We Don’t Worship Personalities: The Other Tawheed—Singling Out the Prophet ﷺ as The Only One who is Followed
by The Albaani Blog
The Imaam said, “Every Muslim must be sincerely devoted in following his Prophet ﷺ just as he is sincerely devoted in worshipping his Lord, for that reason on an occasion such as this I say—and this is terminology which goes without saying, especially when what is intended by using it is to remind the people about what they are heedless of, so I say—there are two tawheeds … terminology, just now you heard that the tawheed of Allaah is split into three categories, ruboobiyyah, al-’uboodiyyah and tawheed as-sifaat.
Now I say: there are two tawheeds, one of them is to do with Allaah [i.e., the three categories just mentioned above] and the other is to do with Allaah’s Messenger, you know the detailed elaboration of the tawheed of Allaah عزوجل—as for the tawheed of the Prophet, [then it is] singling him out to be followed such that no one but him is followed, you don’t take anyone else along with the Messenger as someone who is followed, so there is no Prophet after the Prophet of Allaah ﷺ, emphasising this meaning he ﷺ said in a long hadith [and] the part from it which demonstrates [the point I’m making] is his saying, ‘If Moses were alive, he would have no choice but to follow me,’ Moses is the one Allaah spoke to directly, if he were alive he would not add anything to what the Prophet ﷺ did—so what is wrong with us Muslims today who don’t care about singling the Prophet out as the only one who is followed?
We now follow our desires, our customs, our fathers and fore-fathers and so on …”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 744.
Read these articles here about Al-Albaani’s criticism of those who go to extremes and his warning against worshipping personalities.