Sufis on the Bashariyyah of the Holy Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace)

(1) ‘Allamah Busiri, the renowned Sufi, says in Qasidah Burdah: “Our utmost knowledge about him says that he is a bashar (human being). He is the most distinguished and the best, out of all of Creation.”

(2) Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyyi al-Din ibn al-‘Arabi (d. 638H) writes: “The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), in spite of being on the high post of risalah (messengership) and khilafah (vicegerency) always said that he is a human being (bashar) like others, so his high status did not prevent him to recognize his reality.” (Futuhat Makkiyah, 2:23, Egypt)

I.e. though Allah bestowed him the lofty status of risalah (messengership) and khilafah (vicegerency), but he did not hesitate to admit himself as human being in open and clear words, and he did not deny it.

(3) Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf al-Thani (d. 1034H) states: “O brother, Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), in spite of his lofty status, was a bashar characterized with mortality and transience.” (Maktubat, Letter 73, First Vol., p.177)

I.e. neither he was qadim and wajib (immortal and infinite) nor eternal and perpetual, rather he was a mortal human being.

Mujaddid says at another place: “Do not you see that the prophets (may peace be upon them) are equal to other people in being bashar and all are equivalent as per their haqiqah and person (dhat). Yes, they are superior in status as per their perfect attributes. (Maktubat, First Vol, part 4, p.128)

At another place, he writes: “However, there is a status of prophethood which cannot be accessed by an angel. The status was obtained due to the element of soil, so this is characteristic to human being.” (Maktubat, First Vol. Part 4, p.123)

(Taken from Nur wa Bashar – ‘Allamah Sarfaraz Khan Safdar)


One Response to Sufis on the Bashariyyah of the Holy Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace)

  1. M T Akhtar says:

    As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah,
    Allah knows best, but I feel that the fact that he (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam) was made from Turaab like the rest of the sons of Aadam is the reason why he (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam) has amazed and bewildered many.
    If he (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam) was made from Noor like the Angels, then people (including Iblees) could object to his lofty rank and say that he had an advantage over others in that he could not disobey like the Angels.
    However, the fact that inspite of being made from Turaab he (sallallahu ‘alahi wa sallam) was able to outdo even the Angels who are made from Noor, shows his brilliance and his true lofty rank which allowed him to meet with his lord at a place where even the leader of the Angels could not go.

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