SHAFAQNA – Allah (SWT) used 2 expressions for the Prophet (PBUH); in one expression, God said: You are a worldwide Prophet and in another said: God placed a favour upon believers by appointing a prophet from amongst themselves. The phrase “favour” has great bearing and only the believers are capable of accepting and obeying such blessing in proper manners; the blessings of belief, prophethood and welayat are also the same.
Therefore, the prophetic mission of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is for all human beings till the Day of Judgement but only believers will benefit from this mission and God has bestowed this blessing just on them that a Prophet has been appointed from amongst them. Although appointment of all the prophets is a favour but there are 2 special elements that has occurred just in the case of the Prophet of Islam PBUH); one that he is the seal of the prophets (the last prophet) and the other is the God’s special favour on believers.
Translated from a Farsi text by the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli