The Obligation of Obeying the Messenger of Allah
Our noble brother Abū Muḥammad al-Maghribī delivers an extremely important lecture detailing the importance of obeying the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) in order to attain success in both worlds. This lecture is a translation of a lecture delivered by al- ͑Allāmah Shaykh Ṣaliḥ al-Fawzān (ḥafiẓahullāh).
O Mankind! Indeed Allāh has sent the Messenger Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) as a bearer of glad tidings to those who obey him in his message of a great reward, and as a warner to those who oppose his message and go against what he has been sent with by way of the message of a severe punishment. Allāh sent His messenger with a manhaj (methodology) which is straight and bears no crookedness; he was sent during a period in which there was neither a messenger nor any guidance present, but rather it was a time where idolatory, injustice and promiscuity was prevalent, where the women had no rights, and the daughters were buried alive. He sent Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) with a straight and clear guidance to draw the people to his teachings so that they may perchance attain peace and security in this life and the hereafter and be saved from the wrath and eternal punishment of Allāh (subḥānahu wa ta ͑ʿalá); to be guided to the straightest of all paths, and the clearest of all ways.
Allāh has made obligatory upon His servants obedience to the Messenger, necessitating respect, honour and love for him, and to also fulfil the rights that the Prophet has over them, and in this we see that Allāh has closed all of the pathways of Jannah, except that path which the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) called to.
Indeed Allāh has cleansed the breast of the Prophet, and made exalted his mention, honouring him; and He has prescribed humiliation for those who go against, and oppose the commands of the Messenger, and He, the Most High has maintained ͑izza, a great honour for those who obey all that he has commanded. Indeed obedience to the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) is obedience to Allāh, and when we obey the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) in all that he has commanded and all that he is prohibited we are obeying Allāh.