Izala Auham is a book that Ahmadis will never translate. MGA and his team made lots of errors in this book. This blog entry is simply an attempt to collect all the refs from this book and present them to the world.
“I say truly, absolutely truly, that I have not, to the best of my knowledge, used even one word which can be called abusive. A misconception arises because most people fail to differentiate between hurling abuse and narrating the truth, and consider them to be the same. They regard what is the relating of a fact in its proper place to be abuse, solely because of a degree of harshness in it which is unavoidable when speaking the truth. Actually, the definition of abuse and offensive language is that it is something which is against facts and false, and used merely to cause hurt. If we label every harsh and hurtful statement as abuse solely because of its bitterness, unpleasantness and hurtfulness, then we shall have to admit that the entire Holy Quran is filled with foul language. The harsh words used in the Holy Quran to degrade the idols and to disgrace the idol-worshippers, and to curse and condemn them, are not such as would please the idol-worshippers. On the contrary, they would undoubtedly further spark off their rage. When God the Most High addresses the unbelievers of Makka and says:
“Surely you and what you worship besides Allah are fuel of Hell (Chapter 21 verse 99)
Is it not included in abusive language according to the criteria coined by the critic? Likewise, is it not abuse in the opinion of the critic when in the Holy Quran God the Most High calls the unbelievers “the worst of creatures” [98:7], and says that they are even worse than the most disgraced and filthy of creations. Has not God the Most High said in the Holy Quran: “be firm against them” [9:74]? Has it not been stated to be a sign of the believers that they are “hard against the disbelievers” [48:30]?”(Izala Auham Pages 13-14, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, Page 109)|
“When Jesus calls the respectable religious lawyers and Pharisees of the Jews as swine and dogs, and their most honourable leader Herod a fox, and compares their respectable priests and jurists to whores, and as regards the revered leaders, who were accorded the highest respect by the Roman rulers and made to sit with honour in the Roman courts, he speaks of them in these offensive, very hurtful and uncivil words, calling them illegitimate, adulterous, evil, dishonourable, faithless, fools, hypocrites, satanic, doomed to hell, serpents and brood of vipers — are not these words very serious, filthy abuse in the opinion of the critic? From this it becomes evident that the objection of the critic does not only apply to me and my books but in reality he has attacked all the Divine scriptures and prophets with a burning heart.” (Izala Auham Pages 14-15, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, Pages 109-110) (The references are in Gospel of Matthew Chapter 12 verse 39, Chapter 21 verse 31, Chapter 23 verses 13,15,17, and 33)
“How openly the Holy Quran uses harsh language cannot remain unknown even to the most unintelligent and ignorant of people. For example, the civilized people of today consider it the height of abuse to curse someone. But the Holy Quran pointedly curses the unbelievers. It says: “These it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men, of all of them, abiding therein” [2:162-163], and: “These it is whom Allah curses, and those who curse, curse them too” [2:160]. Similarly, it is obvious that to liken a human being to a beast is a form of abuse. However, the Holy Quran not only calls them beasts but declares that the unbelievers and deniers are worse than all the creatures on the face of the earth, as it says: “Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve” [8:55]. In the same way, it is clear that it is against the manners of present day culture to make a particular person a target of abuse by taking his name or by referring to him, but in the Holy Quran God the Most High has applied to some the name Abu Lahab, and to some the titles dog and swine. Then Abu Jahal is well known as such.
Similarly, regarding Walid Mughira the harshest possible words are used which apparently are terms of filthy abuse, as it says: […Here the Quran 68:9–17 is quoted in Arabic…]. In other words, do not follow what these unbelievers say, who wish from the bottom of their hearts that you abstain from abusing their gods and disgracing their religion, so that then they shall also apparently approve your religion. Do not be misled by the slickness of their tongues. This man who has appealed for compromise is a man who takes false oaths, is of weak opinion, and a degraded individual. He indulges in fault-finding in others and causes division among people by back biting. He hinders from the path of goodness, is guilty of illicit sexual acts, in his character he is a man of the worst morals, and besides all that he is of illegitimate birth. Very soon We shall brand his snout, which has grown long like that of swine. By a long snout is meant adherence to the customs and codes of honour of society which are a hindrance to the acceptance of the truth.”
(Izala Auham Pages 25-29 Ruhani Khazain Volume 3 pages 115-117)
(Izala-e-Auham, P. 58, footnote)
“My father was a well-known landlord in this country and he enjoyed great eminence in the Government’s offices. He was a true devotee and well wisher of the British Government. In the mutiny of 1857 (the Muslim independence movement against colonialism is called ‘mutiny’ by Mirza), my father supplied fifty horses and riders to aid the British Government. For this favor to the Government, he was very popular among the officials.” (Izala-e-Auham, P. 58, footnote).
pp. 73–75 footnote
“””Deep reflection on this revelation shows that the reference to Qadian in the revelation indicates that my appearance in Qadian had been foretold in previous scriptures. Now that this new revelation has shown that in Allah’s estimation Qadian resembles Damascus, the
meanings of the earlier revelation has been clarified.…
The interpretation is: [Arabic] [We have sent it down close to Damascus on
eastern side near the White Minaret.] It is to be noted that my place of residence is on the eastern edge of Qadian.”“
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 73–75 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 138–139]
pp. 76, 77
“”On the day, when the revelation just mentioned—referring to Qadian—was received, I saw my brother Mirza Ghulam Qadir in a vision reciting the Holy Qur’an aloud. In the
course of recitation he recited:
””We have sent it down close to Qadian.””’
I expressed my surprise that the name of Qadian should be mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, on which he said: ‘Here it is, you can see.’ I looked and saw that this revelation was set out about the middle of the right page of the Holy Qur’an. Then I said to myself: ‘It is true that the name of Qadian is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an’ and I also said: ‘Three names are mentioned with honour in the Holy Qur’an: Mecca, and Medina, and Qadian.’
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 76–77 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 140 footnote]
pp. 77–79 footnote
“””This [seeing my brother in my vision] indicates that his name has a connection with the interpretation of my vision. The word Qadir [Powerful] which is part of his name indicated that all this is the decree of Qadir-e-Mutlaq [the Most Powerful] and is not to be wondered at. This is how the wonders of His power have always been manifested that He exalts the humble and the lowly and reduces the great and highly placed to the dust.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 77–79 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 141 footnote]
pp. 83–92 footnote
“”An eminent personage…whose name was Maulavi ‘Abdullah Ghaznavi… I saw this eminent and righteous person in my dream after his death50 that he was standing fully armed in a military way with great dignity and majesty51. I mentioned some of my revelations to him and asked him to interpret one of my dreams. I told him that I had seen in a dream that I was holding a sword, the hilt of which was in my hand and its point reached up to the sky. When I turned it to the
right thousands of my opponents were killed and when I turned it to the left thousands of my enemies were killed.
Hadrat ‘Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, was very pleased to hear this dream of mine. With his face beaming with cheerfulness, happiness, and clear conviction, he said: ‘The interpretation of your dream is that God will employ you for high purposes. Wielding the sword on the right and killing opponents means that the task will be accomplished through spiritual light
and the manifestations of spiritual Signs; while wielding it to the left and slaughtering thousands of enemies means that Allah will employ you to confound them with reason and argument and thus in both ways Allah will establish the truth.’ He added: ‘When I was in the world I was hoping that God will surely raise such am person.’ Then he took me to a large building in which a
number of righteous and godly people were sitting, all of them armed in military fashion and sitting upright as if waiting for some command immediately expected for
the performance of some military task….
This blessed dream, which is really a type of vision, points to the same Signs of the Messiah that I have mentioned above. That the slaughter of swine and killing of infidels by the Messiah has the same import: he will convey the divine arguments convincingly and will frustrate them through the sword of argument. [Allah knows best.]””
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 83–92 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 143–147 footnote]
O Ye who Doubt! Come to the Heavenly Verdict! O revered ones! O clerics! And O leaders of the people! May God Almighty open your eyes. Do not transgress the limits in your wrath and anger. Study both parts of this book of mine carefully, for therein lies light and guidance. Fear God Almighty and hold back your tongues from denouncing me as a disbeliever. God Almighty
knows well that I am a Muslim.
ARABIC—I believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messengers and Resurrection after death. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah, the One without associate; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. Fear Allah and say not: You are not a Muslim. Fear the King to Whom you will be brought back.
If, even after studying this book, you still continue to harbour doubts, then come and test him who is supported by God. O ye opposing clerics, sufis and religious leaders, who reject me and denounce me as an impostor, I have been assured that if all of you together, or individually,
stand against me and wish to compete with me in respect of the heavenly signs that are manifested in support of the friends of the Gracious One, God Almighty will put you to shame and will unmask you, and you will see that He is with me. Is there anyone among you who is prepared to come into the field for such a trial, and to compete with me, after a public announcement, about the close relationship that God has with me? Remember, God helps the righteous. Lay aside your tricks for He is close to me. Will you then fight Him? Can anyone rise in stature merely by jumping arrogantly? Will you rip the truth apart with your sharp tongues? Fear Him Whose
wrath is greater than all wraths!
‘Verily, he who comes to his Lord a sinner, for him is hell; he shall neither die therein nor live.’—Ta Ha, 20:75
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 102](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 354-355).
“””My statement concerning the Promised Messiah, whose descent from heaven and second advent into the world is awaited, which God Almighty has disclosed to me by His grace and mercy, is that there is no mention in the Holy Qur’an of the second advent of Jesus. According to the Holy Qur’an, Jesus has departed from this world forever. Some Ahadith, which are replete with metaphors, predict the second advent of Jesus. Their context indicates that they do not predict the second coming of Jesus, son of Mary, but comprise metaphorical statements which mean that in an age that would resemble the age of Jesus, son of Mary, a person will resemble Jesus, son of Mary, in his temperament, power and function. As Jesus, son of Mary, had revived the religion of Moses (as) and had set forth afresh the true teaching of the Torah, which the Jews had forgotten, in the same way this second Messiah would revive the faith of the Prophet who was like Moses (as) and was the Seal of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) This Messiah of the Prophet who was the like of Mosesas will completely resemble
the Messiah of Mosesas in the events of his life and in all other consequences that his people will experience on account of their obedience to him or their denial of him. God Almighty has revealed to me that I am that Promised Messiah.
Contradictions in the Popular Beliefs
According to their old ideas which have taken firm root in their hearts, the Muslims’ claim that Jesus, son of Mary, will descend from heaven near the eastern minaret of Damascus with his hands resting on the shoulders of two angels. Some of them say that he will descend on the
minaret with the help of a ladder which the Muslims will provide for him, and the angels will then depart. He will be well dressed—he will not be naked—and will meet the Mahdi in that condition. His age will be the same as when he ascended to heaven, that is thirty-two or thirty three years. Passage of years and months will not have affected his age or physique; nor will his hair and nails have grown; they will only become subject to change after his descent. He will not engage in fighting, but the disbelievers will die by the power of his breath alone, which, instead of reviving the dead as it formerly did, will now cause the living to die.
Here the clerics contradict themselves and assert that he will wage wars, and the one-eyed Antichrist will die at his hands. The Jews will also be killed by his command. They assert that he will be the same Jesus, son of Mary, who was a Prophet of God and who was bestowed the
Gospel through Gabriel, and yet they allege that on his descent upon earth he will have lost his status of Prophethood and will only be a follower of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and will be bound by the law of the Holy Qur’an, like the Muslims, and will join them in their prayers. Some say that he will be a follower of the great Imam Abu Hanifa,
but it is not specified which of the four Sufi orders, Qadri, Chishti, Suharwardi or Naqshbandi he will identify himself with. In short, they begin with describing him as a Prophet and then reduce him to a degree that no sensible person can ever contemplate. Then, converting his functions from their metaphorical description into physical activities, they allege that he will break crosses and slaughter swine. They do not explain what he will gain by breaking crosses. Even if he broke one or two million crosses, would the Christians, who are devoted to the worship of the cross, not make new ones in place of the broken ones? If the slaughtering of swine is also to be taken literally, will the principal occupation of the Messiah be that of hunting swine with a pack of dogs? If that is so, it will be a great day for Sikhs and some nomadic tribes like the Chamars, Sansis, Gondelas, etc., who are fond of hunting swine. But this activity of his will not in any way benefit the Christians, who are already very skillful in hunting swine. There are up to a thousand shops in London that sell the flesh of swine, and up to twenty-five thousand pigs are daily sent to the outlying areas of the city. The question is: is it worthy of a Prophet who has appeared for the reform of mankind to waste his time hunting pig, a disgusting animal, while
even touching the pig is a grave sin according to Torah. A question also arises that—while hunting is a hobby of the idle—if the Messiah is still to be so fond of hunting, is there any dearth of such good animals as deer, caribou, rabbits, etc., that he should soil his hands with the blood
of such a foul animal?
I have presented here a picture of the character and activities of the Messiah in his second advent, as conceived by the bulk of the Muslims. It is for sensible people to consider how unnatural, contradictory and inconsistent with the high status of Prophethood all this is. It should be remembered that none of this nonsense is mentioned in either of the two great compilations of Ahadith. Imam Bukhari has given no indication that the Messiah who is
to come will be the same person as Jesus, son of Mary. On the contrary, he has narrated two actual sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), which distinguish the Second Messiah from the first. The connotation of one of these Ahadith is that the son of Mary will appear from among you, and it further clarifies that he will be your Imam from within you.
One should carefully consider how the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), in order to remove any misunderstanding which may result from the name ‘son of Mary’, goes on to say: Do not take him to be the son of Mary himself, rather:
‘He will be your Imam from among your own people.’
The other Hadith, which gives the same indication, is that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) described the features of the first and the second
Messiah differently. His description of the features of the second Messiah fits me exactly. Is the clear distinction between the features of the two not enough to prove that the first and the second Messiah are in fact two distinct personalities?
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 121-125] (See also Essence of Islam, vol. 3, pages 173–177 online edition)
“””Nowhere does the Holy Qur’an mention the bodily ascent of Jesus to heaven. His death, on the other hand, is specifically mentioned at several different places. One of these contains Jesus’ own confession of his death:
‘And I was a witness over them as long as I remained among them, but since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them; and Thou art Witness over all things.’—Al-
As his death is established, it follows that his body must have been buried in the earth like the bodies of all dead people. The Holy Qur’an expressly states that it was his soul that ascended to heaven and not his body. That is why, in the verse just cited, he clearly acknowledged his
death. Had he ascended to heaven alive in his physical body, he would not have said that he had departed the earth after his death. And, obviously, if it was only his soul which had ascended to heaven, then how can he possibly descend in his physical body?…
If we were to assume that he had ascended to heaven in his physical body, we would have to acknowledge that, like all human and animal bodies, his body must also be affected by the passage of time and that one day he must die. Thus he may have died in heaven having lived out his normal span of life and may have been interned in a graveyard on some planet which is now supposed to be capable of supporting human life. On the other hand, if we are to assume the impossible—that he is still physi-cally alive, then, after the passage of so many centuries,
he must have arrived at extreme old age and will no longer be capable of performing any religious function or service. His descent upon earth in such a condition would serve no useful purpose and would only put him to unnecessary travail. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 125-127](See also Essence of islam, vol. 3–pages 192-193).
“The Holy Quran is the final and the finest divine Book and even one jot or a tittle from its laws, limitations and commands could not be altered or abrogated. Now no revelation from God could ever be received in future which would amend or alter its laws or could ever change it”. (lzala-i-Auham: Vol. 1: pp. 127-128)
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s revelations and visions as mentioned by him in the book Izalah Auham (Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 3, p. 140, footnote).
First he writes in that section (see from p. 135 onwards) that he has been informed by God that a similarity between Damascus (where Jesus was supposed to descend) and Qadian is that in Qadian too there are people of a Yazid-like nature, displaying the behaviour and thinking of the paleed Yazid (just as Yazid the usurper and tyrant ruled from Damascus). The Promised Messiah, he writes, is like Imam Husain, and the people of Qadian are like Yazid. Having dwelt on this point at length, and describing the evils committed by Yazid and under his orders, he then mentions that he has been told by revelation that “these Ulama have changed my house. In my place of prayer are their cookers, and in my place of worship are their cups and saucers (or however you translate thoothian). Like rats they are nibbling away at the sayings (hadith) of my Prophet”.
“””It is asked: how can we reject the clear and obvious statements of the Ahadith which expressly state that Jesus, son of Mary, would descend from heaven near the eastern minaret of Damascus with his hands on the shoulder of two angels? The answer is that descent in this
context does not mean descent from heaven in a physical body. The Ahadith do not even employ the word ‘heaven’. The Arabic word Nuzul [descent] is commonly used to connote arrival. A person who arrives at one place from another is described as having descended at
that place. For instance, it is said that an army or a camp has descended at such and such a place. This does not mean that the army or the camp have descended from heaven. The Holy Qur’an has also employed the expression Nuzul [descent] for the Holy Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him). It is also stated in a verse that iron has descended from heaven.151 It is thus obvious that this descent does not connote what people have imagined.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 132-133] (see Also Essence of Islam, vol-3, online edition, pg. 185–186.
“””The Hadith of Sahih Muslim which says that the Messiah would descend near the white eastern minaret of Damascus has throughout puzzled the scholars, for it is not clear
what relationship Messiah has with Damascus….
A little attention resolved this difficulty in my mind and it was disclosed to me, in a clear vision, that the intimation in the compilation of Abu Dawud that a person designated
Harith or Harrath [a cultivator] ill appear is correct and is identical with the prophecy of the second advent of the Messiah and that both have reference to me.
It has been disclosed to me that the word Damascus in the prophecy means a town which is home to a people who resemble Yazid and think and act like him. Their hearts feel no love for Allah or His Messenger and they do not esteem Divine commandments. They worship their selfish desires and are so committed to the dictates of their evil egos, that they esteem the blood of the pure and the holy lightly. They do not believe in the hereafter; and the existence of God Almighty is for them a mystery which they cannot understand. Just as a physician is
needed for the sick, it was necessary that the Messiah should appear among such people. It has been disclosed to me that the word Damascus here indicates a place which possesses this important characteristic peculiar to Damascus. The use of this word in connection with the place of the appearance of the Messiah is an indication that the Messiah does not mean Jesus who was given the Gospel but he is someone from among the Muslims who, in his spiritual condition, resembles both the Messiah and Imam Hussain….
The word Damascus clearly indicates that Jesus in not the Messiah who was to come, but as the Yazidis resemble the Jews in the same way the Messiah who is to come resembles Jesus and possesses the temperament of Hussain. This is a very subtle point: the word Damascus has
been used metaphorically. As the tragedy of Imam Hussain was an enormity in the estimation of God Almighty and resembled closely the tragedy of Jesus, as even the Christians would acknowledge, therefore, God Almighty desired that the coming generations may be apprised of
its enormity and its resemblance to the tragedy of Jesus. Damascus has been metaphorically mentioned in this context so that the readers might be reminded of the time when the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was, like Jesus, put to the sword most tyrannically by the wretches of Damascus. Thus God Almighty particularly mentioned Damascus, wherefrom such tyrannical directions had issued and which was the home of such hard-hearted and darkminded people, as an indication that the place which resembled
Damascus would now become the headquarter for the propagation of faith and justice.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 134-137, footnote](Also see Essence of Islam, vol–3, online edition, pages 188-189)
“We cannot attain any position of excellence and perfection or a place of elevation and nearness (to Allah) but through true and perfect following of our Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Whatever we attain is by way of reflection (zill) and through his blessings (tufail). I have a firm belief that whatever excellences I can get are the -reflection (zill) of the spiritual achievements of those perfect and complete followers of the Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who had the blessings of close association with him. And there are certain excellences parts of which are otherwise inaccessible for me.”
“First, it should be known that belief in the descent of the Messiah is not a belief which is one of our fundamentals of faith or one of the pillars of the religion. In fact, it is a prophecy among hundreds of prophecies, which has nothing to do with the basis of Islam. Islam was not an incomplete religion till the time this prophecy was explained, nor did it become more complete when this prophecy was explained. It is not necessary that prophecies should be fulfilled in the literal sense.” (p. 140)
“””I would now like to draw attention to the Hadith narrated by Abu Dawud in his compilation. It contains a prophecy that a person designated as Harith, or a cultivator, will appear from Transoxiana, that is to say, from the direction of Samarkand, who will lend support to the descendants of the Holy Prophetsa and it would be obligatory on every believer to help and support him. It has been revealed to me that this prophecy and the prophecy of the advent of the Promised Messiah, who will be one of the Muslims and will be their Imam, relate to the same event and both have reference to me. The prophecy that relates to the Promised Messiah has two special aspects. One is that through his true teaching he will reform the spiritual condition of the Muslims which will be utterly corrupt at the time of his advent and; he will totally remove their spiritual poverty and inner indigence and present them the jewels of knowledge, verities and comprehension in excess of their need. No seeker after truth from among them will remain spiritually poor and indigent. All those who hunger and thirst for truth will be provided in abundance with the wholesome food of truth and the sweet drink of comprehension. Their pockets will be filled with the pearls of true knowledge and they will
be given phialae filled with the perfume of the true meaning of the Holy Qur’an.
