End of Revelation. Really?

One important aspect of being Muslim is to believe in the end of Prophethood. Prophet Muhammad is considered to be the final prophet sent to human kind by Allah the Great and no other human being can become a prophet until the end of time.

This does not mean that humans have not had any prophets after the demise of Muhammad. In fact, as can been seen in this article, numerous individuals claimed prophethood after Prophet Muhammad and Muslims, as seen in this article, consider all of those claims as false.

The idea of finality of Prophethood known as “Khatam an-Nabiyyin” is controversial. In the subcontinent, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian made a claim regarding prophethood and his followers are still being persecuted in Pakistan.

As a freethinking agnostic, I find it extremely hard to believe how the words of the Qu’ran can actually be the literal speech of a metaphysical entity that sustains the entire Universe but chose only Prophet Muhammad as a messenger and sealed the possibility of talking to humanity ever again.

I just can’t come to terms with the fact that Allah, who, if exists, and is by definition the Most Beneficent and the Most Merciful, would choose to keep us humans of the 21st Century into such an abysmal darkness regarding His personal existence. Why would Allah abandon us after the demise of Prophet Muhammad?

Revelation (if it can ever be proved scientifically), in my opinion, has to be progressive. The doors to revelation cannot be sealed off for eternity after a specific period in human history (such as the death of Prophet Muhammad).  In this regard, my own views echo with the followers of Bahá’í faith. I recently came across an article on the Wikipedia about the Bahá’í belief “that religious truth is revealed by God progressively and cyclically over time through a series of divine Messengers, and that the teachings are tailored to suit the needs of the time and place of their appearance.

Whereas the veracity of all religious claims need be first established in some empirical form, the idea of progressive revelation is much more intuitively appealing than the concept of “Khatam an-Nabiyyin.”

Allah, if He is out there, needs to reveal Himself to us in ways that a rational mind of the 21st Century can understand and appreciate.

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5 thoughts on “End of Revelation. Really?

  1. This post is excellent because it drives home a solid point about what you define as the continuity of revelation, based on logic and then demonstrates an example to support it. Alas, it is hard to find such examples to support other grandiose notions in religion.

    My second observation was of Hamaz Tzorzis and I was curious about him when I read this blog, so much so that I watched that debate between him and Dr Hoodbhoy; I can’t believe that in the 21st Century we still entertain pseudo-intellectuals and pseudo-scientist to ‘deliver us’ from this ‘heinous’ world. But say for a moment I want to entertain this gentleman over his arguments within the bounds of scholarly research, I think all of Hamaza’s arguments already have conclusions and results before, he goes on to prove them using the ‘Qurani method’ (which itself is bizarre). This is extremely problematic and a rookie mistake in research. If a researcher already has his conclusion, why do a rigorous analysis to prove the conclusions again? Yes, you can do a rigorous analysis to try to disprove it, the null-hypothesis for instance, that would make more sense. It seems to me that just like any other ‘televangalist’ he tries to cherry-pick different aspect of inquiry, jams it together with popular Islamic beliefs and tops it up with jargons to make it all looked very informed.

    On a less cynical note, I was reading Iqbal’s thesis on meta-physics in Islam and was amazed by the conceptual framework that is based on Persian, Hindu and Western thoughts on spirituality. Though written in 1908, it can still be used in Persian philosophy today because it steads fast in the method of inquiry in its truest sense.

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  2. Thanks for your kind words, Sid. Yes, I couldn’t agree more with what you have said about progressive revelation and the arguments of Hamza Tzortzis. As a researcher, I feel the same way on how Hamza tries to go about using “reason” and “logic” to prove a conclusion he has already decided to believe in.
    A better approach, in my humble opinion, would be to do a comparative analysis of all the religions of the world, in a scholarly manner, to judge the merits and demerits of each religion. Hamza Tzortzis is to Islam what perhaps Ken Ham is to Christianity.
    Anyway, on a less cynical note, I have been, rather casually, reading the works of Iqbal for the last 7 years. And I will, pretty soon, write a blog about the philosophical argument Iqbal tries to provide to make a case for Allah. I’d love to hear your comments on it. Cheers, mate! 🙂

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