God prohibited believers to make a distinction between any of his messengers. 2:136, 2:285, 3:84, & 4:150-152
Raising status of one Messenger over the other is wrong.
Raising status of a Messenger to God is Shirk.
Lowering the status of God to any messenger is Shirk.
Loving Messenger does not mean blindly following man made hadiths which were attributed to the Messenger after his death and have no authority from God and his Messenger.
Love of the Messenger does not mean
Adding name of Messenger in Shahadah.
Imitating habits of Messenger.
Hoping for the intercession from Messenger on the Day of Judgment.
Sending Darods and Salawats on Messenger day & night.
We gain the love of God by following the Message sent to the Messenger.
Say: “If you do love God, Follow me: God will love you and forgive you your sins: For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Aal-Imran, 3:31)
So we must follow what the Messenger followed himself.
MESSENGER FOLLOWED THE QURAN
I merely follow (ATTABI’U) what is inspired to me. 6:50
I only follow (ATTABI’U) what is inspired to me from my Lord. 7:203
I merely follow (ATTABI’U) what is inspired to me. 10:15
I only follow (ATTABI’U) what is inspired to me. 46:9
Thus, when We read it, you shall follow (ITTABI) the Quran. 75:18
THE QURAN WAS INSPIRED TO THE MESSENGER
He has inspired to me this Qur’an 6:19
We have inspired to you in this Qur’an 12:3
He (Muhammad) does not speak from his own desire. It is (Quran) nothing less than a inspiration that is inspired to him. 53:3-4
MESSENGER’S DUTY IS TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE
3:20, 5:67, 5:92, 5:99, 13:40, 14:52, 24:54, 16:35, 16:82, 29:18, 36:17, 42:48, 64:12.
Would God sent any Prophet/Messenger to tell his people to:
Look like him,
Dress like him,
Think like him,
Eat like him,
Sleep like him,
Drink like him,
Urinate like him
Make love like him,
Stand like him,
Walk like him,
Brush our teeth like him,
Take off our shoes like him,
Cut off our nails like him etc
Or to Follow the Message of God ???
3:79 It is not for any human being that God would give him the Book and the authority and the prophethood, then he would say to the people: “Be servants to me rather than God!” Rather: “Be Devotees for what you have been taught of the Book, and of what you have studied.”
Obey God and Obey the Messenger does not mean to IMITATE the habits of messenger.
OBEY GOD AND OBEY THE MESSENGER means to obey the message sent to the Messenger.
There is a strong difference between following AND imitating someone.