Finality of Prophethood Finality of Prophethood The Non Ahmadi Muslims have misunderstood the concept of Prophethood and also have misunderstood the concept of the view of prophethood of Ahmadi Muslims. In reality the views on prophethood are not that different between the Ahmadi and non Ahmadi Muslims. Both believe that the Prophet Muhammad saw is the last law bearing prophet as he has claimed and both believe that the latter day messiah was to be a prophet for Islam. In reality the views on Muhammad saw being the last law bearing prophet are exactly the same. This section will show that a prophet can indeed come and was indeed supposed to come as prophesied by the Prophet Muhammad saw as an ummati nabi, meaning sub ordinate prophet.
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According to this fundamental belief, anyone who now claims to be a Prophet of God should be viewed as an impostor, whose claim is contrary to the teachings of Islam.
All Muslim scholars consider such self-proclaimed prophets misguided opportunists, who have doomed their souls for worldly gains. It is those who believe not in the Signs of Allah that forge falsehood: it is they who lie! Verse 40 of the Surah Al-Ahzab 33 , for instance, highlights this teaching in clear terms. Two translations of this Ayah follow: O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but verily, he is the Apostle of God and the last in the line of Prophets.
And God is Aware of everything. Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things. Numerous verses of the Quran indicate that the teachings of Islam have been completed, perfected, and preserved and have been meant universally for all the Worlds.
Such statements eliminate every reason for which a new prophet may need to be commissioned to humanity. In this regard, we can briefly mention: And We have not sent you O Muhammad save as a bringer of good tidings and a warner unto all mankind; but most of mankind do not know.
I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in Allah and His words: follow him that so ye may be guided. The Holy Quran, Al-e-Imran The following portion of the last revealed verse of the Holy Quran is also a testimony that no Apostle with new instructions or interpretations of the holy Quran will ever need to be sent to the humanity: This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
The Holy Quran, Al-Maidah The following verses, which appear at the very beginning of the holy Quran, indicate the qualities of the individuals, who will benefit from the holy Quran, and have been given an assurance of salvation. In its concise and precise form, Quran makes clear that these include revelations up to the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW , and precludes the possibility of any future revelations, prophets, or religions. This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who fear Allah, believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, give charity from what We have provided for them, and believe in the Revelation sent to you O Muhammad and before you, and in their hearts have the assurance of the Hereafter.
They are on true guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who shall be successful. Then Allah sendeth whom He will astray, and guideth whom He will. He is the Mighty, the Wise. As apparent from the references, these Ahadith are authentic and have been recorded by many scholars and reported by numerous companions of the Prophet SAW.
My position in relation to the prophets who came before me can be explained by the following example: A man erected a building and adorned this edifice with great beauty, but he left an empty niche, in the corner where just one brick was missing. People looked around the building and marveled at its beauty, but wondered why a brick was missing from that niche? I am like unto that one missing brick and I am the last in the line of the Prophets.
I was granted victory owing to my awe. The spoils of war were made lawful unto me. The whole earth has been made the place of worship for me and it has become the means of purification for me also.
In other words, in my religion, offering of prayers is not confined to certain specified places of worship. Prayers can be offered at any place over the earth. And in case water is not available, it is lawful for my people to perform ablutions with earth Tayammum and to cleanse themselves with the soil, if water for bathing is scarce. I have been sent by Allah to carry His Divine message to the whole world. And the line of prophets has come to its final end in me. People shall be assembled on Doomsday after my time.
And I am the last in the sense that no prophet shall succeed me. But no Apostle will come after me. Bukhari , Muslim, Tirmidhi We are the last ummah but will precede all on the Day of Resurrection except that the Book was given to them before us. Bukhari, Muslim The tribe of Israel was guided by prophets. When a prophet passed away, another prophet succeeded him.
