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A hadith in Sahih Muslim mentions, the prophet was called the best of creation. Prophet replied that's not me that's Ibrahim.

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O best of creation!” The Prophet said, “That is Abraham, upon him be peace.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2369

Grade: Sahih (authentic)

Sk. Albani asks where is the proof in Quran and Sunnah to call the prophet the best of creation. (Tawassul at waseelah). Albani goes on to mention Abu Hanifah's silence on being asked the best of creation as prophet.

Sk. Utheymeen said it's better to stick to titles of the Prophet like best of mankind, etc., to be on the safer side.

Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the leader of the sons of Adam and the best of mankind and the best of the Prophets, and so on, following what is said in the texts. I do not know of any report which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the best of all creation in all senses. … So it is better in such matters to follow what it says in the texts. For example, if someone asks: Did Allaah favour the sons of Adam in general over all other created beings? We would say: No, because Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam, and We have carried them on land and sea, and have provided them with At‑Tayyibaat (lawful good things), and have preferred them above many of those whom We have created with a marked preferment”

[al-Isra’ 17:70]

He did not say “above all of those whom We have created”. Therefore it is better for a person who adheres to that which is mentioned

Liqaa’aat al-Baab il-Maftoohah(53/11). Of Sk. Utheymeen.

darud-e-ibrahim supports hadith of Muslim and suggests prophet was straightforward.

I hope that the 2 shayks had come across the hadith of Muslim.

Additionally, a verdict on islamqa.info (article here) says arsh is greatest of creation without citing any textual evidence.

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    Your question is: "Was the prophet best of creation as per hadith of Muslim?" but this is not what the hadith in Sahih Muslim says; the Prophet denied being the best of creation. Please provide your evidence that it was out of humility that the Prophet attributed this description to Ibrahim ﷺ and not to himself. If you think as-salat al-Ibrahimiyya (darud) supports the hadith of Muslim that Ibrahim ﷺ was the best of creation, then what is the question? – III-AK-III Mar 19 '18 at 20:29
  • Question edited, thanks for pointing out. When best of mankind, says ibrahim is best of creation, it indicates humility – Praveenladak Mar 20 '18 at 1:05
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    @Praveenladak Bariyyah which is the word used in the first hadith can also mean just humanity instead of creation. It comes from the root to carve or to shape which makes sense because Adam (AS) was shaped by Allah. – The Z Mar 20 '18 at 3:24

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