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Best of Men

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: It was
asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Who is the most honourable amongst
mankind?” He (PBUH) said, “The most honourable of them is one who is
the most pious of them.” They said, “We are not asking about this”.
He said, “Then, the most honourable of men was Yusuf  (Joseph), the
Prophet of Allah, the son of  Allah’s Prophet, who was the son of
the Prophet of Allah, who was the son of the Khalil of Allah (i.e.,
Ibrahim (PBUH))’ They said, “We are not asking you about this.” He
enquired, “Are you then asking me about the classes of the Arabs? The
best of them in the Pre-Islamic Period of  Ignorance are the best of
them in Islam, provided they comprehend the religious knowledge”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Note the three-way possible interpretation of the above Hadith.  What if the Prophet (SAW) was able to understand what the Sahabah were asking?  Would we then go around proclaiming that pre-Islamic Arabs are the best people in humanity?  Consideration due.