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Beliefs Relating To Nabuwat

Belief: A Nabi refers to that human upon whom Allah sent down Wahi (revelation) for the purpose of guidance. A Rasool is not only specific to humans, as there are Angels as well who are Rasools.

Belief: All Nabis were human and men. Neither was any Jin nor any woman a Nabi.

Belief: Almighty Allah is not obligated to send Prophets. Through His Grace, He sent down Prophets for the guidance of the people.

Belief: It is necessary for revelation to descend upon a Nabi, be this through an Angel or without any means.

Belief: Almighty Allah revealed many scriptures (Sahifas) and Heavenly Books to numerous Nabis. Four from amongst them are very prominent: The Taurat, which was revealed to Hazrat Musa عليه السلام, The Zaboor, which was revealed to Hazrat Dawood عليه السلام, The Injeel, which was revealed to Hazrat Esa عليه السلام, and the most exalted Book, The Holy Qur’an, which was revealed upon the most exalted Prophet, Hazrat Ahmad-e-Mujtaba Muhammad Mustafa عليه السلام. All the Books of Allah are equally regarded as His Divine Word and there is no question of one being superior to the other except in the sense of one being a means of greater reward than the other. Allah is One and His Word is One. There is no room for more or less exalted in His Kalaam, as His Kalaam (Divine Word) is Qadeem.

Belief: All the Heavenly books and scriptures are Haq (True) and all are the ‘Word of Allah’. It is necessary to bring Imaan in everything which has been mentioned in them. However, it must be noted that Almighty Allah entrusted the past books to the followers (Ummah) of that time but they were not able to preserve or memorise it. The Word of Allah did not remain with them in the original form as it had been revealed to them because the mischievous ones amongst them altered these books, making changes, additions and deletions to suit their own desires. This is known as Tahreef. Thus, if anything from these books are presented to us and we find that it is in conformity with the Qur’an, then we should acknowledge it and if it is contrary to the Qur’an, then we should know for certain that it is one of those things which were altered. If we are unable to establish whether it is in conformity with the Qur’an or contrary, then we should neither reject nor acknowledge it but we should say:

We believe in Allah, in His Angels, His Books and All His Prophets

Belief: As this Religion (Islam) is to remain forever, Almighty Allah has taken upon Himself the responsibility of protecting and preserving the Qur’an. Almighty Allah says:

“Verily We have revealed this Qur’an (Divine Message), and indeed We are its Protector.” [Surah 15 Verse 9]

It is thus Muhaal (totally and absolutely impossible) to change even a single alphabet or dot in the Holy Qur’an. Even if all the people in the world come together with the intention of altering it, they will not be able to do so. Thus, anyone who says that any Chapter, Verse, Surah or even a single alphabet of the Holy Qur’an has been altered added or deleted; is undoubtedly a kaafir (unbeliever), for he has refuted the verse of the Qur’an which we have quoted above.

Belief: The Holy Qur’an is by itself testimony of it being the Word of Allah, as it clearly announces:

“And if you have any doubt in that, which We have revealed upon our (Most Chosen) servant (Muhammad .), then present a Surah like it, and summon all your helpers except Allah, to assist you if you are on the right. Subsequently, if you fail to present it; and We declare that you will fail to present it; then fear the fire whose fuel is man and stone; which has been kept ready for the unbelievers.” [Surah 2, Verse 23-24]

The unbelievers tried their level best to do this but could not produce even a single verse equal to that of the Qur’an and they shall never be able to do so.

Belief: The past books were only memorized by the Ambia-e- Kiraam عليهم السلام The miracle of the Qur’an is that even little children amongst the Muslims have memorized it.

Belief: There are 7 Qirats (styles of recitation) of reciting the Holy Qur’an that are well known and continuous. (Allah Forbid) There is no difference in the actual meaning of the Qur’an when reciting any one of the 7 styles. All of them are correct. The uncomplicated way for the Ummah, is for each to recite in the style which is most convenient for him. The ruling is that the style of recitation that is most prominent in a particular country is the style that should be recited in the gathering of the people there. Like in India (and many other countries) the Qir’at of Aasim on the narration of Hafs is recited. This should be done so that due to ignorance, the common people do not commit kufr by rejecting another style, which they have no knowledge of.

Belief: The Holy Qur’an has rendered many verses of the other books inapplicable. Likewise, some verses of the Qur’an make other verses of the Qur’an Mansookh (inapplicable).

