The Qur’aan also bears testimony to this that the Holy Prophet Muhammad [Peace upon him, his family & companions] was the first of creation, when it explicitly affirms this fact in the 6th Sura al- An’aam [The Cattle] الْأَنْعَام Verse 163:
وَأَنَاْ أَوَّلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
I am the first among Muslims
Muslim here refers to the first thing or being to submit to the will of Allah and not the misuse it has been put to in these days of bickering. Muslim means he or she that submits his/her will entirely to the will of God. In another verse Allah says in the 3rd Sura, Aal-i- Imraan آل عِمْرَان [The Family of ‘Imraan] in Verse 83:
وَلَهُ أَسْلَمَ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ
Everything in the heaven and earth is Muslim
What would ‘ I am the first among the Muslims mean”? It means the first being to be created by Allah was the essence of the Holy Prophet Muhammad [Peace upon him, his family & companions] .
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