I would like to know if I can use the term messiah in regards to a savior or a heroic person. An example is me writing a book about this savior who comes and saves this nation and their football club and wins them the world cup or someone who saves his people from villains. I know the term messiah means anointed one referring to isa PBUH. But they English dictionary has multiple terms for the meaning of messiah and in Islam it's about your intentions. I don't mean to compare isa and some fictional character. In English messiah can mean someone who's a hero or does something great for his people

  • You should be careful, as of your own understanding, that word as a combination of letters triggers very different thoughts in people, depending on their background. If you are a writer, why not weave it into your writing that there are different understandings of the word? Commented May 4 at 23:15
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The Messiah/al-Masih is only Prophet Isa:

"When the angels said, “O Maryam! Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him, his name will be the Messiah, Isa, son of Maryam; honoured in this world and the Hereafter, and he will be one of those nearest." -Surah 3 verse 45

That would be like if I made a character who was a prophet (prophet linguistically means one who makes prophecies). It would still be problematic since we believe Muhammad was the last prophet.

  • You say "prophet (prophet linguistically means one who makes prophecies)" True, linguistically. But only linguistically. Not every fortune teller is a prophet. Commented May 5 at 20:46
  • Yes of course, Prophets prophecies about future events, true Prophets would get that information from Allah. Fortune tellers foretell some truth but it's mixed with 100 lies: Commented May 5 at 21:18
  • Sahih al-Bukhari 5762 Narrated `Aisha: Some people asked Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) about the fore-tellers He said. ' They are nothing" They said, 'O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! Sometimes they tell us of a thing which turns out to be true." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "A Jinn snatches that true word and pours it Into the ear of his friend (the fore-teller) (as one puts something into a bottle) The foreteller then mixes with that word one hundred lies." Commented May 5 at 21:19

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