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Friday's Fatwa--Muhammad the seal and the Quran

A Muslim asked me

The Quran says to obey and follow the messenger. 
Basic principles are mentioned in Quran where something related to daily life is not described in Quran then we have to follow from the Hadiths. Following the message or Messenger is same because Muhammad Peace is upon him is Blessings for the whole universe.

It doesn’t matter how many people belief in one GOD until they don’t believe that Muhammad Peace be upon him is the messenger of Allah they will be assumed as non belivers. Until you dent believe that Muhammad Peace be upon him is the messenger of Allah u can’t even understand the value of Hadith. For your uncompleted information regarding to Hadith.

We receive Quran by Muhammad Peace be upon Him so the importance of acts and words of Prophet is much more than those who without knowing start saying against Muhammad..

And I reply

Well that wasn’t much of a question as much as it is a false belief.  as it is for too many. You’re under the misconception that believers must obey and follow the messenger, as if the messenger were a partner to God.  Following stories of the messenger, the Hadith, have caused women in Saudi Arabia to be denied the right to vote, drive or go out alone.

Following Hadith has caused most of the problems we see with Muslims living in the west, like the whole hajib issue which is based on really bad Hadith, as well as the disruption of the many of the societies Muslims have immigrated to.  Following Hadith is the main reason why so many Muslim countries are poor and are seen as backward.  Hadith are also the foundation for many fatwa’s which also cause the Muslims to be seen as ignorant, intolerant and barbaric.

The fact is, there are not many Hadith that serve the good of humanity.  Apostate laws, stoning laws, blasphemy laws, these are not found in the Quran only in Hadith, they are offensive not only to human dignity but in the eyes of God.

But let us dissect your view that you are to follow the messenger.  Here are 2 verses that have misled you to believe the messenger is more important than the message.

4:80"Whoever obeys the messenger, he indeed obeys Allah, and whoever turns back, so We have not sent you as a keeper over them."
What does it mean when it says; we have not sent you as a keeper over them?  Maybe you need to read the verses before and after.

4:78  "Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high!" If some good befalls them, they say, "This is from Allah.; but if evil, they say, "This is from thee" (O Prophet). Say: "All things are from Allah." But what hath come to these people, that they fail to understand a single fact?

4:79  Whatever good, (O man!) happens to thee, is from Allah. but whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul. and We have sent thee as an apostle to (instruct) mankind. And enough is Allah for a witness

4:80 He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah. But if any turn away, We have not sent thee to watch over their (evil deeds).

4:81 They have "Obedience" on their lips; but when they leave thee, a section of them Meditate all night on things very different from what thou tellest them. But Allah records their nightly (plots): So keep clear of them, and put thy trust in Allah, and enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs
What was Muhammad supposed to tell them?  Was he supposed to tell him about his life or about the message of one God?

And here we have another verse that some believe prove they are to follow the messenger instead of the message.  But how does it play out when you read the verses before and after?

8:20"O you who believe! Obey Allah and His messenger and do not turn back from Him while you hear"
Can you still hear the messenger?  No?  This verse was also given to the people at that time as you can see from the verses before and after.

8:19 (O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe!

8:21 Nor be like those who say, "We hear," but listen not

8:22 For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf and the dumb,- those who understand not
So what is this story about?  Does it still say to you, imitate or follow the prophet?  Or, is this story about what God is telling Muhammad?

And now we are back to a contentious subject.  Is the Quran complete?

16:89  And We have revealed the Book to you which has the clear explanation of everything, and a guidance and mercy and good news for those who submit."
Is this a lie?

7:3 Follow what has been revealed to you from your Sustainer and do not follow guardians besides Him (His Laws), how little do you mind."
And who is the sustainer, God or Muhammad?

28:49 "Say: Then bring some (other) book from Allah which is a better guide than both of them, (that) I may follow it, if you are truthful."
And they bring Hadith.  What does the Quran say about Hadith?

31;6 Wamina alnnasi man yashtaree lahwa alhadeethi liyudilla AAan sabeeli Allahi bighayri AAilmin wayattakhithaha huzuwan olaika lahum AAathabun muheenun

31: 6: But, there are among men those who patronize ridiculous Hadith without knowledge thereby misleading men from the Path of Allah and throwing a butt of mockery on the Path: for such there will be a humiliating Penalty."

And then we have the mass confusion over the word “Seal”

33:40 Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is Aware of all things
Many mistakenly interpret the word seal to mean last.  How does the dictionary define the word seal?


1. an embossed emblem, figure, symbol, word, letter, etc., used as attestation or evidence of authenticity.

2. a stamp, medallion, ring, etc., engraved with such a device, for impressing paper, wax, lead, or the like: The king took the seal from his finger and applied it to the document.

3. the impression so obtained: It was unmistakably the royal seal on the document.

4. a mark or symbol attached to a legal document and imparting a formal character to it, originally wax with an impression.

5. a piece of wax or similar adhesive substance so attached to an envelope, folded document, etc., that it must be broken when the object is opened, insuring that the contents have not been tampered with or altered.

6. anything that tightly or completely closes or secures a thing, as closures or fastenings for doors and railroad cars, adhesive stamps and tapes used to secure the flap of an envelope, etc.

7. something that keeps a thing secret: Her vow was the seal that kept her silent.

8. a decorative stamp, especially as given to contributors to a charitable fund: a Christmas seal.

9. a mark, sign, symbol, or the like, serving as visible evidence of something.

10. anything that serves as assurance, confirmation, or bond: She gave the plan her seal of approval

Does any of this compare to the word Last?  How does the dictionary define last?

1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page.

2. most recent; next before the present; latest: last week; last Friday.

3. being the only one remaining: my last dollar; the last outpost; a last chance.

4. final: in his last hours.

5. ultimate or conclusive; definitive: the last word in the argument.

6. lowest in prestige or importance: last prize.

7. coming after all others in suitability or likelihood; least desirable: He is the last person we'd want to represent us.

8. individual; single: The lecture won't start until every last person is seated.

10 a person or thing that is last.

11. a final appearance or mention: We've seen the last of her. That's the last we'll hear of it.

1. Last, final, ultimate refer to what comes as an ending. That which is last comes or stands after all others in a stated series or succession; last may refer to objects or activities: a seat in the last row; the last game. That which is final comes at the end, or serves to end or terminate, admitting of nothing further; final is rarely used of objects: to make a final attempt. That which is ultimate (literally, most remote) is the last that can be reached, as in progression or regression, experience, or a course of investigation: ultimate truths.

And this is what the verse says in Arabic

And the translation is…
What was one of Mohammad Aba your men, but the messenger of God and ring prophets,
The actual word used is…ring.  Not last, not seal. 

Any questions?
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