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  • Concept Of Ummah And Superiority Of The Prophets

    Posted by Sheharbano Ali on August 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    We have often heard, “The ummah of Rasool (saw) is the blessed ummah”. Or “we are blessed to be from among the ummah of Rasool (saw)”. As well as “The Rasool (saw) will intercede for his ummah on the day of Judgement.”

    My question is, isn’t Muhammad (saw) for ALL believers, whether those who preceded him or succeeded him?

    Why do we single out those Muslims from his (saw) time and the latter ones till the day of Judgement as his ummah and name them as the ‘lucky’ ones?

    Umer replied 3 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Concept Of Ummah And Superiority Of The Prophets

    Umer updated 3 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 8 Replies
  • Umer

    Moderator August 12, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    You may find the following discussion useful in this regard, please refer to the video below from 1:25:10 to 1:33:02

    https://youtu.be/HNWW5ozjWJM?t=5110

  • Sheharbano Ali

    Member August 13, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    What an insightful discussion. Excellent!!

    So as a simple answer to my question, can we conclude that the ummah of prophet Muhammad (saw) is ALL the believers/ALL the Muslims to exist from the beginning (those who preceded him) and those who will come after him,. Is that correct @UmerQureshi

    • Umer

      Moderator August 13, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      True! All the true followers of the prophets of their times were Muslims.

    • Sheharbano Ali

      Member August 13, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      But since Prophet Muhammad (saw) was the last and his Prophethood confirmed the prophethood of all the previous prophets. So the true followers of each of the prophets of their time would also be included in the ummah of prophet Muhammad (saw)?

    • Umer

      Moderator August 13, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      If Ummahs of all previous Prophets were Muslim, then why single out on the basis of ummah of one prophet only?

      I think considering them all Muslims already makes us one Ummah.

    • Sheharbano Ali

      Member August 13, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Because of the elevated status of the ummah of Rasool ul Allah (saw) in particular. And especially because of the notion that the ummah present at the time of Rasool (saw) and the later ones to come are especially blessed because of him.

      I heard a scholar saying “it is Allah’s Ahsan on us that we are from the ummah of Rasool (saw).”

    • Umer

      Moderator August 13, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      This traditional concept is based on those ahadith of intercession and some other misplaced interpretation of Quranic verses that give absolute superiority to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) over all the other prophets (peace be upon the all). Contrary to this, Quran paints a totally different picture.

      However, I don’t find this statement “it is Allah’s Ahsan on us that we are from the ummah of Rasool (saw).” objectionable if put in the right context i.e. it is Allah’s ahsan on every ummah who followed their respective prophets.”

      We were having somewhat similar discussion in the following thread as well, please feel free to add anything to the discussion:

      Discussion 22920

    • Umer

      Moderator August 22, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Please see the answer by Ghamidi Sahab to this question in the latest reply posted by me in the following thread:

      Discussion 6753

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