|| According to Islamic authorities, the words nabi
('prophet') and rasul ('messenger') are not only used
for actual prophets, as defined in Islamic terminology, but can
also be applied in a metaphorical sense, or in the sense
of their linguistic meaning, to someone who is not a prophet.
These words can be, and have been, applied to some of the great
saints of Islam, who were certainly not prophets, because they
possessed some qualities such as communication from Allah (in
the limited form in which it is promised to true believers by
the Holy Quran and Hadith).
A Muslim saint who is spoken to by God is known as a muhaddas
. This is the term used by the Holy Prophet Muhammad himself,
as given in Bukhari.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad used these words nabi and rasul
about himself in the way that they are used for Muslim saints,
for someone who is a muhaddas, and he made it perfectly
clear that he was not claiming to be a prophet.