16. ‘Prophet’ with or without
Every prophet followed his own revelation (wahy nubuwwat),
first and foremost.
His revelation was supreme over
any previous shariah.
So every prophet had authority over shariah, even if
he did not bring a completely new shariah.
The term ‘prophet without a shariah’ was
coined by Islamic scholars to mean a muhaddas,
a non-prophet who is spoken to by God
through wahy wilayat (which is subordinate to shariah).
Extracts from statements of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes that a prophet in Islamic terminology
has authority over the shariah and this meaning must not
be attached to his (Hazrat Mirzas) claim:
“However, in the terminology of Islam, nabi and
rasul mean those who bring an entirely new Law (shariah),
or those who abrogate some aspects of the previous law, or those
who are not called followers of a previous prophet, having a direct
connection with God without benefit from a prophet. Therefore, one
should be vigilant to see that the same meaning is not taken here,
because we have no Book but the Holy Quran, and no religion but
Letter dated 7 August 1899, published in Al-Hakam,
vol. 3, no. 29, 17 August 1899.