Almighty Allah in the Holy Qur’aan has enjoined the performance of many things by us such as Salaah, Fasting, Hajj etc. and has praised His Prophets and described their good qualities. He created Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) and directed the Angels to do Sajda (prostration) to him. However, he does not say in any of His directions, “I (Allah) am doing it, therefore you should do likewise”. This honor was exclusively conferred upon our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Here, in the above verse, Almighty Allah at the very outset attributed Salawat (recital of blessings) on our Beloved Nabi Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), first to Himself (Sunnat-i-Ilaahi), then to His Angels (Sunnat-i-Malaa’ika), and after this enjoined on the Muslims (Sunnat-i-Mu’mineen) to do the same, by saying, “Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet (the Communicator of Unseen News), O you who believe ! Send upon him blessings and salute him fully well in abundance”. There cannot be a greater honor for the Believers than this, who have been favored with a share in this Divine performance with Almighty Allah and His Angels.
It is stated in the commentary of the Qur’aan, Tafseer-i-Rooh al-Bayaan, “Some Ulema are of the opinion that the meaning of Allah’s blessing is, to raise Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to Maqaam-i-Mahmood (Glorious Station), the place from where he will intercede to Almighty Allah on behalf of his Ummat; the Angels’ blessing means their prayer for enhancing the position of Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and beseeching forgiveness for his followers. Blessings on the path of the believers means to obey, love and eulogize him.” Tafseer-i-Rooh al-Bayaan further states that the honor and reverence shown to Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is of a much greater degree than shown to Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) to whom only Angels were made to bow down (in honor). For in honoring Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Almighty Allah has also attributed it to Himself, whereas in the case of Hadhrat Adam (‘alaihis salaam) Almighty Allah asked only the Angels to show honor.