Belief in the Messengers
We believe that Allaah has sent Messengers (and Prophets) to His creation.
Allaah, the Most High says:
"Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allaah after the Messengers. And Allaah is Ever AllPowerful, AllWise." Suratun-Nisa 4:165
The first Messenger was Adam (alaihis Salaam) and the last is Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam)
We believe that the first Messenger was Adam (alaihis Salaam) and the last is Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam).
"Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We inspired Nuh and the Prophets after him;" Suratun-Nisa 4:163
And He said:
"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allaah and the last (end) of the Prophets." Suratul-Ahzab 33:40
A mention of Determined and Messengers of Excellence
The best amongst the group of Messengers and Prophets is Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam). And after him in rank and position are Ibrahim (alaihis Salaam), Musa (alaihis Salaam), then Nuh (alaihis Salaam) and then Isa, son of Maryam (alaihis Salaam). These are the five Messengers who exclusively are mentioned in the following verse.
"And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you (O Muhammad ), and from Nuh , Ibrahim , Musa, and 'Iesa , son of Maryam (Mary). We took from them a strong covenant." Suratul-Ahzab 33:7
The best Shar’iah among all the Shar’iah’s
We believe that the Shar’iah that was brought by Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) was all-inclusive and all-encompassing of the qualities and excellences of the Shar’iah’s brought by the past Messengers. The proof is this statement of Allaah:
"He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Nuh , and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad ), and that which We ordained for Ibrahim , Musa and 'Iesa saying you should establish religion , and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)." Suratush-Shura 42:13
All the Messengers were human beings, creation and slaves of Allaah
We believe that all the Messengers (and Prophets) were human beings created by Allaah. They did not possess anything from the properties of Ruboobiyyat (Lordship).  And Allaah ordered Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) to proclaim that:
"I don't tell you that with me are the treasures of Allaah, nor (that) I know the unseen; nor I tell you that I am an angel. I but follow what is revealed to me by inspiration." Suratul-An'am 6:50
And He said:
"Say (O Muhammad ): "I possess no power of benefit or hurt to myself except as Allaah wills. Suratul-A'raf 7:188
And He also said:
"Say: "It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to the Right Path." Say (O Muhammad ): "None can protect me from Allaah's punishment (if I were to disobey Him), nor should I find refuge except in Him. Suratul-Jinn 72:21 - 22
And it is our belief that they ( the Messengers and Prophets) are slaves of Allaah who were honored with prophethood and messengership by Allaah. And He mentioned about their virtue and merit at honored and praised places. And He said about Nuh (alaihis Salaam):
"O offspring of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nûh (Noah)! Verily, he was a grateful slave." Suratul-Isra 17:3
And He said about the last of the Messengers, Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) :
"Blessed be He Who sent down the criterion (of right and wrong, i.e. this Qur'an) to His slave (Muhammad ) that he may be a warner to the 'Alamin (mankind and jinns)." Al-Furqan 25:1
And He said about other Messengers :
"And remember Our slaves, Ibrahim , Ishaque , and Ya'qub , (all) owners of strength (in worshipping Us) and (also) of religious understanding." Surah Sad 38:45
And He said about Dawood (alaihis Salaam):
"and remember Our slave Dawud , endued with power. Verily, he was ever oft-returning in all matters and in repentance (toward Allaah)." Surah Sad 38:17
"And to Dawud We gave Sulaiman . How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)! Surah Sad 38:30
And He said about Isa (alaihis Salaam),
"He ['Iesa ] was not more than a slave. We granted Our Favour to him, and We made him an example to the Children of Israel (i.e. his creation without a father)." Suratuz-Zukhruf 43:59
And we believe that Allaah, the Most High terminated the succession of Messengers and Prophets with Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) as the last Messenger and made him the Messenger for all mankind. Allaah says:
"Say (O Muhammad ): "O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allaah - to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He); It is He Who gives life and causes death. So believe in Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad ), the Prophet who can neither read nor write, who believes in Allaah and His Words [(this Qur'an), the Tauraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and also Allaah's Word: "Be!" - and he was, i.e. 'Iesa (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary),], and follow him so that you may be guided." Suratul-A'raf 7:158
The Shar’iah of the Messenger (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) is the religion of Islaam
We believe that the shar’iah brought by the last Messenger (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) is the religion of Islaam, which has been chosen and preferred by Allaah, the Most High for His slaves, and no other religion or Shar’iah other than this is acceptable to Allaah. Allaah, the Most High said:
"Truly, the religion with Allaah is Islam. Surah Aali Imran 3:19
And He said:
"This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. Suratul-Ma'idah 5:3
And He said:
"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." Surah Aali Imran 3:85
To accept any other religion other than Islaam is Kufr (disbelief)
We believe that if any person accepts or prefers any other religion, like Judaism or Christianity, over Islaam then he is a Kaafir (disbeliever). Accordingly it is required from him to make tawbah (repentance), if he repents then it is good or else he will be considered a murtad or the rejecter of Qur’an and should be killed.
