Finality of Prophethood

by. Syed Abul ĎAla Maududi

Table of Content

Foreword
Introduction
The Verdict of the Text of the Qur'an
The Dictionary Meaning of the Word 'Khatam-al-Nabiyyin'
The Observations of the Holy Prophet(PBUH) About the Finality of Prophethood
The Consensus of the Companions
The Consensus of all the Ulema of the Ummah
Is GOD the Enemy of our Faith?
Do We Need a Prophet Now?
A New Prophethood is a Curse Rather than a Blessing for the Ummah
The Reality of `Masih' i.e. "The Incarnation of Jesus Christ"
Traditions Relating to the Descent of Christ, Son of Mary
The Verdict of these Traditions

Forward

Of all the conspiracies hatched against Islam in modern times, the most dangerous is a false claim to Prophethood made in the beginning of this century. This claim has been the main cause of wide spread mental chaos amongst the Ummah for the last sixty years. Like all other schisms, the root cause of this mischief is that the Muslims are generally ignorant of their religion. Had they been truly imbued with its knowledge and developed a clear understanding of the article of faith relating to the finality of Prophethood, it would have been well-nigh impossible for any false claimant to Prophethood to take root and thrive among the people of Islam after the last ministry of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). At this juncture the most perfect and effective remedy for eradicating this evil is to educate the maximum number of people in the best possible manner about true faith in the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and stressing the importance and value of this article of faith in the religion of Islam.

It is also imperative that all doubts and skeptical notions about the final ministry of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) should be dispelled through reason and logic. This booklet has been prepared to serve this very purpose. Readers who find it useful should take a step further and extend their full co-operation in the propagation of its contents. This booklet ought to reach all literate people and they having studied it themselves should read it out to the non-literate. It is hoped that a study of this booklet will not only immunize people who have not been contaminated with this malady but would also make the truth manifest to the right-minded persons among those who have received some of its germs. However, those who have fallen victim to falsehood and are impervious to all reason--for them, hope and salvation lies only with Allah.

Abul A'la Maududi

Lahore:

February 12, 1962.