The Messengers Are The Most Judicious Amongst The Creation, So Whoever Is Closest to Them by Following Their Way Will Receive a Greater Share of This Judiciouness
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) stated:
The Messengers (of Allaah) are the most judicious amongst the creation without exception and after them their followers are the most judicious group. The people of the scriptures and the great legislated laws are the most judicious amongst them (i.e. amongst the followers of the Messengers) and the Muslims are the most judicious amongst them (i.e. the followers of the scriptures and great legislated laws). The Sahaabah are the most judicious amongst the Muslims and then those who followed them exactly in faith. Ahlus Sunnah Wal Hadeeth (i.e. the people who follow the authentic Sunnah, the authentic ahaadeeth and understanding of the comapnions in creed, methodology, dealings etc) are the most judicious amongst the Muslim Ummah without exception after them (i.e. after the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een and the At’baa At’taabi’een).
The clear evidence showing that (the Messengers are the most judicious amongst the entire creation) is that the beneficial knowledge they have brought- the righteous actions, beneficial affairs of true well-being in this worldly life and the afterlife- has not emanated (from others), or something even close it. There is nothing- from any perspective- that emanated from other judicious (personalities) that can be compared to (what the Messengers brought with regards to beneficial knowledge, righteous action and the beneficial affairs of true well-being in this worldly life and the afterlife).
Whoever ponders upon their personal life stories in specific and in general- their patience and perseverance; their abstinence from the lawful but unnecessary worldly things; their fervent desire for Allaah and the reward He has kept in the afterlife; their purified manners and being characterized with the most pleasant of them; and the fact that they are the most truthful amongst the creation; (possessors) of the most righteous hearts; (possessors) of the most purified souls; trustees of the greatest trust; the noblest of those whom a person can accompany; the purest in their innermost conscience; the purest with regards to their private affairs- will not doubt the fact that they are the most judicious amongst Allaah’s creation without exception. There is no doubt that whoever is closer to them (i.e. follows them properly), then his (or her) share of judiciousness will be more than (that of others). [Source: As-Sawaa’iq Al-Mursalah 4/1514. abridged and slightly paraphrased]