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Difference between Nabi and Rasool?



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  1. It’s completely the opposite, ya brother! You just messed it up so badly, estaghfirullah! Every Nabi is a Rasool because they have to declare the message that they received from Allah. Anyone who transmits or conveys or declares or preaches the Quran is a messenger. In Sura-Al-Yusuf ayah 50, the king sends Yusuf AS a Rasool. I believe there are other examples in the Quran like this one shows the true meaning of Rasool. This clearly shows that anyone who conveys a message as it is without any interference is a Raool. However, not anyone or everyone can be a Nabi because a Nabi is someone who receives revelations from Allah SWT. When the Nabi declares or transmits or conveys the revelations he received from Allah, he becomes a Rasool, simple as that! How on earth these so-called scholars cannot see this crystal clear fact in the Quran?! It’s shocking and mind boggling! The only explanation to this is that these so-called scholars don’t really study the Quran but all they do is just memorise what they heard from their predecessors without questioning or factchecking them against the Quran, so they keep on misleading the people and making money out of it!

  2. Zahir Naik makes no sense and is deceiving the people because what is the purpose of a Rasool who receives a message from Allah swt and doesn't pass it on to his people and how can a Nabi deliver a message from Allah swt if he hasn't received it from Allah swt? So EVERY Rasool is a Nabi and EVERY Nabi is a Rasool without an exception.

  3. He didn’t get it
    Muhammad is but a messenger.
    Muhammad is not a prophet as chocking as this could be. He is a messenger who has mentioned the 19 prophets in The Book. This is why The Book says of him that he is the seal of prophets while the most traditionalists Arabs translate this as the last prophet.

    The list of the prophets in The Book:
    1- Enoch
    2- Noah
    3- Abraham
    4- Lot
    5- Ismael
    6- Isaac
    7- Jacob
    8- Joseph
    9- Moses
    10-Aaron
    11- David
    12- Solomon
    13- Elijah
    14- Job
    15- Elias
    16- Jonas
    17- Zacharias
    18- John the Baptist
    19- Jesus
    See chapter 19:56 for Enoch and chapter 6:84-87
    All the 19 mentioned are called as messengers and prophets. God makes a distinction in The Book between the two words. A messager can be a prophet but a prophet is always a messenger. And we can notice 12 Jacob’s descendance as prophet.

    Moses and Aaron are one messenger but two prophets as they have got the same message to deliver.

    Gabriel(angel) and Muhammad are one messenger and not prophets while it is obvouis for the angel the same cannot be said for the man.

    Why Muhammad is not included in the list?
    The answer is becoming clear once we realise that « The prophet » is just a nickname.
    God have announced that Muhammad is but a messenger in chapter 3:144 so he cannot be a prophet as God have separated in a distinct manner the two words. In chapter 33:40 HE defines the messenger as the seal of prophets, the one that confirms all the prophets with the reminder(nothing new)

    God calls Muhammad 13 times in The Book as “ô The prophet” (ya’awuyuha An Nabiya) wrongly translated by « ô prophet ». This call is made as to give us a clue and to bear attention. Here God is deliberately calling him « The prophet » while he does not have the attribut of a prophet as Muhammed is only a messenger.

    Why “The prophet” as a nickname while he is not a prophet?
    See The Book 7:157 for confirmation as it is where The Master of the day of judgement ask us to check this in the Bible.

    The answer is found in the gospel of John 1:25 and Deuteronomy 18:18

    John 1:25
    ““And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not the Christ, nor Elias, neither the prophet?”

    The Jews were looking for to know John’s nickname as messenger between The Christ, Elias, and The prophet.

    The Christ
    The anointed of God Spirit (Jesus)

    Elias
    the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John the Baptist)

    The prophet
    The one with God’s words in his mouth; and who will speak unto them all that God will command him.(Muhammed)

    Deuteronomy 18:18
    « I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. »

    Fascinating how the Lord of the judgment Day operates to announce his messenger, indeed Muhammed is not but a messenger.

    Muhammed not being a prophet exposes once more the use of so called the Hadith of Muhammed as this is based on him being a prophet.

    My gratitude to The One who does not begets and who is not begotten. No divinity apart from HIM The Creator of all things.

  4. Nabi and rasool have no differences they are related but Zakir Naik saying otherwise. All the prophets are messenger.
    There are two types of prophets one is Law bearing prophet who bring a new law or sharia Like Adam AS, Nuh AS, Abraham AS, Musa AS, and lastly Mohammed SAW. Non law bearing prophets are prophets who do not bring any new sharia but follow the law of prophet before them. Example Ishmael AS, Jesus AS.

     Holy Quran

    [2:286]

    اٰمَنَ الرَّسُوۡلُ بِمَاۤ اُنۡزِلَ اِلَیۡہِ مِنۡ رَّبِّہٖ وَ الۡمُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ ؕ کُلٌّ اٰمَنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ مَلٰٓئِکَتِہٖ وَ کُتُبِہٖ وَ رُسُلِہٖ ۟ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَیۡنَ اَحَدٍ مِّنۡ رُّسُلِہٖ ۟ وَ قَالُوۡا سَمِعۡنَا وَ اَطَعۡنَا ٭۫ غُفۡرَانَکَ رَبَّنَا وَ اِلَیۡکَ الۡمَصِیۡرُ ﴿۲۸۶﴾

    ENGLISH
    This Messenger of Ours believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers: all of them believe in Allah, and in His angels, and in His Books, and in His Messengers,saying, ‘We make no distinction between any of His Messengers;’ and they say, ‘We hear, and we obey.We implore Thy forgiveness, O our Lord, and to Thee is the returning.’

