The Finality of Prophethood in the Qur'aan

Scores of Qur'aanic verses, and hundreds of Ahaadeeth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam can be cited in support of this belief, i.e. the "Finality of prophethood". To reproduce here all the Qur'aanic verses and the Ahaadeeth supporting this belief would take us too far afield. However, a verse from the Holy Qur'aan is being quoted here which clarifies this belief of Muslims. Thereafter, quoting the interpretation of the term Khaatamun Nabiyyeen given by the Qadianis and the interpretation given by the Muslims, I will bring forth evidence to prove that the commentary and the interpretation presented by the Muslims is supported by Qur'aan and Ahaadeeth, and other sources of interpretations of Qur'aan, thus leaving no doubt concerning the finality of prophethood.

"Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the apostle of Allah and the seal of the prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things." (Soorah 33, verse 40).

In this verse the following points are to take note of:

  1. The Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam has been decribed as the "Seal of the prophets" or the "Last of the prophets", and not the holder or the possessor of the seal. The holder of the seal in the sense of "prophet-maker" is non else but Almighty Allah.

  2. The Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is described as the "Seal of Prophets" i.e. all categories of prophets - legislative or non legislative, "Zilli" or "Buroozi".

  3. A seal is affixed at the end of a message, decree or enlistment so that there should be no further addition to it.

This verse from the holy Qur'aan is the most clear evidence for the belief of "Khatm-e-Nubuwwat" (finality of prophethood). The well known Mufassir Allaamah Haafiz Ibne Katheer rahmatullahi alayhi writes in his book:
"This verse is a clear evidence for this belief that there is no prophet after the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam".

(Tafseer Ibne Katheer, P. 501, Volume 3)

Zilli or Buroozi
Zilli or Buroozi-- Both the words are of Arabic origin. Zilli literally means "shadowy". But Mirza Ghulaam Ahmad Qadiani has used this term to shield his claim to prophethood. By Zilli prophet he means a prophet who reflects a perfect form of the person of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam as well as of his prophethood. Buroozi means a prophet who has appeared as an incarnation of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

The Islaamic Interpretation of the Term "Khaatamun Nabiyyeen"