Seal of the prophets : Hatem Al-Anbiya

Hatem Al-Anbiya

This terms is one of the attributes of our Prophet Muhammad(saw), implying the fact that he is last of the prophets.

Allah(j.j) has directed mankind with various prophets before in the history, to all nations, in different eras. This reality is referred in Holy Quran;

For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger, (with the Command), “Serve Allah, and eschew Evil”: of the People were some whom Allah guided, and some on whom error became inevitably (established). So travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied (the Truth). (An-Nahl 16/36)

It is also stated briefly in Quran that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet:

Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Last of the prophets; and Allah is cognizant of all things. (Al-Azhab 33/40)

This ayat can easily be interpreted as there will be no prophets after him. Because the religion he has brought us is the last, most perfect and global one, which is also beyond ages. Its assessments has the value of finding solutions to mankind’s all problems until the judgement day.

The word hatem in this ayat also means “seal”

Also in Quran it is mentioned that;

And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery!” (As-Saff 61/6)

In Islamic literature, terms like hatem-al-mursalyn and hatem an-nabiyyeena are also used in lieu of the term hatem al-anbiya. Mursalyn means “the one who is sent” and nabiy means prophet.










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