    This is vesre number 2:285 in Quran.com
    Here it says messengers and believers but does not mention prophet. So does it mean prophets don't believe on the above statement.

    وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ مِيثَاقَهُمْ وَمِنْكَ وَمِنْ نُوحٍ وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ ۖ وَأَخَذْنَا مِنْهُمْ مِيثَاقًا غَلِيظًا {8}

    And remember when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from thee, and from Noah, and Abraham, and Moses, and Jesus, son of Mary, and We indeed took from them a solemn covenant;(Chapter 33 Verse 8)

    So therefore there is no difference between rasul and nabi they are interchangeable.

    Also Angels did not come to convey message to Musa AS and Jesus AS but rather Allah spoke to them.

    28:31
    And when he came to it, he was called by a voicefrom the right side of the Valley, in the blessed spot, out of the tree: ‘O Moses, verily I am, I am Allah, the Lord of the worlds.’

  5. Angels are angels they do exactly what Allah tells them to…they do not have free will…angels not only came to prophets but also to mothers of the prophets to convey a message of Allah. They are not messenger. Nabi and rasool have no differences as Zakir Naik saying. All the prophets are messenger.

     Holy Quran

    [2:286]

    اٰمَنَ الرَّسُوۡلُ بِمَاۤ اُنۡزِلَ اِلَیۡہِ مِنۡ رَّبِّہٖ وَ الۡمُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ ؕ کُلٌّ اٰمَنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ مَلٰٓئِکَتِہٖ وَ کُتُبِہٖ وَ رُسُلِہٖ ۟ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَیۡنَ اَحَدٍ مِّنۡ رُّسُلِہٖ ۟ وَ قَالُوۡا سَمِعۡنَا وَ اَطَعۡنَا ٭۫ غُفۡرَانَکَ رَبَّنَا وَ اِلَیۡکَ الۡمَصِیۡرُ ﴿۲۸۶﴾

    ENGLISH
    This Messenger of Ours believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers: all of them believe in Allah, and in His angels, and in His Books, and in His Messengers,saying, ‘We make no distinction between any of His Messengers;’ and they say, ‘We hear, and we obey.We implore Thy forgiveness, O our Lord, and to Thee is the returning.’

    This is vesre number 2:285 in Quran.com
    Here it says messengers and believers but does not mention prophet. So does it mean prophets don't believe on the above statement.

    So therefore there is no difference between rasul and nabi they are interchangeable.

    Also Angels did not come to convey message to Musa AS and Jesus AS but rather Allah spoke to them.

    28:31
    And when he came to it, he was called by a voicefrom the right side of the Valley, in the blessed spot, out of the tree: ‘O Moses, verily I am, I am Allah, the Lord of the worlds.’

  6. All wrong. Quran is very clear navi means those who bring books from God and rasul means those who come with message from God without a book mohammad was last navi and a messenger but not last messenger.

  7. The Arabic and Hebrew word for prophet is Nabi which is derived from the root NABA which means "to announce" or "give news of matters unseen". The prophets are called Nabi because they announce the good news to the believers, give warnings to the disbelievers and make prophecies about future events. In the Quran the prophets are frequently called rasul which means a messenger. The two words are used interchangeably in the Quran, meaning the same thing. The English word "prophet" is derived from the Greek word "prophetes". The English words "prophet" and "prophecy" are today commonly associated with the idea of predicting the future. Although the prophets do make prophecies, their function is not limited to just predicting the future.

    The prophets are appointed by God and are His authorized spokesmen. They serve as a channel of communication between the Divine and human worlds. The prophets have a mission and a mandate from God which they carry out despite great opposition.

    The basic function of the prophets is to reform the people among whom they are raised and to bring them closer to God. What separates the prophets from saints and other men of religion is the great frequency with which God communicates with them and gives them intimation of future events.

    A Muslim believes that prophets appeared in all nations of the world. A Muslim believes not only in the Israelite prophets mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Bible but also in the prophets of other religions such as Zoroaster, Krishna, Ram Chandar, Buddha, and so on. A Muslim believes that all prophets were sent by God for the guidance of mankind.

  8. abey zakir first tell me who is ur mother..
    Islam Talks abt Loveing Allaha..true i agree….also Allaha himself tells tat he is the father of all the Living entities..and this Zakir gives logic of slaughtering animals wen they are aged…i ask Zakir ….whether he slaughtered his mother wen she stopped giving her milk……or wen she became old …did he kill her for his stomach….Allaha Speaks abt love to all …i don agree he is a true scholar…..

  9. Actually some sects Catholics did/do include Mary(AS) into a sort of Trinity+1 some add her to the Trinity replacing your "holy spirit/ghost". If you include the Rosary then it's all Catholics who uphold this practice. Which tribe worshiped Mary(AS)? Also the honorific 'Alayhi Salam' abreviated 'AS' translates to 'Peace be upon him/her'.

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