My mercy encompasses all things. So I will decree it [especially] for those who fear Me and give zakah and those who believe in Our verses – Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet... (7:156-157)

In addition, Allah(Almighty) has promised a bad consequence for those who ignore the guidance of His Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) and oppose his instruction:
So let those beware who dissent from his order, lest trial strikes them or a painful punishment. (24:63)

And Allah(Almighty) commanded wholehearted compliance with the Messenger's (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) judgement, saying:
But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission. (4:65)

3. Loving him
Among the rights of the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) upon his nation is complete and perfect love for him.
He said, "None of you [truly] believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his parent and all people." (Al-Bukhari)

So any person who does not love the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) cannot be a believer, even if he should have a Muslim name and live among Muslims.

The greatest degree of love for the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) is to love him more than oneself. `Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with them) once said to him, "O Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him), you are more beloved to me than everything except myself.
" The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) replied, "No, by the one in whose hand is my soul – not until I am more beloved to you than yourself."
Then `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) said, "Now, by Allah, you are more beloved to me than myself." So the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said,
"Now [you have believed], `Umar." (Al-Bukhari)

4. Supporting him
This is among the most clearly confirmed of his rights both in life and after death. During his lifetime his companions fulfilled this duty in the best way. After his death, however, supporting him entails defence of his Sunnah whenever it is exposed to attack by enemies, distortion by the ignorant or criticism by those who seek to annul it. It also includes the defence of his noble person whenever he might be abused, ridiculed or described in an unsuitable manner.

In recent times, there has been an increase in campaigns to dishonour and discredit the Prophet of Islam (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him). The entire Ummah (community of believers) must arise to the defence of its Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) by every means possible to force opponents to end their lies, insults and slander.

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