My belief regarding Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is that he is not merely a human being, in fact, he is the best and the leader of the human species. He is not merely an offspring of Hadhrat Adam (alaihi salaam), he is, in fact, the best of all the children of Hadhrat Adam (alaihi salaam) – sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam – Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) himself said:
“I will be the leader of the children of Adam on the day of Qiyaamah.”
The fact that he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is the best of man and humankind is not only a matter of honour and pride for himself, in fact, his being from amongst the human nation is a matter of envy for the angels.
Just like Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) belongs to the human species in so far as his creation is concerned, so too is he in the beacon of guidance for the entire human race in so far as his quality of guidance is concerned. This is the “Noor” by which humankind will find their path to Allaah Ta`ala. This light will remain until the day of Qiyaamah. Hence, my belief is that Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is a combination of both human and Noor. In my opinion it is incorrect for anyone to separate and negate any one of these two attributes from him (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam). To negate the attribute of humanness from Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) will be to, Nauthubillah, remove him from the circle of humanity. Whereas, there are numerous places in the Qur`aan Majeed where the Prophets are mentioned as being from amongst mankind. The Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat is unanimous on this fact that all the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) were sent from only mankind. The definition of a prophet is as stated in the famous Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat Aqaa`id Kitaab, “Shar`e Aqaa`id Nasafi”: “(A Prophet is) That human being, who was sent by Allaah Ta`ala to convey the Message and Injunctions.” It is stated in the famous Hanafi Kitaab “Fataawa Aalimgiri”, on page 363, vol.2, citing reference from “Fusool Amaawiyah”: “That person who says that he does not know whether Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is a human or jinn, is not a Muslim.” In short, the fact that Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is a human being is such an irrefutable reality which no person in his right senses can deny.
We sometimes hear people saying that Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is a Noor from the Noor of Allaah Ta`ala and he is merely clothed in the façade of humanness. Some even aver that between the words “Ahmad” and “Ahad”, only the letter Meem comes in between. Nauthubillah, this is exactly the same belief that Christians hold regarding Hadhrat Isaa (alaihi salaam), that he is a deity in the form of a man. There is absolutely no scope or leeway in Islaam for such spurious and useless beliefs. What can be more nonsensical and absurd as saying that the servant and Allaah Ta`ala are one and the same. The previous Ummats have spoilt their Deen due to such baseless beliefs.
Our Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) had feared this same fate for his Ummat and has forewarned them saying:
“Do not exceed the bounds in praising me like the Christians have done with Isaa in that they elevated him to being Allaah and Allaah‟s son. I am the servant and messenger of Allaah Ta`ala. Refer to me as the servant and messenger of Allaah Ta`ala.” [Bukhari, page 1009, vol. 2]
Owing to this sanctified statement, my belief is that the qualities, attributes and perfection of Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) over the rest of mankind supersedes them by far. There is no human who is equal to him (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam). Nevertheless, he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) was a human and not a deity. This is the teaching of Islaam and my Imaan is on this.