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Who is Greater? Muhammad or Allah?


        One of the important features of a prophet must be uphold God over his own self, dedication of his life to God's purpose. Even though I am an agnostic, I hope every muslim will agree so in this aspect. So, was Muhammad such a person? who was important for Muhammad, service of god? Or service of his own self? Invariably every muslim would emphatically choose the former one. The purpose of this short yet hard hitting article is to examine this very belief that muslims have.


As I said I will keep this article short and present a very few instances (in fact a couple) but sufficient enough to dent this belief of Muslims. Ibn Kathir records certain shaih Hadiths regarding surah Al-Fatihah[1]:

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal recorded in the Musnad that Abu Sa`id bin Al-Mu`alla said, "I was praying when the Prophet called me, so I did not answer him until I finished the prayer. I then went to him and he said, (What prevented you from coming) I said, 'O Messenger of Allah ! I was praying.' He said, (`Didn't Allah say),

[يأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ]

(O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he () calls you to that which gives you life) He then said,

«لَأُعَلِّمَنَّكَ أَعْظَمَ سُورَةٍ فِي الْقُرْآنِ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَخْرُجَ مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ»

(I will teach you the greatest Surah in the Qur'an before you leave the Masjid.) He held my hand and when he was about to leave the Masjid, I said, `O Messenger of Allah! You said: I will teach you the greatest Surah in the Qur'an.' He said, (Yes.)

[الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ ]

(Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin)''

«نَعَمْ هِيَ السَّبْعُ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنُ الْعَظِيمُ الَّذِي أُوتِيتُهُ»

(It is the seven repeated (verses) and the Glorious Qur'an that I was given.)''

Al-Bukhari, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah also recorded this Hadith.

Also, Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said, "The Messenger of Allah went out while Ubayy bin Ka`b was praying and said, (O Ubayy!) Ubayy did not answer him. The Prophet said, (O Ubayy!) Ubayy prayed faster then went to the Messenger of Allah saying, `Peace be unto you, O Messenger of Allah!' He said, (Peace be unto you. O Ubayy, what prevented you from answering me when I called you) He said, `O Messenger of Allah! I was praying.' He said, (Did you not read among what Allah has sent down to me,)

[اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ]

(Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he () calls you to that which gives you life) He said, `Yes, O Messenger of Allah! I will not do it again.' the Prophet said,

«أَتُحِبُّ أَنْ أُعَلِّمَكَ سُورَةً لَمْ تَنْزِلْ لَا فِي التَّورَاةِ وَلَا فِي الْإِنْجِيلِ وَلَا فِي الزَّبُورِ وَلَا فِي الْفُرْقَانِ مِثْلَهَا؟»

(Would you like me to teach you a Surah the likes of which nothing has been revealed in the Tawrah, the Injil, the Zabur (Psalms) or the Furqan (the Qur'an)) He said, `Yes, O Messenger of Allah!' The Messenger of Allah said, (I hope that I will not leave through this door until you have learned it.) He (Ka`b) said, `The Messenger of Allah held my hand while speaking to me.

Al-Bukhari also records these hadiths as stated by Ibn Kathir, I will present the hadiths of Bukahri here.

Volume 6, Book 60, Number 1:

Narrated Abu Said bin Al-Mu'alla:

While I was praying in the Mosque, Allah's Apostle called me but I did not respond to him. Later I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I was praying." He said, "Didn't Allah say'--"Give your response to Allah (by obeying Him) and to His Apostle when he calls you." (8.24)

He then said to me, "I will teach you a Sura which is the greatest Sura in the Qur'an, before you leave the Mosque." Then he got hold of my hand, and when he intended to leave (the Mosque), I said to him, "Didn't you say to me, 'I will teach you a Sura which is the greatest Sura in the Quran?' He said, "Al-Hamdu-Lillah Rabbi-l-Alamin (i.e. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds) which is Al-Sab'a Al-Mathani (i.e. seven repeatedly recited Verses) and the Grand Qur'an which has been given to me."[2a]

and at another place

Volume 6, Book 60, Number 170:

Narrated Abu Said bin Al-Mu'alla:

While I was praying, Allah's Apostle passed me and called me, but I did not go to him until I had finished the prayer. Then I went to him, and he said, "What prevented you from coming to me? Didn't Allah say:-- "O you who believe! Answer the call of Allah (by obeying Him) and His Apostle when He calls you?" He then said, "I will inform you of the greatest Sura in the Qur'an before I leave (the mosque)." When Allah's Apostle got ready to leave (the mosque), I reminded him. He said, "It is: 'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.' (i.e. Surat-al-Fatiha) As-sab'a Al-Mathani (the seven repeatedly recited Verses)."[2b]


