Khalid Zaheer
“I am convinced about the veracity of my opinions, but I do consider it likely that they may turn out to be incorrect. Likewise, I am convinced about the incorrectness of the views different from mine, but I do concede the possibility that they may turn out to be correct.” — Imam Shafa’i
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Sufis, Ahmadis, and Khatme Nubuwwat

Question:
I am an Ahmadi. I would like to pose a question. But first, I recently saw your post on youtube that some Ahmadis were trying to prove that you leave open the possibility of prophets after the Holy Prophet (SAW) and would like to say it is clearly wrong for anyone to attribute any statements to you that you have not said and we as Ahmadis understand and respect that you believe that no prophet, new or old, can come after the Holy Prophet (SAW).

Later in my viewing of youtube I came across a clip on youtube titled Wahi and Islamic Sufis with Dr. Javed Ghamdi and three others scholars spoke on this issue. I would like you to give your understanding of this clip in relation to the comments by Ghamidi Sahib. I do not want to attribute any thoughts of myself or my Jama'at to Ghamdi Sahib. In my personal understanding of some of his comments it is clear that when he speaks of the people that he does not want to mention by name it is clear that he is referring to Ahmadis and as I understand it that only "Law Bearing Prophethood" is closed and refers to Ibn Arabi as having said this. Please give your opinion on this issue and also explain that what context are the statements by these previous scholars that only law-bearing prophethood is closed, as stating this it leaves open the possibility of prophets coming after the Holy Prophet (SAW) but within his teachings as Ahmadis claim.

Response:
Salam

Thanks for the clarification that not all Ahmadis attribute to me the incorrect understanding that I believe that the possibility of prophets coming after Muhammad, Alaihissalaam, is still open. I also liked the way you said that you respected my view. I am sure that's how religious discussions should proceed. I am appalled to see how some religious people stoop so low that they start using the most horrible expressions for people belonging to other religious groups.

I also believe that there are good and bad people in all religious groups and that it is the good, truth-seeking individuals from all religious groups who would enter the paradise. And it is the bad, truth-hating people who would be consigned to the hell, no matter what their avowed faith was.

Some Muslims, notably Sufis, have claimed in the past that they too benefited from divine revelation (wahy). Probably they were not quite as active in convincing others about their claims as you Ahmadis are about Mirza Sahib's claim.


Ghamidi Sahib has clarified it several times that the clearest explanation of what Khatme Nubuwwat stands for is found in the hadith that says that Wahy has forty-nine (probably) aspects and all of them shall be terminated after me except Mubasharrat. And the prophet, alaihissalam, clarified that by Mubasharrat he meant true dreams.

Ghamidi Sahib's view therefore is that anyone who is claiming after the last prophet that he/she has received divine guidance from God directly is making a claim which is contrary to the Qur'anic understanding. I agree with my ustadh.

Khalid Zaheer

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