Throughout history Allah has sent Messengers with His Message for our guidance. The people were told to follow any Messenger that came in the future who would give new instructions and correct the wrongs that would inevitably come into their beliefs. “I will send a messenger who will speak the words I put into his mouth”, meant all Messengers were given Divine Revelation which they were instructed to give to mankind.
There would then come a time when a nation would be able to preserve the Message, in book form, so that no more false beliefs could become a part of it [mans ingenuity at getting around any obstacle means that this is not altogether truthful; the hadith prove me wrong, although the Quran is still in its pure form].
So now we are left with the situation that ALL peoples are waiting for a promised Saviour to free them from our earthly damnation. Unfortunately, just like the Jews missing out on their promised Messiah, Jesus, almost everyone has missed the boat where the last Messenger, the Seal of the Prophets, is concerned. Jews carry on rejecting Messengers, the Christians likewise, and some ‘Muslims’ believe in Imamat or the ‘rasulship’ of persons like Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, or Baha’u’llah, all of them not grasping the elementary fact that the Revelation of Allah is complete and sufficient in the Quran; as long as it is read with pure minds, undistorted by culture and tales from our ancestors.
Verse 3:85 has the point of all the previous verses; Islam is now the only system that Allah requires us to follow. Sorry, no more ‘religious’ experiences, no more voices from heaven, no more Messengers to come; THAT’S ALL FOLKS! [Apparently I am going to hell since I watch Bugs Bunny cartoons; shame on me, according to Dr Zakir].
Now base your reading of the following on what I have just written:-
3:77 Indeed, those who trade away the Divine value of keeping pledge and their oaths for petty gains, will have no portion in the Hereafter. God shall neither speak to them nor look at them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He make their ‘selves’ grow. Hence, for them is a torment of suffering. (Mere survival without progress is a torment in itself.)
3:78 And, behold! Among them is a group who distort the Scripture, to make you think that what they quote is from the Scripture, when it is not from the Scripture. And they assert that it is from God, when it is not from God. Thus, they tell lies concerning God, and they are well aware of it.
3:79 Never would a human being, whom God has blessed with the Scripture, wisdom and prophethood, thereafter say to people, “Be servants of me instead of God.” Rather, he would say, “Become true devotees of the Lord since you learn and teach the Book and study it as it should be studied.”
3:80 Nor would he instruct you to take angels and the prophets for lords and patrons. What! Would he ever enjoin upon you unbelief after you have surrendered to God?
3:81 Remember! God took a solemn promise from all prophets (and through them with their respective nations that they would welcome each of the next messengers in the process of Divine revelations and support him.) God said to the prophets, “Now! I give you the Book and Wisdom. Afterward there shall come a Messenger confirming (the Truth in) what you have. You must, then, acknowledge him and help him. Do you accept and agree to hold on to this pledge of Mine?” They said, “We do agree.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.” [This was the Promise with their nations. The personal covenant made with each Messenger is mentioned in 33:7. See 2:101 for ‘the Truth in’]
3:82 (People of the Book must uphold this pledge while the Prophet is in their midst.) Whoever, after this, turns away, it is they who have drifted away from the right path.
3:83 What! Do they seek other than the Prescribed Way (Deen) of God, when unto Him submit all beings in the heavens and the earth, either by free will or by their innate nature and programming, and to Him they will be returned - and to Him they go back as their Originating Source.
[All things in the Universe surrender to God, either by free will as the believers do, or through their innate nature such as animals, trees, stars, seasons etc. Even the deniers of the Truth live by Divine Laws in their physical lives]
3:84 Declare, “We believe in God and what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and their descendant prophets, and what was given from their Lord to Moses, Jesus and the other prophets. We make no distinction among any of them. And we submit to Him alone.” [All prophets were one in Purpose. 2:253, 17:55]
3:85 And, whoever seeks as a way of life other than Islam (Submission to God), it will never be accepted from him, and in the Eternal Life, he will be among those who have lost their investments completely. [This is because the Deen (religion) of the entire Universe is Submission]
33:40 Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is God’s Messenger and the Closing Seal of all prophets. And God, indeed, is Knower of all things.