Hadith on Prophets: All Prophets are Equal in Islam

📖Sahih Muslim 2373 c
Abu Huraira reported that two persons, one from amongst the Jews and the other from amongst the Muslims, fell into dispute and began to abuse one another. The Muslim said: By Him Who chose Muhammad (ﷺ) in the worlds. And the Jew said: By Him Who chose Moses in the worlds. Thereupon the Muslim lifted his hand and slapped at the face of the Jew. The Jew went to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and told him about his affair and the affair of the Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Don’t make me superior to Moses for mankind will swoon and I would be the first to recover from it and Moses would be at that time seizing the side of the Throne and I do not know (whether) he would swoon and would recover before me or Allah would make an exception for him.

  • This hadith refers to an incident where a Muslim and a Jew got into an argument, and the Muslim insulted the Jew by claiming that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was superior to Moses (peace be upon him). The Jew complained to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about this insult, and the Prophet’s response was to caution the Muslim against claiming superiority over other Prophets. The message of the hadith is that in Islam, all Prophets are held in high esteem and are considered equal in their status as chosen messengers of Allah. Muslims are instructed to respect and honor all Prophets equally, without making any distinctions or claims of superiority between them.