Watch Omar Khan’s video on this topic herein. The Quran clearly mentions the second coming of Esa (as) as a sign of the final hour, which indicates that he will physically return (see 43:61 of the Quran)(43:62 in the Qadiani Quran). See Tafir Ibn Kathir and every other classical tafsir. Ibn Kathir was an islamic scholar mujadid, and Ahmadis even consider him as such, he was also a student of the famous Ibn Taymiyyah and lived under the Mamluk Sultanate. In MGA’s book, “Ijaz-e-Ahmadi”, he tries to cover 43:61(see pages 36-37)(1901). In 1901, MGA and his team of writers were asserting that the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] that has been used here refers to the punishment inflicted upon the Jews, and not the Day of Judgement. Which is a total lie. See 54:1 for an example of how سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] refers to the final hour. MGA goes on to argue that the Jews were given a taste of the Day of Judgment by being afflicted with a severe chastisement which could be likened to the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] for them. In the Quranic idiom, the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] means punishment. This is why it had been foretold that the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] would strike the Jews as a result of their rejection of ‘Isa.
Along the way, MGA quotes Tafsir al-Baghawi (which is in arabic only), Tafsīr al-Baghawī (Arabic: تفسير البغوي), also known as Ma‘ālim al-Tanzīl, is a classical Sunni tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis) by Husayn b. Mas’ūd al-Baghawī (d. 1122), written as an abridgement of Tafsir al-Thalabi by al-Tha’labī (d. 1035). It is generally classified as one of the books of narration-based tafsir, as it collects and presents many statements from the Sahabah and Tabi’oon. The book primarily relies on 11 reliable chains of narrations, which al-Baghawi mentions in the introduction to his work. It currently exists in four volumes and eight volumes in its Lebanon edition and Cairo edition respectively.
Furthermore, 3:46 of the Quran proves that the second coming of Esa (as) will physically happen. 5:110 also proves that Esa (as) will physically descend from heaven. 3:48 of the Quran also proves that Esa (as) will physically descend from heaven. 4:159 of the Quran also proves that Esa (as) will physically descend from heaven. 39:42 also proves that Esa (as) will physically descend from heaven.
Also, remember to read the 2nd Khalifa and his opinion on this verse herein.
MGA seems to have covered 43:61 in his book, “Al-Haq Mubahathah Dehli”, RK-4, pages 168-169. Waiting for scans and further analysis. This book was published in 1905, 14 years after the written debate. MGA and his team seem to have said that this verse only means that “Knowledge of the Quran”. He references Tafsir al-Baghawi. However, he takes 1 of the 8 opinions and rejects the other 7, which clearly prove that this verse is about the second coming of Esa (as).
MGA on 43:61
MGA’s book, “Ijaz-e-Ahmadi”, he tries to cover 43:61(see pages 36-37)(1902)
“”””What is more, the maulawis argue that the verse:
اِنَّهٗ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ (((But verily, he is a sign of the Hour. So have no doubt about it, but follow me. This is the right path.)))
pertains to ‘Isa. Indeed one should fear people who have such gross misunderstanding of the Holy Quran, for an incompetent religious scholar can put a person’s faith in danger. O Wicked
people! Is the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, himself not عِلْمٌ للسَّاعَۃِ while he has stated that:
‘I and the Last Hour are like this…’ Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitabur-Riqaq, p. 546, Mausu‘a al-Hadith, Darus-Salam Pub. Riyadh. [Publisher]
and while God also stated:
اِقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَ انْشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ3
Then how obnoxious a folly it would be on the part of the people to interpret the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah—the hour] here as the Day of Judgment! Now, allow me to explain that the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] that has been used here refers to the punishment inflicted upon the Jews at the hands of Titus, the Roman Emperor, after Hadrat ‘Isa had left them. God Himself spoke of this سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] in the Holy Quran in Surah Bani Isra’il. This verse is elaborated further by another one:
مَثَلًا لِّبَنِيْۤ اِسْرَآءِيْلَ—–Surah az-Zukhruf, 43:60. [Publisher]
That is, during the time of Hadrat ‘Isa, the Jews were given a taste of the Day of Judgment by being afflicted with a severe chastisement which could be likened to the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] for them.
In the Quranic idiom, the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] means punishment. This is why it had been foretold that the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] would strike the Jews as a result of their rejection of ‘Isa. Consequently, the Sign appeared as foretold and the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] befell the Jews. What is more, they were also stricken severely by the plague in those days. These events served as Doomsday for them, since the سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] resulted in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of Jews. Besides, thousands died of the plague and the remaining became dispersed in utter disgrace. The Last Day will be a great affliction for the whole of humanity. This, however, was an affliction
meant specifically for the Jews. This argument is supported further by the Holy Quran when
Allah, the Exalted, says:
اِنَّهٗ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمْتَرُنَّ بِهَا—-Surah az-Zukhruf, 43:62. [Publisher]
This means: ‘O ye Jews! With the advent of ‘Isa, you will experience the horror of the Day of Judgment as you will be afflicted with a similar calamity, i.e.:
مَثَلًا لِّبَنِيْۤ اِسْرَآءِيْلَ—-Surah az-Zukhruf, 43:60. [Publisher]
which means that an affliction akin to the Day of Judgment will befall you; hence, you must not have any doubt about it.’
