2. The Pillars of Muhammadar-Rasoolullah
are two and they are included in our saying, 'Abduhu wa-Rasooluh' (i.e., he is Allah's slave and Messenger). They negate any exaggeration and inadequacy in his respect. So, he is Allah's slave and Messenger, and he is the most perfect creation in these two noble attributes.
The meaning of 'slave' here is the worshiper who is owned (by Allah) meaning he is a man created from what all the other humans are created from. What occurs with other humans also occurs with him, as Allah says, 'Say (O Muhammad): 'I am only a man like you.' [Soorah al-Kahf (18): 110] 'Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?' [(39): 36]
“All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has sent down to His slave...” [Soorah al-Kahf (18): 1]
“Glorified be He (Allah), Who took His slave for a journey by night from al-Masjid-al-Haram...” [Soorah al-Israa (17):1]
The meaning of, 'His Messenger' is that he is sent to all people with the call to Allah, giving them glad tidings (of Paradise) and warning them (against Hell-fire).
The testification contains the following two qualities for him. Negation of any exaggeration and inadequacy in his respect because many of those who claim to be from his Ummah have exaggerated in respecting him until they raised him above the status of a worshiper of Allah to the status of being worshiped besides Allah. They sought help from him and invoked him for that which no one but Allah has the Power to provide such as fulfilling needs and relieving troubles. Whilst others neglected his message or were negligent in obeying him and relied upon opinions and sayings that were contradictory to what he came with.