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Muhammad ﷺ is a Messenger to the whole of the jinn and to all of mankind – Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Audio|En]

April 25, 2017

Aqeedah Tahaawiyyah : Point # 44: 

[44] وهو المبعوث إلى عامة الجن وكافة الورى بالحق والهدى، وبالنور والضياء‏.

[44]    And he (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) is the one sent to the whole of the jinn and to all of mankind with the truth and the guidance and with light and radiance.


The Explanation – Point [44]

Likewise, this is what it is obligatory to hold as our creed and belief with regard to the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam.  It is not sufficient that we merely believe that he is Allaah’s Messenger.  Rather, that he is a Messenger to all of mankind; indeed to the jinn and mankind.  He the Most Perfect said,

And We have not sent you (as a Messenger) except to the whole of mankind, as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner (Soorah Saba.  (34), aayah 28)

And He also said to him,

Say, “O mankind! I am the Messenger of Allaah to all of you.” (Sooratul-A`raaf (7), aayah 158)

So his Messengership was to all of mankind and this was something particular to him `alayhissalaatu was-salaam.  So he was a Messenger to all of mankind and obedience to him is obligatory upon the whole of the creation – their Arabs and their non-Arabs, the black of them and the white of them, mankind of them and the jinn of them.  So, everyone whom the call of the Messenger `alayhissalaatu was-salaam reaches, then it is obligatory upon him to obey him and to follow him.  So whoever agrees that he (Muhammad sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) is the Messenger of Allaah to the Arabs in particular, as is said by a group of the Christians who say that he was indeed the Messenger of Allaah, but to the Arabs in particular, and they deny that he was a Prophet to anyone else; then this is kufr (disbelieving) in Allaah, the Might and Majestic, and it is a denial of what Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said and a denial of His Messenger.  So, Allaah said,

And We have not sent you except to the whole of mankind, as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner (Soorah Saba.  (34), aayah 28)

And He, the One free of all imperfections, said,

Blessed is the One Who sent down the Criterion (the Qur.aan) upon His slave (Muhammad sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) so that he should be a warner to the whole of mankind and jinn (Sooratul-Furqaan (25), aayah 1)

So his Messengership is universal.

And he, `alayhissalaatu was-salaam said,

“A Prophet used to be sent to his own people in particular, whereas I have been sent to the whole of mankind.” [1]

Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam wrote letters to the kings of the different lands, calling them to Islaam; so this shows that he was a Messenger sent to the whole of the people of the earth.  And he was commanded with fighting jihaad until the people entered into Islaam; so this shows that his Messengership `alayhissalaatu was-salaam was universal.  So it is obligatory to believe that.

So it is obligatory with regard to him (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam), to hold these beliefs:

Firstly: That he (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) is the slave of Allaah and His Messenger.

Secondly: That he is the last of the Prophets; there is no Prophet after him.

Thirdly: That his Messengership was universal, covering all of mankind and jinn.

And the proof that his Messengership was universal to mankind is the aayaat which have preceded[2].  And also the fact that the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam wrote the letters.

And as for his Messengership being universal to the whole of the jinn, then in accordance with the saying of Allaah, the Most High,

And (remember) when We sent a group of the jinn to you who listened to the Qur.aan.  So when they attended it, they said (to each other), “Be silent in order to listen!” So when he (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) finished reciting, they (the jinn) went back to their people as warners (of Allaah’s punishment upon those who disbelieve).  They said, “O our people! We have heard a Book sent down after (the Book of) Moosaa, confirming the Books which came before it.  It guides to the truth and to the Straight Path.  “O our people, respond to the Messenger of Allaah who calls you to obedience to Allaah. (Sooratul-Ahqaaf (46), aayaat 29-31)

Meaning: Muhammad `alayhissalaatu was-salaam.

And in the saying of Allaah, the Most High,

Say, “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘We have heard an amazing Qur.aan; it guides to Right Guidance, so we have believed in it.’” (Sooratul-Jinn (72), aayaat 1-2)

So this proves that his Messengership covered the jinn.  So the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam was sent to all of the people of the earth – mankind of them and the jinn of them.  So whoever truly believes (has eemaan) in him, then he will enter Paradise and whoever does not truly believe in him will enter the Fire, whether it be from mankind or from the jinn.  And his saying, “(that he was sent) with light and with radiance;” these two words (an-noor and addiyaa.) have the same meaning and the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam was sent with each of these (light and radiance).  Allaah the Most High said,

O Prophet! We have sent you as a witness, and as a bringer of good tidings, and as a warner, and as a caller to Allaah by His Permission, and as a shining lamp. (Sooratul-Ahzaab (33), aayaat 45-46)

End of explanation of point [44][3]

Footnotes:

[1] Hadeeth reported by Al-Bukhaaree as hadeeth no.  335 and 438 and also reported by Muslim with the wording,

وبعثت إلى كل أحمر وأسود‏

“And I have been sent to every red person and black person (i.e.  everyone);”

from a hadeeth of Jaabir ibn `Abdillaah radiyAllaahu `anhumaa.

[2] Soorah Saba. (34) aayah 28, Sooratul-A`raaf (7) aayah 158, Sooratul-Furqaan (25) aayah 1

[3] Translator’s Side Point: Shaykh Al-Albaanee rahimahullaah said, “I say, and from the misguidance of the Qaadiyaanees is their denying the jinn as being a separate creation to humans.  And they twist the meaning of all the aayaat and the ahaadeeth which clearly state the existence of the jinn, and which state that they are different to mankind, in creation.  They twist the meaning and instead, they give the understanding that the jinn are actually mankind themselves, or a particular group of mankind; they even say that Iblees was an evil person.  How misguided these people are!”

Points discussed in this excerpt include:

  • It does not suffice for us to believe that the Messenger sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam was merely Allaah’s Messenger. Rather, He is a Messenger to all mankind and jinn.
  • Obedience to him sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam is obligatory upon the whole of the creation as his Messengership is universal.
  • It is kufr (disbelief) to believe that he sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam was a Messenger sent only to the Arabs.
  • It is obligatory to believe that: (1) he is the slave of Allaah and His Messenger, (2) he is the last of the Prophets and there is no Prophet after him and (3) his Messengership was universal to all mankind and jinn.
  • Whoever truly believes in him will enter Paradise, and whoever does not, will enter the Fire.

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