Last Prophet – Jesus or Muhammad?

08 May, 2017
Q How is it that Muslims believe that Muhammad is the last prophet if they also say that Prophet Jesus will return?


Asalamu Alaikum,

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.

Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below:


Safiyyah  Ally: Okay, Brother Shabir, here’s a question: how do we respond to the argument that Muhammad can’t be the final messenger if Jesus is a prophet who has been chosen to return to Earth.

Dr. Shabir Ally: From the perspective of Sunni Muslim scholarship, the answer to this is that when we say that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet or {Quoting Quran in Arabic} as the Quran says in surah 33 verse number 40, we mean that he is the last in the whole series of prophets to be born.

So, people see prophets. They come and go, and then there’s still an expectation of a new prophet to be born. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is now born. He is the last to be born.

So, if for any reason any one of the previous prophets were to come back in the future that does not take away from the fact that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last in the line of prophets to be born.

I hope this helps answer your question. Please keep in touch.

Walaikum Asalam.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

Isn’t Jesus the Last Prophet: Why Claim Muhammad Is? Part 1

Was Muhammad the Seal of Prophets?

Why will Jesus Return?

About Dr. Shabir Ally
Dr. Shabir Ally holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis.
He is the president of the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam. He travels internationally to represent Islam in public lectures and interfaith dialogues. He explains Islam on a weekly television program called "Let the Quran Speak". Past episodes of this show can be seen online at: