Message No : 6Sr.No : 13/725
Question By : M.Z.CHIDA

Dear Sir
Assalamu Alaikum,
I have received a message which I am pasting below. Will you please help me to reply to it.?

Kind Regards
M.Z.CHIDA.

''I have just read the translation of The Last Sermon you sent to us.
There is something in it which I am reading for the first time. I have checked the Arabic text in Ibn Hisham's Seera of the Prophet as well as the English rendering of the sermon in Haykal's The Life of the Prophet but I cannot find anywhere the passage ''no Prophet or Apostle will come after me''. Could please clarify this point for me ? Besides there are also some inaccuracies in the translation of the Arabic text. Just to mention the following ''perhaps you shall not see me again after this''. A better version would be ''I do not know whether I shall meet you again on such an occasion in the future'' as this is nearer to the Arabic text.''

 

Reply By : (Mufti) Md. Obaidullah Qasmi
Designation : Mufti:MMERC Mumbai 

Dear brother in Islam
Wa'alaikumus-salam
Many Ahadith and Seerat books have narrated the last sermon of the Prophet (s.a.w.). Some books have narrated it briefly while the others have narrated the whole speech. Although some books did not narrate the statement of the finality of the Prophet yet other books have (P.T.O) mentioned it. Ar-Raheeq-al-Makhtum, an authentic book on Seerah narrates on the authority of Rahmatul-lil Alameen v.1 p.263,''Yaa Ayyuhan-naas! In-nahu Laa Nabi-ya Ba'dee Wa Laa Ummata Ba'dokum O people, I am not succeeded by a Prophet and you are not succeeded by any nation.''(Ar-raheeq al-Makhtum English version P.464)
This book was awarded First Prize in the worldwide competition on the biography of the Prophet held at Makkah Al-Mukarramah in 1979.
Regarding the translation I consulted many books of Ahadith, which narrated the Last Sermon of the Prophet. I came to the conclusion that the translation as'' I do not know whether I shall meet you again on such an occasion in the future'' is better version and nearer to the Arabic text in comparison to the translation ''perhaps you shall not see me again after this''.
However, the finality of prophet-hood is proved by many Qur'anic verses and hundreds of the Sayings of the Prophet. Despite these all strong proofs from Qur'an, Sunnah and Ijmaul Ummah, if a person has even remote doubt about the finality of prophet-hood, he will be out of the fold of Islam. If you need satisfactory proofs and references from the Qur'an and Hadith on this subject, ask again kindly.
Thanking You

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