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Status of the Prophets

The following snippet was originally written in Dutch and translated into English to benefit English speakers.



The Prophets are elevated above all other creation.

None from Allah’s creation can be attributed an equal rank to Allah’s Prophets or Messengers or have a higher position than them. Allah has elevated His Prophets and Messengers above the rest of His creation.

The Quran says:

وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ ۚ كُلًّا هَدَيْنَا ۚ وَنُوحًا هَدَيْنَا مِنْ قَبْلُ ۖ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِهِ دَاوُودَ وَسُلَيْمَانَ وَأَيُّوبَ وَيُوسُفَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَهَارُونَ ۚ وَكَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ
And We gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – all [of them] We guided. And Noah, We guided before; and among his descendants, David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward the doers of good.(84)
 
وَزَكَرِيَّا وَيَحْيَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ وَإِلْيَاسَ ۖ كُلٌّ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
And Zechariah and John and Jesus and Elias – and all were of the righteous.(85)
 
وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَالْيَسَعَ وَيُونُسَ وَلُوطًا ۚ وَكُلًّا فَضَّلْنَا عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ
And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot – and all [of them] We preferred over the worlds.(86)
 
[Surat al-An’am, 6:84-86]
 
Become a prophet? This is not possible!
 
Nobody can become a Prophet through worship, perseverance or effort. Prophethood can only be achieved by Allah’s Will. So extra effort to become a Prophet is to no avail. Allah only grants Prophethood to those who are capable of the task.
 
The Quran says:
 
وَإِذَا جَاءَتْهُمْ آيَةٌ قَالُوا لَنْ نُؤْمِنَ حَتَّىٰ نُؤْتَىٰ مِثْلَ مَا أُوتِيَ رُسُلُ اللَّهِ ۘ اللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ حَيْثُ يَجْعَلُ رِسَالَتَهُ ۗ سَيُصِيبُ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُوا صَغَارٌ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَعَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَمْكُرُونَ
And when a sign comes to them, they say, “Never will we believe until we are given like that which was given to the messengers of Allah.” Allah is most knowing of where He places His message. There will afflict those who committed crimes debasement before Allah and severe punishment for what they used to conspire.(124)
 
[Surat al-An’am, 6:124]
 
People whom Allah has favoured with Prophethood are the most suited and worthy to hold the position. Allah has perfected there intellectual capacity. None has access to even a small part of it. Every Prophet is pure of imperfections and defects pertaining to their heritage and body, word and deed, habits and characteristics. It is a corrupt conviction to believe that one can become a Prophet or that Prophethood can be taken away.