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Difference Between Nabi And Rasool

As the world tries to grapple with the pandemic, the Baha’is have been busy trying to promulgate their borrowed beliefs through countless webinars. It’s rather ironical, that the so-called faith which takes pride in its plagiarised beliefs has done virtually nothing to help humanity scale out of the crisis. Oneness of humanity, anyone?

To my misfortune, I attended one of those webinars and I quickly realised that the Baha’is are adept in contorting facts and misleading people.

The preacher (more of a clergy), spoke about how the Baha’i Faith has taken the three Abrahamic faiths in its strides. Yet, he showed no hesitancy in criticising and putting a sell-by date to the Godly laws introduced by Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). More of that later.

The Sunday preacher, once again raised the point of how the process of sending Prophets had not been shelved after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and indulged in twisting the Quranic verses to suit his and his faith’s selfish whims.

For instance, he once again bought up verse 40 of Suratul Ahzab.

“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger (Apostle) of Allah and the Last of the prophets; and Allah is cognizant of all things.”

For those unaware, Mirza Husain a.k.a. Bahaullah has in one of his tablets conceded that Prophet Muhammad, was indeed, the last of the Prophets. Yet, his followers, continue to freely distort the above verse.

They assert that the verse means that Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the seal (K-H-A-T-A-M) of the Nabis And not the Seal of the Rasuls (Messengers), meaning the process of sending messengers has not ended.

Their claim is absolutely ludicrous, so to say as, to be a Rasul one essentially has to be a Nabi and not the other way round.

Hear this out.

In Arabic there are no separate words for Messenger and Apostle. The distinction is between Nabi (Prophet) and Rasool (Messenger or Apostle). Hence:

Nabi = Prophet and

Rasool = Messenger.

The degree of prophethood is lower than the degree of messengership.

By definition:

1. A Nabi is a person to whom the Divine Law (Shari’ah) descends; this divine law may be concerned with beliefs or with practical activities (worship, like prayer). This Divine Law either deals with the Nabi’s own life or with that of his community; or both.

This is the fundamental definition of prophethood, though the prophet may also be informed of other things. The descent of the Divine Law (Shari’ah) may be direct, or through an intermediary like an angel.

2. A human Messenger (Rasool) is a Prophet who receives a Divine Law that concerns himself and people other than himself. So every (human) Rasool is Nabi, while the reverse is not true. Also every Nabi whom Quran has mentioned along with a community (Umma), is consequently a Rasool.

Thus when Quran states that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last Prophet (33:40), then by the above definition, he is the last Messenger also.

Note that the word “Human” is important in the definition of Rasool because the Quran uses the term “Rasool” also for angels who issue a command at the will of Allah (SWT):

“Allah chooses Messengers from ANGELS and from men, for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things). (Qur’an 22:75)”

“There came Our Messengers to Abraham with glad tidings. They said, “Peace!” he answered, “Peace!” and hastened to entertain them with a roasted calf. (Qur’an 11:69)”

There are numerous such examples found in the Holy Quran.

However, a Nabi is only a human being — no angel can be called a Nabi. So every (human) Rasul is a Nabi, while every human Nabi is not necessarily a Rasul.

The number of Messengers (Rusul) is less than the number of Prophets (Nabiyoon); and every Rasul is responsible for giving the message and also training the people, while Anbiya (plural of Nabi) are responsible for giving the message.

This is while a Nabi’s new religious instructions are for himself (unless he is a Rasul). Surely a Nabi invites people toward God; however, he does not set any new practices for the people. So, in essence, if a Nabi is NOT a Rasool, the people that he invites to Allah (SWT) would be ordered to follow the custom and practices of a previous Rasool.

Among Rasools, however, there are five individuals who are higher than the others. As you might know, the only difference between those five and other rasools is that they are assigned a new code of practices, while the rest of rasools and were not given a new code of practice to be implemented.

We can only hope that the Baha’is mend their ways and stop misquoting God’s word.

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