Is it obligatory for the Muslims to imitate and follow each and every action of the Holy Prophet (sws)?
The person of the Holy Prophet (sws) has two aspects. He was a member of a specific society and culture in a given period of history as well as a religious guide. As an individual he followed the cultural traditions of his society and time. In this respect we are not bound to follow the culture of the Prophet and follow him in things which he did or said as member of a particular society and culture. In religious realm, he performed his religious duties as a true servant of God and each of his action is a best exemplar for us. As for his being the divine messenger, we are bound to follow everything that he taught us.
(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)