Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2013

KHATAM E NABUWAT (the finality of prophet hood)



One of the essential beliefs of a Muslim is in the Prophet Hood and the finality of prophet hood. Even the single line of the Kalma, that one has to recite to enter into the circle of Islam demands one to owe that he believes in Allah and His Prophet (P.B.U.H). A prophet is a person appointed by Allah on the earth to act as his messenger. One cannot become a prophet by choice or by birth. By means of some special angels Allah conveys His messages to the prophets and they in turn convey it to the people in the world. These prophets are the means of telling people about the way of living, accepting His will on how to lead their lives.

For the guidance of mankind, Allah has sent his prophets in every era, in every society, so that there is not a place on earth where people would claim that they did not get Allah’s message. The number of prophets had been one Lac and twenty four thousand.

The finality of Prophet Hood Ore Khatam e Nabuwwatt means that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) is the last prophet of Allah on earth and after him the process of sending prophets and a messenger has finished ended and sealed. He has completed the work of Allah and spread His word on every point on earth, so there is no longer the need for any other prophet. The prophet hood of Mohammad (P.B.U.M) will continue till the doomsday and even beyond that, till the existence of times and forever.

There are many Quranic verses that confirm this concept.

“Mohammad is not furthering any of your men. However he is the messenger of Almighty Allah and the Last of the Prophets. In addition, Allah almighty has completed the knowledge of things.”  The Holy Quran, Surah Al Ahzab 33:40

Also it is said in the holy Quran in clear word in Surah Almaidah’

“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you, Islam as your religion.”

These were the verses from the Quran, but Holy Prophet himself has given proof of his being the last prophet.

One authentic tradition is: “The tribe of Israel was guided by prophets. When a prophet passed away, another prophet succeeded him. No prophets will come after me, only caliphs will succeed me.”

Then once Mohammad said, “My position in relation to the prophets who came before me can be explained with this example. A man erected a building and made it very beautiful and graceful, but left a place for one brick, empty. People see it all around and admire its beauty but they would wonder why a place of a brick has been left empty. I am just like that brick that will complete the building and I am the last of the Prophets.”

Jabir Ibn Abed Allah quoted “it is in me that the line of prophets came to its final end.”

In Masnad Ahmed it has been written that the Prophet said that I have six flavors in extra to those enjoyed by all prophets before me. And they are:

The remnants of wars were made legal for me.

I have been gifted with pithy and perfect speech.

For me, the whole earth has been declared okay to perform worship. That is the offering of prayers is not specified to any particular place or the center of worship, in fact it can be performed any place. And if anybody does not have the facility of water, then he or she can clean him/herself by Tayammmum.

I have given victory because of my awe.

I have been chosen to carry the message of Allah to the whole of the world ( not to some particular city, tribe, area)

The line of prophets has come to its end at me.

Prophet Mohammad also used to say, I am Mohammed, I am Ahmad, I am the Effacer and infidelity shall be erased through me. I am the Assembler. People shall be assembled on the doomsday after my time. And I am the last in the sense that no prophet shall succeed me.

Saad bin Abi Waqas once narrated, “Ali! You have the same status and relation to me as Haroon (AS) had with Moses (AS) with the exception that there is no prophet after me.

Hazrat Abu Ammara narrates. “I am the last of the prophets and you are the last of the Ummah.”

“I am the seal of the prophets and you are the seal of the Ummah.

Hazrat Abuzar narrated, “O Abuzar! The first one of the prophets is Hazrat Adam (AS) and the last of all the prophets is Hazrat Mohammad.”

Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)’s wife Hazrat Ayesha narrates “I am the last of the prophets, and my mosque is the last of the mosques of the prophets.”

In Masnad Ahmed it is written, “Allah will send no Apostle after me, but only Mubashshirat.”

In all these Hadiths it has been declared and said very clearly and explicitly that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) was the last prophet of Allah and he completed the teachings of Islam, the greatest book ever for mankind was revealed onto him and with this He sealed the teachings of Islam as well as prophet hood.

After the passing away of the Prophet, there was the rise of people who claimed that they were prophet but this was already warned to us from our Prophet. “There will be thirty faithless liars of the highest order. Each one of them will claim to be a prophet. Whereas in fact, I am the last of the prophets. No prophet is to come after me.”

The whole Muslim Uma is very firm in the belief of finality of prophet hood. Anyone who denies the khatam e nabuwwah infidel, a traitor  and a liar. The scholars of Islamic jurisprudence, Tafseer and hadith are all agreed on this.

As warned by the Prophet some of the famous people who those as lairs are Musellema Kazzab and the Ahmadiya community. The Ahmadis belief that the subordinate prophet hood is still open. They believe that new prophets can come although they will be lower to the prophet (S.A.W) in perfection and excellence. They claimed that Mirza Ghulam Ahmed is the promised messenger after (S.A.W).  He claims that he is not here to bring a change but to establish the rule of religion. The Ahmadiya community all beliefs in this non law bearing prophet hood.

Since the up rise of these Ahmadis these have been a lot of differences between them and traditional Muslims.  They interpret from one of the Ayas of Quran, a meaning that one can be a prophet who can rise to the heights of righteousness and piousness. The entire Ummah has a consensus on this matter that anyone who claims such things is kefir. This is the reason that the Ahmadis have been declared as non Muslims by the government and laws of almost all Muslin countries.

In order to protect this faith of finality, a movement was started in Pakistan, called as the Tehreek-e-Khatame Nabuwwat. This movement dates back to 1880 and gained momentum in 1934 and then in 1974 the Ahmadis were declared non Muslims.

So the belief in the finality of the prophet (P.B.U.H) lies at the basis of the beliefs of Muslim and he has to accept it as a whole by heart and mind. As any loophole in his belief is not tolerated at all. Any a complete deviation from this belief will bring an end to everything that he does or has ever done as a Muslim, as he no longer remains one. One can rise in the court of Allah by following his orders and that of His Prophet and utter belief in them both.


Khatam-e-Nabowat Conference was held on 26th of February, 2013. To view the complete video coverage please visit Sky Drive Folder

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