Abu Bakr on Muhammad: Whoever worships the Prophet, he has died

Ibn Abbas reported: Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, went to the door of the mosque when he heard the news of the passing of the Prophet. Abu Bakr said, “To proceed: Whoever among you worships Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, then Muhammad has died. Whoever worships Allah, then Allah is alive and cannot die. Allah Almighty said: Muhammad is not but a messenger; messengers have passed before him. If he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels?” (3:144)

Ibn Abbas said, “By Allah, it was as if the people had not known that Allah revealed this verse until Abu Bakr recited it.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1185

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

عن ابْن عَبَّاسٍ أَقْبَلَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ رضي الله عنه حَتَّى نَزَلَ عَلَى بَابِ الْمَسْجِدِ حِينَ بَلَغَهُ الْخَبَرُ (وَفَاة الرَّسُولِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) ثُمَّ قَالَ أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَمَنْ كَانَ مِنْكُمْ يَعْبُدُ مُحَمَّدًا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَإِنَّ مُحَمَّدًا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَدْ مَاتَ وَمَنْ كَانَ يَعْبُدُ اللَّهَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ حَيٌّ لَا يَمُوتُ قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى وَما مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ أَفَإِنْ ماتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انْقَلَبْتُمْ عَلى أَعْقابِكُمْ

قَالَ ابْن عَبَّاسٍ وَاللَّهِ لَكَأَنَّ النَّاسَ لَمْ يَكُونُوا يَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ أَنْزَلَهَا حَتَّى تَلَاهَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ

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