Muslims accuse the Shias of lowering the position of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and raising the status of Imams (a.s.), in particular, Ameerul Momineen – Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.).
This is of course a result of their poor understanding of Prophethood and Imamat and their own personal prejudices.
But here is how the Muslims have raised their own leaders / Sahabah over Allah’s Prophet (s.a.w.a.) as evidenced by this and such reports:
Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) outlining to Ibn Abbas how the rulers engineered the usurping one after another:
Then Abu Bakr made Umar as caliph and in this he did not follow the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who (according to Muslims) left without appointing a caliph.
Abu Bakr was asked in this connection, so he said:
Should I leave the nation of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) like an old shoe? Would I leave it without appointing a caliph over the Muslims?!
This was his taunt against the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) as (apparently) he (s.a.w.a.) was heedless in appointing a caliph.
- Kitab al-Sulaim (r.a.) trad 14
- Behar al-Anwar v 30 p 152
So according to the Muslims, the companion of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) appreciated the need to appoint a caliph after him, but the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who introduced the Islamic Shariah till the Day of Judgment was neglectful in appointing a caliph? Also Muslims will have to concede that in appointing a successor, Abu Bakr has distanced himself from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who in their opinion failed to appoint a successor for the guidance of the community.