To reject that the Messengership of the Last Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) is to reject all Messengers
We believe that a person who rejects that the last Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) was sent for whole mankind and the creation then he is the rejecter of all Messengers, rather he is even the rejecter of that Prophet whom he claims to believe in and obey. Allaah, the Most High says:
"The people of Nûh (Noah) belied the Messengers." Suratush-Shu'ara 26:105
Allaah declared the people of Nuh as rejecters of all the Messengers even though there had come no Messenger before prophet Nuh (alaihis Salaam). Allaah, the Most High says:
"Verily, those who disbelieve in Allaah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allaah and His Messengers (by believing in Allaah and disbelieving in His Messengers) saying, "We believe in some but reject others," and wish to adopt a way in between. They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment." Suratunn-Nisa 4: 150-151
Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) is the last Prophet
We believe that there will come no prophet after Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam). Anyone who claims to be a prophet or affirms prophethood for anyone after prophet Muhammad (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam), then without doubt he is a Kaafir (disbeliever), because he is a rejecter of Allaah, His Messenger and the Ijmaa’ (agreement) of the Muslim Ummah (nation).
Khulafaa ur-Raashideen were most deserving of the Khilaafa
We also believe that there were rightly guided Khulafaa after the Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) from this Ummah who were the truest followers of the Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) in Knowledge, Dawah and Khilaafah. The best among them and the one who rightly deserved the first Khilaafah is Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (radiallahu anhu) and after him in order of stature and rank are Umar bin al-Khattaab (radiallahu anhu), Uthmaan bin Affaaan (radiallahu anhu) and Ali bin Abee Taalib (radiallahu anhu).
And they became the Khalifah in the same rank and order of excellence. And Allaah does not appoint a person as a ruler amongst that best generation if there existed a person who was better and more deserving of Khilaafah, because whatever He does is based on mature wisdom.
Partial excellence cannot prove Complete Excellence
We also believe that sometimes amongst these Khulafaa the succeeding Kahlifah may partially excel in excellence and rank in some matters than the one who preceeded him but it does not mean that he is entitled with complete excellence (over the preceeding Khalifah), because there are many reasons and causes for the excellence and honor.
The degrees of Excellence
We also believe that with Allaah, this ummah (of Muhmmad (sallalaahu Alaihi Wassallam) is better and higher in rank than all other ummah’s. Allaah the Most High says:
"You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allaah." Surah Aali Imraan 3:110
We also believe that the best of people in this ummah are the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) then the ta’bi’een (the following generation) and then the tab’i ta’bi’een (the generation that followed that generation).
One group will always remain steadfast on truth and will always be victorious
And one group amongst this ummah will always remain steadfast on truth and will always be victorious. No one who doesn’t help them or who opposes them can do any harm to them till the command of Allaah comes.
The differences among the companions of Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wassallam) were based on ijtihaad (authoritative interpretation)
We believe that all the differences and disputes that arose among the companions arose because of interpretation based on ijtihaad, so whosoever was on truth will receive two rewards and the one who erred will receive one reward and his error will be forgiven.
It is obligatory to refrain from speaking about the companions in an impudent manner
We believe it to be of great importance that one should refrain from speaking ill of them or to point out their mistakes, rather one should praise them with beautiful words that they are deserving of. And we clear our hearts of abhorrence and hatred towards them as Allaah says regarding them,:
"Not equal among you are those who spent and fought before the conquering (of Makkah) (with those among you who did so later). Such are higher in degree than those who spent and fought afterwards. But to all, Allaah has promised the best (reward). ." Suratul-Hadid 57:10
And Allaah the Most High says about us:
"And those who came after them say: "Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful."" Suratul-Hashr 59:10