But no prophet will come after me; only caliphs will succeed me. Bukhari I am the last in line of the prophets of God and my Masjid is the last Masjid. Muslim The chain of Messengers and Prophets has come to an end. There shall be no Messenger nor Prophet after me. Tirmidhi, Musnad Ahmad, Anas bin Malik There will arise thirty impostors in my Ummah and each one of them will pronounce to the world that he is a prophet, but I am the last in the line of the Prophets of God and no Prophet will come after me.
Baihaqi, Tabarani God Almighty hath sent unto the world no apostle who did not warn his people about the appearance of Dajjal Anti-Christ, but Dajjal did not appear in their time. I am the last in the line of Prophets and you are the last community of believers. Without doubt, then, Dajjal shall appear from amongst you. Ibn Majah I am Muhammad, the unlettered prophet of Allah. I am Muhammad, the unlettered prophet of Allah.
There will be no prophet after me. Musnad Ahmad These are just a brief listing of the authentic teachings of Hazrat Muhammad SAW available on the issue of the Finality of Prophethood; should a true believer have any doubt about the Finality of Prophethood? It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.
Through it, he again warned the entire mankind to stay away from destructive man-made cults, in the following words O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you And if, when they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto thee and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful.
But nay, by thy Lord, they will not believe in truth until they make thee judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of that which thou decidest, and submit with full submission. Should we not accept the opinion of our knowledgeable Muslim Scholars? O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.
The Holy Quran, An-Nisa, Dictionary Translation Hoping to misguide individuals, who lack knowledge of linguistics and Arabic language, some unlearned opportunists have attempted to misinterprete the verse of Al-Ahzab, which was mentioned earlier, since it is the best known verse in support of the doctrine of the Finality of Prophethood. Such individuals often claim the word khatam, in the context of the verse, to mean "stamp", "seal", "best", "decoration" or "ring"!
They also claim that the word Nabiyyeen indicates the "law giving prophets". The actual dictionary translations of the words khatam nabuwat, in this context, are as follows: Khatam: Can be read in two ways: khatam, meaning last or seal; and khatim meaning seal or terminator. Nabuwat: Messengership; Prophethood of any kind, since all Messengers rasuls or law giving prophets are also Prophets.
In the word of Allah SWT , the Quran was revealed in detail in the arabic language so Arabs would understand it without a problem. Conclusion The sheer amount of evidence provided here should suffice to convince anyone believing in the divinity of Islam that the prophet Muhammad SAW was the last Prophet of God and that anyone with a claim to prophethood should be considered an outcast from Islam.
But never will prosper those who sin. The Holy Quran, An-Nahl Bear witness that we are Muslims and we have conveyed the true message of Allah so that you might benefit from it.
Therefore give admonition in case the admonition profits the hearer. The admonition will be received by those who fear Allah : But it will be avoided by those most unfortunate ones. Who will enter the Great Fire In which they will then neither die nor live. All rights reserved P.
Islamic Belief of Finality of Prophethood
According to this fundamental belief, anyone who now claims to be a Prophet of God should be viewed as an impostor, whose claim is contrary to the teachings of Islam. All Muslim scholars consider such self-proclaimed prophets misguided opportunists, who have doomed their souls for worldly gains. It is those who believe not in the Signs of Allah that forge falsehood: it is they who lie! Verse 40 of the Surah Al-Ahzab 33 , for instance, highlights this teaching in clear terms. Two translations of this Ayah follow: O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but verily, he is the Apostle of God and the last in the line of Prophets.
There are decisive verses to that effect. Being the last Prophet in the chain of prophethood, no one ever shall now succeed him to that status of dignity. When there shall be no Nabi to follow him, the ordainment of a Rasool Messenger can not arise by logic of anteriority because the status of a Rasool is more exclusive then that of a Nabi. Every Nabi is not a Rasool, but every Rasool is a Nabi. There exists a continuous and unbroken chain of citations of Ahadith from a large number of venerable Sahabah or Companions of the Prophet Allah be pleased with them , that there shall be no Nabi or Rasool after Muhammad SAW ". Tafseer Ibn-e-Khateer, Vol. Al Iqtisad fil Etiqad, P.