Q: One day I heard my cousin telling my mother that he heard people in the Masjid saying that the Deobandis believe that it is possible for an ummati to surpass our Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in practical deeds (amal). Is this true? If not, how should we reply to such people who are misguiding the innocent people and creating doubts in their hearts and minds?
A: It is better not to discuss these types of topics. No ummati can reach to the level of perfection of a nabi’s action. What counts by Allah Ta`ala is the quality and perfection, not the quantity. Like an ummati may have lived for 70 years and could have performed more fardh, but what is counted by Allah Ta`ala is the quality of the fardh and not the quantity.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)