There is a great deal of evidence about the virtues and unique characteristics of the Prophet, but as far as we know there is no text that clearly states that the Prophet (is the best of creation. What has been narrated is that he is the best of mankind and the leader of the sons of Adam.
Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (said: “I will be the leader of the sons of Adam on the Day of Resurrection, and the first one for whom the grave is opened, and the first one to intercede and the first one whose intercession will be accepted.”
The scholars understood from this text and others which speak of the virtues of our Prophet that he is the best of Allah’s creation.
This hadeeth indicates that he is superior to all of creation, because the view of Ahl al-Sunnah is that humans are better than the angels, and he is superior to humans and others. End quote.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked: Should we say that the Prophet is the best of mankind or the best of creation? Is there any evidence that he is the best of creation as many people say?
Many texts in the Qur’an and Sunnah speak of the greatness of our Prophet Muhammad and his sublime status before his Lord, may He be exalted, through the noble attributes and unique characteristics that Allah bestowed only upon him, which indicates that he is the best of creation, the most honoured by Allah and the greatest in status before Him. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Allah has sent down to you the book (the Qur’an), and Al‑Hikmah (Islamic laws, knowledge of legal and illegal things, i.e. the Prophet’s Sunnah — legal ways), and taught you that which you knew not. And Ever Great is the Grace of Allah unto you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم)”
It is difficult to list all the different types of honour that Allah has bestowed, for example: Allah took him as a close friend; He made him the Seal of His Messengers; He revealed the best of His Books to him, and made his message one that applies to both mankind and the jinn until the Day of Resurrection; He forgave him his past and future sins; He caused miracles to happen at his hand that superseded those of all the Prophets who came before him; he will be the leader of the sons of Adam (on the Day of Resurrection), the first one for whom the grave will be opened, and the first one to intercede and the first one whose intercession will be accepted; in his hand will be a banner of praise on the Day of Resurrection; he will be the first one to cross al-siraat (a bridge across Hell), the first one to knock at the gate of Paradise and the first one to enter it … and many other unique characteristics and miracles that are mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah, which led the scholars to agree unanimously that the Prophet is the greatest of creation in status before Allah, may He be exalted.
The Muslims are unanimously agreed that the Prophet is the greatest of creation in status before Allah, and no other created being has any status that is higher than his or any power of intercession that is greater than his.
From what has been mentioned above and elsewhere it is clear that our Prophet Muhammad (is the best of the Prophets and the best of creation, and the greatest of them in status before Allah, may He be exalted. But in addition to these virtues and unique characteristics, he is no more than a human being, so it is not permissible to call upon him or seek his help instead of Allah.