When we praise other people, we become blind supporters of human beings who are not perfect. There’s nothing wrong with thanking people, and we should express our gratitude to others. But praise belongs to God, as perfection is His alone.
Indeed, listening to stories about Muhammad is what brings Islam alive to many.
Consider the bright morning hours, and the night when it grows still and dark. Thy Sustainer has not forsaken thee, nor does He scorn thee: for, indeed, the life to come will be better for thee than this earlier part [of thy life]! And, indeed, in time will thy Sustainer grant thee [what thy heart desires], and thou shalt be well-pleased.
“The supreme task [of a leader] is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.”
If what Muhammad says is good, he prepared himself to accept it. And if it was bad, he felt intelligent enough to reject it. So he decided to listen, to hear.