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| Qualities and Excellence of the Noble Prophets |

Each and every Prophet and Messenger of Allah was blessed with a perfect disposition. They were handsome and their lineage noble. Their character was good as was their behavior. This is because they all possess the attributes of perfection. They guided to the completed the code of human spiritual behavior which was to be completed by Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him and practiced virtuous deeds on account of their rank being of the most noble and their degree being of the highest.

Allah tells us that He preferred some of the Prophets and Messengers over others with His words,

تلك الرسل فضلنا بعضهم على بعض منهم من كلم اللـه ورفع بعضهم درجات وآتينا عيسى ابن مريم البينات وأيدناه بروح القدس
"These are the Noble Messengers, to whom We gave excellence over each other; of them are some with whom Allah spoke, and some whom He exalted high above all others; and We gave Eisa (Jesus), the son of Maryam, clear signs and We aided him with the Holy Spirit" [Surah al-Baqarah : 253]

He also tells us,

ولقد اخترناهم على علم على العالمين
"And We knowingly chose them, among all others of their time" [Surah al-Dukhan : 32]

Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him said,

إن أول زمرة يدخلون الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر... على خلق رجل واحد ، على صورة ، أبيهم آدم ، طوله ستون ذراعاً في السماء
"The first group to enter the Garden of Paradise will be like the full moon… every man will be in the height of their father Adam who was sixty cubits (90 feet) tall." [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Page 93 – Sahih Muslim, Volume 4, Page 2179]

The description of several of the prophets has been made known to us by Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him who tells us,

رأيت موسى فإذا هو رجل ضرب ، رجل ، أقنى كأنه من رجال شنوءة و رأيت عيسى فإذا هو رجل ربعة ، كثير خيلان الوجه ، أحمر كأنما خرج من ديماس
"I saw Moosa (Moses), he was tall with curly hair. He resembled the men of Shanu'a. I saw Eisa (Jesus), he was of medium height with a reddish face just as if he had come out after having taken a hot bath."

He further described him as being slender, like a sword. He gave additional information about Moosa saying,

مبطن مثل السيف
"He is like the best men you have ever seen with a dark complexion."

Of himself he said,

و أنا أشبه ولد إبراهيم به
"Among the descendants of Ibrahim, I am the one who most resembles him." [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Page 122 – Sahih Muslim, Volume 1, Page 153]

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu tells us,

ما بعث الله تعالى من بعد لوط نبياً إلا في ذروة من قومه
"After Prophet Lot, Allah did not send a prophet who was not from the noblest class of his people." In addition to this is that they were among the wealthy and powerful. [Mustadrak, Volume 2, Page 561]

Sayyiduna Anas ibn Maalik Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu tells us that

ما بعث الله نبياً حسن الوجه ، حسن الصوت ، و كان نبيكم أحسنهم وجهاً ، و أحسنهم صوتاً
Allah did not send a prophet without making his face and voice beautiful, and that Prophet Muhammad, may Allah praise and venerate him and grant him peace, had the most handsome face of all of them and also the best voice. [Shama'il al-Tirmidhi, Page 254]

During the cross-examination of Sayyiduna Abu Sufyan Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho by Heraclius, Emperor of Rome, Heraclius said,

و سألتك عن نسبه ، فذكرت أنه فيكم ذو نسب ، و كذلك الرسل تبعث في أنساب قومها
"I questioned you about his lineage and you said that he was of good lineage among you, and that is how all the Messengers have bee sent, from the noble families of their people." [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Page 125]

Prophets and Messengers preferred by Almighty Allah

There are many references to the Prophets and Messengers who were preferred by Allah mentioned in the Holy Qur'an, some of which are mentioned below:

Of Prophet Ayyub Alaihis Salam, Allah says,

إنا وجدناه صابرا نعم العبد إنه أواب
"We indeed found him patiently enduring; what an excellent bondman! He is indeed most inclined." [Surah al-Saad : 44]

Of Prophet Yahya Alaihis Salam, Allah says,

يا يحيى خذ الكتاب بقوة وآتيناه الحكم صبيا۔ وحنانا من لدنا وزكاة وكان تقيا۔ وبرا بوالديه ولم يكن جبارا عصيا۔ وسلام عليه يوم ولد ويوم يموت ويوم يبعث حيا
"O Yahya - hold the Book firmly"; and We gave him Prophethood in his infancy. And compassion from Ourselves, and chastity; and he was extremely pious. And was good to his parents and not forceful, nor disobedient. And peace is upon him the day he was born, and the day he will taste death, and the day he will be raised alive." [Surah al-Maryam : 12-15]

He also tells us of the time Prophet Zakariyah Alaihis Salam was given the good news of a son,

أن اللـه يبشرك بيحيى مصدقا بكلمة من اللـه وسيدا وحصورا ونبيا من الصالحين
"Indeed Allah gives you glad tidings of Yahya (John), who will confirm a Word (or sign) from Allah, - a leader, always refraining from women, a Prophet from one of Our devoted ones." [Surah Aal-e-Imran : 39]

He tells us,

إن اللـه اصطفى آدم ونوحا وآل إبراهيم وآل عمران على العالمين
"Indeed Allah chose Adam, and Nooh, and the Family of Ibrahim, and the Family of Imran over the creation." [Surah Aal-e-Imran : 33]

Of Prophet Nuh He says,

إنه كان عبدا شكورا
"He was indeed a grateful bondman." [Surah al-Isra : 3]

Of Prophet Eisa Alaihis Salam He says,

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