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In The Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. And those with him are firm against the unbelievers, (but) compassionate among each other. Thou (O Muhammad) seest them bowing and falling prostrate, seeking Allah's grace and acceptance. Their sign (shows) on their faces from the trace of prostration on their foreheads. Such is their description in the Torah, while their description in the Ingil is like a field crop which sends forth its shoots so it swells up, till it grows thick enough to stand straight on its stalk in the way showers admire, so that unbelievers are exasperated by them. Allah has promised forgiveness and a splendid fee to any of those who believe and perform honorable deeds. [The Quran, Chapter Al-Fath, 48:29]

In His Name, be He glorified, and there is nothing but glorifies Him with praise. Like Maulana Jalaladdin Jami (RA), I too say, O Messenger of Allah! If only like the dog of Ashab-i Kahf*, I could be in Paradise among your Sahaba. Is it right that their dog is in Paradise while I am in Hell? It was the dog of the Companions of the Cave, I am the dog of your Sahaba.
*[the Companions of the Cave; the name of their dog is Qitmir, see the Quran 18:18, 35:13]
You ask: There are some narration from the Messenger of Allah (ASW) which say in meaning: At a time when man-made laws and customs are rife, some of the righteous from among the believers and those who fear Allah will be on a level with the Sahaba, or of even greater virtue. Are these narration authentic (sahih)? If so, what is their true meaning?
The Answer: The Consensus of Ahl-i Sunna wal Jamaat [1] that the best of mankind after the prophets are the Sahaba is a definite proof that the authentic ones out of those narration refer only to particular virtues of certain individuals. For in the case of particular virtues and specific perfection a quality may be deemed preferable over that which is superior and in fact preferable [as a whole]. Otherwise, from the point of view of overall virtue and perfection, the Sahaba who are the subject of Allah's praise and compliment at the end of Chapter al-Fath [see the verses cited at the beginning], and are praised and applauded in the Tawrat, Ingil and Quran cannot be reached.

O Allah! Grant blessings and peace to Your Messenger, who said:
Do not insult my Companions! Do not insult my Companions! By the One in Whose hand is my self, if one of you were to spend gold equivalent to Mount Uhud, he could not attain to the equivalent of two handfuls of one of them, or even half that.
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