Who is the Greatest Prophet?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

There are certain sites on the internet which ask us to vote for the greatest Prophet. Since Christians are more in number than Muslims and Jews are lesser in number it seems to be a fruitless exercise as the results are obvious. What should we do?

Answer: class="Paragraph">I think that such voting is against religious spirit. All Prophets of Allah deserve equal respect. The Qur’ān says that Muslims should not differentiate between the Prophets of Allah:

Say [O Muslims]: We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Abraham, Ismael, Isaac, Jacob and to their offspring and that which has been given to Moses and Jesus and that which has been given to the Prophets by their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to Him we have submitted. (2:136)

Various Prophets were blessed with different signs and miracles according to their addressees and according to their circumstances. God gave Noah (sws) an exceptionally long life. He spoke to Moses (sws) and gave him various miracles. He created Jesus (sws) in a miraculous way and gave him the power to bring the dead to life. He blessed Muhammad (sws) with His final testament.

So we should honour and revere each Prophet (sws) and stop comparing them. After all, what is the need for this comparison when all prophets are prophets of Islam. Muslims should do away with the habit of proving that the Prophet Muhammad (sws) is superior to other Prophets. This is an unhealthy attitude.


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