‘Abdullāh ibn Ash-Shikhīr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I set out with the delegation of Banu ‘Āmir to meet the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). We said (to him): "You are our master." He said: "The Master is Allah, Blessed and Exalted." We said: "How about the best of us in excellence and the greatest of us in authority." He said: "Say what you like, but do not let the devil play you."
عن عبد الله بن الشخير -رضي الله عنه- قال: "انطلقت في وفد بني عامر إلى رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- فقلنا: أنت سيدنا. فقال السيد الله -تبارك وتعالى-. قلنا: وأَفْضَلُنَا فَضْلًا وأَعْظَمُنْا طَوْلًا. فقال: قولوا بقولكم أو بعض قولكم، ولا يَسْتَجْرِيَنَّكُمُ الشيطان".
شرح الحديث :
When the delegation of Banu ‘Āmir went to extremes in praising the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him), he forbade them to do so, out of observing politeness with Allah, the Almighty; and in protection of the position of monotheism. He ordered them to praise him in a manner that steers clear of both extremism and any prohibition. For instance, they can call him: Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah; using the title given to him by Allah, the Almighty. The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) also warned them against being used as agents by the devil in doing acts which he whispers to them.