It would clearly have been out of place for God to have urged the Jews not to doubt the occurrence of the actual Last Day, saying they would surely witness it. The Jews of that time all passed away and they never witnessed the Last Day, which is actually yet to come. So, did God tell a lie?! What they did witness, however, was the destruction brought about by Titus, the Roman general.
Therefore, the term قِیَامَة [Qiyamah] here refers to the calamity the Jews suffered at the hands of Titus, the Roman emperor, in Jesus’ time and which they then witnessed again as a result of the plague. Since the ancient times, divine Scriptures contained the promise of the punishment that finds mention in the Bible on a number of occasions. In the Holy Quran, a verse was revealed
specifically in this context. Hence, the same promise is recorded in the Holy Quran as was recorded in the previous scriptures with a view to warn the Jews. Otherwise, who would have cared for the distant Doomsday?! Do the present-day maulawis fear the Day of Judgment? Surely, they do not! As I have just explained, the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] is not peculiar to the Day of Judgment, nor has the Holy Quran used it specifically in relation to the Day of Judgment. It is appalling that men of imperfect knowledge, who are destined to be ruined, make such interpretations as are clearly contradictory to the purport of the terms themselves. What fear did the Jews have of the Last Day! The promise of an imminent punishment, however, would surely have left their hearts in distress.
Sadly, the maulawis, who are mere simpletons and remain, for most of the time, confined to their chambers, are very narrow- minded. They do not know that the promise recorded in the previous scriptures was related to that very سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] that struck the Jews during the reign of Titus, and that the Holy Quran has stated explicitly that the Jews were punished due to the curse invoked upon them by ‘Isa [ Jesus].
Besides, to apply the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] to an instance of extraordinary punishment is not only a Quranic idiom, it is found in the previous revealed Books as well and is found in abundance.
I wonder from where and whom these simpleton maulawis have come to hear that the term سَاعَۃ [sa‘ah] applies only to the Day of Judgment. Unfortunately, these people have become senselesslike animals. In spite of suffering humiliation step after step due to their mistakes, they are still not willing to give up their errors. Is there no limit to their mistakes! They most certainly do not understand the meaning or intent of the Quran. They have raised ‘Isa bodily to Heaven, but failed to address the accusation levelled [against him] by the Jews. God responds to the Jews, who made the claim…………….”
Al-Badr, Volume 1, Number 3, Dated, November 14th, 1902, page 18. MGA claims that the hour refers to the punishment that the Jews were given for rejecting Esa (as).
Muhammad Ali also lied
Muhammad Ali explains this away as the “final-hour” meaning only the end of Esa’s (as) prophethood. He translates the relevant words as “And most surely it is a sign of the hour”.
Maulvi Sher Ali’s english translation of the Quran was published in1955 from Holland, followed by 12 editions uptil 1979, they seem to have been constantly revising it. He writes that Esa (as) was a sign of the final hour. In the newest edition of 2015, they put in a note, and claimed that Esa (As) is* is sign of the final hour.
Tafsir e Sagheer by the 2nd Khalifa
The Khalifa agrees with MGA that this verse 43:61 as knowledge of the Quran. A few verses later, the Khalifa claims that this verse is about the second coming of Esa (as).
Malik Ghulam Farid’s famous 5-volume commentary of the Quran
He translates this verse as Esa WAS* a sign of the final hour. In the commentary, he writes that this verse refers to the time of the Mosaic prophets, and refers to the punishment that the Jews were given for rejecting Esa (as). He also hypothesizes that if this verse would mean that the Quran was a sign of the final hour, he then claims that it could also mean great calamities would engulf the world.
In Mirza Tahir Ahmad urdu translation of the Quran, he translates this verse as Esa (as) is a sign of the hour.
2015, published from Rabwah
Scans from MGA’s Tafsir ul Quran compilation
Tafsīr al-Baghawī (Arabic: تفسير البغوي), also known as Ma‘ālim al-Tanzīl, is a classical Sunnitafsir (Qur’anic exegesis) by Husayn b. Mas’ūd al-Baghawī (d. 1122).
He wrote that this verse has 8 possible meanings. 7 of the meanings are that Esa (as) will physically descend and etc. 1 of the meanings is that it can also refer to the quran (that is the verse 43:61).
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
Links and Related Essay’s
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Account of Professor Clement Lindley Wragge
B.A. Rafiq, “Truth About Ahmadiyya, online version, https://www.alislam.org/library/book/truth-about-ahmadiyyat/suspension-of-jihad/, Retrieved on 6-7-19).
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