6. The finality of prophethood
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad declared again and again that the
Holy Prophet Muhammad is the Khatam an-nabiyyin (or Khatam
al-anbiya), and that this means that no
prophet whatsoever can come after him, neither old nor new.
He gave this as an argument to prove that the prophet Jesus
cannot return in person. (Refs
He used the words “unconditionally”
and “absolutely” about the ending of
prophethood with the Holy Prophet Muhammad. (Refs
Extracts from statements of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
RK = Ruhani Khaza’in, the 23 volume collection
of books of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
MI = Majuma Ishtiharat, collection of published announcements
of Hazrat Mirza.
1. “The Holy Prophet had repeatedly
said that no prophet would come after him, and the hadith
There is no prophet after me was so well-known
that no one had any doubt about its authenticity. And the Holy Quran,
every word of which is binding, in its verse he is the Messenger
of Allah and the Khatam an-nabiyyin, confirmed that
prophethood has in fact ended with our Holy
Prophet. Then how could it be possible that any prophet should
come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, according to the real meaning
of prophethood? This would have destroyed the entire fabric of Islam.
Kitab al-Bariyya, p. 184, footnote. RK vol.
13, pp. 217-218. [TOP]
2. “In brief, God by naming the Holy Prophet as Khatam
an-nabiyyin in the Quran, and the Holy Prophet himself by saying
There is no prophet after me in Hadith, had
settled the matter that no prophet can come after the Holy Prophet,
in terms of the real meaning of prophethood.
Kitab al-Bariyya, p. 185, footnote. RK,
vol. 13, p. 218. [TOP]
3. “I firmly believe that our Holy Prophet Muhammad is the
Khatam al-anbiya, and after him no
prophet shall come for this Muslim people, neither new nor old.
Nishan Asmani, p. 28. RK, vol. 4, p. 30.
4. The Holy Quran does not permit the coming of any
messenger (rasul) after the Khatam an-nabiyyin,
whether a new one or an old one.
Izala Auham, p. 761. RK, vol. 3, p. 511.
5. The actual fact, to which I testify with the highest
testimony, is that our Holy Prophet is the Khatam al-anbiya,
and after him no prophet will come, neither
any old one nor any new one.
Anjam Atham, p. 27, footnote. RK, vol. 11,
p. 27. [TOP]
6. It does not befit God that He should send a prophet
after the Khatam an-nabiyyin, or that He should re-start
the system of prophethood after having terminated it.
Ainah Kamalat Islam, p. 377. RK, vol. 5,
p. 377. [TOP]
7. The Holy Quran, in the verses, This day
I have perfected for you your religion, and He
is the Messenger of Allah and the Khatam an-nabiyyin,
has ended prophethood with the Holy Prophet
Muhammad. And it has said in plain words that the Holy Prophet
is Khatam al-anbiya.
Tuhfa Golarwiya, p. 83. RK, vol.
17, p. 174. [TOP]
8. Allah is the Being Who ... made Adam and sent messengers
and scriptures, and last of all sent Muhammad,
may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, who is the Khatam
al-anbiya and the best of messengers.
Haqiqat al-Wahy, p. 141. RK, vol.
22, p. 145. [TOP]
9. In his book Izala Auham, Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has in one place quoted and then translated into
Urdu the Khatam an-nabiyyin verse of the Quran (ch. 33,
v. 40). He has translated the term Khatam an-nabiyyin as
the one to end the prophets
(Urdu: “khatam karnai wala hai nabiyon ka).
After this, he then comments:
“This verse also clearly argues that, after our Holy
Prophet Muhammad, no messenger shall come into the world. Therefore,
it is proved perfectly manifestly that the Messiah, son of Mary,
cannot return to this world.
Izala Auham, p. 614. RK, vol. 3, p. 431.
10. The fact that our Holy Prophet is the Khatam
al-anbiya also requires the death of Jesus because if
another prophet comes after him, he cannot remain the Khatam
al-anbiya, nor can the type of revelation given to prophets
be considered as terminated. The return of Jesus is not mentioned
anywhere in the Holy Quran, but the ending
of prophethood is mentioned perfectly clearly. To make a
distinction between the coming of an old prophet [i.e Jesus] and
a new prophet is mischievous. Neither the Hadith nor the Quran make
such a distinction, and the negation contained in the hadith report
There is no prophet after me is general. What
audacity, boldness and insolence it is to depart from the clear
meaning of the Quran, in pursuit of one's feeble conjectures, and
believe in the coming of a prophet after the Khatam al-anbiya!
Ayyam as-Sulh, p. 146. RK, vol. 14, p. 392-393.
11. Muhammad ... is the
Messenger of Allah and the Khatam an-nabiyyin. Do
you not know that the Merciful Lord has declared our Holy Prophet
to be the Khatam al-anbiya unconditionally,
and our Holy Prophet has explained this in his words: There
is no prophet after me, which is a clear explanation
for the seekers of truth.
Hamamat al-Bushra, p. 81-82. RK, vol. 7,
p. 200. [TOP]
12. By saying There is no prophet after
me, the Holy Prophet Muhammad closed
the door absolutely to any new prophet or the return of any
Ayyam as-Sulh, p. 152. RK, vol. 14, p. 400.