Love Prophet Mohammed as you do his message and faith, the sermon will tell worshippers on Friday.
Muslims will hear how a negotiator from the Quraish tribe witnessed people’s love for the Prophet when he travelled to make peace with him as part of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. The Quraish tribe controlled Makkah and the Kaaba and staunchly opposed the Prophet until they signed the treaty in the year 628 and converted to Islam.
On return to his tribe, Urwah bin Masoud said "I have visited kings. I have visited the Caesar (King of Rome), Chosroes (King of Persia) and Negus (King of Abysinnia) I swear by Allah I have never ever seen a King more honoured by his people, to the degree the companions of Mohammed honour him. If he commands them to something, they hasten to fulfil his command. And when he did ablution, it was almost as if they would fight each other to get his water. And when he speaks they all lower their voice to hear him. They occupy themselves with looking at him out of their awe of him."
That was the extent to which the Prophet’s companions held him in high esteem. They loved and revered him because of the message he represented.
Prophet Mohammed once said “None of you will truly have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all of mankind."
The disciples of Jesus were the same, following and exalting him, the sermon will say.
Allah praises Prophet Mohammed very highly in the Quran, describing him as articulate and pure of heart.
In Islam, the Prophet is seen as the greatest example for all Muslims to emulate in his character. He represents a source of goodness through his generosity and mercy towards the weak. He honoured his relatives, showed piety towards his people.
The sermon will call on Muslims to emulating his “noble character and honourable guidance.”