Author: Hadrat Maulana Qaari Muhammad Tayyib Saheb; Mufti Afzal Hossen Elias (translator)
Publisher: Zam Zam Publishers (September 2005)
Pages: 95 Binding: Paperback
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Excerpt from Page 24
The final and most honoured individual and personality (amongst mankind) of this revered sect is the being of Muhammed Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), whose status and rank far exceeds and surpasses any other creation. For this reason the level of veneration and adoration for him far extends beyond that of others. However the Ulama of Deoband also exercise moderation with regard to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), which is also found in his (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) teachings. Therefore the Ulama of Deoband profess in all sincerity of heart that Hadhrat Muhammed Mustafa (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is the best of all creation. He is the best of all man and prophets. But together with this, sight should not be lost over the fact the he his from amongst the humankind. Exaggeration in belief and Muhabbat should not result in the audacity of negation of his being a human neither of his being an incarnate of divinity. Nabi's (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being is the culmination of all the excellences of all the other Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam).Notwithstanding all this, Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) does not supersede the level of servitude, to reach the stage of divinity.
Whilst we praise and venerate Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and we regard it as being a form of Ibaadat, it is not permissible to exaggerate in this to the level of the Christians, who have transformed the servant into a deity. Even though the Ummat regards the Green Dome to be a source wherefrom Imaan permeates, yet we do not regard Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to be heezir-onaazir (omnipresent), which is a Divine speciality.
In summary, the internal and external perfections of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) by far supersede and surpass the qualities of all other creations. He is beyond compare and example, but his perfections as compared to Divine Perfections are like that of the creation compared to the Creator. The Being and Attributes of the Creator are incomparable and unique whilst that of the creation is limited. The one is everlasting and total whilst the other is temporary and limited. The one is inherent whilst the other is bestowed. Thus the consideration of the limitation is the point of moderation, which is the basis and foundation of this Maslak.