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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
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"O you who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah, and be with the truthful." [Noble Quran 9:119]

"If you obeyed most of those on earth they would mislead you far from Allah's way." [Noble Quran 6:116]

Return to the QURAN only - the complete and final STAND-ALONE Divine Message which also contains the authentic sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)

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I bear witness that NONE is worthy of worship except ALLAH, He has NO partner nor partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the slave and Final Messenger of Allah.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Is there a difference between a "Prophet" and a "Messenger?"

According to the explanations of our scholars, the difference between a 'Prophet' and a 'Messenger' is: a Prophet is one who is inspired by the Divine Power periodically but does not receive any revelations forming a Divine Scripture. Messenger is one who is inspired by Allah and receives revelations resulting in the formation of a Divine Book. Then again, some splinter groups often referred to as 'modernists' nurture a different view. They claim that being a Messenger is independent of being a Prophet.

A study of the Glorious Quran tells us that both of the above views are thoroughly incorrect. The Quran conveys no such ideas at all. That's because there is no difference between a 'Prophet' and a 'Messenger' in the needless manner explained by the modernists and the scholars.

The words "Prophet" (or Nabi) and "Messenger (or Rasool) are simply two different grammatical terms elucidating two different definitions. The decision of Allah Almighty of selecting a special person to deliver His Message to humanity makes that special person a "Prophet." Following this selection, the act of delivering the Message of Allah to humanity makes that Prophet a "Messenger." As easy and clear as that.

Every Prophet was selected by Allah for the special mission of delivering His Message. No Prophet ever came without this responsibility which was the purpose of their selection. The mission of every Prophet defines the 'job description' of his Messengership. When we discuss the personality of that special person chosen by Allah, we refer to him as a "Prophet." But when we highlight the details of his mission, calling humanity to the Message of Allah, we refer to him as a "Messenger." Thus, it's not possible to be a Messenger without first being chosen as a Prophet by receiving inspiration from Allah as a confirmation of this special selection.

When Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) began being inspired, he gradually became reclusive and liked being alone, away from the noise and confusion of the society. This eventually led to his seeing Angel Gabriel at the command of Allah Almighty. That was Muhammad's Prophethood. The Divine Revelations that came periodically for the next 23 years constituted the mission of his Messengership to deliver those Messages to humanity.

Moreover, Allah Almighty knows with whom to place His Message, and He chooses a person with extraordinary morals (NOT ordinary morals) for His Mission.

This sudden confusion of differentiating between a 'Prophet' and a 'Messenger' was started by the misguided mischief-monger and fitna spreader, Rashid Khalifa, who tried to fool the world by saying that he was the "final messenger." To serve his own selfish motives, Khalifa misinterpreted Verse 33:40 of the Glorious Quran, even though this Verse gives NO reason to make any such distinctions.

"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is Aware {Al-'Alim} of all things." 33:40

The above verse plainly means that Allah preferred Muhammad above others (making Muhammad a Prophet) to deliver His Message (making Muhammad a Messenger). And since Allah decided to finish the process of sending Messages to humanity after the completion of the Glorious Quran, therefore after Muhammad, Allah will choose none else. This brings an end to the era of Prophethood, and subsequently (and automatically) an end to Messengership as well.