Sunday, March 13, 2011

Were There Any Female Prophets?

Were There Any Female Prophets?
And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message if you do not know.
[Al-Anbiyaa: 7]

Exclusive Translation For Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah
Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
“This means that all of the messengers who preceded (him) were men from among mankind.” Tafseer Ibn Katheer (3/174)
Al-‘Allaamah Ash-Shanqeeti (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
“It is understood from these verses that Allah never sent a woman as a messenger, ever.” Adwaa Al-Bayaan (3/250)
Al-‘Allaamah As-Sa’dee (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
“In this verse is a proof that no woman was ever a Prophet, not Maryam (Mary) or other than her, due to His Saying, “Except men.”
Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan (3/269)
Actually Shaykh Al-Islaam (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated that a consensus was reached on this matter and any opposition to this stance is considered anomalous and erroneous.
He said:
“Al-Qaadhee Abu Bakr, Al-Qaadhee Abu Ya’la, Abul Ma’aalee and others have stated that there is unanimous agreement that there was never a female Prophet from amongst the women. And this is proven by the Quran and the Sunnah as we find in His Saying, 

“And We sent not before you [as messengers] except men to whom We revealed from among the people of cities.” [Yusuf: 109] 

and His Saying, 
“The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth.” [Al-Ma'idah: 75]...” Majmoo’ Al-Fataawa (4/396)

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