Is ‘Isa Ibn Maryam a Companion? – Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ar-Rajihi

Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ar-Rajihi hafidhuhallah said:

“So ‘Isa alayhi salam is an member of the Ummah of Muhammad and he is a Prophet. He is the best of this Ummah after our Prophet (ﷺ)  then next to him is Abu Bakr as-Sideeq. Also, it is confirmed he is a Companion because he saw the Prophet (ﷺ)  in the night of Mi’raj and he was alive. So it is said: Who is better than Abu Bakr as-Sideeq in this Ummah according to consensus? It is ‘Isa ibn Maryam alayhi salam. ‘Isa is a Prophet so he is better than Abu Bakr according to consensus and he is a member of this Ummah and also a Companion. This is because he witnessed the Prophet (ﷺ)  on the night of Mi’raj. The definition of a Companion is: whoever met the Prophet (ﷺ), believed in him, and died upon Islam. This is a Companion. Even if he had one glance [upon the Prophet]. The younger Companions who the Prophet (ﷺ)  did Tahneek for [i.e chewing a date in his mouth and placing it into their mouth], they are Companions [as well]…”


Translator’s Note:

Imam Dhahabi rahimahullah said:

Isa ibn Maryam alayhi salam is a Prophet and Companion. This is because he saw the Prophet (ﷺ)  in the night of Isra wal-Mi’raj and gave him greetings. So he is the last Companion to die“. [Tajreed Asmaa as-Sahabah (1/432)]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

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