The Holy Prophet’s name is Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), which literally means, “worthy of praise”. Muhammad(sa) was the final law-bearing prophet. This means that Muhammad(sa) had been selected by God as a fit and appropriate channel for conveying the Divine law and guidance to mankind. Muhammad(sa) was a human being-no more, no less- and therefore, he could serve as an example for mankind. He possessed and claimed no supernatural powers. He was subject to the same conditions and limitations as the rest of us.
Another name for the Prophet as listed in the Qur’an is “Ahmad” which means “most praiseworthy” (Qur’an 61:7) and is synonymous with Muhammad.
He suffered more than most and achieved outstanding success in his lifetime. He was a man of peace. Like other men, he was a son, a husband, and a father. God appointed him a teacher and a guide. The Prophet was fair of feature and form. He was a model of health, strength, and manliness, gentle of heart, sensitive, full of sympathy, tender toward suffering of every description. He had been early commanded to “lower the wing of tenderness” toward those with him (26:216). This became his second nature. His habits and ways were simple; he was modest and humble. In his personal life he was austere, yet appreciative of the “bounties of his Lord” (16:122).
The Prophet had been sent as a manifestation of God’s mercy to mankind (21:108). In short, the entire life of the Prophet-every thought, every motion, every action, his very being-was devoted to God in the effort to seek closer communion with Him.
In obedience to God’s command, all through the centuries Muslims have constantly prayed for, and invoked Allah’s blessings upon the Prophet (pbuh) every moment of the night and day, millions of hearts supplicate the Almighty for His blessings on His Prophet (pbuh). One who devoted his life so utterly to the service of God and His creatures as did the Prophet is deserving of the deepest gratitude on the part of the whole of mankind. By constantly invoking the blessings of God upon him, those who do so seek to repay a fraction of the debt that humanity owes him. (The Excellent Exemplar-Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, Chapter 6 by Muhammad Zafrullah Khan)