Preferring some Messengers over others
How can we reconcile between the two aayahs (interpretation of the meaning):
“Those Messengers! We preferred some of them to others [al-Baqarah 2:253]
“We make no distinction between any of them [al-Baqarah 2:136]?
Praise be to Allaah.
The aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“Those Messengers! We
is like the aayah:
“And indeed, We have
There is no doubt that some of the Prophets and Messengers
“And (remember) when We
[al-Ahzaab 33:7 – interpretation of the meaning]
The second verse is in Soorat al-Shoora:
“He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion
[al-Shoora 42:13 – interpretation of the meaning].
These five are superior to all others.
With regard to what Allaah says concerning the believers
“Each one believes in
what this means is: we make no distinction between them in
But in terms of the kind of belief that implies following,
“Say (O Muhammad): O
So all religions other than that of the Messenger (peace
From the fatwas of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Kitaab Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/81.