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‘Muḥammad is not the father of any of your men, but is the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the prophets. And Allah has ˹perfect˺ knowledge of all things.’ (Surah Al-Ahzab, Verse 40)
Such concrete and crisp interpretation of Muhammad ﷺ being the last prophet among all the prophets and messengers, leaves no room for any doubt or ambiguity. Meaning, there is no person in this era or in the times after the demise of our beloved Prophet Muhammadﷺ, till the end of the world, to be given prophethood. A believer, set in his right frame of mind, will not accept the news of anyone claiming to be continuing prophethood.
The Purpose of Sending Prophets and Messengers
Although our Lord has stated that He instilled the deen of Islam in our hearts at the time of creation of mankind. To fulfill the need of sending the message through a proper channel, messengers and prophets were sent to earth for our guidance and direction. This way multiple reminders were sent to the people from time to time via prophets so the non-believers could revert back to the message of their Supreme Lord. By doing so, there was no room for any excuse by the non-believers for the absence of an official statement by Allah.
He knows us inside and out, foreseeing the fake future claims of prophethood and to save us from leading sinful lives after the passing away of Muhammad ﷺ, Allah sent down to us prophets before Muhammad ﷺ, while some were given holy books to pass on to the mankind. These prophets and messengers were chosen by Allah and this decision of selecting someone for prophethood remains with Allah and Allah alone. The Almighty chose to communicate with His prophets and messengers directly or via His Angels to transfer the teachings about Islam and Allah’s messages, and also assigned a mission to each one of them. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala stated multiple times in the Quran to worship Allah, also, that the prophethood ended with the passing on of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
In another surah, Surah Ali ‘Imran, verse 81, Allah mentions:
˹Remember˺ when Allah made a covenant with the prophets, ˹saying,˺ “Now that I have given you the Book and wisdom, if there comes to you a messenger confirming what you have, you must believe in him and support him.” He added, “Do you affirm this covenant and accept this commitment?” They said, “Yes, we do.” Allah said, “Then bear witness, and I too am a Witness.” (3:81)
Our Supreme King has His ways of transferring knowledge to His creation, indeed Allah mentioned about the previous prophets in the Holy Quran, and no other prophet was mentioned after our beloved Muhammad ﷺ. What more evidence is needed for the believers and non-believers about Prophet Muhammad ﷺ being the last of all the prophets and messengers?
In a Hadith the Holy Prophet ﷺ said,
‘The similitude of all of the Prophets and me is like that of a person who built a marvelous and beautiful building, around which people began to walk, commenting, ‘We have not seen a more excellent building than this, except for this (empty space for a) brick (which is missing). So, I am the (final) brick (of that building).’ (Sahih al-Bukhari 3535, Book 61, Hadith 44) (Muslim, p. 965, Hadees: 5959)
“The phrase Khatamu ’n-Nabiyyīn (“Seal of the Prophets”) is a title used in the Quran to designate the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is generally regarded to mean that Muhammad is the last of the prophets sent by God.” – Source: Wikipedia
In one of his interactive sessions with the public, renowned Islamic Scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, shared some insight into this subject, while answering a question;
- “A Prophet is a chosen one by Allah (swt) to whom Allah (swt) trusts and directly communicates His guidance and revelations to deliver to the people to whom he is sent. The difference between all the previous Prophets (alaihi us salaam) and Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wassallam) is that the former were only sent to their respective nations and not to entire mankind but Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wassallam) was sent to the entire mankind. As the saying goes with higher status comes greater responsibility therefore guidance for entire mankind till the day of judgment can only be assigned to someone who is truly deserving of this status and that was Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wassallam).
- Irbad ibn Sarya relates that the Prophet said: “Verily I was written in Allah’s Presence as the Seal of Prophets while verily Adam was still kneaded in his clay.” (Narrated by Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, and al-Hakim in his Mustadrak.) In another narration The Prophet also said: “I was a Prophet while Adam was still between the spirit and the body.” (Tirmidhi narrated it and said it hasan sahih, and it is authenticated by al-Hakim 2:609 as sahih, and also narrated by Ibn Abi Shayba in his Musannaf 14:292, and al-Bukhari in his Tarikh 7:374)
- … Previous Prophets mentioned him and that traces of Prophet Muhammad’s references are still found in many scriptures around the world despite evidence of their tampering such as Biblical, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Buddhist ,etc.”
In another article, Zaid Shaw mentions;
Amazingly Allah (swt) refers to Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wassallam) as the mercy for entire creation including Adam (alaihi salaam) and his children:
And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds. (21:107)
In Quran, Surah Al-Ma’idah, Verse 3, Allah states in the Āyat Ikmāl ad-Dīn (Arabic: آیَة إِکْمَال الدِّيْن, Verse of the Perfection of the Religion) which was revealed on the day of Arafah during the Farewell Pilgrimage (Source: Wikipedia)
‘…Today I have perfected your faith for you, completed My favor upon you, and chosen Islam as your way…’ (5:3)
This above verse shows us proof of Islam being perfected by the Almighty, with no space or weaknesses remaining, and no mention of any future books or prophets to be sent by Him after Muhammad ﷺ and The Holy Quran. This undoubtedly is a favor on us by our merciful Lord, AlhamdoLillah, for He wishes all of us to stay on the right path and be guided by Quran and Sunnah for leading a purposeful, blessed life. Our hearts and minds to be focused on the reaction of all our actions in order to be certain that we will enter Jannah by Allah’s grace and His Prophet’s ﷺ prayer.
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I have been sent to perfect good character.” Source: al-Muwaṭṭa’ 1614, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Abdul Barr
Subhan Allah, a symbol of blessing, kindness and mercy for all mankind, our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, shares with His followers that He was sent to us in order to reveal the qualities to be instilled in us for our moral well-being. Being humble and compassionate with our fellow brothers and sisters lays the foundation of a perfect Muslim. Lord Almighty loves those who are generous and considerate in all their worldly matters.
The following Hadith sheds further light on why Muhammad ﷺ emphasized on being sent to ‘perfect’ good character:
Abu Darda reported:
The Prophet ﷺ, said, “Nothing is heavier upon the scale of a believer on the Day of Resurrection than his good character. Verily, Allah hates the vulgar and obscene.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2002, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut
Indeed, Islam was termed as ‘complete’ after the revelation of Quran and the arrival of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Following the footsteps of our beloved Prophet ﷺ and the teachings of the Quran can assist us in gaining a deeper understanding of how to become better Muslims and a humbler version of ourselves. Showing respect to our Prophet and accepting Him as Khatemun-nabiyyeen, the last of the Prophets, is deemed an essential part of Islam. A believer needs to continuously strive to research more in regards to the messages delivered to us via The Holy Quran and the Sunnah. May Allah aid us in connecting deeply and passionately with our deen Islam and in adapting the Sunnah, inculcating Prophet’s ﷺ sayings, actions, qualities and attributes to make our lives beautiful and blessed.
Muslims, in Name ONLY
It seems like being a Muslim has become merely a birthright for us all. The thought of living according to the principles and teachings of Islam doesn’t cross our minds. Even if the elders initiate instilling the basic religious values in the new generation, they are faced with resistance and retaliation. What I have learnt from my experience is that the parents need to start the religious education of their kids at a very early stage and certainly not when the kids reach adulthood. At that point, the younger minds are more receptive and begin to curiously learn about their faith.
Sadly, it is this distance and weakness of faith which has allowed such atrocities to come to life. If Muslims had firmly and patiently spread their dawah to the non-believers, and had shown true bonding to their faith, such fitnas could have been limited.
Surely, Allah Knows Best.