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HADITH #4 - RASHAD KAHLIFA WAS COMMANDED BY GABRIEL TO TELL THE WORLD HE WAS THE MESSIAH AND “SECOND COMING” OF CHRIST

 

By
Abdul Haleem

 

 

“The Jews have a mass expectation that the Messiah is still to come. The Christians are expecting Jesus to come back. The Muslims also expect Jesus to come back to this world.  . . .”

 

http://www.submission.org/millennium/mahdi.html 

 

Rashad Khalifa . . . stated the following in the monthly Newsletter, "Submission Perspective" of September 1989:

“THROUGH GABRIEL, I WAS COMMANDED TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT: after I die millions of believers will know that I REPRESENT THE MESSIAH THE JEWS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, THE CHRIST CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN EXPECTING, THE MEHDI THE MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR. I am God's Messenger of the Covenant.”

http://www.submission.org/millennium/mahdi.html, emphasis added.

 

This  incredible set of claims by Rashad Khalifa are based solely  on HIS OWN FALSE HADITH -  and  run counter to the Quran:

 

[33:40] “Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of GOD and the final prophet. GOD is fully aware of all things.”

 

This is KHALIFA’S translation of 33:40. http://www.submission.org/suras/sura33.html

 

To say he is “messenger of the covenant,” Khalifa is forced to resort to the following footnote:

 

"*33:40 Despite this clear definition of Muhammad, most Muslims insist that he was the last prophet and also the last messenger."

 

http://www.submission.org/suras/sura33.html

 

Rashad Khalifa is talking nonsense here:

 

“This Ayah clearly states that there will be no Prophet after him.  IF THERE WILL BE NO PROPHET AFTER HIM THEN THERE WILL SURELY BE NO MESSENGER AFTER HIM EITHER, BECAUSE THE STATUS OF A MESSENGER IS HIGHER THAN THAT OF A PROPHET, for every Messenger is a Prophet but the reverse is not the case.”

 

Tasfir Ibn Kathir, Vol. 7, pp. 701-712 (Darusallam Publishers, Riyadh, 2000), emphasis added.

 

The correctness of Ibn Kathir’s commentary is borne out by even the most cursory examination of the Quran:  As used in the Quran, a “rasul” or “messenger” is a “nabi” (prophet) who is “given a revealed Book by Allah.”  Prophets In The Quran, Vol. I, 109, Ifthekar Bano Hussain (Ta-Ha Publishers, London, 1997).  Lot, Hud, Salih, and Shu’aib are examples of nabis (prophets) who were NOT rasuls (messengers).  However, there is NO INSTANCE OF A RASUL WHO WAS NOT A NABI!

 

In addition, Rashad Khalifa’s PERSONAL TESTMONY of “messengership” represents a hadith created BY RASHAD KHALIFA in conflict with a Sahih  hadith of the Prophet (pbuh).

 

Imam Ahmad recorded that Anas bin Malak . . . said that the Messenger of Allah said:

 

“Messengership and Prophethood have come to an end, and there will be no more Messengers or Prophets.”

 

Ahmad, 3:26.

 

If we must rely on hadith to support Rashad Khalifa’s “messengership,” why should we prefer the word of Khalifa over the narration FROM THE PROPHET (pbuh) collected by Imam Ahmed?

 

And association of Rashad, All Muslims would do well to heed the warning of Ibn Kathir concerning false claims of messengership such as Rashad Khalifa has advanced:

 

“Allah has told us in His Book, and His Messenger has told us in the Mutawatir Sunnah, that THERE WILL BE NO PROPHET AFTER HIM, SO THAT IT MAY BE KNOWN THAT EVERYONE WHO CLAIMS THIS STATUS AFTER HIM IS A LIAR AND FABRICATOR WHO IS MISGUIDED AND IS MISGUIDING OTHERS.  EVEN IF HE TWISTS MEANINGS, COMES UP WITH FALSE CLAIMS AND USES TRICKS AND VAGARIES, ALL OF THIS IS FALSE AND MISGUIDANCE AS WILL BE CLEAR TO THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERSTANDING.

 

“This is what Allah caused to happen in the case of Al-Aswad Al-'Ansi in the Yemen and Musaylimah the Liar in Al-Yamamah, whose false miracles and nonsensical words showed everyone who was possessed of understanding that they were liars who were leading people astray; may the curse of Allah be upon them both.  This is the case with every false prophet until the Day of Resurrection, until they end with Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal (the Antichrist).  EACH OF THESE LIARS IS GIVEN BY ALLAH SIGNS WHICH SHOW THE PEOPLE OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE BELIEVERS THAT HIS MESSAGE IS FALSE - WHICH IS PART OF THE PERFECT KINDNESS OF ALLAH TOWARDS HIS CREATION.  These liars do not enjoin what is good, nor forbid what is evil, unless they do so by coincidence or because it serves an ulterior purpose.  They are the utmost in falsehood and immorality, in all that they say and do, as Allah says:

 

<Shall I inform you [O people] upon whom the Shaytin descend?  They descend on every lying, sinful person.>

 

[Quran 26:221-222]

 

 

Tasfir Ibn Kathir, Vol. 7, pp. 706-707 (Darusallam Publishers, Riyadh, 2000), emphasis added.

 

 

 

 

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