Belief in Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is one of the basic and important article of faith. From the Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam’s time to this day every Muslim has the belief that Muhammad SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam is the last Prophet of God without any doubt. There are more than one hundred Ayahs of Holy Quran and more than 200 hundred Hadiths that explains that Holy Prophet Muhammad SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasalam is the last of all Prophets and there will be no Prophet (Nabi or Rasool) after him in any form or in any interpretation.
So, Hazrat Maulana Syed Muhammad Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullah Alaih) writes in his last book “Khatm-e-Nubuwwat” that:
“And the first ever consensus of Muslim opinion was the consensus on the murder of Muslima Kazab. Its only reason was just his claim of Prophethood. The reverend Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa Razu An) came to know about his other evil doings later, as Ibne Khuldoon writes. And ages after ages there was always consensus on the infidelity, apostasy and killing of the claimer of Prophethood, and there was never debate on Nubuwwat Tashria or non-Tashria.” (Khatam-un-Nabiyeen P.67. Translation P.197)
Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Idrees Kandhlvi (Rahmatullah Alaih) writes in “Mark-al-Khasam Fe Khatm-e-Nubuwwat Syed-ul-Nam SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam’ that “The first consensus of Muslim opinion occurred on the issue that the claimer of Prophethood be killed” (Ehtasab Qadianiyat v. 2 p.10)
In all the battles that were fought for the safety of Islam during the life of Hazrat Muhammad SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam only 259 Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa Razu Anh) were martyred (Rahmatal-il-Aalameen v.2 p.213. By Qazi Salman Mansoor Puri (Rahmatullah Alaih) while in the first battle in Islamic history that was fought, in the reign of Hazrat Siddiq Akbar Razi Allah-o-Anho for the safety of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat faith 1200 Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa (Khatm-e-Nubuwwat Kamil p.304 part 3 by Mufti Muhammad Shafi).
The major assets of the Holy Prophet’s life were these valuable Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa Razu An), who gave their lives for the safety of this faith. This highlights the importance of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat faith. In the following is the account of the martyrdom of on of these Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa Razu An) , Hazrat Habeeb bin Zain Ansari Khazraji Razi Allah-o-Anho:
“The Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam sent Hazrat Habeeb bin Zaid Ansari Razi Allah-o-Anho to Muslima Kazab, who belonged to Banu Haneefa tribe of Yamama. Muslima Kazab asked Hazrat Habeeb Razi Allah-o-Anho “do you testify it that Muhammad SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam is the messenger of God?” Hazrat Habeeb Razi Allah-o-Anho replied, “Yes”. He further asked “do you testify it that I am also the messenger of God?” Hazrat Habeeb Razi Allah-o-Anho replied that “I am deaf. I cannot hear you”. Muslima continued to ask the question again and again and his reply was always the same. Muslima cut the parts of his body one by one. At last Hazrat Habeeb Bin Zaid’s Razi Allah-o-Anho whole body was cut into pieces and he was martyred”.
It shows that how the Sahaba (Razi Allah-o-Anhum Wa Razu Anh) were touchy in the matter of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat. There is another account of one of the Tabaeen (successors to the Holy Prophet’s SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam companions)”“Hazrat Abu Muslim Khulani (Razi Allah-o-Anho) whose real name is Abdullah bin Thob, is that holy man for whom God made fire ineffective, as was the case with Hazrat Ibrahim Alaih-i-Salam that fire set by Namrood became flowers for Ibrahim Alaih-i-Salam. He was born in Yemen. He accepted Islam during Holy Prophet’s SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam lifetime, but he could not get the opportunity to be present before the Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam. In the last days of Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam there appeared a false claimer of Prophethood (Aswad Ansi) in Yeman. He forced people to believe in him. He also sent for Hazrat Abu Muslim Khulani Razi Allah-o-Anho and asked him to believe in his Prophethood. Hazrat Abu Muslim did not accept it. He asked, ‘do you have faith in the Prophethood of Muhammad SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam’? Hazrat Abu Muslim replied in the affirmative. At this Aswad Ansi set a horrible fire and put Hazrat Abu Muslim (Razi Allah-o-Anho) in it. But God made the fire ineffective and he came out of it without any harm. The incident was so strange that Aswad Ansi and his companions were bewildered. His friends suggested him ‘to banish him, otherwise your followers will have no faith in you’. So, he was banished from Yeman. After leaving Yeman, there was only one refugee, Medina. So he set off with the intention of meeting the Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam. But when he reached Medina he came to know the Holy Prophet SallAllah-o-Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam has passed away. Now Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (Razi Allah-o-Anho) was the caliph. Hazrat Abu Muslim (Razi Allah-o-Anho) started saying prayer behind pillar in Masjid-e-Nabvi. Hazrat Umar (Razi Allah-o-Anho) was sitting there. When he saw a stranger saying prayer, he came near him. After he said prayer, Hazrat Umar (Razi Allah-o-Anho) asked him “from where you have come?” ‘From Yeman’ he replied. Hazrat Umar (Razi Allah-o-Anho) at once asked, ‘God’s enemy (Aswad Ansi) put our friend into fire and the fire had no effect on him. How Aswad Ansi treated him afterwards? Hazrat Abu Muslim (Razi Allah-o-Anho) said, ‘his name is Abdullah bin Thob’. Hazrat Umar’s intelligence at once worked and he asked, ‘I put you under oath to tell me whether you are not the same person?’ Hazrat Abu Muslim (Razi Allah-o-Anho) replied, ‘yes’. In love and happiness he kissed his forehead and took him to Hazrat Abu Bakr (Razi Allah-o-Anho) and made him sit between Hazrat Abu Bakr (Razi Allah-o-Anho) and himself. Hazrat Umar (Razi Allah-o-Anho) said ‘thanks God that before my death God gave me the opportunity to see the person to whom Allah Almighty treated like Hazrat Ibrahim. (Alaih-e-Salam).
(Hulya tul Aulya p.129 v.2 Tehzeb v.6 p.458. Tarekh Ibn Asaker p.315 v.7 Jehan Deeda p.293 and Terjuman-us-Sunnah p.341, v.4).