The Status of Our Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

Date: 6th February 2015; 16th Rabī’ al-Thānī 1436

Personal Note: In this Khutbah, the Imam has discussed a lot of Hadiths based on the beliefs of the Sufis. In full respect of the Imam, I am keeping the original khutbah unchanged. I have attempted in trying to identify the fabricated Hadiths among the Sahih ones although scholars have various perspective regarding the fabricated Hadiths. In the end, it is Allah who knows best.

This world was created for us humans to worship our Lord, Allah. It is only for the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), this world was created. Hadith says:

Ibn ‘Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) said: “Allah revealed to Isa (Alayhi As-Salām): ‘O ‘Isa, believe in Muhammad, and tell whoever you meet of your ummah (followers) to believe in him. For were it not for Muhammad, I would not have created Adam, and were it not for Muhammad, I would not have created Paradise and Hell. I created the Throne over the water and it would not settle until I wrote on it, La ilaha ill-Allah Muhammad Rasool Allah (There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah).”

References: Al-Hakim said: its isnad (chain of narration) is Sahih! But al-Thahabi commented on this and said: I believe it is fabricated and falsely attributed.  

Islam is a complete religion and this is a religion which was made perfect for the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). On the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s last Hajj, Allah revealed this ayah:

This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Surah Al-Maidah, Ayah 3 (5:3) Translation: Sahih International

One Hadith mentions:

Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “My position in relation to the prophets who came before me can be explained by the following example: A man erected a building and adorned this edifice with great beauty, but he left an empty niche, in the corner where just one brick was missing. People looked around the building and marveled at its beauty, but wondered why a brick was missing from that niche? I am like unto that one missing brick and I am the last in the line of the Prophets.”

References: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Jami at-Tirmidhi and Musnad of Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullah Allaih).

Islam was made perfect for us so that we can have a full guidance onto the Deen of Allah and the man to whom Allah sent his final wordings was none other than the best person of mankind, Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). His character, attributes are indeed incomparable to any of us whether the living or the dead.

Allah has raised the status of His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in various ways because of the love and dedication he displayed in spreading the Deen to his people. For that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will be the first ever person to enter Jannah.

Anas (Radi Allahu Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I will come to the gates of paradise and ask for it to be opened. The gatekeeper will ask, “Who are you?” I will say, “Muhammad”. The gatekeeper will say, “I was ordered not to open the gate for anyone else before you.”

Reference: Sahih Muslim

From Adam (Alayhi As-Salām) to Isa (Alayhi As-Salām) no prophets of Allah can enter Jannah before the the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

The Ummahs of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) are also given a lot of privileges. The Muslim Ummah is going to enter Jannah before any other Ummahs of the other prophets. Hadith says:

Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “We are the last, but we will be the first on the Day of Resurrection. We will be the first of mankind to enter Paradise”.

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan An-Nasai

We also will receive the right to testify the deeds of Prophet Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) and the other prophets. One Hadith states:

Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri (Radi Allahu Anhu): Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: On the Day of Resurrection, Prophet Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) will be called. He will say: I do respond and am at Your pleasure, 0 Lord! Allah will ask: Did you convey Our Message of Monotheism to your people? Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) will say: Yes. Then his nation will be asked: Did he convey the Divine Message to you? They will say: No warner came to us. Allah will say to Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām): Who will bear witness in your favour? He will say: Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his followers. So they will all testify that he had conveyed the (Divine) Message (to his people). And the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will also be a witness to you according to the Statement of Allah (Subḥānahu Wa Ta’Ala): “Thus We have made you [true believers], a just (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger will be witness upon you”. (2:143)

References: Sahih al-Bukhari, Jami at-Tirmidhi and Sunan Ibn Majah

The Ummah of Prophet Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) disgraced him like anything. They mocked him and charged him as a liar and even on the Day of Judgement they will deny of his Prophethood. Allah mentioned in the Quran:

And We had certainly sent Noah to his people, [saying], ” Indeed, I am to you a clear warner

That you not worship except Allah . Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.”

So the eminent among those who disbelieved from his people said, ” We do not see you but as a man like ourselves, and we do not see you followed except by those who are the lowest of us [and] at first suggestion. And we do not see in you over us any merit; rather, we think you are liars.”

Surah Hud, Ayahs 25-27 (11:25-27) Translation: Sahih International

We are the one who will intercede for Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) and this goes to show how Allah has honored us as the followers of  Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). In another Hadith it is mentioned that some people of the Muslims will be forgiven even when their sins have accumulated together to be as high as a mountain.

Abu Musa (Radi Allahu Anhu) from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), who said: “On the Day of Resurrection, some of the Muslims will come with sins like mountains, but Allaah will forgive them and will put them (the sins) onto the Jews and Christians.”

Reference: Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2767.

Allah has indeed favored us more than many human nations. Adam (Alayhi As-Salām) had to leave Jannah only because of committing one sin. He was sent down to Sri Lanka, thousands of miles away from his wife. He sought forgiveness from Allah (Subḥānahu Wa Ta’Ala) for around 350 years and only then he was forgiven. For the Muslim Ummah, we can be forgiven immediately, just by repenting. Hadith says:

Narrated by Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (Radi Allahu Anhu) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) say: “There is no one who commits a sin then purifies himself well and stands and prays two rak’ahs, then asks Allaah for forgiveness, but Allaah will forgive him. Then he recited this verse: ‘And those who, when they have committed Faahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allaah and ask forgiveness for their sins; — and none can forgive sins but Allaah — and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know’ ( Surah al-Imran 3:135).”

