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Difference between Nabi and Rasool

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as per my poor knowledge (which i heared b4) the place Sidrat al-Muntaha is on 7-sky not on 6th sky, pls. read what u have written in the below reference hadeeth,

 

"When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was taken for the Night Journey, he was taken to Sidrat al-Muntaha, which is situated on the sixth heaven, where terminates everything that ascends from the earth and is held there, and where terminates everything that descends from above it and is held there. (It is with reference to this that) Allah said: "When that which covers covered the lote-tree" (al-Qur`an, Illl.16). ...."

 

Also please tell me Our Prohphet Mohammed (PBUH) has seen Allah or not, because i heared that one time Abu Huraira (RA) said Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) has seen Allah, but same time Mother Aisha Siddiqa (RA) said that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) did not seen Allah, there is 70 hijab (parda) between Allah and his messenger.

 

Please tell me what is the difference between nabi and rasool, how many nabi and rasool came,

 

I request you not to give christian names to any messenger of Allah, if you want to give for christian please write arabic names in bracket, in question no.224 you mentioned mostly christian names, which we dont know in arabic, i think your reader are mostly 99 %  is muslims, please give my reply, there are so many queations b4 i sent but none of them were replied, can it possible for you to give answer in urdu, because some english words we cant understand.

 

i hope you will not neglect my question, may allah give you reward for giving my answers

 

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Difference between Nabi and Rasool

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Your question: as per my poor knowledge (which i heared b4) the place Sidrat al-Muntaha is on 7-sky not on 6th sky, pls. read what u have written in the below reference hadeeth,

Sahih Muslim Hadith 329 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud

When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was taken for the Night Journey, he was taken to Sidrat al-Muntaha, which is situated on the sixth heaven, where terminates everything that ascends from the earth and is held there, and where terminates everything that descends from above it and is held there. (It is with reference to this that) Allah said: "When that which covers covered the lote-tree" (al-Qur'an, Illl.16).

 

Beloved brother in Islam, we did not write this from ourselves, but quoted only what was quoted by Hadrat Abdullah ibn Masood (r.a.) in the above hadith related by Muslim.

 

You are indeed accurate that in almost all the other narrations from the authentic hadiths of the Messenger of Allah (saws), the Sidrat-al-Muntaha is indeed situated on the Seventh Heaven, and not the sixth!

 

And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

Your question: Also please tell me Our Prohphet Mohammed (PBUH) has seen Allah or not, because i heared that one time Abu Huraira (RA) said Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) has seen Allah, but same time Mother Aisha Siddiqa (RA) said that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) did not seen Allah, there is 70 hijab (parda) between Allah and his messenger.

The honest truth is that we have not come across any authentic narration that states that Hadrat Abu Huraira (r.a.) (or any other noble companion) ever reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) had seen Allah Subhanah. The Glorious Quran is extremely clear about this, and declares explicitly that no one can see Allah, the Majestic, the Incomprehensible.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 103: No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, and is acquainted with all things.

 

Thus it should be the belief of every believer, who believes in Allah and the Last Day, that the Messenger of Allah (saws) never saw Allah Subhanah. This belief is confirmed by the below narration of Masruq who quoted from Hadrat Aisha (r.a.):

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.477 Narrated by Masruq

'Aisha said, "If anyone tells you that Muhammad has seen his Lord, he is a liar, for Allah says: 'No vision can grasp Him.' (6.103). And if anyone tells you that Muhammad has seen the Unseen, he is a liar, for Allah says: "None has the knowledge of the Unseen but Allah."

 

Your question: Please tell me what is the difference between nabi and rasool, how many nabi and rasool came,

A rasool (Messenger) is a bigger degree than a nabi (Prophet). Every rasool is also a nabi, but every nabi is not a rasool.

 

Allow us to give a worldly example to understand the concept: every general in the army is also a soldier, but every soldier is not a general!

 

A Rasool is the appointed Messenger of Allah, who is honored by Allah Subhanah with a new Shariah or Law. A nabi is the appointed Prophet of Allah, who confirms, follows, and guides mankind to follow the Shariah brought by the Rasool before him.

 

The Messengers who are also Prophets as mentioned in the Holy Quran are Prophet Adam (a.s.), Prophet Nuh (a.s.), Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.), Prophet Musa (a.s.), Prophet Isa (a.s.), and Prophet Mohamed (saws).

 

Some of the chosen Prophets as mentioned in the Quran are Prophet Idris (a.s.), Prophet Ismail (a.s.), Prophet Ishaaq (a.s.), Prophet Dawood (a.s.), Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.), Prophet Haroon (a.s.), etc.

 

Allah Subhanah Alone knows the exact number of the Rasools and the Nabis He has sent on earth for the guidance of mankind. The number given in one authentic narration of the Messenger of Allah (saws) states that in excess of 124,000 Prophets were sent by Allah Subhanah all over the earth! The Holy Quran mentions only 26 of these Prophets by name.

 

Your Statement: I request you not to give christian names to any messenger of Allah

May Allah Subhanah reward you for your valuable suggestion, and Insha Allah, in all our future answers we shall name all the Prophets by their Quranic name. Our only reason or justification for using English/Biblical names of the Prophet was that most English translations use the English names; but we do see your point and assure you that in the future, we shall only use the names that Allah Subhanah has called these noble souls in the Holy Quran.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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