The Exalted Status of the Prophet (s.a.w.) among the Messengers

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Qadhi ‘Iyadh (r.a.) wrote, in his ash-Shifa’, “ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘Some of the companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.) sat down to wait for him.  He came out and stood near them and heard what they were saying to one another.

One of them said, ‘How extraordinary!  Allah Took Abraham from among His Creation as His intimate friend!’

Another said, ‘Even more extraordinary was when Allah Spoke Directly to Moses!’

Another said, ‘Jesus is the word of Allah and His spirit!’

Another said, ‘Allah Chose Adam!’

Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) came and greeted them and said, ‘I have heard what you were saying and noticed your amazement at the fact that Allah Chose Abraham as a close friend, and it is the case; that Moses is the intimate of Allah, and it is the case; that Jesus is the spirit of Allah, and it is the case; and that Adam was Chosen, and it is the case.

I am the Beloved of Allah, and it is no boast.  I will bear the Banner of Praise on the Day of Rising, and it is no boast.  I will be the first to intercede and the first whose Intercession is Accepted, and it is no boast.  I am the first who will knock at the gate of the Garden and Allah will Open it for me and Allow me to enter it along with the poor among the believers, and it is no boast.  I am the most Honoured of the first and the last, and it is no boast.’’”


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