Reference: Sunan Abu Dawood. Classed as Sahih by Imam al-Albaani (Rahmatullah Allaih) in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

Musa (Alayhi As-Salām) cried upon meeting the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) as the number of his Ummah won’t be as high as Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s Ummah. A portion of the Hadith based on the Night’s Journey of the Prophet says:

Narrated by Abbas bin Malik (Radi Allahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said regarding his Night’s Journey: “…Then I went (over the sixth heaven), there I saw Musa. Jibril said (to me),’ This is Musa; pay him your greeting. So I greeted him and he returned the greetings to me and said, ‘You are welcomed, O pious brother and pious Prophet.’ When I left him (i.e. Moses) he wept. Someone asked him, ‘What makes you weep?’ Musa said, ‘I weep because after me there has been sent (as Prophet) a young man whose followers will enter Paradise in greater numbers than my followers.’…”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 227.

More portion of the people of Paradise will be from the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). The number of inhabitants of Paradise from this ummah will be two thirds of the total number. More people will enter Paradise from the Ummah of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) than from all the previous nations combined.

This good news comes from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in the Hadith in which he said to his Companions one day, “Would you be pleased if you were a quarter of the people of Paradise?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “Would you be pleased if you were a third of the people of Paradise?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “Would you be pleased if you were a half of the people of Paradise?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, I hope that you will be half of the people of Paradise. No one will enter Paradise except a Muslim, and among the people of shirk you are like a white hair on the hide of a black bull, or a black hair on the hide of a red bull.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith 6047

On the Day of Judgement when people will be crying to their Lord uttering “Yeah Nafsi! Yeah Nafsi” the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will be the only prophet to save us. Hadith says:

Narrated Anas (Radi Allahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection the Believers will assemble and say, ‘Let us ask somebody to intercede for us with our Lord.’ So they will go to Adam and say, ‘You are the father of all the people, and Allah created you with His Own Hands, and ordered the angels to prostrate to you, and taught you the names of all things; so please intercede for us with your Lord, so that He may relieve us from this place of ours.’ Adam will say, ‘I am not fit for this (i.e. intercession for you).’ Then Adam will remember his sin and feel ashamed thereof. He will say, ‘Go to Nuh, for he was the first Apostle, Allah sent to the inhabitants of the earth.’ They will go to him and Nuh will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking.’ He will remember his appeal to his Lord to do what he had no knowledge of, then he will feel ashamed thereof and will say, ‘Go to the Khalil–r-Rahman (i.e. Ibrahim).’ They will go to him and he will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking. Go to Musa, the slave to whom Allah spoke (directly) and gave him the Torah .’ So they will go to him and he will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking.’ and he will mention (his) killing a person who was not a killer, and so he will feel ashamed thereof before his Lord, and he will say, ‘Go to Isa, Allah’s Slave, His Apostle and Allah’s Word and a Spirit coming from Him. Isa will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking, go to Muhammad the Slave of Allah whose past and future sins were forgiven by Allah.’ So they will come to me and I will proceed till I will ask my Lord’s Permission and I will be given permission. When I see my Lord, I will fall down in Prostration and He will let me remain in that state as long as He wishes and then I will be addressed.’ (Muhammad!) Raise your head. Ask, and your request will be granted; say, and your saying will be listened to; intercede, and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will raise my head and praise Allah with a saying (i.e. invocation) He will teach me, and then I will intercede. He will fix a limit for me (to intercede for) whom I will admit into Paradise. Then I will come back again to Allah, and when I see my Lord, the same thing will happen to me. And then I will intercede and Allah will fix a limit for me to intercede whom I will let into Paradise, then I will come back for the third time; and then I will come back for the fourth time, and will say, ‘None remains in Hell but those whom the Quran has imprisoned (in Hell) and who have been destined to an eternal stay in Hell.’ ” (The compiler) Abu ‘Abdullah said: ‘But those whom the Qur’an has imprisoned in Hell,’ refers to the Statement of Allah: “They will dwell therein forever.” (16.29)

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume: 6, Book: 60, Hadith 3.

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will save us from the tremor of the Day of Judgment. He will stand in front of his followers when Allah weighs the deeds so that most of us can enter Jannah. He will be the one to give us the water of Kausar. Hadith says:

It is related by Sahl bin Sa’ad (Radi Allahu Anhu) that the Apostle of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “I am your head-steward at the Pond of Kausar [i.e., I will go there before you and arrange for the slaking of your thirst]. Whoever will come to me will drink the water of Kausar and whoever will drink the water of Kausar will never feel thirsty, and there will be some people who will neither recognise me nor will I recognise them: they will come towards me but a barrier will be set up between us. I will, thereupon, say, ‘But these people are mine.’ The reply I will receive will be, ‘Do you know what innovations they introduced [and what difficulties they created]?’ I will, then say, ‘Let destruction and separation be the lot of those who brought about dissension in Faith after me and tampered with it’.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

Being a part of this Muslim Ummah all of us need to work hard on the Deen and all of us need to live by the Quran and Sunnah. Only then can we claim ourselves as rightful followers of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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