Friday, 7 November 2014

Imam Ibn Qutaybah: Hadith 'No Prophet After Me' Means No Prophet who will Abrogate the Shari'ah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The great Imam of dream interpretation, Ibn Qutaybah (Rahimahullah), in explaining the Athar of Aisha "Say he is Khaatam an Nabiyyeen but do not say there is no prophet after him" writes:

وأما قول عائشة رضى الله عنها : قولوا لرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم خاتم الأنبياء ولا تقولوا لا نبي بعده : فأنها تذهب إلى نزول عيسى عليه السلام وليس هذا من قولها ناقضاً لقول النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا نبي بعدي: لأنه أراد لا نبي بعدي ينسخ ما جئت به كما كانت الأنبياء صلى الله عليهم وسلم تبعث بالنسخ وأرادت هي: لا تقولوا إن المسيح لا ينزل بعده

As for the saying of AishaRA: "Do say the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم is the Seal of the Prophets, but don't say there is no prophet after him." Then she was referring to the descent of Jesus peace be upon him. And this saying (of Aisha) does not contradict the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم "There is no Prophet after me", because the meaning of "no prophet after me" is that no one will abrogate what I have come with like how the Prophets peace be upon them were sent with abrogation. And her intention was "Don't say that the Messiah won't descend after him"
Source: Ta'wil Mukhtalif al-Hadith, P. 360

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