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The Last Prophet-2

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An aspect of prophethoodthe fact that one persons religious experience is binding on others, which amounts to the legislative guardianship, wilayat-e tashriʿicame to an end with the demise of the Prophet of Islam. The Seal of the prophets has been and gone, but the seal of the commentators has not. No ones explanations and interpretations of revelation can be placed on a par with revelation itself. Hence, although we have a final religion, we cannot have a final understanding of religion. The message of the finality of prophethood is that we should not consider any understanding of religion as the final conception, thereby permitting this sea to feed and be fed by other seas, permitting the prophetic experience to expand and grow, and not permitting any understanding of religion to become official and associated with power.

Keywords: divine revelation; prophethood; religious experience; religious legislation



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