It is well said by Jesus Christ (on whom be peace), “I therefore say unto you” continues he, “that the messenger of God is a splendour that shall give gladness to nearly all that God hath made, for he is adorned with the spirit of understanding and of counsel. The spirit of wisdom and might, the spirit of fear and love, the spirit of prudence and temperance, he is adorned with the spirit of charity and mercy, the spirit of justice and piety, the spirit of gentleness and patience, which he hath received from God three times more than He hath given to all his creatures. O blessed the time, when he shall come into the world! Believe me that I have seen him and have done him reverence, even as every Prophet hath seen him: seeing that of his spirit God giveth to them prophecy. And when I saw him my soul was filled with consolation, saying: “O Mohammed [pbuh], God be with thee, and may He make me worthy to untie thy shoe latchet, for obtaining this I shall be a great prophet and holy one of God.”
“And having said this, Jesus rendered his thanks to God” (The Gospel of Barnabas trans. Lonsdale and Laura Ragg. [London, 1907] Chapter: 44).
It has been narrated that when ALLAH created the light of our Prophet Muhammad (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), He ordered him to look at the lights of the other Prophets. His light covered them, and ALLAH had them talk and they said, “Oh, our Lord, who is covering us with his light?” ALLAH replied, “This is the light of Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam); if you believe in him I will make you Prophets.” They said, “We believe in him and in his Prophethood.” ALLAH said, “Shall I be your witness?” They said, “Yes.” ALLAH said, “Do you agree, and take this My covenant as binding on you?” They said, “We agree.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses” (Quran 3:81). This is the meaning of ALLAH’s saying. “Behold, ALLAH took the covenant of the Prophets, saying, ‘I give you a book and wisdom, then comes to you a Messenger, confirming what is with you; believe in him and render him help'” – (Qastallani in his al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya).
Shaykh Takiy Deen Al Subki said, “In this noble verse the tribute to the Prophet (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and the veneration of his high prestige is evident. It also indicates that if he had been sent in the other Prophets’ lifetimes, that his message would have been for them to follow, too. Therefore, his Prophethood and message is general to all creation from the time of Sayyidina Adam until the day of Judgment, and all the Prophets and their nations are from among his nation. So, Sayyidina Muhammad’s (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) saying, “I have been sent to all the people,” is not only for people in his time and until the Day of Judgment, but also includes those before them. This further explains his saying, “I was a Prophet (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) when Adam was still between the soul and the body.” Knowing this, Sayyidina Muhammad (Sall ALLAH hu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is the Prophet of Prophets, as was made clear on the night of his Ascension, when all the Prophets prayed in