Belief: Naskh (to become inapplicable) refers to certain verses which are applicable for a certain duration only, but it is not evidently mentioned that these verses only apply for that particular duration. When the stipulated duration elapses, then another command is revealed, from which it apparently seems that the earlier command has become inapplicable. However, in reality if it is carefully examined, then it becomes evident that what it really shows is that the duration for that particular command has elapsed. Some people interpret Mansookh (inapplicable) to mean nullified. This is absolutely incorrect and extremely prohibited. All of Allah’s Commands are Haq (True) and always valid, and there is no question of any of them being nullified.

Belief: Some of the references in the Qur’an are Muhkam (i.e. They are clear and well understood) whereas there are other references in the Holy Qur’an which are Mutashabeh (i.e. not so clear and not

understandable). The true meanings regarding these are only known to Allah and Allah’s Rasool .. To seek out Mutashabeh references in the Holy Qur’an and to try to decipher them is the way of a person

who has scepticism in his heart.

Belief: The Wahi-e-Nabuwat (Divine Revelation that descends on Prophets) is only unique to Nabis. To assign this uniqueness to any non Nabi causes one to become an unbeliever. Even that which is revealed to a Nabi in his dream is regarded as Wahi (Divine Revelation) and it can never be untrue. The things which are inspired upon the heart of a Wali (saintly personality), either in his dream or whilst he is awake, is known as Ilhaam. The wahi-eshaitaan (evil whispering of the shaitaan) occurs to those with evil schemes, such as the soothsayers, conjurers and other unbelievers and open sinners.

Belief: Nabuwat (Prophethood) is not Kasbi, i.e. it is not something that can be acquired through self effort and striving in worship. This is something which Almighty Allah by His Grace bestows upon whom He Wills. Verily, He has bestowed it to those whom He has made worthy of this unique position. They are pure from all undesirable qualities and blessed with all the most exalted qualities and character traits even before being blessed with Nabuwat. They have already surpassed the many levels of Wilaayat. His ancestry, lineage, body, words, actions and practices are free from anything which is abominable and undesirable. They are blessed with great wisdom and perfectly incomparable intelligence, which surpasses the intelligence of all others. The intelligence of any intellectual or

philosopher cannot even come close to a hundred thousandth fraction of their intelligence.

“Allah knows well where to place (entrust) His Divine Message” [Surah 6, Verse 124]

‘It is Allah’s Grace; He bestows it to whom He Wills. And Allah is the Most Benevolent [Surah 62, Verse 4]

One who accepts Nabuiwat to be Kasbi, meaning that one who believes that a person can acquire Nabuwat by his self effort and striving in worship, is a kaafir (unbeliever).

Belief: One, who believes that a Nabi can lose his Nabuiwat (Station of Prophethood), is a kaafir.

Belief: It is essential for a Nabi to be ‘Maasum’ (absolutely free from the ability to sin). This is a unique quality which has only been afforded to Nabis and Angels. With the exception of a Nabi and Angel, none other can be regarded as being Maasum. Those who consider the Imams to be Maasum like the Ambia-e-Kiraamعليهم السلام  are injudicious and misguided. Ismat-e-Ambia means that the Ambia  عليهم السلام have been promised protection by Allah, due to which, it is Muhaal, i.e. absolutely impossible in the light of the Shariat, for them to sin. With regards to the Great Imams and the Awliyah Allah, the unlikeness is that even though Allah protects them from sinning, and thus they do not sin; but according to the Shariat, if it does occur then it is not something which is considered to be Muhaal. The Ambia  عليهم السلامare free from shirk (polytheism), kufr (committing infidelity), and from all such disreputable and vile practices and qualities which are the cause of abhorrence to the people; such as lies and deceit, breach of trust, ignorance and all other opprobrious qualities. They are also free from all such actions that are contrary to the traits of dignity and politeness. It is unanimously accepted that they are free from all of these (and like things) even before and after being bestowed with Nabuiwat. They are also absolutely Maasoom1 from committing Kaba’ir (major sins). The reality is that they are Maasoom from even intending to commit even Sagha’ir (minor sins) even before and after being bestowed with Nabuwat.

Belief: The Ambia   عليهم السلامhave delivered all the commandments which Allah revealed upon them for the people. Any person, who says that any Nabi did not pass down any commandment of Allah due to fear or any other reason, is a kaafir.

Belief: It is absolutely impossible for Nabis  عليهم السلامto make any error in propagating and delivering the commandments of Allah.

Belief: It is essential for the bodies of the Ambia عليهم السلام to be free from illnesses, such as leprosy, leucoderma and all other illnesses that cause abhorrence.