The Prophet Muhammad (saw)
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Sources that relate the names of Prophet Muhammad

Question: Can you give us some information about the sources that relate the names of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?

Answer (Theologian Meral Günel): There are names which are used in the Qur'an, in other holy books and hadith, in addition to names which the Companions of the Prophet used for him.

 Hadith scholars have allotted a section in their books to Asma-un Nabi (The Names of the Prophet); here the number of names ranges from between 99 and 2,000.

This subject is mostly dealt with in a separate section of books that describe the Prophet, although there are entire books that deal with this matter. This subject is mentioned in Keşf'uz Zunun by Katip Çelebi. Another such example is Gül-i Sad-berg-i Evrad Berâ-yı Tuhfe-i Ubbad, by Abdullah Salahi Uşşaki, which has a section devoted to the names of the Prophet.

Among sources that have been written in modern Turkish we can cite Mahbub'ul-Aşıkîn/Aşıkların Sevgilisi ve Esma-i Nebî by Handan Özduygu, as well as Şemail by Ali Yardım, and Özkan Öze's Peygamberimizin Güzel İsimleri.

The reappearance of Prophet Jesus (pbuh)

Question: Can you give us some information about the reappearance of Prophet Jesus (pbuh), which is mentioned in Surah Zukhruf, verse 61?

Answer: (Nimet Yılmaz- theologian): In various hadith the reappearance of Prophet Jesus to the world is depicted as a sign of the Day of Judgment. Even though there is a difference in the content of the hadith, the main focus is Jesus' reappearance on earth. The validity of these hadith is another matter. The verse you have mentioned (Surah 43:61) was revealed in relation to the reappearance of Prophet Jesus. There are those who do not find such an interpretation to be correct. They interpret the pronoun in the verse as referring to the Qur'an, while other people interpret it as referring to Jesus - Jesus who was born without a father, who spoke in the cradle and whose speech as an infant are provided as proof of the resurrection and the afterlife. More detailed information can be found on this in various texts of tafseer. However, there needs to be more information about which information in the tafseer is the most valid.


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