Thursday, 28 January 2021

Hadith: There is no Prophesy after me except if Allah wills

 باسمك اللهم

سبحان ذى الجبروت والملكوت والكبرياء والعظمة

Previously I quoted the statement of the great imam Ibn Abd al-Barr regarding the Hadith:

لَا ‌نُبُوَّةَ ‌بَعْدِي ‌إِلَّا ‌مَا ‌شَاءَ ‌اللَّهُ

"There is no prophesy after me except if Allah wills”

Although this Hadith is considered a fabrication by some, Ibn Abd al-Barr was cautious enough not to dismiss it out of hand, but to explain the exception as referring to the truthful visions that are one of the parts of prophesy, the occurrence of which is affirmed by the Muslims of virtually all schools of thought.

Along with Ibn Abd al-Barr, the great imam and exegete, al-Qurtubi (1214-1273 CE), mentioned this Hadith in connection with his explanation of the Ayah of Khatm an-Nubuwwah:

قُلْتُ: وَقَدْ رُوِيَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: (‌لَا ‌نُبُوَّةَ ‌بَعْدِي ‌إِلَّا ‌مَا ‌شَاءَ ‌اللَّهُ). قَالَ أَبُو عُمَرَ: يَعْنِي الرُّؤْيَا- وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ- الَّتِي هِيَ جُزْءٌ مِنْهَا، كَمَا قَالَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ: (لَيْسَ يَبْقَى بَعْدِي مِنَ النُّبُوَّةِ إِلَّا الرُّؤْيَا الصَّالِحَةُ)

I say: It has been narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم that: “there is no Prophesy after me except if Allah wills”. Abu Umar said: “meaning the Visions – and Allah knows better – which a part of it [Prophesy], as he عليه السلام said: “nothing remains after from Prophesy except pious Visions” (Tafsir al-Qurtubi v.17 p.166):

Therefore, while the Hadith may not be established as a saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم its meaning, as explained by Ibn Abd al-Barr is certainly correct.

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