What are the merits that Allah (Glorified be He) gave to His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him), preferring him to other messengers?
Allah preferred His Servant and Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to other messengers and creatures through many virtues that He gave him. Allah took him as a Khalil (intimate friend), as He also did Ibrahim (Abraham). Allah sent him to all people, but the previous messengers (peace be upon them) were just sent to their people. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allâh
And (remember) when Allâh took the Covenant of the Prophets, saying: "Take whatever I gave you from the Book and Hikmah (understanding of the Laws of Allâh), and afterwards there will come to you a Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) confirming what is with you; you must, then, believe in him and help him." Allâh said: "Do you agree (to it) and will you take up My Covenant (which I conclude with you)?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear witness; and I am with you among the witnesses (for this)."
(Part No. 3; Page No. 369) Allah (Exalted be He) also honored and singled him out for permitting him the great intercession. There are many other well-known virtues and merits that Allah gave him that are mentioned in the books that were compiled on this subject, such as "Al-Khasa'is" by
Al-Suyuty. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.