Belief: The exalted station of Shafa’at-e-Kubra (Greatest station of intercession) on the day of Qiyaamat is a unique attribute of the Prophet عليه السلام. Until the Prophet does not open the doors of intercession, none will have the authority to intercede. In actuality, all those who wish to intercede will bring their cases before the Prophet عليه السلام. It is only the Prophet عليه السلام who is the true intercessor for the entire creation in the Court of Allah. This Shafa’at-e-Kubra will be for everyone, in other words, for the believers, unbelievers, the obedient and the sinners, as all of them will be waiting in distress for the reckoning to take place, wishing and hoping that they could rather be thrown into the dungeons of hell so that they may be released from the torment of waiting. Even the unbelievers will be released from this torment and anguish due to the intercession of the beloved Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Due to this, all people from the beginning right up to the end, including the followers, the believers, unbelievers and hypocrites will all praise the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. This station of Praise is called the “Maqaam-ul- Mahmud”. There are also many other levels of intercession. For example, Huzoor صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم will enter many into Jannat without any reckoning. The number of people that are known in this category is four hundred and ninety million. The true amount of people that will enter without reckoning is even more than the figure mentioned. In reality, only Allah and His beloved Prophet know the true number. There will also be many who after reckoning will already be condemned to hell. Huzoor صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم will intercede for them and save them from entering hell, whilst his intercession will remove others from the fire of hell. Through his intercession, He will elevate some in status, whilst causing the punishment of others to be reduced.
Belief: All levels of intercession are proven for the Prophet عليه السلام, be it Shafa’at bil Wajaahat, Shafa’at bil Mohabbat or Shafa’at bil Izn. Only one who is misguided will reject any one of these.
Belief: The exalted Station of Intercession has been awarded to the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. The Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم says,
‘I have been blessed with (The Station) of Intercession’ Almighty Allah says, ‘(And O Beloved), Seek forgiveness for the sins of your close ones, and for the believing men and women in general’ [Surah 47, Verse 19]
If this is not intercession then what is it?
‘O Allah, afford us the intercession of your Beloved Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم’ We will discuss other important issues related to intercession, as well as other unique attributes of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم which will be apparent on the day of Qiyamat, in the chapter discussing the Hereafter.
Belief: Love and devotion to the Holy Prophet عليه السلام is the essence of Imaan (Faith). In actuality, the love for the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in reality is Imaan. If a person does not love the Prophet عليه السلام more than his parents, children and the entire creation, he can never be a true Muslim.
Belief: Obedience to the Prophet is in reality obedience to Almighty Allah. Obedience to Allah is not possible without obedience to the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, to the degree that if a person is in Fard Namaaz and the Prophet عليه السلام summons him, he should immediately respond to the call of the Prophet عليه السلام by presenting himself in the Court of the Prophet عليه السلام. One who adheres to this call is still regarded as being in Namaaz, for as long as he is in conversation with the beloved Prophet عليه السلام. It will not cause any interference in his Namaaz.