Bismillah Ir Rahman ir Rahym.
As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah.
I'm slowly learning Arabic and have found that in the tashhahud, the person in slalat address Muhammad (saws). Translated as "Peace be upon you oh Prophet". This confuses me and brings some concern, since I've been told and have come to the understanding that Allah (swt) is the only One we are to be praying to here. It would make more sense to me if I would adress Allah directly of this matter, saying something in the way of "Allah, please place peace upon Muhammad." (Kind of like what we say in the final blessings upon Muhammad and Ibrahim. Which begin "Allahumma...." and come in the form of a request.)
Do you see what I'm stuck on? What is the wisdom here; why are we instructed to address Muhammad? I've got nothing against Muhammad alayhi salaam, may Allah keep me from any ill sentiment, I just see how exclusive devotion must be for Allah alone. And to address Muhammad in the prayer does not make sense to me. I get a red, no, maybe orange flag. Perhaps I'm missing something, insha'Allah people will explain. I realize that its not like we're supplicating to him, may Allah forbid us all from that. I watched a Bilal Phillips lecture a while back, and remeber him relating that there is an alternative way to say it. Can anyone confirm that with sahih Hadeeth? And is the wording of this 'greeting the prophet' consistent in all the madhabs?