Hadith of Law laak ma khalaqta al-aflaak

“Allah revealed to Prophet ‘Isa ‘alaihis salam that: O ‘Isa! Have faith (imaan) in Muhammad and order your ummah to do the same. If Muhammad was not in existence, I would not have created Adam nor would I have made heaven or hell”. (Also from Shaykh Taqi ad-Din Subki in Shifa as-Siqam and Shaykh al-Islam al-Bulqini in his Fatawa and ibn Hajar in Afdal al-Qur’an).

Hadith 3: Dailami in Musnad al-Firdaus reports from Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiyallahu ta’ala anhuma) that:

“the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said that Jibra’il came to me and said that Allah says: If you were not created, I would not have made the heaven or hell”.

Hadith 4: ibn Asakir reports from Salman al-Farsi (radiyallahu ta’ala anhu) that:

“Jibra’il came to the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said that Allah says: I have not created anyone who is more honoured to me that you. I have created the world and all that is therein so that they may know the rank that you possess. I would not have created the world if I had not created you”.

Hadith 5: Imam Shihab ad-Din ibn Hajar ‘Asqalani says:

“These reports say that if Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were not created then Allah would not have made the skies nor the Earth, neither heaven nor hell, neither the sun nor the moon”.

There are many other ahadith on this subject which have been collected by Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Barelwi in his brilliant ‘Tajalli al-yaqeen baana nabiyyina sayyidil mursaleen’ and it is without doubt that the righteous ‘ulama have addressed the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as the “Reason for the creation of Adam and the universe”. If the sayings of our ‘ulama are collected, this would cover a voluminous book. A few are noted below.

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