Nubuwwa (Prophethood) Cannot Be Attained By Working Hard

Nubuwwa (prophethood) cannot be attained by working hard, by suffering hunger or discomfort, or by praying very much. It is possessed only with Allahu ta'ala's favour and selection. Religions were sent through the mediation of prophets in order to arrange a useful life for people in this world and the next, and to prevent them from harmful acts and make them attain salvation, guidance, ease and happiness. Though they had many enemies and were mocked and treated harshly, prophets did not fear the enemies and showed no hesitation in communicating to people Allahu ta'ala's commands about the facts to be believed and the things to be done. Allahu ta'ala supported His prophets with mu'jizas (miracles) to show that they were devoted and truthful. No one could stand against their mu'jizas. The community of a prophet is called his umma [1]. On the Day of Judgement, prophets will be permitted to intercede for their ummas, especially for the ones who were gravely sinful, and their intercession will be accepted. Allahu ta'ala will permit also the 'ulama' [2], sulaha' (pious believers) and awliya' [3] among their ummas to intercede, and their intercession will be accepted. Prophets ('alaihimu 's-salawatu wa 't-taslimat) are alive in their graves in a life we cannot know; earth does not cause their blessed bodies to rot.

[1] ummat: (pl. of umma) the community, body of believers, of a prophet.
[2] 'ulama': pl. of 'alim; 'ulama' ar-rasihin, those learned in both zahiri and batini sciences.
[3] awliya: (pl. of Wali) a person loved by Allahu ta'ala.