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‘Isa (A) returning at the end of time

Fatwaa ID: 1741

Question:
some say that when īsā alayhis salām returns, he will not return as a prophet but as an ummatī. while i agree that he will join the ummah, this seems to imply prophethood could be lost. isnt prophethood a permanent status? if one attains prophethood, then one is always a prophet.
i believe people say this so that they do not contradict the Qur’ān when it says Nabī Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wasalam) is the final prophet. but my understanding has always been that there is no contradiction because the meaning is that there will be no new prophet. īsā alayhis salām is not a new prophet, so there should be no issue in saying he returns while retaining prophethood

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is an established belief of the Ahlus Sunnah that Sayyiduna ‘Isa ﷺ is alive and will return at the end of times and be from the Ummah of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ. It is also a fact that once a person is chosen by Allaah Ta’aala to be a nabi, he is not stripped of this honor. However, the Shari’ah of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ abrogates the Shari’ah of all the previous prophets. Accordingly, when Sayyiduna ‘Isa ﷺ returns, he will remain a nabi but he will follow the legislation of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ. On the Day of Judgment, he will be raised as a nabi. Thus, there is no contradiction between the two.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

03/01/1445 AH – 09/17/2023 CE | AMG1-3450

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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