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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 to get a billion hits is extraordinary. To get it everyday for a whole year is phenomenal. But for the same personality to get this consistently for years, decades and centuries 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 breath-taking margin. Mere maths pales in front of the awesome number of times he is praised daily.
As a small 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 this has been a continuous practice for 1400 years. That’s not even taking into account the tens of thousands who send blessings on him at his grave, the 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 Athan at thousands of mosques innumerable times daily.
Statistics crumble before such mindboggling numbers that have been increasing for 1400 years.
And We raised high your name (O Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). [Quran 94:3] 
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