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Author: Sheikh Touqeer Ansari

Introduction: The lineage of prophethood, as established by Quranic teachings, culminated with the final prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him). However, in various parts of the world, individuals have emerged claiming prophethood after him. Examining such claims sheds light on the significance of understanding the Quranic narrative and its implications for humanity.


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Ahmadiyya Movement and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya movement in India during the 19th century, claimed to be a subordinate prophet and the Promised Messiah. This claim sparked controversy within the Muslim community, as it deviated from the traditional belief in Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the final prophet.


Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammad: In America, Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam during the mid-20th century, claimed to be a prophet. His teachings focused on racial empowerment and upliftment but diverged from mainstream Islamic beliefs regarding prophethood.


The Black Stone Foundation and Gholam Ahmed Parvez: Gholam Ahmed Parvez, a scholar in Pakistan, founded the Black Stone Foundation and claimed to receive revelations. While not explicitly claiming prophethood, his teachings challenged traditional interpretations of Islamic texts.


Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen: Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a spiritual teacher from Sri Lanka, claimed to be a divine manifestation. He established a following in America and emphasized universal spirituality and love.


Quranic Perspective – Surah Al-Ahzab, Verse 40: Quran chapter 33, verse 40, reinforces the finality of prophethood with the statement, “Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets.” This verse unequivocally signifies the completion of prophetic lineage with Muhammad (peace be upon him).


The Significance of Lineage and Message: These claims highlight the importance of understanding the Quranic narrative and the seal of prophethood. Muhammad’s role as the last prophet carries immense significance for maintaining the integrity of Islamic teachings and the unity of the Muslim community.


Evaluating Claims in Light of Quranic Teaching: It is essential to evaluate post-Muhammad prophetic claims with the Quranic framework in mind. The Quranic narrative emphasizes the finality of prophethood, safeguarding the authenticity and continuity of the message.


Unity Amidst Diversity: While these claims may have divergent interpretations, the core tenet of unity in Islamic belief remains unshaken. A shared commitment to the teachings of the Quran and the seal of prophethood binds Muslims together.


Conclusion: The emergence of post-Muhammad prophetic claims prompts reflection on the significance of the Quranic narrative and its implications for humanity. Quranic teachings establish the finality of prophethood with Muhammad (peace be upon him), reinforcing the unity of belief and emphasizing the role of the Quran as the ultimate guide for all mankind.


While diverse beliefs exist, understanding the Quranic perspective is paramount in navigating these claims within the context of Islamic faith.

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