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Benefit: Definition of a Prophet

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

An excerpt from the upcoming publication:

تنوير العقول في الفرق بين النبي والرسول
Tanweerul-‘Uqool Fil-Farq Baynan-Nabee wal-Rasūl 
(Enlightenment for the Mind in Explanation of: 
The Difference between a Prophet and a Messenger)
Author: Shaykh Muḥammad al-Imām

We ask Allāh to make its completion possible.

Definition of an-Nabee النبي in the Language and Its Usage

The essence of the definitions from the scholars of the language for the term ‘an-Nabee’ can be summed up in three different sayings:

1.    The meaning of it is: the one who brings information about Allāh and conveys His legislation, either being urged to do so (by Allāh) or without being urged. And this definition is the preference of most of the scholars of the language.1

2.    That it is derived from the word: “النبو An-Nubuw” to be far off, distant. And it is الارتفاع al-Irtafaa'a (elevation). And an-Nabee with this definition means: The one who is favoured over the rest of the people with the raising of his rank. So he is elevated above the creation and his status is raised amongst them. And upon this definition some of the people of knowledge are united.2

3.    Its meaning is: الطريق at-Tarīq (path or way) and he is called an-Nabee because he is the way to guidance.

These three definitions are (all correct). For verily, the Prophets are chosen (by Allāh) with Wahi (revelation) from Allāh to convey His legislation and to follow it.

1 "Lisaanul-'Arab" 1/162, "Mukhtaarul-Sihaah" page 642, "Mu'jam Muqaayeesul-Lughah" 5/385, "An- Nihāyah" 5/3-4
2 "Lisaanul-'Arab” 15/302, "Mu'jam Muqaayeesul-Lughah" 5/385, "Ishtiqaaq-ul-Asmāʾa’” by az-Zujaajee, page 294

Benefit: Did ʿĪsā ʿalayhi salām Create a Bird?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Allāh says in the 3rd chapter of His Book, quoting the noble Prophet ʿĪsā ibn Maryam, ʿalayhī al-Sʿalám, "I will create for you (akhluqu lakum) something that is the shape of a bird from clay and then I will breathe into it, and it will become a real  bird by the Permission of Allāh." What is the meaning of this creation? How should the Muslim properly understand this creation? How does this creation differ from the Creation of Allāh, al-Khaaliq, al-Mūsáwwir? Listen to the following short but informative audio clip about the attribute of creation. May Allāh have mercy upon you and grant you success in this life and the Hereafter. 

For more on the book, Kitāb al-Tawḥīd, see the Explanation of Kitāb lt-Tawḥīd [Class Audio].


Benefit: Who Was the First Prophet?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: Who was the first Prophet, Idrīs or Nūḥ (may Allāh be pleased with them)?

Answer: The first prophet to appear after the prevalence of shirk in the people was Nūḥ (ʿalayhi al-sʿalám). Before that it was Ādam. Our father Ādam (ʿalayhi al-sʿalám) was the first Prophet and Messenger. His progeny were upon Islām for ten generations, then shirk appeared within the people of Nūḥ, so Allāh sent Nūḥ, thus Nūḥ became the first messenger after the appearance of shirk.

Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh)

Source: Ibn Bāz: The First Prophet of Islam
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣomālī

Comprehensive Guidance


Advice from the Prophets! See the Naṣīḥah (advice) of Yahyá ibn Zakariyyah - as related by Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām), followed by the advice of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām) himself!