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Do Shias believe in Finality of Prophethood?

Dr. Abdol Karim Soroush, an Iranian scholar, was a government official directly appointed by Khomeini. Click this link to see his biography. This Iranian thinker and scholar, acknowledges that the Shias are the Deniers of the finality of Prophethood.

The fact that according to Shias, The Imams and  the Prophets ONLY differ in their titles, not in their characteristics, was affirmed by esteemed and high ranking Shia scholars. They are Sheikh Al Mufid and Allamah Baqir Majlisi, etc.

Shiekh Al Mufid states:

– أوائل المقالات – الشيخ المفيد ص 45: 8 – القول في الفرق بين الرسل والأنبياء عليهم السلام واتفقت الإمامية على أن كل رسول فهو نبي وليس كل نبي فهو رسول، وقد كان من أنبياء الله عز وجل حفظة لشرائع الرسل وخلفائهم في المقام، وإنما منع الشرع من تسمية أئمتنا بالنبوة دون أن يكون العقل مانعا من ذلك لحصولهم على المعنى الذي حصل لمن ذكرناه من الأنبياء عليهم السلام. 8-

The difference between the Prophets and the Messengers (as): The Imami (Shia) have consensus that every messenger is a prophet but not every prophet is a messenger, from the prophets of Allah are those who preserve/protect the religious laws passed down by the messengers, they are their successors in this matter. The religious law has only prohibited us from claiming prophet-hood for our Imams although the intellect does not prohibit this, because they(Imams) have acquired the qualities that we have mentioned for the prophets peace be upon them.

Source : Awail alMaqaalat, page 45

Allamah Baqir Majlisi states:

ولا نعرف جهة لعدم اتصافهم بالنبوة إلا رعاية جلالة خاتم الانبياء ، ولا يصل عقولنا إلى فرق بين بين النبوة والامامة ، وما دلت عليه الاخبار فقد عرفته ، والله تعالى يعلم حقائق أحوالهم صلوات الله عليهم أجمعين

To our knowledge there is no reason not to describe the Imams as Prophets except consideration to the status of the Final Prophet. Our intellect too, cannot perceive a distinction between Nabuwwah (prophethood) and Imamah.

Source: Bihar Al-Anwar, Volume 26, p.82

Author of Peshawar Nights:

Renowned Shia scholar, Sultan al-Wa‘izin Shirazi in his famous Shia book “Peshawar Nights” stated:   Ali attained the rank of prophethood can be proven by the reference to the Hadith of Manzila. (Peshawar Nights, page 247) [Scan page]

Praise be to Allah! What we have proven in our article, was not out of thin air, we find the statements of universally accepted, recognized and esteemed Shia Scholars, which backs up our view. And now we find that the same is even being affirmed by knowledgeable Shia researcher.


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