Was Muhammad the last messenger?

Muhammad was not the father of any of your men, but he was the messenger
of God and the seal of the prophets. God is Knowledgeable of all things.

This glorious verse, which speaks about prophet Muhammad, tells us that he was a messenger of God and the final prophet.

The Quran provides a clear difference between prophets, and messengers who are not prophets. Please see: Prophet and messenger.

The meaning of this verse was sadly misunderstood by many scholars so as to call Muhammad the last messenger and last prophet. It is clear that in this verse, Muhammad is called 'a messenger' and not the 'last messenger'. Nowhere in the Quran is Muhammad called the 'last messenger'. Nevertheless, the traditional scholars insist on calling Muhammad the 'last messenger'. Perhaps the main reason for this corruption is due to the scholars' ignorance of the fact that God makes a clear distinction in the Quran between the terms 'messenger' and 'prophet'.

We learn from the Quran that every prophet is also a messenger, but not every messenger is a prophet. Only prophets are sent with a Scripture to deliver. Thus, Moses (Torah), Jesus (Injeel), David (Psalms) and Muhammad (Quran) were among God's prophets because they delivered Scriptures (which are messages from God). However, there are many messengers sent by God who are assigned various tasks to accomplish without delivering a new Scripture. As a result, the number of messengers far exceeds the number of prophets. Hence, it is not necessary for God to list in the Quran the names of all the messengers:

Some messengers We have narrated to you before, and other messengers We have not narrated to you. 4:164


We read in the Quran that God sends a messenger to every nation and since nations will exist until the end of the world, future messengers will be sent by God to mankind:

For every nation is a messenger. 10:47

These words are then followed by:

And they say, "When will this promise come true if you are truthful?" 10:48

Say, "I possess no power to harm or benefit myself; it is only what God wills." For every nation is an appointed time. Once their appointed time comes, they cannot move it backwards by one hour, nor bring it forward. 10:49

Verse 48 confirms that the subject of future messengers does not speak of Muhammad since he was challenged with the words: "when will this promise come true?"

Verse 49 confirms that Muhammad is commanded to reply that he does not have the answer, and that it is a matter left to God's will.


We read the same confirmation in the following words:

We have sent a messenger to every nation saying, "You shall worship God, and stay away from false gods."

As a result, in accordance with 33:40, Muhammad was not the last messenger. He was the last prophet, in other words, there will be no Scriptures sent by God after the Quran.


Despite the clear verdict of
10:47, some scholars still insist that Muhammad was the last messenger. To cancel out the verdict of 10:47, they explained that the 'ummah' (nation) of Muhammad was the last nation, and that all nations that came or will come after Muhammad are also the nation of Muhammad!
They then conclude that the words in 10:47 do not speak about future nations, since there will be no new nations!

This claim clearly lacks any rationality. How can the Chinese people living today in
China for example be the nation of Muhammad? How can the Zulu people in South Africa or the Maori people in New Zealand be the nation of Muhammad?

God in His infinite wisdom knows all the schemes and falsehood spread by the fabricators, and thus God gave us an even stronger piece of evidence that messengers will continue to come until the end of time, and that Muhammad was not the last messenger:

O Children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you narrating My revelations to you; for those who are reverent and who reform, no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.

1- The words
"O Children of Adam" confirm that God is addressing all people and all nations until the end of the world..

2- The words
"when messengers come to you from among you" confirm that the messengers whom God will send to all people will come from among them, or in other words, messengers who are contemporary to them and who live among them.

3- The words
"narrating My revelations to you" confirm that these messengers are living among the people and narrating to them. A dead messenger who lived hundreds of years in the past cannot narrate to a people who come after his death.