Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad! (Peace be upon him)
Popularity today is measured by the number of hits a personality gets.
YouTube clips by the number of views, Facebook/Twitter by the number of followers, articles/websites by the number of hits and visits.
Anyone will acknowledge that to get a billion hits in a day is phenomenal. To get it everyday for a year is extraordinary.
But for the same personality to get this consistently for years is nothing short of miraculous.
If we take this as a measure of popularity, then Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam beats any human into second place by a breathtaking margin.
Mere mathematics pales in front of the awesome number of times Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam is praised daily.
As a sample, it is estimated that 5% of Muslims pray the five daily prayers. This is a total of around 300 million people who praise him a minimum of 19 times a day in these prayers alone. That’s 5,7 billion ‘hits’ a day.
And that’s not even taking into the equation the thousands who send blessings on him at his grave, the tens of thousands of students at Islamic colleges worldwide who praise him while reading the books documenting his life, the hundreds of Sufis who recite blessings on him in the hundreds daily, the ordinary Muslim who daily sends salutations on him, the callers to prayer who sing his praises in the Athaan and thousands of mosques innumerable times daily.
To top it all, this has been a daily practice since the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam more than 1400 years ago. Statistics crumble before such mind-boggling numbers. Let the haters smoulder in their pathetic state.
None can deny the prophecy of Allah: And We raised high your name (O Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). [Quran 94:3]
And the towering stats speak for themselves: no human is more popular, more loved, more adored that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.