     Here we see a muslim was praying to Allah in the mosque, Then Muhammad enters and calls him, since the Muslim is praying to Allah he neglects his call and continues to pray (quickly), and then after finishing his prayer, he gets to the prophet, the prophet seemingly upset asks the reason for not responding sooner, he replies "O Messenger of Allah! I was praying". On hearing this Muhammad quotes a  verse from the Quran, "O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he () calls you to that which gives you life" and asks the muslim(s)'s attention whenever he calls him/them, even if they are in prayer to Allah. Rendering him more important than Allah.

Note, Muhammad didn't call him on for a very important issue that had to be immediately attended on the contrary Muhammad wanted to tell about the most beautiful verse in the Quran which he could have done at anytime. (the irony is Muhammad even forgot that he had to teach the surah and had to be reminded by the muslim) But Muhammad was so much desperate for attention, that he can't bear even the simplest signs of him being avoided, even if it would mean placing him higher than Allah.

He was desperate to rule over the minds of people which made him to invent an imaginary deity called Allah and through him gained access into the minds of poor Meccans & others who believed in him and gets things that he wanted done through Allah, but once he realized that this imaginary God of his gets more attention than himself he uses a revelation from Allah and places him at a more important position than Allah.

Some objections Answered:

    When I raised this issue up with muslims, they obviously had to scramble up for the aid of their beloved prophet. I have answered these apologetics of muslims here.

Argument #1

Muhammad was a kind and a fair person who wanted none of the Muslims to feel avoided or rejected and would have done the same thing he proposed in the place of Ubayy bin Ka`b

Indeed, had he done or acted as he had proposed to the muslim, while he was in the place of the muslim that would have surely made sense vindicating Muhammad, but the question is did he? This moral relativist prophet would rather cite the same reason to a muslim for avoiding him! Al-Bukhari records the incident.

Volume 2, Book 22, Number 308:

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah:

Allah's Apostle sent me for some job and when I had finished it I returned and came to the Prophet and greeted him but he did not return my greeting. So I felt so sorry that only Allah knows it and I said to myself,, 'Perhaps Allah's Apostle is angry because I did not come quickly, then again I greeted him but he did not reply. I felt even more sorry than I did the first time. Again I greeted him and he returned the greeting and said, "The thing which prevented me from returning the greeting was that I was praying." And at that time he was on his Rahila and his face was not towards the Qibla.[2c]

Muhammad ignores a muslims twice, that makes him feel sorry and amazingly cites the same reason that Ubayy bin Ka`b sought as an excuse. Muhammad was himself placed in such a situation but doesn't leave his prayer for his devote follower & still places him and what he does more important than others. But gets furious when he gets treated in the same way. This argument rather than helping the stance of the prophet has only managed to deteriorate his position.

Argument #2:

Surah Al-Fatihah, is one of the most greatest surah's of the quran, what is the prayer of a muslim worth without it? that's why the prophet did what he did.

There are many problems with this argument, firstly, had it been so important at that instance that Ubayy bin ka`b had to abandon his prayer to Allah or more correctly had to be reprimanded for not doing so, I don't understand the logic behind forgetting to teach the surah to Ubayy and needing a remainder from him.

Secondly, What does it tell about the nature of Islamic God? Not only does a person who prays needs to go through various processes like ablution before prayer, prostration during prayer, but also a particular surah would make his prayer more beneficial? what does one need for a sucessful prayer in Islam? a pure heart dedicated to God or recitation of particular surah?

Thirdly, Muslims claim Quran to be uncreated and eternal, how could a part of Quran be more important than another part which is equally eternal?

This excuse just goes to show the dogmatic nature of Islam than vindicating the prophet from placing him more important than Allah.


These two instances from the life of the so called prophet, makes it more than evident that Muhammad was an imposter who placed himself above god and brainwashed people in the name of god.

If readers wish to make any comments or point out factual errors in the article please feel free to Contact me.


[1]  Abridged Tafsir Ibn Kathir Volume 1 - 10.

[2] University of Southern California MSA, Al-Bukhari Hadith collection.

[2a] Al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 1

[2b] Al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 170

[2c] Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 22, Number 308

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