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Enlightenment for the Mind in Explanation of:
The Difference Between a Prophet and a Messenger

By the Noble Shaykh, Abū Naṣr Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Imām 

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Page Count: 235
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About this publication:

From the author's introduction:

"I have resolved to compile a treatise about the issue of the differences between the Prophets and Messengers, because I saw a need for that. (This need) is due to there being some ambiguity towards understanding some of the verses and aḥādīth connected to this great issue, and the scarcity of what has been written about this topic. Some of the contemporaries have written concerning that, proceeding upon (the notion) that there is no difference; and I consider this to be insufficient with regards to transmission of the speech and writings of the people of knowledge concerning this issue. I do not deem that I have come with something new; in my estimation, I have gathered some of the evidences and statements of the people of knowledge to make clear for the reader the difference between the Prophets and Messengers. And this distinction is important because it is linked to the ʿaqīdah and it includes giving everyone from amongst them his right; and placing the Prophets in their proper station and the Messengers in their proper station. And this occurs from a completion of honour and reverence for Allāh's Prophets and Messengers; and from the completion of Justice is giving them their rights."

 

Blurb:  

From the pillars of the Islām is the belief in the Prophets and Messengers. The book before you explains this belief and educates the reader upon the upright creed of ahl al-sunnah wal-jamaʿāh without tafreet (neglect) or ifraat (exaggeration).


The author lists twelve differences between a Prophet and a Messenger: 

The First: The Prophet is the one who Allāh Informs        
The Second: Most of the Messengers were sent to a Disbelieving People  
The Third: The Messenger is sent with the Language of his People
The Fourth: The Messengers continue Conveying the Religion of Allāh to their people up until they embrace Islām or Allāh destroys them      
The Fifth: The Messengers’ Legislation was Different in Most Cases           
The Sixth: The First of the Messengers was Nūḥ (ʿalayhi salām)
The Seventh: The Difference between the Number of Prophets and Messengers    
The Eighth: The Saving of the Messengers            
The Ninth: The Messengers were denied by their People  
The Tenth: There are Specific Rights of the Messengers   
The Eleventh: The Agreement amongst the Scholars upon One Statement – that Maryam, Aasiyah, Haajar and the Mother of Mūsá – were not Messengers…     
The Twelfth: The Virtue of the Messengers over the Prophets 

After establishing these differences and the importance of having a correct understanding of the issue, the author discusses the need for Prophets and Messengers and the Wisdom behind them being sent by Allāh to Mankind.  He dispels prevalent misconceptions and errors, including those who claim, "There is no difference between the Prophets and Messengers." He illustrates the correct understanding and status of the awliyaa and concludes by addressing and refuting the horrible errors and gross exaggeration of the some of the deviated sects. A comprehensive read on a matter that is widely misunderstood.

 

TOC:

