The Islamic Interpretation of the Term "Khatamun Nabiyeen"
The Muslims present the meaning of the verse in exactly the same way as it was understood by those people (i.e. the Sahaba Radhiallahu Anhum, Tabi'een, Muhadditheen and the learned scholars of Islam) who have transmitted this verse to us along with the entire Qur'an. The term "Khatamun Nabiyeen" means "the final prophet", "the seal of the prophets", and "the last prophet". This verse declares that with Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, prophet-hood has come to an end; and no true prophet of any category will be born ever again.
The Qadiani Interpretation of theTerm "Khatamun Nabiyeen"
The Qadianis claim Mirza Ghulaam Ahmad Qadiani to be a prophet through fabrication and distortion in the definition of the term "Khaatamun Nabiyyeen". They say that:
1) "Khatamun Nabiyeen" means "the best" or "the superior" from the prophets.
2) The word "Khatam" in the above quoted verse means a "seal". Thus, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam sets a seal on people and with his seal, one becomes a prophet.
3) The word "Khatam" means "decoration". Thus, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is like the adornment for the whole congregation of the prophets.
4) The word "Nabiyeen" (prophets) means "the law giving prophets". Thus, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam was the last of the law-giving (legislative) prophets.
The Method for the Interpretation of the Holy Qur'aan
Before I bring forth evidence to support the meaning which the Muslims have taken of the term "Khatamun Nabiyeen", let me quote a passage (concerning the commentary of Qur'an) from the book of the great Mufassir, Allaamah Suyuti Rahmatullahi Alay.He writes in his book, Al-Itqaan:
"The scholars of Islam have said, 'Whoever wishes to see the commentary and the interpretation of the Qur'an, should firstly look in the Qur'an itself. Because, if it is short and comprehensive in one place, it will be full of details in the next. If he is unable to find it in the Holy Qur'an, he should turn towards the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam because it explains and clarifies the Qur'an. Imaam Shafi Rahmatullahi Alay has said, 'Every judgement given by the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is based on what he has understood from the holy Qur'an'. If a person is unable to find it in the Ahadith, he should refer to the sayings of the Sahaba Radhiallahu Anhum because they were present when the Qur'an was being revealed, and they have learnt (and understood) the Qur'an directly from the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to whom it was revealed."
(Al-Itqaan, Page 175, Volume 2).
After these three sources (i.e. the Holy Qur'aan, the Ahadith and the sayings of the Sahaba Radhiallahu Anhum), one must refer to those books which contain the opinions of the Sahaba and Tabi'een, e.g. Tafseer of Ibne Jareer, Ibne Abi Haatim, Ibne Maajah, Haakim, Ibne Hibbaan, etc.'
(Al-Itqaan, Page 190, Volume 2).
'If one still cannot find the "Tafseer", (and this is very rare), then he should refer to the Arabic language, because the Qur'an was revealed in this language'.
(Al-Itqaan, Page 121, Volume I).
Shaykh Ibne Taymiyyah has also stressed the same point in his book, Muqaddamah Fi Usool at Tafseer, Pages 93-l05.
Let us now follow the aforementioned sequence of interpreting the Qur'an and see whether the Islamic interpretation is correct or the Qadiyani interpretation?
Commentary of the Verses in the Holy Qur'an
There are more than a hundred verses in the holy Qur'aan in support of the belief of "Khatme Nubuwwat" (finality of prophethood). Since this article is being written in a short and comprehensive manner, I will quote just three verses.
1. "This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion." [5: 3]
It is evident from this verse that Allah Ta’ala has completed the religion of Islam for this Ummah, therefore, there is no need for a new prophet after the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.
2. "Say, "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all,. . ." [7:158]
The word "all" in this verse clarifies that the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has been sent for the entire humanity till the Day of Judgement. Thus, this is a clear announcement of the "finality of prophet-hood."
3. "We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not." [34:28]
In this verse the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has been mentioned as a "Universal" messenger. Therefore, there is no need for another prophet after the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.