"The people of Paradise are a hundred and twenty rows, eighty of them are from this nation, and forty are from the rest of the nations." (Tirmidhi, Jannah, 13) Will you explain the hadith above?

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It was reported from Burayda. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,  

“The people of Paradise are a hundred and twenty rows, eighty of them are from this ummah, and forty are from the rest of the ummahs.” (Tirmidhi, Jannah, 13; Ibn Majah, Zuhd: 17; Darimi, Riqaq: 27)

Tirmidhi said that this hadith was hasan.

What is meant by the hadith is to express the numerousness of this ummah and to express that this ummah will form two-thirds of Paradise. Hundreds of millions of people believed in him in every century for more than fourteen centuries; more than one billion people believe in him today.

It is known that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has a high rank among prophets. His ummah is superior to the other ummahs in all aspects. The ummah of Muhammad (pbuh) is praised as follows due to the lofty characteristics they have:

"Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah." (Aal-i Imran, 3/110)

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