Qur’an in view of Qur’an
Welcome to the program. One of the important topics that have been noted in the Qur’an is the issue of the lofty traits of the Prophet of Islam.
Although the status of prophethood is designated for a selected number of the servants of God; it doesn’t mean that all prophets are at the same rank in terms of traits. Part of ayah 253 of surah Baqara says in this regard, “These are the apostles, some of whom We gave an advantage over others.”
A survey of the ayahs of the holy Qur’an shows that although the five Resolute among the Apostles (i.e. Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad (SAWA)) had common characteristics like receiving the divine revelation, infallibility, miracle and so on; Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) enjoyed some merits which were unique to him. One of the merits of the Prophet of Islam is that God has addressed other Prophets directly with their names. For instance He says, O Noah, O Moses, O David etc. But He never addresses the Prophet of Islam with his name. Rather God uses O Prophet and O Apostle out of high respect! It is noteworthy that the name of Mohammad has been mentioned four times and the name of Ahmad has been mentioned once in the holy Qur’an but all of these five cases are in the form of the third pronoun.
Another merit of the Prophet of Islam is that his mission is universal and for all eras till the end of the world. Ayah 28 of surah Saba notes, “We did not send you except as a bearer of good news and warner to all mankind, but most people do not know.”
Another merit of the Prophet of Islam in comparison with other prophets is that they got epithets according to the specific status they attained with God. These included the epithets such as Abraham Khalilullah (close friend of God), Moses Kalimullah (the one whom God spoke with) and Jesus Ruhollah (the spirit of God). But the Prophet of Islam on the night of Ascension to the ethereal heavens went to the divine proximity to the extent that the holy Qur’an says, “Then he drew nearer and nearer until he was within two bows’ length or even nearer.”
Furthermore, God orders the followers of other religions to love their prophets and obey them. But in ayah 31 of surah Ale Imran God tells the Prophet of Islam to tell the believers, “Say, ‘If you love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you.”
Another merit of the Prophet of Islam is that the love of his progeny has been commanded by God Himself and God has not issued such a command about any of the other prophets. In ayah 23 of surah Shura we read, “Say, ‘I do not ask you any reward for it except love of my relatives.”
Moreover, the only heavenly scripture that has been guaranteed against distortion is the holy Qur’an. Ayah 9 of surah Hijr notes, “Indeed We have sent down the Reminder and We will preserve it.”
All of the miracles of the previous prophets were limited to time or place but the holy Qur’an, as the greatest and everlasting miracle of the Prophet of Islam, remains unchallenged after the lapse of over 14 centuries; and no scientist or academic center has been able to question and challenge the unique miracle of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Ayah 88 of surah Isra says, “Say, ‘Should all humans and jinn rally to bring the like of this Qur’an, they will not bring the like of it, even if they assisted one another.”
The Almighty God reveres and praises the prophets with numerous lofty epithets but the Prophet of Islam has a bright position in this regard, too. God states in ayah 56 of surah Ahzab, “Indeed Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who have faith! Invoke blessings on him and give yourselves up in utter self-surrender.”