the following example: A man erected a building and adorned this edifice withgreat beauty, but he left an empty niche in the corner where just one brick wasmissing. People looked around the building and marveled at its beauty, butwondered why a brick was missing from that niche. I am like unto that onemissing brick and I am the last in the line of the Prophets". (Bukhari, Muslim,Musnad Ahmad, Tirmizi, Musnad Abu Dawud)."There will arise thirty impostors in my Ummah (followers) and each one of themwill pronounce to the world that he is a prophet, but I am the last in the line of the Prophets of God and no Prophet will come after me". (Abu Dawood)."I am Muhammad, I am Ahmad, I am the effacer and infidelity shall be erasedthrough me; I am the assembler. People shall be assembled on Doomsday aftermy time. And I am the last in the sense that no prophet shall succeed me".(Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi)."...O People, no prophet will come after me, and no new faith will be born.Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey toyou...". (Sermon delivered on the ninth day of Dhul-Hajj 10 A.H. and witnessedby 120,000 Muslims).Prior to Islam, a new prophet was generally commissioned when the teachings of earlier prophets were lost, corrupted, or required some modification. However,the holy Quran clearly states that the dispensations of Islam are universal, final,completed, perfected, and protected. For instance, we read:"Say (O Muhammad): 'O Mankind! Lo! I am the Messenger of ALLAH to you all,(the Messenger) of Him unto Whom belongs the Sovereignty of the heavens andearth". ( 7 : 158 ) Al-Quran."...This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon youand have chosen for you Islam as your way of life". ( 5 : 3 ) Al-Quran.The Holy Quran, Hadith, Tafseer, and the opinion of the Companions (r.a) havebeen consistent on this point, since the advent of Islam. In fact, the first rightlyguided Caliph, Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a), supported by all companions of the holyProphet (s.a.w.w), waged a war against the false claimant to Prophethood,Musailma the Kazzab (liar), despite the fact that the Muslim state was still in itsinfancy and without the necessary means. Those taught by the holy Prophet(s.a.w.w) were absolutely certain of this doctrine and the need to protect thereligion of humanity from corruption. Indeed, three times as many Muslimswillingly sacrificed their precious lives fighting Musailma, as had during the entiremission of the holy Prophet (s.a.w.w). This act of Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a) was sohighly regarded, endorsed and accepted by the companions, that Hazrat Umar(r.a) proposed:"I will exchange all good deeds of my life time for your acts of one night and oneday. One night from those three nights you spent with Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.w) in the Cave of "Saur" and one day from the days of battles againstimpostor prophets to guard the Finality of Muhammad". (Mishkawt).