In the preceding lines, the finality of prophethood of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam has been proven from the Qur'aan, the Ahaadeeth, the opinions of Sahaabah, Muhadditheen, Mufassireen and eminent scholars of Islaam, briefly but conclusively. It leaves the reader in no doubt that for the last 1400 years there has been complete unanimity of views among the Muslims that the word "Khaatamun Nabiyyeen" means the last and final Prophet and that the door of further prophethood is absolutely closed and no prophet of any category will be born after the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam - whether Zilli, Buroozi, Legislative or non-Legislative.
A Muslim must believe that the real object of sending the Prophets, as stated in the Qur'aan, was achieved with the advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This was his greatest distinction and excellence that the religion Islaam was perfected and completed, and prophethood was finalized upon him. The finality of prophethood was the biggest honour bestowed on him and his Ummah by Allah Taaala.
Allaamah Haafiz Ibne
Katheer rahmatullahi alayh says in his
Tafseer, Page 482, Vol. 1 :
"This is the greatest favour of Allah Taaala upon this Ummah that He has perfected for them their religion. Therefore, they will not be needful of a religion other than Islaam nor of another Prophet other than their Prophet (i.e. the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. This is why Allah has made him the last and final Prophet and sent him to both the humans and the Jinns."
We have not been
deprived of the blessings of prophethood, but as the sun abolishes the need of a lamp, so has Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam terminated the chain of prophethood.
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