"And you are truly ˹a man˺ of outstanding character"
[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]
[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]
Excellence towards Allah is to believe in the Prophethood of Mohammed ﷺ
By: Shaikh Zafar Ul Hasan Al Madani
An excellent Akhlaq (character) remains incomplete without fulfilling the rights of Allah completely. The rights of Allah can be summarised as:
- Aqeedah (Belief)
The following verse is known as the Ayatul Emaan.
Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.(Al Baqarah: verse 177)
Which characteristics are included in the list of being excellent towards Allah?
The above verse is considered to be ‘Ayatul Emaan’. It explains Emaan and its connection with good deeds. A correct attitude, devoted creed and obedience remains on the top of the list of being excellent towards Allah. Belief in Allah includes believing in all the Prophets He has sent. Allah choses whomever He wants as His messenger. Besides believing in all the prophets, it is also essential to believe in Prophet Mohammed ﷺ in the correct way. The following clauses are included in this belief:
- Prophet Mohammed ﷺ is the final Messenger of Allah. The line of prophethood ends with him and whoever claims to be a prophet after him, is a liar. It has been predicted in the books of Ahadeeth that there will be people who would claim to be prophets, but they are deceivers and liars. Such people may be the messenger of Shaytan, but definitely not the messengers of Rahman ( Allah).
- Prophet Mohammed ﷺ is a worshipper of Allah, titled as ‘Abdullah’.
- Every Prophet and Messenger who was sent before the last Prophet, was meant for a particular nation or group of people and for a particular period of time. The 14th verse of Surah Yaseen confirms that there was a city where Allah even sent three Messengers: When We sent to them two (messengers) but they denied them, so We strengthened them with a third, and they said, "Indeed, we are messengers to you. The Prophethood of Mohammed ﷺ is not restricted to a particular tribe, race or for a certain time, but he has been sent as a Universal Prophet and his prophethood will remain valid till the day of Judgement. He is the Prophet of black as well as white, Arabs as well non-Arabs. His Prophethood covers even the Jinns and they, too, have to believe in him and any Jinn who rejects his prophethood will be considered as a disbeliever.