I wish to ask a question, i am very interested in becoming a muslim so i read a lot of literature on the basics and the history of the prophet Muhammad a Muslim friend recommended this site for a question. I wish no disrespect towards the prophet and i admire his teachings and way of life, the only question i have is that the prophet never advocated pride or speaking high of oneself according to his teachings and also since he was the prophet his character was perfect and noble but coming across traditions or the Hadith i read the following:
“The Prophet (S.A.W) was the greatest of the Arabs in oratory and beauty of speech. He said: ‘I am the greatest orator among the Arabs’.”116
116. Imam Ghazzali’s Ihya Ulum-Id-Din (The Book of Religious Learning’s, Volume II, p.240 ( Harun Yahya)
Also the other traditions pertaining to his status which i have come upon and read in which we are told that the holy prophet spoke about his status with regard to other prophets and in general( Forgive me for not referencing here as to my lack of knowledge)
I would just like clarification and an explanation about how this which I’m sure was meant in a more honorable way or rather as enlightening his fellow people of his blessing from God,how does this differ from other pride or thinking highly. I’m sure this is a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge on my part so I’m hoping the experts could enlighten me in a more truthful and scholarly way.
. God bless