Messiah of the latter days
In verse 36 of chapter Al Araaf of the Holy Qur’an, Almighty God promises that as long as human beings inhabit this world, God will send prophets for their guidance. In this day and age, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (on whom be peace) of Qadian, claimed to be the Promised Messiah, the Mahdi, decider and the arbitrator sent by God to revive the true Islam, and bring about a peaceful revolution, so that people recognised their God. He claimed to be the ultimate protector and declared that by following him one would be saved from the disasters that will befall this world. In the Holy Qur’an, assurance is given that those who accept a Prophet will be delivered from a state of fear and sadness, and that those who follow the footsteps of God’s Prophets will achieve peace.
Is the time right for a messiah?
The state of the Muslims in today’s world is pitiable. Those promised to be “the best of people” in verse 111 of chapter 3 of the Holy Qur’an are killing and being killed for no good reason. The social, moral, economic and political aspects of the life of Muslims are the worst in the world. Muslims in most countries are living in a permanent state of fear, either from their own authorities or from external agencies. The sad condition of Muslim nations is crying out for a reformer and a leader. The condition in the non-Muslim world is not any better, in reality; despite all the advances in society and lifestyles, lasting happiness remains elusive. The family breakdown, disintegration of communities, and focus on the self, has destroyed peace and harmony in society.
The evidence of “The Promised Messiah” from The Holy Qur’an
The Holy Qur’an; the revealed word of God mentions several prophecies about the Reformer of the latter days and supports the claim of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed of Qadian (on whom be peace), to be a truthful Prophet.
Surah Jummah, verse 4 states, “and among others of them who have not yet joined them”. Regarding the verse, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked by his companions, who are these believers of the latter days? In response, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), put his hand on a Persian companion called Hadhrat Sulman Farsi (May Allah be pleased with him), and said, “If faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man from among these (Persians) would surely find it” (Bokhari). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was Persian by descent, and through his writings he re-established the true teachings of Islam. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah the Exalted says; “And from the farthest part of the town there came a man running. He said, ‘O my People, follow the Messengers.” (36:21-22) Here the expression “farthest part of the town”, signifies a place away from the centre of Islam.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was from Qadian, in the Punjab, far removed from the established and recognised Islamic centres. The word “running” implies that the Promised Messiah will work for Islam with unrelenting energy and commitment; the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), wrote more than 85 books, gave countless lectures, seminars and attended many religious debates and discussions. The phrase “follow the Messenger” tells us that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) will not bring a new message, but will revive the Message that had already been given to mankind by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) .
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has made clear in all his writings that his role was to remove misconceptions from the true message of Islam. His writings are full of sentiments of dedication, commitment and extreme reverence for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) says, “My belief that I hold in this life and with which, by the Grace of Allah, I shall pass on from this world is that our lord and master, Muhammad Mustafa, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was Khataman Nabiyyeen and the best of Messengers”. (Izala Auham, part I, p.137)
The evidence of the advent of “The Promised Messiah” from ahadith
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied the advent of a Messiah or latter day reformer, to revive Islam. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave several signs to confirm the identity of the Imam Mahdi.
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave a description of the physical appearance of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), as having: a medium complexion, neither white nor black, having sharp eyes, soft hair and a long beard (Bokhari). Reading the description of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), it is evident that Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (on whom be peace), matched the criteria of the physical appearance of the Messiah.
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) predicted that to establish the truth of the claim of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), two heavenly signs were to appear. These signs would be an eclipse of the sun and moon in the month of Ramadhan (Sunan Darqutni) The claim of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed of Qadian (on whom be peace, of being the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, was supported by the powerful sign of the lunar and solar eclipses in 1894 in the Eastern Hemisphere, and in 1895 in the Western Hemisphere. Another prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), was regarding plague at the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
On February 6th, 1898 Hadhrat Ahmad (AS) saw in a vision: “Angels of God are planting black trees in different places of Punjab. These plants are very ugly, black, frightening and stunted. I asked the person planting these trees, what kind of trees are these? He replied that these were plague trees, which would spread in the country very shortly.”(Ayyam al-Sulh, page 121 The plague would rage as an epidemic at the time to such an extent that seven out of ten people would die. ? (“Lecture Ludhiana”, p 62) There were many epidemics of Plague in India in the middle of the 19th century; referring to this as a sign of his truthfulness, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) says, Now has this sign appeared or has it not? (“Lecture Ludhiana”, p62) The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), provides evidence of his truthfulness by referring to a Hadith of the Holy Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): During that time a new form of transport would appear which would render the camels useless. ? (“Lecture Ludhiana”, p62) We do not need to look far to see various forms of transport on our roads, which fulfill this sign of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), in a multitude of ways.