The second special aspect of the prophecy, which relates to the advent of the Promised Messiah, is that he will break the cross, slaughter the swine and kill the one-eyed Antichrist. Every disbeliever who is touched by his breath will die instantly. The spiritual interpretation of
this special aspect is that the Promised Messiah will crush under his feet all the glory of the religion of the cross, that he will destroy with the weapon of conclusive arguments those who are afflicted with shamelessness like swine, and who devour filth like pigs, and that he will wipe out with the sword of clear proofs the opposition of those who possess only the eye of the world and are bereft of the eye of the faith in place of which they have only an unsightly taint. Not only such one-eyed ones, but also every disbeliever who views Islam with contempt will suffer spiritual extinction through the glorious breath of Messianic reasoning. In short all these
signs are metaphoric, the significance of which has been fully revealed to me. Some may not appreciate it at this time but after waiting for sometime, and despairing altogether of the hopes that they now entertain, all of them will accept it.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 141-143 footnote](see also, essence of islam, vol-3, pages 190-191).
“””It is an absurdity to interpret literally the Hadith of Sahih Muslim which says that when the Messiah descends from heaven he will be wearing yellow robes. There appears no reason for this peculiarity. If this indication is interpreted according to the principles of the interpretation of dreams, it would mean that when the Promised Messiah announces his claim he would not be in good health.””” [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 142-143](see Also essence of Islam, vol-3, page 191).
“””That Jesus, son of Mary, will appear in the world by way of transmigration of souls is the worst and most shameful of notions. Those who believe in the transmigration of souls, believe that only an impure person would return to this life, but that those who leave the world, having completed all stages of spiritual perfection, would stay in the house of salvation for a long time. Moreover, according to our belief, God Almighty has promised that those who are admitted to heaven would never be expelled therefrom. It surprises us as to why our divines would want to bring Jesus out of paradise. They relate the tale that Enoch, with the permission of the angel of death, stepped into paradise, and when the angel asked him to come out he refused to do so and recited the verse:
‘…Nor shall they ever be ejected therefrom.’—Al-Hijr, 15:49
still they assert that Jesus will return to earth from heaven. Would he not be entitled to benefit from this verse? Is this verse to be considered abrogated in reference to him? [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 147-148](see Also Essence of Islam, vol–3, page 210).
“””The account of the Me‘raj [spiritual ascent of the Holy Prophetsa] set out in Bukhari, which describes his meeting with some of the Prophets, makes no mention that Jesus was there in his physical body. The meeting of the Holy Prophetsa with Jesus is described in exactly the same terms as his meeting with Abrahamas and Mosesas. His dialogue with Mosesas is set out in detail. There can, therefore, be no doubt that if on the basis of this Hadith Jesusas had been raised bodily to heaven so must Abrahamas and Mosesas have been bodily raised, inasmuch as the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw all of them in the same condition. He did not observe any particular dress or other sign of a bodily ascent about Jesus, which was not visible with regard to the other Prophets.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 153-154](See also Essence of islam, vol-3, pages 191-192).
pp. 156-157, footnote
Evidence in the Form of Divine Blessings
I have set out in these announcements the lights of the power of faith that have been manifested to me in an extraordinary manner in the shape of support from the unseen. They are proofs of the grace and mercy of God Almighty and of nearness to Him and have been bestowed on this humble one by virtue of my strong faith and adherence to the straight path. This spiritual station
cannot be claimed by any of my opponents. If anyone contests this statement, let him stand forth and compare the blessings bestowed upon him on account of his following his own religion, with those that have been bestowed on me. But no one has stood up to confront me, nor is it within the power of a frail human being to stand up merely on the basis of his cunning, wicked designs or bigoted obstinacy, against this Movement which God Almighty has established with His own hand.
I affirm truly that if anyone stands up against this Movement to display blessings enjoyed by him, he will be struck down with great humiliation, as this Movement is not of man but is from that Mighty and Powerful Being Whose hand fashioned the heavens and all heavenly bodies and spread out the earth for its dwellers. It is a pity that our clerics and divines are always ready to sit down with paper, pen and inkpot to condemn me as a disbeliever, but do not reflect for a moment whether falsehood can ever inspire such awe and dread that no one dares step forth in answer to such a challenge. Can a false one possess such courage and steadfastness as has been manifested before the whole world in this instance? Let those who doubt the truth of my statements approach the leaders, preachers and teachers of all opponents of Islam and persuade them … to stand against me in a contest regarding spiritual matters, and see whether God Almighty supports me or not. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 156-157, footnote](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 353-354).
“”It is Obligatory on me and my people that we be thankful to this prestigious British government. We got three villages of relatives and ownership rights in Qadian through (my) late father which still exist ..”””
The gist of our faith is: la ilaha illallaho Muhammad-ur-rasoolullah (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.) Our belief, which we hold in this life here on earth and to which we will continue to adhere firmly till the time that we pass on to the next world, is that our spiritual leader and Master, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is khataman-nabiyyeen, the seal of the prophets and the best of the messengers. At his hands religion has been consummated which guide man on the right path and further on to God Himself. We hold this belief with absolute certainty that the Holy Quran is the khatamul-kutub, the seal of all divine books, and not an iota can be added to or subtracted from its prescribed teachings, inhibitions, commands and injunctions. There will be no revelation or word from God which may amend or abrogate or change or alter any of the injunctions of the Holy Quran. If anyone subscribes to such views, in our opinion, he ceases to belong to the body of believers and becomes a heretic and an infidel thereby.
“””Perhaps developed nations are Dajjal and their donkey is this railway train which you see going from thousands of kilometres in the countries of East and West.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 174)
“”””Dajjaliyat (Qualities of Dajjal) was actually a Jewish inheritance and from them it reached the Christians. That group is called Dajjal who are liars and make the earth filthy and mix the truth with falsehood. So this quality was at its peak among the Jews during the time of Jesus, then Christians inherited it from them. So the Messiah has descended with a heavenly weapon to abolish this Dajjal quality. This weapon is not made by earthly craftsmen; rather it is heavenly weapon as is proven by Sahih Ahadith.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 174)
“””There are great difficulties in interpreting this prophecy literally, for this would invite all manner of objections before the Messiah even descends from heaven. There is no need for us to get involved in these difficulties. Why should we seek to bring the son of Mary down from
heaven and deprive him of his Prophethood? Why should we degrade him so that someone else should be the Imam and he should be the follower; and another should take the covenant of allegiance as the Imam and Khalifa while he should be a helpless spectator; and he should become a common Muslim, and dare not even mention his Prophethood?”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p.174]
“””With regard to the death of a certain person, God the Almighty revealed to me through the value of the letters of the alphabet, namely: That is [Arabic] He is a dog and he will die according to the value of the letters in the word kalb [dog], which amounts to fifty-two. This means that his age will not exceed fifty-two years and that he will die within the course of his fifty second year. [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 186–187, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 190]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)
“I have claimed to be Maseel Maseeh, which stupid people think that it is The Promised Messiah. I have never claimed to be the Messiah ibne Maryam. Anyone who accuses me of it, he is absolutely a liar and fabricator. For the last eight years, I have been announcing that I am only Maseel Maseeh; By that I mean that certain spiritual properties and nature and habits and virtues of Jesus(AS) has been given to me as well by God Almighty.” [Ruhani Khazain: Volume 3, Page # 192], (Izala Auham P190-191).
“There was no discussion in Braheen about me being Messiah and only now God has told me . . . I am only similar to the Messiah . . . It is possible and quite possible that at some time in future such Messiah-likes such as me may appear upon whom the literal words of Hadith(of Holy Prophet) fit, because this humble self has not come with the Reign and Command of this world, but with poverty and humility.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.197-198)
By way of prophecy the Exalted God revealed it to this humble one that ultimately the elder daughter of Mirza Ahmad Beg, son of Mirza Ghulam Beg of Hoshiarpur would be married to me. These people would resort to great hostility and would place obstacles in the way, but in the end, it would surely take place. The Exalted God would, by all possible means, bring her to me, whether as a virgin or a widow, and would remove all impediments, and would, of necessity, fulfil this task, and none would be able to prevent it. (Izala-i-Auham, p. 198. )
“It is possible that in future even ten thousand likes of the Messiah may appear, but I am the like of Messiah for this age and it is vain to wait for another.”
“””Sometimes, in a dream or a vision, spiritual matters assume physical shape and are seen as human beings. I recall that when my revered father, may Allah grant him forgiveness—who was a respected notable and was known with honour in the neighbourhood—died, two or three days
after his death I saw in my dream a very beautiful woman whose features are still in my memory. She said to me: ‘My name is Rani’. She conveyed it to me by gestures that she was the honour and dignity of this household and that she was about to depart, but would stay on for my sake.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 213, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 205–206]. (TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION, see page 30-31). See also al-Hakam, volume 8, number 22, July 10, 1904, page 12.
“”In those very days, I saw a very handsome man and I said to him: ‘You are wonderfully handsome.’ He conveyed to me through a gesture: ‘I personify your good fortune.’
In response to my comment that ‘you are a wonderfully handsome man’ he answered: ‘Yes, I am worthy of being looked at.’ [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 213–214, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 206]. al-Badr, volume 3, number 27, July 16, 1904, page 4; al- Hakam, volume 8, number 22, July 10, 1904, page 12
“”A few days ago, I saw in a vision a person who was approaching death through tuberculosis. He disclosed to me that his name was Din Muhammad and it was conveyed to me that this man was a personification of Din-e- Muhammadi [the faith of Muhammadsa]. I comforted him that he would be healed through me. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 214, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 206]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)
Evidence regarding the Death of Jesus
We have so many certain and conclusive proofs of the death of Jesus, son of Mary, that they cannot all be set out in this brief publication. Read the Holy Qur’an carefully and you will find the death of Jesus mentioned so clearly and definitely that it is not possible to interpret it otherwise. For instance, the Holy Qur’an reports the acknowledgement of Jesus:
‘Since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them.’—Al-Ma’idah, 5:118
Can we interpret the word Tawaffi in this verse as meaning sleep? Would it be right to understand this verse as meaning: Since Thou didst cause me to sleep Thou hast been the One to watch over them? Of course not. The only appropriate interpretation of Tawaffi in this context is the straightforward one of death; and the context does not permit us to interpret that death will occur after Jesus’ bodily ascent to heaven. This is because the question put to Jesus refers to the going astray of his people, which had happened after his supposed bodily ascent to heaven and had been completed before the advent of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)
The Hadith also confirms the death of Jesusas. On page 162 of the Commentary Ma‘alim it is mentioned on the authority of ‘Ali bin Talhah that Ibn-e-‘Abbasra interpreted the verse:
‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself.’—Al-e-mran, 3:56
to mean i.e., ‘I will cause you to die.’ This is supported by other verses like:
Say, ‘The angel of death…will cause you to die.’—Al-Sajdah, 32:12
‘Those whom the angels cause to die while they are pure.’—Al- Nahl, 16:33
‘Those whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging their souls.’—Al-Nahl, 16:29
Thus Ibn-e-‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, believed that Jesus had died. Our readers must be aware that Ibn-e-‘Abbas was among the foremost of those who comprehended the Holy Qur’an perfectly. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had prayed for him that he might be bestowed true knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 224-225](see also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 193-194).
“Of all the leaders of Tasawwuf that there have been till the present day, not even one has disagreed with the point that in this religion the path to become the likes of prophets is open, as the Holy Prophet Muhammad has given the glad tidings for spiritual and godly learned persons that ‘the Ulama of my nation are like the Israelite Prophets’. The words of Abu Yazid Bustami given below, which are recorded in Tazkirat al-Auliya by Farid-ud-Din Attar, and are also found in other reliable works, are on this basis, as he says: ‘I am Adam, I am Seth, I am Noah, I am Abraham, I am Moses, I am Jesus, I am Muhammad, peace be upon him and upon all these brothers of his.’ … Similarly, Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani, in his book Futuh al-Ghaib, refers to this point, i.e. that man, by leaving his ego and annihilating himself in God, becomes the like, rather the very form, of the prophets.” (Izala Auham; Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 3, p. 230-231)
“””We have established fully that the belief that Jesus had ascended bodily to heaven is not supported by the Holy Qur’an and true Ahadith. It seems to be based upon senseless and contradictory speculation. In this philosophical age, which is accompanied by cultured reason and sharpness of intellect, it would be a great mistake to hope for religious success on the basis of such doctrines. If these meaningless speculations were to be presented to the illiterate
Bedouins of Arabia, or the inhabitants of the deserts of Africa, or the wild dwellers of the far off islands in the oceans, they might gain some acceptance; but we cannot hope to propagate among educated people such doctrines as are utterly opposed to reason, experience, laws of nature and philosophy. Moreover, they cannot be attributed to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); indeed they contradict the Ahadith. Nor can we present
such doctrines as a gift to the scholars of Europe and America who are discarding the absurdities of their own respective faiths. How can those, whose hearts and minds have been developed by the light of new kinds of knowledge, accept such concepts which are disrespectful to God Almighty, denigrate His Unity, falsify His Law and abrogate the teachings of His Books?
The notion that Jesus will descend bodily from heaven is only a consequence of the concept that he was raised bodily to heaven. Therefore, we should first consider whether or not the primary factor can be established on the basis of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. If the basic factor
is established, we will be able to accept that a person whose bodily ascent to heaven is proved could likewise descend bodily from heaven. But if the basic factor is not established on the authority of the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith and instead contradicts them, we cannot accept
the accuracy of the alleged consequence. And if there should be any Ahadith whose purport might be indicative of such consequential proposition, we would try to reconcile them to the basic factor.””” [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 235-236](see also Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 202-203).
“To sum up, the hadith about Damascus quoted by Imam Muslim runs counter to another hadith by the Imam himself and it is clearly proved that Nawas, the reporter, has erred in narrating this hadith.”
“It is possible that in future no Messiah may come. It is possible 10,000 or more Messiahs may come and it is possible that he come with pomp and dignity and one of them may descend in Damascus.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.250-251)
pp. 251-263, footnote
“”””Miracles of Jesus
Certain Muslim sects believe that Jesus used to fashion different types of birds and used to invest them with life by breathing into them. On this basis I have been asked that as I claim to be the like of Jesus I should also fashion a bird and make it come alive by breathing into it. It is alleged that millions of birds created by Jesus fly about everywhere and that the like of Jesus should also create some birds.
The answer to all these superstitions is that the verses on which they are based are allegorical and it is the height of faithlessness and patent repudiation of the basic values of Islam to construe them as meaning that God Almighty had deliberately associated Jesus in His attribute of creation; inasmuch as it would be a negation of the Godhead to believe that God Almighty should invest someone else with His special attributes and His Divinity. One of these people was asked if he could distinguish those birds that had been created by God from those that were created by Jesus, but he confessed by remaining silent that he was unable to do so.
The doctrine that some birds are the creation of God Almighty and some are the creation of Jesus is altogether vicious and amounts to polytheism. Anyone holding such a belief cannot be a Muslim….
The miracles of Prophets are of two types. One are heavenly manifestations, in which human design and reason have no part, such as the splitting of the moon, which was a miracle of our lord and master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and was manifested by the limitless power of God Almighty as a sign of the greatness of a righteous and perfect Prophet. Secondly, intellectual miracles, which are manifested through the extraordinary intelligence of a Prophet and which resemble Divine revelation. For instance, the miracle of Solomonas, which was manifested in the shape of:
‘A palace paved smooth with slabs of glass.’—Al-Naml, 27:45
whereby the Queen of Sheba was blessed with faith.
It appears that this miracle of Jesus was purely intellectual like the miracle of Solomon. History reveals that in those days people were inclined towards the useless pursuit of sleight of hand, which astonished the common people. People like those who, in the time of the Pharaoh, used to manipulate the forms of serpents and other animals and made them move like living animals, had by the time of Jesus spread into the land of the Jews who had learnt magical tricks from them as is also indicated in the Holy Qur’an. It is, therefore, not a matter of surprise that God Almighty may have instructed Jesus in some method whereby a toy fashioned out of clay could be manipulated by pressing a spring or breathing upon it so as to fly like a bird or to move on its feet. Jesus had worked with his father Joseph for twenty-two years as a carpenter, and carpentry stimulates a man’s mind towards inventing different kinds of machines and mechanical instruments.
Miracles are granted to a person in accord with the faculties that he possesses. As the spiritual faculties of our lord and master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were well developed in the appreciation of spiritual verities, he was accordingly bestowed the miracle of the Holy Qur’an, which is comprehensive of all verities and understandings of the Divine. It should, therefore, not be a matter of surprise if Jesus displayed an intellectual miracle to his opponents, like the one displayed by his ancestor, Solomonas. Such a miracle is not beyond the reach of the intellect inasmuch as in our own time many mechanical experts are able to fashion birds that speak and move and wag their tails. I have also heard that some mechanical birds can even fly. Many such toys are manufactured in Bombay, Calcutta,
Europe, America and every year new one are introduced
into the market.
As the Holy Qur’an often employs metaphors, these verses can be construed to mean that birds signify the illiterate and simple people whom Jesus chose as his companions, who were like birds under his care, and into whom he breathed spiritual guidance whereby they began to fly.
Moreover, it is possible that such wonders might be performed like a pastime through hypnosis. Those who are experts in ‘amal-ut-tirb [psychokinetic exercises] can, by directing the warmth of their spirits towards certain objects, make them appear as if they were alive. The human soul possesses the capacity of directing its warmth upon a lifeless object so as to make it move as if it was alive. I have seen some practitioners of this phenomenon, who so warmed a wooden tripod by the touch of their hands through the exercise of their animal spirit that it began to move, and though several people mounted on it, it could not be stopped….
It should be remembered that such an object which is fashioned out of clay or wood and is
warmed by a spirit through ‘amal-ut-tirb does not become alive. It remains solid and lifeless; it is only made to move by the warmth of the spirit of the mesmerist. It should also be remembered that the Holy Qur’an does not affirm the movement or flight of such birds, nor their coming to life. It should also be kept in mind that curing diseases and influencing objects with the warmth of the spirit are all branches of mesmerism and there have always been people who healed the paralytics, the lepers and those suffering from tuberculosis through spiritual exercises….It has been conclusively established that, under Divine direction, Messiah, son of Mary, was an expert
in mesmerism, like the Prophet Isaiah, though he was not as great an expert as the latter, because even the bones of Isaiah performed the miracle that when they were brought into contact with a corpse, it came back to life; but the corpses of the two thieves who were nailed
to the cross at the same time with Jesus were not revived through contact with his body. In any case, these mesmeric activities of Jesus were in accord with the thinking of his age for a special purpose. It should, however, be kept in mind that mesmerism is not worthy of such appreciation
as the common people imagine. Had I not looked upon it with contempt and disgust, I could, by the grace of God Almighty and with His support, have performed the same wonders as were performed by Jesus. But I prefer the spiritual method that was followed by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) Jesus had adopted this method under Divine direction in view of the earthy and low thinking of the Jews, which had become their second nature. In truth he was not fond of this method.
One evil characteristic of this physical practice is that a person who continues to employ his emotional and intellectual faculties to heal physical maladies suffers a serious decline of the spiritual capacities, which heal spiritual ills through their influence, and is not able to achieve any remarkable success in illumining and purifying souls. That is why Jesus, who healed those afflicted with physical ailments with this method, was not able to achieve any noticeable success in impressing hearts with guidance and the Unity of God and steadfastness of faith. But the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who did not pay any attention to physical matters, and concentrated on stimulating spiritual guidance in the hearts of his people, was most successful in purifying the souls and helped thousands of God’s creatures to achieve it to the highest degree. He achieved matchless success in the spiritual reform of mankind and in bringing about inner change. The dead, whom Jesus revived by the practice ‘amal-ut-tirb, died within a few minutes, as the warmth of the spirit and its life was only temporarily stimulated in them, but those who were spiritually revived by our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) shall live forever.
My designation of mesmerism as ‘amal-ut-tirb, in which Jesus had acquired some proficiency, is under Divine direction. God Almighty disclosed to me that this art is ‘amal-ut-tirb, and it is concerning this that I received the revelation:
‘This is the tirb of whose reality people are unaware.’ It must be realized that God Almighty is Unique in respect of every one of His attributes and does not associate anyone in them. The emphasis which the clear and unambiguous verses of the Holy Qur’an give to this subject
is well known. As Allah, hallowed be His name, says:
That is: ‘God is He Who alone owns the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He has no partner. He has no son nor has he any partner in His kingdom. He has created everything and has placed limits on their bodies, their power, and their life. The pagans have taken gods— beside that True God—who have not created anything and are themselves created. They do not determine any harm or benefit for themselves and do not control life nor death nor resurrection.’
God Almighty has here clearly affirmed that there is no Creator besides Him. In another verse, it is stated that the whole world together cannot create even a fly. Then it is stated that no one beside Him has control over death and life and resurrection. Had it been His way to associate any one of His creatures in these attributes, He would have made an exception of them and would not have taught His absolute Unity.
It may be asked why then has Allah the Glorious, employed the expression, ‘You will create’ with reference to Jesus. The answer would be that this is a metaphoric use of the expression as in the verse:
‘So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators.’—Al-Mu’minun, 23:15
Without a doubt God Almighty is the true Creator and those who fashion toys of clay or wood are also creators but only metaphorically so, because their works are mere show and have no reality.
If it is asked why it is not permissible for Jesusas to have fashioned birds under Divine direction which could fly by his breathing into them, by way of a miracle, the an-swer is that God does not make anyone the master of death and life or harm and benefit. Prophets seek miracles through prayer and supplication and do not possess the power to work miracles like a man has the power to use his hands and feet. Thus the power of creation is one of those Divine attributes that are never bestowed upon man and is distinct from a miracle. The essence of a miracle is that God Almighty, in order to demonstrate the truth and honour of a Prophet and the powerlessness and
helplessness of his opponents, manifests something that is extraordinary or beyond imagination by His special design or in response to the prayer or supplication of the Prophet. But it is done in a manner which is not inconsistent with His attributes of Unity, Holiness and Perfection and which does not permit of anyone else’s power or design.
It is not a miracle that God Almighty should invest a human being with the power of fashioning birds of clay, which would become real birds with flesh and bones and blood and all the limbs of animals when he breathes into them. If God Almighty can make someone the agent of His attribute of creation in the case of birds, He can also bestow the full agency of His attribute of creation. In this event, partnership in Divine attributes would become permissible, though only
under His direction and permission, and the comprehension of the true Creator would become doubtful in the presence of such creators whose creations would become indistinguishable
from God’s. This would not be a form of miracle; it would be partnership in Godhead.
Some wise people try to solve the dilemma of polytheism by asserting that the birds which Jesus created did not live for any length of time but fell down and died after a short flight. But this explanation would help only if it is held that those birds were not invested with true life but only appeared to be alive for a short time as a result of mesmeric influence….
The Holy Qur’an affirms that Jesus had been given the power to do these things as an exercise of his natural capacity, which is inherent in every human being. Jesus was not unique in this respect. Such capacity is being demonstrated in our own age. The miracles of Jesus were
rendered bizarre and doubtful by the pool which had existed even before the birth of Jesus, and which also displayed wonders and a single dip into which bestowed healing upon all those afflicted with diseases such as paralysis, leukoderma, leprosy etc. And there were others who
manifested similar extraordinary signs later on, and there was no such pool to cast doubt on their manifestations.
The belief that Jesus fashioned birds of clay and made them come alive as real birds by breathing into them, is entirely false and polytheistic. It was only an exercise of mesmeric capacity that had been developed to some degree by his spiritual propensity. It is also possible that he made use of clay from the pool that had been activated by the Holy Spirit. His miracle was only a kind of sleight of hand and the clay remained only clay like the Samaritan’s calf. Ponder over it, because this is a magnificent point; no one comprehends it except those who have been granted great wisdom. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 251-263, footnote].(See also Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 218–226).
“(God) repeatedly addressed me, O Ahmad, and thus by way of zill declared me the like of the leader of the prophets, Imam of the chosen, the Holy Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).”
“When one passionately desires disclosure of certain Unseen matters, Satan invariably intervenes, but the revelations to prophets and muhaddathin are always guarded against such intervention of the devil.”
“The following words of Hazrat Ba Yazid Bistami occurring in Tazkirat al-Auliya written by Farid al-Din Attar, and also found in other reliable books, support the resemblance of devout saints to prophets. I am Adam, and Shis and Noah and Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them).”
“Similarly, Syed ‘Abd al-Qadir Gilani in his book Futuh al-Ghaib asserts that through self-denial, asceticism and by annihilation in God man becomes the like of all the prophets, rather acquires their very image.”
“””The Holy Qur’an clearly states that there never was a Prophet who did not pass away:
‘Muhammad is only a Messenger. Verily, all Messengers have passed away before him. If then he die or be slain, will you turn back on your heels?’—Al-e-Imran, 3:145
‘We granted not everlasting life to any human being before thee.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:35
‘And We did not give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they to live forever.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:9
To conceive of Jesus as alive in the face of these verses, and to believe, contrary to the purport of the verse:
And We did not give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they to live forever.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:9
that Jesus is alive in heaven like the angels, without the need of food, would be to turn away from the Holy Word of God. I again affirm that if Jesus is alive in heaven in his physical
body, then the Divine reasoning set out in one of the above verses—that if the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were to die it would not be inconsistent with his Prophethood as all Prophets before him have been subject to death—would be accounted as
defective and meaningless. Surely God Almighty is far above saying that which is not true and is against the facts. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 277-278](See Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 198-199).
“It must also be understood that healing ailments and transferring the heat of one’s body into another are all parts of the art of mesmerism. Men of this type have always existed who would cure leprosy and other ailments. All those who are highly educated and are well read will agree with me and support my statement that some Naqshbandi and Suharwardi saints also practiced and performed similar services to mankind. Some of them were so well advanced in this field that they would make a very large number of deseased persons sit around them and cast them a glance which would heal them. The well known saint Muhiyud Din Ibne Arabi was much reputed in this art” (Izala Auham, Page 307-308, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, page 287)
p. 308(c) footnote
“The history of the saints and the seekers after truth and their biographies show that those of high degree among them avoided having any recourse to such practices, but some people were led into them out of a desire to impress others with their saintliness or with another motive. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 308(c) footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 287 footnote](TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)
“”I have named mesmerism as ‘Amalut-Tirb’ which Hadrat Masihas [the Messiah] also practised to some degree. This name was revealed to me and concerning its wonders I received the revelation That is [Arabic] This is the ‘Amalut-Tirb of the mystery of which people of the present time have no knowledge. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 312 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 259]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)
“In the circumstances, if a book claims to be the khatam al-kutub (the last of the books) but does not meet the requirements of the time in every walk of life, it can never be regarded as the last of the books. But if the book contains solution of all such problems for all ages to come, then we will have to admit that the Holy Quran undoubtedly comprises infinite divine knowledge and completely fulfils the requirements of every age.
It should be remembered that it has been the practice of God that the wonderful things hidden in the Quran are manifested to the perfectly inspired ones (mulham). Very often a verse of the Quran is revealed to him intending to suggest some idea other than the literal meaning of the verse.”
“”””Question: Though the Holy Qur’an affirms the death of Jesus, it does not specify when he died. Why not reconcile the Qur’an and Ahadith by adopting the position that Jesus will die after his descent upon earth?
Answer: The Holy Qur’an clearly says that Jesus died in the period when he was raised to reform the tribes of Israel which had gone astray; as Allah the Glorious, has said:
‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself, and will clear thee from the charges of those who disbelieve, and will place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection.’—Al-e-‘Imran, 3:56
In this verse, ‘I shall cause thee to die’ precedes ‘I shall exalt thee’, which shows that death occurred before exaltation. A further proof is that Allah the Glorious, has said: After thy death I shall place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve (i.e., the Jews), until the Day
of Judgement. All Christians and Muslims agree that this prophecy had been fulfilled before the advent of Islam, inasmuch as God Almighty had subordinated the Jews to Christians and Muslims, and they have continued in that condition of subordination for centuries. The verse cannot be construed to mean that such subordination will take place after Jesus returns from heaven. Allah the Glorious quotes Jesus in the Holy Qur’an as saying:
That is: ‘God has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving throughout my life and has made me dutiful towards my mother as long as I live’.
These commandments can obviously not be carried out in heaven. He who believes that Jesus was raised bodily to heaven will have to accept, according the above verse, that Jesus is still subject to all the commandments of the Torah and the Gospel, whereas this requirement cannot be fulfilled in heaven. It is also strange that, on the one hand, God Almighty should command Jesus to be dutiful to his mother throughout his life, but He should then separate him from her while he was still living; and that He should command him to give alms throughout his life, but should then convey him alive to a place where he cannot give alms himself nor can direct anyone else to do so; and that He should command him to observe Prayer, but should convey him far away from the company of the believers whose companionship was necessary for Prayer services. Did his bodily ascent to heaven have any other result than making him incapable of discharging his obligations towards his fellow beings and from carrying out the duty of enjoining
virtue and forbidding vice? Had he continued to live on earth during these 1891 years, how beneficial his person would have been for God’s creatures! The only result of his bodily ascent to heaven was that his people went astray and he himself was totally deprived of the opportunity
to carry out the functions of Prophethood. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 330-332](see Essence of islam, vol–3, pages 200-202).
“Now, as far as the Israelite Messiah is concerned it has been clearly stated that he was a prophet but the Messiah to come has been called an ummati (follower) as is evident from the hadith imamu-kum min-kum (your Imam from among you).
And the hadith: “The learned from among my followers are like the Israelite prophets,” hints at the coming of the like of the Messiah. Thus, according to this, the Promised Messiah being a muhaddath, is also metaphorically a prophet.”
“This is true that Maseeh went to his native place, and died there, but this is not true that the same body which was buried, became alive again….. verse 3 chapter I of Acts is a testimony about the natural death of Jesus that took place in Al-Khaleeli. After this death, Maseeh was visible to his students as KASHF (vision) for 40 days.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol.3 p.353-354)
“”We certainly believe in the prophesied rising of sun from the West, but what has been conveyed to me in a dream is that the rising of the sun from West means that the Western countries which have been steeped in darkness and infidelity for a long time will be illumined with the sun of truthfulness and they will partake of Islam.
I saw [in a vision] that I was standing on a pulpit in the city of London and was setting forth the truth of Islam in the English language, in a very well reasoned address. Thereafter, I caught several birds who were sitting upon small trees and were of white colour and their bodies
resembled the bodies of partridges.
I interpreted this vision as meaning that though I would not be able to travel to that country, my writings will be published among them and many righteous English people will be attracted by the truth.”” [Izalah-e-‘Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 372–377].
“”””After giving a detailed commentary of verses of surah al-Nisa’ 4:158–160, the Promised Messiahas added: I swear by Him in Whose hand is my life that just at this moment the truth stated above has been disclosed to me in a state of vision. Whatever I have just written is based entirely on the instruction of the True Teacher. [Allah be praised for all this.] [Izala-e-Auham, p. 376, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 293]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)
The Lahori-Ahmadis have summarized 30 verses of the quran that MGA quoted in this book, see here: http://www.aaiil.org/text/books/mga/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran.pdf
“ admit the fact/idea that many Mahdis might have appeared previously too and it is possible that [some] may appear in the future too and it is possible that some Mahdi might appear with the name Imaam Muhammad but the manner in which the public has this notion [in their mind], there is no evidence for that.” [RK-3/379 Izala-e-Auham, See Ref P# 5b-39]
“But alas the late Maulvi Sahib did not understand that a claimant of a real Prophet Hood can never be an Ummati (subordinate of a Prophet). It is categorically forbidden according to the teachings of Quran and Ahadith that the person, who attains a real status of a Prophet of God, becomes an Ummati and subordinate of another Prophet. God Almighty says in the verse (Quran 4:64) that every Prophet we appoint fulfils the purpose to lead and become Imam. Not for the purpose to become a subordinate and obedient to another Prophet. Only a Muhaddas of this Umah may be an Ummati as well as an inferior sense Prophet.”
“Quran after Khatam un nabiyeen does not allow any Rasool to come whether its new or old because Rasool receive knowledge of religion through Jibreal and coming of Wahi through Jibreal for Risalat is close”
(Azalah Auham page 411 Rohani kahain page 511)
p. 421, 422
“(II) Question: A claim to prophethood has been made in Fath-i Islam?
Answer: I have not claimed prophethood. I have only claimed to be a muhaddath (one spoken to by God) and this, too, under the divine command. Muhaddathiyyah undoubtedly contains a strong element of prophethood. Now when true vision is admittedly forty-sixth part of prophethood, what is the harm if muhaddathiyyah, which has been spoken to in the Quran along with prophethood and messengership, and about which an authentic report exists in Sahih al-Bukhari, is styled metaphorical prophethood or an integral element of the excellences of prophethood. Does it amount to a claim to prophethood? After all a complete seal has never been set on the divine revelation after the perfection of the prophethood . . .. O ignorant people! Rivulets of revelation are to flow in this ummah till the day of Resurrection subject, of course, to one’s status.”
“””The Holy Qur’an says:
This means that: ‘Those who are worshipped and called upon beside Allah cannot create anything but are themselves created. They are dead, not living. They do not know when they will be resurrected.’ Just see how clearly these verses affirm the death of all those human beings who were worshipped as gods by the Jews and Christians and some of the Arab tribes and to whom they supplicated. If you are still not convinced of the death of Jesus son of Mary, why don’t you simply admit that you are not prepared to believe in the Holy Qur’an? [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 431](see Essence of Islam, page 200).
“””Pointing to me God Almighty said in His Holy words: [Urdu] Comparing him to the Prophet of
Nazareth it will be appreciated that he is healing God’s creatures a great deal more than they were ever cured of physical ailments.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 442, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 335].
Submitting the Matter to the Judge of Judges
“””O Ye revered clerics though the falsity of your notion that that you are the true believers and I am a disbeliever, that you are truthful and I am a liar, that you follow Islam and I go against it, that you are the accepted ones of God and I am rejected by Him, that you are the heirs of Paradise and I am condemned to hell, has been established by the Holy Qur’an in the estimation of those who are given to reflection, and the readers of this book can well understand who is right and who is wrong, yet there is another way whereby distinction can be made between those who are true and those who are false, and between the accepted ones of God and the rejected ones. It has always been the way of God that if an accepted one and a rejected one both beseech God Almighty for heavenly help, He certainly helps the accepted one and makes His acceptance
of him manifest in a manner that is beyond human power. Since you claim to be in the right, and some of you like Maulavi Mohy-ud-Din and ‘Abd-ur-Rahman Sahib of Lakhoke and Miań ‘Abd-ul-Haq Sahib of Ghazni have denounced me as a disbeliever and as one condemned to hell, it is incumbent upon you to find out through this heavenly method who is designated as the accepted one in heaven and who is the rejected one. I agree that you should supplicate to the Judge of judges for a period of ten weeks that if you are in the right you should be given a sign of your truth or you should be authorized to make a great prophecy or granted a sign as can proceed only from the righteous. On my side I shall also do the same. God the Beneficent and the Powerful has assured me that, if you accept this challenge, victory will be mine….
Whatever belonged to us, belong now to the Beloved; Today, we belong to the Beloved, and He belongs to us. Thanks be to Allah, we found that Priceless Ruby; It matters not if the nation’s hearts have turned to stone. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 457-458](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 378-379).
Another proof (of being Promised Messiah) is that the band of Dajjal has appeared and it is emerging with great force and its donkey, which is actually created by him, as is desired by Sahih Hadith is roaming in the East and West, and the creation of that donkey by Dajjal which is according to the Hadith, is also proven by this evidence that if such a donkey had been born as usual from the belly of female donkey then such type of other donkeys should have still been here since young ones necessarily resembles their parents in their size and journey and power. Thus Sahih Hadith are pointing towards this that the donkey will be created by Dajjal himself, thus if it is not Railway Train then what else is it? (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 469/70)
“”A long time ago I saw in a dream that I was standing near the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and there were many corpses of those who had died or had been killed and people wanted to bury them. Then a man came out of the
chamber holding a long reed with which he pointed to a spot on the earth and told everyone where his place of burial was. In the course of doing this he approached me. Standing in front of me and touching a spot close to the blessed tomb with his long reed, he said to me: You will be buried here. Then I woke up. My interpretation was that this indicated the degree of closeness in the hereafter inasmuch as if a person on his death becomes spiritually close to a holy one that would mean that his burial place is close to the burial place of that holy one. [But Allah knows best and His knowledge is decisive.]”” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 470–471, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 352].
It should not be surprising if the complete truth regarding Ibne Maryam (Jesus) and Dajjal was not revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) because of lack of any exact prototype. Neither did the true meanings of the 70 Ba’a (1 Ba’a = 4 arm length = about 280 yards) and nor did Allah’s revelation guide him (SAW) towards the deep mystery of Gog and Magog and nor the exact composition of Da’abatul Ardh (Beast of the Earth) was revealed. (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 473)
“””The Promised Messiah has been described in Hadith as a Nabi’ullah [Prophet of Allah] which means that he will receive revelation from God Almighty. But here Prophethood does not mean complete and perfect Prophethood, for a seal has been set on such Prophethood forever. The Prophethood I speak of is confined to Muhaddathiyyat, which obtains light from the Muhammadi lamp. This is a special bounty which has been bestowed upon this humble one. Although everyone partakes of true dreams and visions to a certain extent, nevertheless, if my opponents are in doubt, they can test my claim that no other Muslims of this age has been bestowed such
plentiful share of true dreams, visions, acceptance of prayers and true revelations that they approximate those of the Prophets, as I have been. This is indeed a great criterion to judge, for there is no method other than heavenly support for testing the truth of a claimant.
For a certainty, God Almighty supports one who comes from Him and guides him in an extraordinary way in the fields of contest. Therefore, I affirm with full confidence and perfect faith that if all the Muslims of the world, be they Punjabis, Indians, Arabs, Turks, Persians, Africans
or others, and their clerics, sufis, leaders, and righteous ones, and all their men and women who consider me to be an impostor, should wish to see whether the signs of acceptance by God are found in me or in them, and whether heavenly doors are opened for me or for them, and whether the True Beloved by virtue of His special bounties and the bestowal of His special knowledge and
spiritual insights is with me or with them, they would soon discover that the special grace and mercy which descends upon human heart are bestowed on me in much larger measure than on their respective leaders.
This should not be taken for an arrogant boast; it is only a declaration of God’s bounty.
This is God’s grace, which He bestows upon whomsoever He wills.
This is also indicated by the revelations vouchsafed to me:
Tell them, I have been commissioned and I am the foremost of those who believe. All praise belongs to Allah Who has removed from me all grief and has bestowed upon me that which has not been bestowed upon anyone else in the world.
“Anyone else in the world238” refers to the people of this age and of the future.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 478-479](See Also Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 343-345).
“””We believe in the rising of the sun from the West but it has been disclosed to me in a vision that the meaning of the rising of the sun from the West is that the Western countries, which, from ancient times, have been enveloped in the darkness of disbelief and error, will be illumined by the sun of truth and will partake of Islam.””[Izala-e-Auham, p. 515, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 376–377].
“”I saw [in a vision] that I was standing on a pulpit in the city of London and was setting forth the truth of Islam in the English language, in a very well reasoned address. Thereafter, I caught several birds who were sitting upon small trees and were of white colour and their bodies resembled the bodies of partridges. I interpreted this vision as meaning that though I would not be able to travel to that country, my writings will be published among them and many righteous English people will be attracted by the truth.”” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 515–516, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 377].
“How can Messiah come? He was a messenger and the impregnable wall of Khatam al-Nabiyyin prevents his coming. Thus here is one who is like him, but he is not a messenger although he resembles the messengers and is their like.”
Roohani Khaza-in; Vol: 3; Pages 528-529
“His eldest son Hajji Iftikhar Ahmad, following his father’s footsteps follows me very loyally”, commented the Promised Messiah (as). In spite of his resigned style of life, he is always ready to serve the religion in any way he can. May Allah bless his mind and soul to tread solemnly on the way of the faith”.
“Truly the Messiah to come has also been spoken of as a prophet, but he has been called a follower too; rather the followers of the Holy Prophet have been foretold that ‘he shall be indeed from among you, and shall be your Imam,’ and his being a follower has been expressed not only in words, but it has also been shown that practically like other Muslims he shall only be a follower of the word of God and the sayings of the Messenger and shall solve the difficult and intricate questions of religion not by dint of his prophethood but ijtihad (exercise of judgement), and shall offer his prayers after others. Now all these clearly indicate that he shall not factually and in reality possess the characteristics of perfect prophethood, although partial and imperfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i naqisah) shall be found in him which, in other words, is called muhaddathiyyah and contains only one aspect of the perfect prophethood. So, the fact that he has been called a prophet as well as a follower indicates that he shall possess both these aspects i.e., followership (ummatiyyat) and prophethood, as it is necessary that both these aspects should be found in a muhaddath. But the possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) has one aspect of prophethood only. In short, muhaddathiyyah is imbued with both the colours. That is why in Barahin-i Ahmadiyyah, too, God the Most High named this humble servant a follower as well as a prophet.”
“How was it possible then that another prophet could come after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, in the complete and perfect sense which is one of the conditions of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah). Is it not necessary that such a prophet should possess the pre-requisites of perfect prophethood, viz., prophetic revelation and the descent of Gabriel, because according to the express teachings of the Quran a prophet is he who has received the commands and creeds of faith through Gabriel? But a seal has been set on the prophetic revelation for the last thirteen hundred years. Would this seal be broken then?”
“The Quran testifies our claims and discredits the false notions (auham-i batilah) of our opponents with its forceful arguments. It closes the door on the previous prophets for their return to this world but allows in persons resembling Israelite prophets. It teaches us to pray: ‘Guide us to the right path, the path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed favours.’ What is the sum and substance of this prayer? It is: O Lord! Make us the like of the prophets and messengers.”
“And I have written this several times that the coming of the messenger Messiah, son of Mary, after Khatam al-Nabiyym would create chaos. This would either mean that prophetic revelation has started afresh or Messiah, son of Mary, has been deprived of the essential characteristics of prophethood by God Almighty and has been sent as a follower (of the Holy Prophet) but obviously both these situations are improbable (mumtani’).”
“””If the donkey of Maseeh Dajjal is this railway train… and he who claims to be the Promised Messiah also rides it, then how can it be Dajjal’s donkey? Answer is that because of its ownership, possession and total custody and creation of Band of Dajjal, it is called donkey of Dajjal…. then if God wants believers to benefit from the possessions and products of Dajjal then what is the harm?….. Apart from that Promised Messiah is the killer of Dajjal spiritually, then according to the Hadith ‘mun qatala qateelun’ whatever belongs to Dajjal, it belongs to Messiah.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 555)
God has sent me and has disclosed to me through His special revelation that Masih Ibn-e-Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary] had died. The revelation in this regards is:
[Urdu] Masih Ibn-e-Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary], Messenger of Allah, has died and you
have come in his spirit according to promise. [Arabic] [Allah’s promise will certainly be fulfilled. You are with Me and you are established on patent truth. You are on the right
path and are a helper of truth.] [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 561–562, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 402].
“The possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) can never be a follower (ummati). The clear and explicit teachings of the Quran and authentic Hadith strictly bar a perfect messenger to be a perfect subordinate (muti) and follower (ummati) of another prophet. Allah has said: “’And We sent no messenger but that he should be obeyed by Allah’s command’ (4:6). That is to say, every messenger is sent to be a guide (muta‘) and an Imam. He is not sent with the object of becoming obedient and subordinate (tabi’) to another. A muhaddath, of course, who is from among the sent ones (mursalin) is a follower as well as a prophet but in an imperfect sense. He is a follower because he is totally obedient (tabi’) to the Shari’ah of Allah’s Messenger and is the recipient of light from the lamp of his Messengership, and is also a prophet because God deals with him like prophets. God has made the muhaddqth as an intermediary between prophets and nations. Although he is a perfect follower, he is also a prophet in one sense. And it is necessary for a muhaddath that he should be the like of a prophet and acquires the name of that prophet from Allah Almighty.”
“Many doubts arise if the Messiah, son of Mary, would be a perfect follower (ummati) at the time of his descent; because being a follower he can not in any way be a messenger (rasul), for the significance of a rasul and ummati is antithetical. Moreover, the finality of our Holy Prophet precludes the coming of any other prophet. This restriction in fact does not apply to an apostle who receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and lacks perfect prophethood. In other words, he too is a muhaddath because on account of discipleship and annihilation in the Messenger (fana fir-Rasul) he is included in the person of Khatam al-Mursalin (Seal of the Messengers) as a part is never outside the whole. But Messiah, son of Mary, the recipient of Evangel, for which the descent of Gabriel was an essential requisite, cannot become a follower in any way because he would be bound to follow the revelation that would descend on him from time, to time.
If it be argued that the Messiah will receive only this much revelation, “follow the Quran” and the divine revelation will be cut off thereafter and Gabriel will never descend on him and he would become like followers after being totally deprived of prophethood, then all this is a child’s play. It is quite obvious that should revelation be permitted but for once, and should Gabriel bring a single sentence only and become silent thereafter still this much is contrary to the finality of prophethood; for, when the seal of finality is broken and the apostolic revelation starts to come down again, it matters little whether the revelations are few or many. Every wise man can understand well that if God is true to His word, the promise given in the verse Khatam al-Nabiyyin and more explicitly in the Traditions — that after the death of the Holy Prophet, Gabriel is to bring no more prophetic revelations — are true and correct, then no one can ever come in the capacity of a messenger after our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). If, for the sake of argument it were assumed that the Messiah, son of Mary, would resurrect and appear in the world, then how would his being a messenger be denied and the descending of Gabriel and resumption of the divine communication. As it is not possible that there should be no light with the rising of the sun, similarly, it is quite impossible that a messenger should come for the reformation of mankind devoid of divine communication and visits of Gabriel.”
“And evidently it is impossible (mustalzim mahal) that Gabriel descends with apostolic revelation after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, and a new book, although its teachings be in agreement (tawarud) with the Quran, is revealed. And something which is not possible is fantasy. The point is worth consideration.”
“””In the idiom of the Holy Qur’an, the word Tawaffi has always been used in the connotation of death and taking possession of the soul. A minute study of Arabic prose and poetry—both ancient and modern—shows that wherever the expression Tawaffi is used for a human being,
and the action is attributed to Allah the Glorious, Tawaffi invariably means death and taking possession of the soul. In this context, there is not a single instance, where this expression means anything other than taking possession of the soul. Those who are wont to refer to
lexicons like Qamus, Sihah, Sarah, etc., have not found a single instance where, in the context that we have mentioned, any other connotation has been attributed to the expression Tawaffi. There is not the slightest indication of the possibility of any other connotation. Then I studied the books of Hadith to discover whether the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or his companions had on any occasion applied the expression Tawaffi to a human being in any other connotation than that of death and taking possession of the soul. I had to labour hard in this search. What I discovered on checking every page of the compilations of Sahih Bukhari,
Sahih Muslim, Tirmadhi, Ibn-e-Majah, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Darimi, Mu’atta’ and Sharh-us-Sunnah etc., was that the expression Tawaffi has been used three hundred and forty six times, and in no single instance has it been used, either by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or by his companions, to mean anything other than ‘death’, or ‘taking possession of the
soul’. I have gone through these books with great care line by line, and I can say that on each and every occasion the expression Tawaffi has been used only in the connotation of death or taking possession of the soul. A careful perusal of these books also establishes that, from the moment of the Call and all through his life, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
never used the expression Tawaffi in any connotation other than death and taking possession of the soul…. Imam Muhammad Isma‘il Bukhari has made a fine point in his compilation which indicates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used the expression
Tawaffi at least seven thousand times between his Call and his death, and every time he used it in the connotation of death and taking possession of the soul. Seekers after truth should be grateful to Imam Bukhari for this information. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 583-585](See also Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 196-198).
“”It is for this purpose that Imam Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him), has quoted the verse:
‘Since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them.’—Al-Ma’idah, 5:118
in Kitab-ut-Tafsir. In so doing, he intended to convey that the correct interpretation of the word Tawaffaitani is the one which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) attributed to it, that is to say, ‘Thou didst cause me to die’. In the following Hadith:
the Holy Prophetsa says that: “on the Day of Judgement some of my people will be driven to hell, and I will supplicate, ‘Lord! these are my companions’. Then it will be said to me, ‘You know not what they did after you’. Upon this I will say what a righteous servant of God, i.e., Jesus son of Mary, had said when he was asked: ‘Did you teach your people that they should worship you and your mother as gods?’ I will say what Jesus had then said: ‘I was witness over them while I was amongst them; but since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the One to watch over them.’” (Bukhari)
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) meant that he would make the same affirmation as Jesus would make when he would be asked whether he had taught his people to take him and his mother as gods. In this manner the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) interpreted the expression Tawaffaitani as meaning death. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 585-586](See also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 194-195).
“He has promised that no messenger would be sent after the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The students of the Traditions have erred in holding that the words Isa, or son of Mary, occurring in the Traditions about the Promised Messiah refer to the very son of Mary, who was a messenger of Allah. They have not appreciated that his re-coming to the world, in other words, means Islam’s exit from this world. The consensus of opinion is, and there is a report too about it in the Muslim, that the Messiah will appear as a prophet of God. If the words Messiah, or son of Mary, are applied metaphorically to a follower of the Holy Prophet who holds the rank of muhaddathiyyah, the tradition remains intact, for a muhaddath in one sense is also a prophet. But he is a prophet in the sense that he receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and does not receive knowledge directly but through the agency of his Prophet, as an inspiration of this humble servant has been recorded on p. 239 of Barahin-i Ahmadiyya.”
“””Let it be understood by all Muslims that it has been established beyond any doubt, according to the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, that Jesus son of Mary (peace be upon him) died on earth after fulfilling the span of his life in accordance with the verse:
‘Therein shall you live, and therein shall you die.’—Al-A‘raf, 7:26
It is further clear on the authority of sixteen verses of the Holy Qur’an, and a number of Ahadith contained in Bukhari, Muslim and other authentic compilations, that those who die are never sent back to dwell in this world, nor is anyone subjected to death twice, nor does the Holy Qur’an lay down any law of inheritance for anyone who might return to earth after death. Yet some of the divines insist that Jesus son of Mary has not died but was raised bodily to heaven, and is alive in his physical body. They dare to suggest that the expression Tawaffi, which has been applied to Jesusas in the Holy Qur’an, does not connote death, rather it means taking full possession of both body and soul. But this interpretation is utterly false. In the idiom of the Holy Qur’an, this expression is consistently employed to connote taking possession of the soul and the death of the body. The same idiom is employed in all the Ahadith and sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him.)
Ever since the Arabian peninsula has been populated and the Arabic language has come into use, there is not a single ancient or modern instance of the expression Tawaffi being employed taking possession of the body. Whenever this expression has been employed for the description of the action of God Almighty in relation to a human being, it has always connoted death and taking possession of the soul. No lexicon and no Arabic saying contradicts this. There is not the slightest room for any different interpretation. If anyone should cite a single instance from the Holy Qur’an or from the Ahadith or from ancient or modern poetry, or ode, or prose of the Arabs,
wherein the expression Tawaffi has been employed when indicating the action of God Almighty concerning a human being, as connoting anything beyond death and taking possession of the soul, that is to say, as connoting the taking possession of the body also, I call God to witness that I shall hand over to such a person one thousand rupees in cash and also acknowledge that he possesses expert knowledge of Hadith and the Holy Qur’an. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 602-603] (see Also, Essence of Islam, pages 375-377).
If anyone can cite a single instance from the Holy Qur’an or Hadith, or from ancient or modern Arabic poetry and prose, that the word Tawaffi, when applied to a human being, God being the subject, has been used in any connotation other than death and taking possession of the soul, for instance, in the connotation of the taking the body, I bind myself on oath that I shall pay that person one thousand rupees in cash by selling some of my property and shall always hold him in high esteem as a great scholar of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 603](See also Essence of islam, vol–3, page 198).
“Verse 40 of chapter al-Ahzab (33:40) runs thus: ‘Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and Khatam al-Nabiyyin.’ This, too, expressly proves that no prophet would appear in the world after our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is thus abundantly clear that the Messiah, son of Mary, cannot come back in the world because he is a messenger and inter alia, the true significance of the office of a messenger is that he obtains knowledge of spiritual sciences through Gabriel and it has just been proved that the apostolic revelation (wahy risalat) has been cut off for ever till the day of Judgement.”
[Urdu] Being overcome—that is, being apparently belittled as someone who has been overcome—you will finally be victorious and the final outcome will be in your favour. We shall relieve you of all the burdens which have well-nigh broken your back. God has determined to spread about your uniqueness, your greatness and your perfection. God will manifest your countenance and lengthen your shade. A Warner came unto the world, and the world did not accept him, but God will accept him and will demonstrate his truth with powerful assaults. Soon a great kingdom will be bestowed upon him (meaning that, he will be granted acceptance and the hearts of a large
number will be inclined towards him…) and treasures will be opened to him. (This refers to the treasures of wisdom and verities, because the heavenly treasures that are bestowed upon the special servants of God Almighty, which they distribute to the world, are not the worldly riches, but consist entirely of wisdom and verities, as Allah the Almighty says:
(He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good. (al-Baqarah, 2:270)
Khair means wealth and in fact pure wealth is the wisdom that has been referred to in the hadith .
(I am but a distributor and Allah is really the one Who grants.)
This is the wealth which is a Sign among the Signs of the Promised Messiah.)
This is God’s grace and it appears strange in your eyes. We shall soon show you Our Signs in
your own selves and also around you. Proof will be established and the victory will be clear. Do
they say: ‘We are a large party?’ All of them will be routed and shall turn their backs. Even
if people desert you I shall not desert you; if people do not safeguard you, I shall safeguard
you. I shall exhibit My flash and shall exalt you as a demonstration of My Power. Peace on you,
O Ibrahim [Abraham], We have chosen you with sincere friendship. God will set all your
affairs right and will bestow upon you all that you might desire. You are to Me like My Unity
and My Uniqueness. Allah is not the one to leave you till He has separated the impure from
the pure. He will raise your status and will increase your progeny and thereafter you alone
will be considered the progenitor of your family. I shall make you famous with honour to
the ends of the earth and shall exalt your name and shall put your love in the hearts of the
people. [Arabic] We have made you Masih Ibne- Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary]. [Urdu] Tell
them: I have come in the footsteps of Jesus. They will say: ‘We have not heard any such
thing from our ancestors’ Respond to them that: Your knowledge is limited; God knows
best. You are content with the letter and obscurity. The true reality has not been disclosed to you. He who realises that the foundation of the Ka‘aba was a design of divine wisdom is very wise, for he has partaken of the mysteries of the universe. One of high resolve will be born. He will be like you in beauty and benevolence. He will be of your progeny. [Persian] [Son, delight of the heart, high ranking, noble;] [Arabic] [A manifestation of the True and the High, as if Allah had descended
from heaven. You will pass through different periods with different companions and will behold distant progeny. We shall bestow upon you a good life; eighty years or thereabouts.]
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 632–635, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 441–443].
“Let it be clear to the readers that Mr. Abdul Haqq had asked for a muba¯hila. But I cannot understand how a muba¯hila could be permissible regarding those matters of difference which do not make either party into a ka¯fir or an unjust one. It is clear from the Holy Quran that in a muba¯hila each party must believe that the party opposite is a liar, i.e., is deliberately deviating
from the truth, and is not merely mistaken, so that each side is able to say: ‘May the curse of Allah be upon the liars!’ Now if Mr. Abdul Haqq considers me to be a liar due to his wrong
judgment, I do not call him a liar but believe him to be in error, and it is not allowable to curse a Muslim who is merely in error.” (Iza¯la Auha¯m, p. 637)
“And if it be said that the like of Moses, that is the Holy Prophet, ranks higher (afzal) to Moses how is it that the like of Messiah is a follower of the Holy Prophet? The reply to this is that if a prophet had appeared to prove the dignity of the prophethood of the like of Moses and to show the eminence of the Khatam al-Anbiya it would have affected the dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). But this is, however, acknowledged that this Messiah has a partial superiority (fazilat) over the Israelite Messiah because the call of the former is universal whereas that of the latter is endemic.”
“Cursing is not the style of Truthful. Faithful (M’omin) does not curse.”
(Izala-e-Auham p.660 the side page number)
“””He of His sheer grace, without the means of an earthly father, bestowed upon that Ibn-e-Maryam [son of Mary] a spiritual birth and a spiritual life, as He Himself conveyed to him in the revelation:
“””[After referring to the prophecies about the time of coming of the Promised Messiah mentioned in the ahadith, the Promised Messiahas writes:]
It has been revealed to my humble self in a vision that the high tide of this time period would begin in the year of the Hijrah, the number of which is deducible from the value of the letters of the verse: 270 which adds up to 1274.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 657, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 455].
“”God Almighty has disclosed to me in a clear vision that the [second] advent of Ibn-e-Maryamas, [the son of Mary] is indicated metaphorically in the Holy Qur’an (al-Zukhruf, 43:58).”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 667, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 460].
That is [Arabic] Then We brought you to life after we had destroyed the previous generations and made you the Masih Ibn-e- Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary]; that is to say, after the leaders and the divines had generally suffered a spiritual death.””” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 674, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 464].
“If the actual identity of these was not fully disclosed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) in his revelations,but to whatever extent possible, the matter was explained to him with identical examples or descriptions, then it should not be a matter of surprise” ( Izala Auham, Pages 691, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 3 Page 473)
[Arabic] All praise belongs to Allah, Who has removed my grief and has bestowed upon me that which He has not bestowed upon any other out of all the peoples.
In this context all the peoples means the peoples of this generation or of the future. [Allah knows best.] [Izala-e-Auham, p. 703, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, p. 479].
“The Holy Quran does not admit the coming of another messenger, whether new or old, after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, because a messenger receives the knowledge of faith through the mediation of Gabriel and the door for the descent of Gabriel with apostolic revelation has been closed. And this is also an impossibility that a messenger should come to the world without an apostolic revelation.”
“””That is [Arabic] Those who will repent and will reform their ways, to them I shall then turn and I am Oft-turning with Mercy, and Ever- Merciful. There are people for whom We have made the guidance easy and there are people for whom punishment has been decreed. They plan and Allah also plans. Allah is the Best of Planners; and the plan of Allah is exceedingly great. They put you off with mockery [and say]: ‘Is this the one whom Allah has raised?’ Tell them: O ye disbelievers I am of the truthful ones; and you will see my Signs after a while. We shall show them Our Signs all around them as well as in their own lives. Proof will be established and victory will be clear. Allah will decide between you. Allah does not guide a liar who exceeds all bounds. They desire to put out Allah’s light but Allah is determined to perfect His light though the disbelievers might resent it. We intend to send down upon you certain mysteries from heaven and to crush your enemies altogether and to show Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts that which they apprehend. We have set dogs in authority over you and We have caused wild
beasts to be incensed at your words and have tried you greatly. So be not grieved at that
which they say. Your Lord is on the watch. Allah the Most Gracious issues this commandment about His vicegerent, the Sultan: He shall be bestowed a great kingdom, treasures of knowledge and wisdom shall be opened at his hand and the earth shall be lit up with the light of its Lord. This is Allah’s grace and it is strange in your eyes.””” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 855–856, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 565–566].
“Likewise all the well-known righteous servants (auliya) have testified by their own personal experiences the occurrence of divine communion and communication with them. Very often they hear, during the prayer and even at other times, the sweet words of Almighty Lord. It should be noted that Syed Abd al-Qadir Gilani, in his book Futuh al-Ghaib, has at several places given testimony to the fact that the communication of God certainly descends upon His honoured and righteous servants and that it is communication and not mere inspiration: Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Thani, in a letter addressed to Muhammad Siddiq (Maktubat, volume II, page 99), writes:
‘Let it be known to you, O Siddiq, that God sometimes communicates with a person face to face and such persons are from among the prophets, and sometimes the communication takes place with some of those perfect ones who are not prophets but are their followers. And when a person is honoured with this kind of communication (kalam) in abundance he is called a muhaddath. And this (divine communication) is not the kind of ilham nor is it what has been called ‘ilqa fil rau nor is it the kind of communication which takes place through the agency of the angel. Such communication is addressed to the perfect person (insan al-kamil). And God blesses with this distinction whomsoever He pleases’.”
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