Translator’s Foreword V
A Brief Biography of Shaykh Abū Naṣr Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Imām VII
His Name VII
His Birth VII
His Offspring VII
His Upbringing and Seeking of Knowledge VII
His Teachers IX
His Students IX
Author’s Introduction XI
Definition of an-Nabī in the Language and Its Usage XIII
Definition of al-Rasūl in the Language and Its Usage XIV
The Condition for Prophethood and Messengership amongst Adaam and his Offspring XV
Prophethood is not confirmed for Anyone Except with a Legislative Evidence (for their Prophethood) XX
Principle: Every Messenger is a Prophet but Not Vice-Versa XXI
Section 1:  Differences between Prophets and Messengers 1
1.1 The First: The Prophet is the one who Allāh Informs 1
1.2 The Second: Most of the Messengers were sent to a Disbelieving People 3
1.3 The Third: The Messenger is sent with the Language of his People 13
1.4 The Fourth: The Messengers continue Conveying the Religion of Allāh to their people up until they embrace Islām or Allāh destroys them 17
1.5 The Fifth: The Messengers’ Legislation was Different in Most Cases 21
1.6 The Sixth: The First of the Messengers was Nūḥ (ʿalayhi salām) 23
1.7 The Seventh: The Difference between the Number of Prophets and Messengers 24
1.8 The Eighth: The Saving of the Messengers 25
1.9 The Ninth: The Messengers were denied by their People 29
1.10 The Tenth: There are Specific Rights of the Messengers 31
1.11 The Eleventh: The Agreement amongst the Scholars upon One Statement – that Maryam, Aasiyah, Haajar and the Mother of Mūsá – were not Messengers… 33
1.12 The Twelfth: The Virtue of the Messengers over the Prophets 35
Section 2:  Two (Separate) Messengers are not sent  to One People 39
Section 3:  The Different Levels of Virtue  between the Messengers 41
Section 4:  The Difference between the Prophet-King and the Slave-Messenger
 45
Section 5:  Those Who Say: “There is No Difference between a Prophet and a Messenger” 47
Section 6:  The Proofs Employed by Those Who Say: “There is No Difference…” and a Refutation of Them 49
Section 7:  The Risālah (Message) of the Prophets is  Limited and Not Absolute 55
Section 8:  Mentioning the Messengers with the term “Prophets” does not Negate Them Being Messengers 61
Section 9:  Matters which the Prophets and Messengers  have in Common 65
Section 10:  The Status of the Prophets before their Prophethood 79
Section 11:  The Prophets and Messengers are the  Absolute Best of Creation 84
Section 12:  The Need of Human Beings for the  Sending of the Messengers 86
Section 13:  The Wisdom of Sending the Messengers 90
Section 14:  The Duties of the Messengers 93
Section 15:  The Ruling on the One Who Defames the Prophets and Messengers 97
Section 16:  The Worst of People with Regards to Allāh’s Punishment is a Man who was killed by a Prophet or a Man who killed a Prophet 103
Section 17:  The Most Severely Tried amongst Mankind are the Prophets 105
Section 18:  Allāh Took a Covenant from all of the Prophets and Messengers 107
Section 19:  The Gatherings of the Prophets are Preserved from Contention and Differing 109
Section 20:  It is not proper for a Prophet that  He has Deceitful Eyes 111
Section 21:  The Prophets Do Not Die Until They Choose To 113
Section 22:  The Prophets and Messengers are Buried Wherever they die 115
Section 23:  The Prophets and Messengers are Not Inherited From 117
Section 24:  The Prophets and Messengers are Alive in Their Graves 119
Section 25:  The Earth Does Not Consume the Bodiesof the Prophets 121
Section 26:  The Meaning of His (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) Statement: "Do Not Show Preference between the Prophets" 122
Section 27:  The Difference between the Prophet and the Muhaddath (al-Mulham) 124
Section 28:  The Difference between the Prophet and the Walī 126
Section 29:  Is it Possible for someone from the Awliyaa’ to have the Status of the Prophets? 131
Section 30:  The Angels Do Not Speak with the Awliyaa’ and the Muhaddathoon 133
Section 31:  Statements that are said concerning our Prophet Which Are in Opposition to Having Good Manners with Him 136
Section 32:  The Rāfidah (Extremist Shīʿah) Place the Status of their Imāms above the Status of the Prophets and Messengers 143
Section 33:  The Excessiveness of the Ṣūfīs in Placing the Status of their Awliyaa’ Above the Status of the Prophets 149
Section 34:  The Position of the Groups that have exited from al-Islām 153
Section 35:  A General Mention of the Collection of Books Containing Distortion and Defamation of the Prophets and Messengers 154
Section 36:  The Criminality of Whoever Defames the Prophets and Messengers, Even Defaming Allāh, In the Era - are a Small Group of  al-Hadaathiyeen (Innovators) 157
Section 37:  The Weak Aḥādīth in Connection to Our Topic Concerning the Prophets 165
Closing Comments 169
Appendix: The Forty-Six Parts of Prophethood 171
Glossary of Important al-ʿArabīc Words and Phrases 183

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