Another prophecy mentioned in the hadith about the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is that he will establish Khilafat. One hundred years of Ahmadiyya Khilafat have made the fulfilment of this prophecy crystal clear, and for all to see.
The divine signs and prophecies
The truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), can be proved by many Divine signs that were given in his support, and many Divine prophecies that were fulfilled. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) declared that his claim of being reformer of the age is supported by many Divine signs, some of which will be evident on earth, and others will manifest themselves from the sky.
The nineteenth century was rife with comets, meteor showers and eclipses. The Bielids comet passed very close to the earth in 1832, just before the birth of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Haley’s Comet appeared in 1835 and again in 1910. Holmes’ Comet then appeared in 1899, and another great comet which appeared in 1861 and could be seen in broad daylight, are celestial signs divinely orchestrated during the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
The Great comet of 1882, just before the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) made his claim, was one of the brightest of modern times. Interestingly, Morehouse Comet of 1908 showed the most rapid variations in appearance, so that from day to day it was unrecognisable as the same comet. There were many other prophecies that were fulfilled on earth. A long prophecy in 1905 foretold the appearance of many deadly disasters, along with a miserable end to the power of the Czar of Russia.The fulfilment of this prophecy was to become historical fact, when after World War I when the Czar abdicated in 1917, he was brutally murdered. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was also shown Divine support as his prayers were accepted.
The list of accepted prayers is incredibly long and includes one case of the recovery of a boy after the onset of Rabies, (a medical impossibility), which spectacularly testified to his truthfulness. The well documented and well publicised signs of the deaths of Pundit Lekh Ram in 1897 and Dr Alexander Dowie in 1907 , also verify the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
In the end, I would like to reiterate that signs which support me are not few and far between. Do not be hasty in rejecting me, for you will be held accountable in the hereafter. Remember, God is Ever Watchful; He establishes the truth of the truthful and the falsehood of the false (Lecture Ludhiana)
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad The Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (on whom be peace)
“We are Musalmans. We believe in the One God without a partner and in the Kalima, La Illah Ill-Allah. We believe in the Book of God, the Quran, in His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) the Khatam Al-Anbiya. We believe in angels, the resurrection, hell and paradise. We observe the prescribed prayers and the fast. We turn to the Qibla for prayers and forbid ourselves what is forbidden by God and His Prophet and permit ourselves what is permitted. We add not a thing to the Sharia, nor subtract any thing from it. The Sharia is above change. Whatever has come down to us from the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), all that we accept, whether we understand or not and whether we can unravel its secrets and real meaning or not. We are believers with the Grace of God, and strict monotheist Muslims.(Nur al-Haq I, pg. 5)” [The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)]
“By the pure grace of God and not by any merit of my own, I have been bestowed a perfect portion of the bounty which was bestowed before me on the Prophets and Messengers and the elect of God. It would not have been possible for me to be bestowed this bounty unless I had followed my lord and master, the pride of the prophets, the best of mankind, Hazrat Mohammed Mustafa, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Whatever I have been bestowed has been bestowed upon me on account of this obedience. I know through my true and perfect knowledge that no human being can approach God or acquire perfect understanding of the Divine except through following the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. (Haqeeqatul Wahi, p. 62)”
[The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)]
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“The charge leveled against me that I claim to be a prophet who has no connection with Islam and that I consider myself a prophet in my own right, who has no need of following the Holy Quran, and that I have proclaimed my own credo, and have established a new qibla, and declare the Islamic law as abrogated, and go outside the following of and obedience to the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, is wholly false. I consider such a claim of prophethood as amounting to disbelief. Not only today but in every one of my books I have affirmed that I lay no claim to any such prophethood and that this is a false allegation against me. The only reason that I call myself a prophet is that I am honored with the converse of God Almighty and that He speaks to me frequently and responds to me and discloses much of the unseen to me and communicates to me the mysteries of the future such that are not disclosed to anyone unless he enjoys special nearness to God. It is on account of the multiplicity of these experiences that I have been made a prophet. (Akhbare Aam, 26 May 1908).”