Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) declaring Ibrahim (‘alayhis salam) as ‘the best of mankind’

Question

What is the source and grading of the narration wherein someone addresses Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) by using the words “O the best of mankind” and Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replies “Rather, that is Ibrahim -‘alayhis salam-“.

Answer

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in his Sahih (2369). The narration is therefore authentic.

The Muhaddithun explain that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had said this out of humility and respect for Sayyiduna Ibrahim (‘alayhis salam) as Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) himself has declared “I am the leader of all of the children of Adam, without being boastful about this” 

 

(Refer: Sahih Muslim with commentary of ‘Allamah Nawawi -rahimahullah-, Hadith: 6090)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar