Many people have their favorite sports team. A collection of men or women who join together to compete for the top prize. Many fans devote a life time studying these men and women and sharing their knowledge of their favorite team highlights along with details an accomplishments of their favorite players.
As a Muslim I too have a favorite team. A group of men and women that have achieved some of the greatest accomplishments in history. They inspired generations through their trials, sound wisdom and compassion and we spoken of as the Best of Generations by the “Best of Creation.” The Prophet (saws).
Chapter 1: The virtues of the Companions of the Prophet (saws), and any Muslim who enjoyed the company of the Prophet (saws) or saw him, is regarded as one of his Companions (raa).
The Prophet (saws) was the best of creation who entrusted his knowledge to the best of generations the Sahaba (raa). Any Muslim who enjoyed the company of the Prophet (saws) or saw him is regarded as one of his Companions (raa).
Narrated ‘Imrãn ibn Husain (raa) Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “The best of my followers are those living in my century (generation), then those coming after them and then those coming after the latter”.
‘Imrãn added, “I do not remember whether he mentioned two or three centuries (generations) after his century (generation), then the Prophet (saws) added, ‘There will come after you, people who will bear witness without being asked to give witness, and they will be dishonest and not trustworthy, and they will vow and will not fulfill their vows; and fatness will appear among them.'”
[See Vol. 3, Hadith No.2651]