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Was Prophet Muhammad Created from Light?

15 November, 2021
Q Dear scholar, I have a question about the Prophet (peace be upon him). Was Prophet Muhammad created from light?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

There is no evidence in the sources (i.e., the Quran and the Sunnah) to support the claim that Prophet Muhammad was created from light. These are false notions introduced into Islam by those who wish to distort and dilute the pure Islamic beliefs.


Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

How Allah described Prophet Muhammad?

There is no better way to describe the Messenger of Allah than what Allah tells us about him. Here are a few verses that introduce the Prophet and his nature to us:

“O Prophet! We have sent you as a witness, and a deliverer of good news, and a warner, and a caller to ˹the Way of˺ Allah by His command, and a beacon of light.” (Al-Ahzab 33:35-36)

“Muhammad is no more than a messenger; other messengers have gone before him. If he were to die or to be killed, would you regress into disbelief?” (Aal `Imran 3:144)

“Say, “I am only a human being like you. It is revealed unto me that your God is one God. So whosoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord, let him perform righteous deeds and make no one a partner unto his Lord in worship.” (Al-Kahf 18: 110)

‘Don’t venerate me as the Christians venerated Jesus’: Muhammad said

The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned Muslims never imitate the Christians who venerated Jesus (peace be upon him) attributing to him divine qualities that befit only God.

The Prophet said, “Do not venerate me as the Christians venerated Jesus, son of Mary; I am only a servant of Allah and His messenger.”

Allah warns the Christians against excessive veneration of Jesus:

“Say, “O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion beyond the truth, and follow not the caprices of a people who went astray before, and led many astray, and strayed from the right way.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:77)

Was Prophet Muhammad created from light?

The Prophet Muhammad, like all other prophets and messengers, is a human being; he is descended from Adam, who was created from clay.

There is no evidence in the sources (i.e., the Quran and the Sunnah) to support the claim that the Prophet was created from light. These are false notions introduced into Islam by those who wish to distort and dilute the pure Islamic beliefs.

The Prophet always warned his companions against all forms of hero worship. When someone addressed him saying: You are our Master, the son of our Master, he stopped him saying: ‘Don’t get carried away by placing above the status that Allah has placed me. I am only a servant of Allah and His Messenger.’ (Abu Dawud and others)

So, we must purge our faith from such erroneous beliefs and never commit excesses in religion.

Almighty Allah knows best.